Helping Youth Tutoring, Mentoring Programs Grow:
Building Collaborations and Collective Action

Agenda for May 19, 2014  - Registration Open

All speakers are volunteers who share their time and expertise to help volunteer-based tutoring, mentoring programs grow throughout the Chicago region. Workshop topics and speakers are subject to change without notice.

Use hashtag #TMConf_Chi to connect on Twitter. 



Registration and Continental Breakfast
Plan to arrive with enough time to pass through security screening. Bring a valid photo ID with you.




Daniel F. Bassill, Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC


Networking IceBreaker - Jordan Hesterman, Founder/Executive Director, Becoming We The People



9:40am-10:45am Workshops

How to be Radical, Relevant and Relate to Urban Christian Youth through Mentoring(101), presented by Frank Walker, Jeff Green, Mars Hill Baptist Church

Participants will understand the importance of forming a Youth Mentoring Ministry towards youth of color both naturally and spiritually and will leave with some strategies/approaches they can use to get Urban Christian Youth involved in mentoring as well as how to fund a youth mentoring ministry in high poverty areas.
Participants will use the biblical examples of Jesus to develop methods of being radical, relevant and relatable in mentoring.
Communication: Youth, Conflict & the Media, presented by Hannah Holtgeerts, The Chicago School

How does the media impact the way our youth handle conflict? Where does the online meet the offline? What does gender have to do with it? Come and learn through clips, stories, and interactive discussion.

Blogging to Promote and Expand Mentoring, presented by Kelly Fair @Kellyfairthementor

This session will share the experiences of the presenter in developing and implementing her own blog that has helped expand her reach and resources for her growing her own mentoring program, and how she's been able to use it as a tool to support the entire mentoring community facing the challenges of daily practice.

Mentoring Urban Youth, presented by Guillermo Guitierrez, Urban Involvement Coordinator and Fernando Moreno, Leadership Development Coordinator, BUILD, INC

The workshop will consist of interactive learning styles, sharing successes and understanding challenges. Participants of the workshop will hear first hand from participants who have been mentored at BUILD and now are engaged in the development of their community.

(One more workshop TBD)


10:55am-12:00 noon Workshops 


Tweeking Afterschool Programs Until they Work - The Garden Hills Homework Club, presented by Lauren Smith,

The Garden HIlls Homework Club has been in existence for seven years, modifying the program each year based on feedback from participants and teachers.  The current model will be highlighted as well as Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies (PALS) for struggling readers, a program that works well with after school volunteers.

How to engage community for the purpose of securing needed resources, presented by Deborah Lukovich Alinea Connect 

Tired of feeling like you're begging for resources?  Are you effectively engaging your board members to help?  Learn how to think about resources in a new way!  There's plenty of money out there and plenty of people who want to help.  Learn about a three-part formula to attract instead of ask for the resources you need.

Evaluation of school-based mentoring programs for underserved youth, , presented by Alison Mroczkowski, Adina C.  Cooper, Claudio Rivera, graduate students in the Clinical-Community Psychology program at DePaul University

In this workshop presenters will share their experiences evaluating three school-based mentoring programs for underserved youth in Chicago. Discussion will focus on practical approaches to program evaluation, assessing program strengths and limitations, non-traditional indicators of success, and strategies for soliciting and meaningfully incorporating feedback from program participants.

Mentor to Greatness, presented by Mitchell Sholar, Executive Director, City Harvest Headstart Outreach Ministry, and Dr. Betty Allen-Green, Executive Director, Chicago Lawndale Amichi Mentoring Program,

This workshop will focus on the challenges our youth face today and the need to provide a positive adult mentor in their lives and strategies for helping mentoring programs   building a trusting mentor relationship with their mentee.  The workshop will also describe the need to set realistic goals and expectations.    

Using Project-Based Learning to, presented by Charlene Doland, co-founder and an academic coach at the suburban learning group Meliora
Using the driving question "How does project-based learning incite students to greater curiosity, excitement, and deeper learning?," we will explore the framework of project-based learning (PBL) and the eight elements which lead to successful project implementation. The methodology may be applied to a broad spectrum of activities and disciplines.



12:00pm -1:30pm

Box Lunch & Networking -

Keynote Presentation -  Purpose Based Learning in School and Non-School Programs,
Acronym-phobics Beware: PBL + CCSS + MDGs + C2C = OnInpresented by Eric Davis, Executive Director, GCE Lab School, and students from GCE

GCE students showcase their purpose-driven learning projects which live online as digital installations. All project posts are structured to include the course title, guiding question, scenario, samples of work, CCSS & MDG alignment. In short, we're demonstrating how inquiry and project-based learning may be showcased and highlight student education and quality of life standards without dumbing down student work or creative curriculum. Read GCE blog.



1:40pm-2:45pm Workshops

Evaluation strategies for Tutor/Mentor Programs, presented by Kristen Strobbe and Christine Driskill, Working in the Schools
WITS will discuss best practices for delivering quality literacy-focused mentoring programming, powered by volunteers and serving Chicago Public School students. The discussion will focus on proven best practices for maximizing program experience, and approaches to building a data-informed evaluation process.

Expanding Support for Mentoring Programs, presented by Mark Carter, One80 (workshop description TBD)

Here's an example of ideas Mark shares about mentoring.

Attracting Service-Learners to Support your Organization, presented by Jennifer Maddrell, Designers for Learning

Service-learning is a two-way street with students offering service in exchange for the opportunity to learn. In this session, we will contemplate ways to match the service needs of your organization with the learning needs of potential students.


Helping to Make Good Programs Even Better - Using The Elements of Effective Practice in Mentoring Programs Checklist, presented by Cheryl Howard-Neal, Illinois Mentoring Partnership
(description TBD)

Stopping The Violence: The Embodiment of Core Values and Key Components that Must be Employed and Embraced, presented by Bishop Steve Braxton, Founder, Marketplace Ministries, Inc, Freelance Writer, Author, Life Coach. 

This workshop will be an interactive dialogue and discussion concerning 'Key Components' to help elevate, diminish and/or curtail crime, violence, drugs and gang activity among young people in the neighborhood-of-communities across the City of Chicago, in particularly, North Lawndale. Outcome: To gather a cadre of like-minded people to form a collaborative group to be a consistent voice to allay fears and make the community a better place that's closely akin to a 'Safe Haven' to live, work and play.


2:55pm-4:00pm Workshops

Volunteer Recruitment: Who Represents You In The Community Matters, presented by Gwendolyn Young (

Attendees will identify the five basic requirements of implementing an effective volunteer recruitment and screening process and build a clear understanding of how volunteer selection affects the community perception of their organization.

Attendees will leave excited about the next steps and ready to grow and/or strengthen their volunteer base.


Developing and Improving Tutor/Mentor Programs for Special {ISP, LSP, ESP, SB} Behavior Students, presented by Rev. Terry Weston TW Ministries

The CPS {Community - Parent - Student} After School Program will provide conference participants on Best Practices for developing, designing and deploying a After School Program for Special Need {ISP, LSP, ESP, SB and ED} Students.


Service Planning How-To: presented by Yasmin Rodriguez & Clair Unger, Project YES! AmeriCorps program, Northwestern Settlement
Description TBD

THE STORY WITHIN: Using Questions to Unleash Creativity, presented by Bob Boone and Mark Henry Larson, Glencoe Study Center

The authors will show how a question-based approach can be used to unleash creativity from within even the most reluctant writers. Using a WRITE THROUGH CHICAGO prompt, participants will plan, compose, and share original writing.  They will then conduct a brainstorming session on how/why this technique can be adapted to specific tutoring situations. Participants will leave the workshop with a firm understanding of the process, an array of field-tested techniques, and access to support materials and websites.


Before, During and After the Conference: Connect with peers in on-line space
Participants are encouraged to think of the spring and fall tutor/mentor conference as a meeting place where they can bring a group who is interested in creating more tutor/mentor programs in a specific region or in a specific focus area (such as health careers, technology, arts, etc.).  We encourage you to join on-line forums and help plan the conference and other T/MC actions. If you would like to organize a single workshop, or a conference within the conference, please contact us online or connect with Dan Bassill on Skype at "dbassill".