Building Capacity. Sharing Ideas. Helping Mentoring and Tutoring Programs Thrive.
The biannual Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference is part of an ongoing effort to improve the quality and availability of tutor/mentor programs in areas of Chicago with high concentrations of poverty. Through in-person networking and through the Internet, the conference connects Chicago's program leaders with people and ideas across the country and the globe.
Register now for next conference, Friday, June 7, 2013
Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC will host a one day Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference at the Metcalfe Federal Building, 77 W. Jackson, Chicago, Il.
This will include 20-24 workshops on topics that relate to operating a tutor/mentor program, forming new programs, volunteer and student recruitment, fund raising, tutoring and mentoring.
first held the conference in 1994 after a survey of Chicago area
program leaders revealed that more than half had little or no contact with
other programs. Based on positive responses from the first conference,
the T/MC decided to host a second conference that same year which
attracted nearly 200 attendees. The T/MC continued to host the conference twice a
and believes that the event can grow to more than 500 participants. In 2011 the
Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC was created to continue the T/MC in Chicago and to
help other cities form intermediary strategies like the T/MC.
As online social networking capacities have grown, the T/MC has added online forums to encourage conference participants and others who cannot attend the Chicago conferences to connect and collaborate via the Internet.
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Draw leaders, volunteers, and stakeholders from more than 150 agencies together for networking and information sharing. Read this blog article to expand your network-building abilities.
Draw business and philanthropy partners into ongoing learning and partnership with tutor/mentor leaders
- Provide a vision for comprehensive, long-term mentoring that leads youth to careers
- Build trust and relationships among stakeholders to generate partnerships and information sharing during the months between each conference.
- Build awareness of online learning and networking resources and motivate a growing number of participants to use these tools for capacity improvement
Each conference offers workshops on planning, evaluation, recruitment, training, marketing, and other topics relevant to tutoring/mentoring youth at different ages.
The Conference as Part of a Larger Strategy:
The Tutor/Mentor Connection shares its own ideas about tutoring and mentoring as a workforce development strategy in a Tutor/Mentor Institute website. It also shares ideas of more than 1500 other organizations in the library on the T/MC web site. As we approach each conference we invite people who we link to on these websites to come together to share their own knowledge and to find ways to help expand the resources to support all volunteer-based tutoring/mentoring programs in Chicago and other cities--not just a few high profile programs.
The May/June Conference is intended to
celebrate the work of youth and volunteers during the school year. It is also a time to share best practices, strengthen
next year’s programs, and raise public awareness about the need for renewed support
in the coming academic year. The work done in May can lead to more
successful volunteer-recruitment strategies in August and September and more
powerful resource-development strategies in November and December.
The November Conference takes place shortly after the start of each
year when programs have recruited and placed students and volunteers.
The focus of this conference is on teaching volunteers to be more
effective tutors and mentors and fostering the leadership skills
necessary to help programs grow. Since this conference is just before the year end holidays, its goal is also to make potential donors more aware of tutor/mentor programs so that when they choose to make a year-end donation, more tutor/mentor programs benefit from these gifts.