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Workshop Presenters* Scheduled for
May 19 Tutor/
Mentor Conference


Brandon Bodor, Executive Director, Serve Illinois Commission. Workshop topic TBD

Katherine Bauer, Lucas Johnson, Community Building Tutors   
Workshop Topic:  Beyond STEM Education

Mark Carter, President One80. Workshop topic TBD

Eric Davis, Executive Director, Global Citizenship Experience Charter School
Noon Keynote Speaker Topic: Eric and three GCE students will showcase their purpose-driven learning projects

Kelly Fair, Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program 

Workshop topic:  Blogging to Promote and Expand Mentoring

Hannah Holtgeerts,  The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
Workshop Topic:  Communication: Youth, Conflict & the Media

Kristen Strobbe and Christine Driskill, Working in the Schools
Workshop Topic:  Best Practices in Program Delivery and Evaluation

Deborah Lukovich,  Read blog to learn about low-cost seminars 
Workshop Topic: Attracting Donors and Volunteers

Dr. Jennifer Maddrell, Designers for Learning
Workshop topic: Attracting Service-Learners to Support your Organization

Cheryl Howard-Neal, Illinois Mentoring Partnership
Workshop topic: Using "Elements of Effective Practice" Checklist in program development

Yasmin Rodriguez and Clair Unger, ProjectYES! AmeriCorps
Workshop topic: Planning for Service Projects

Lauren Smith,
Unit 4 School District - 2007-2014, Champaign-Urbana
Workshop topic: Tweaking afterschool programs until they work

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

Rev. T.W. from TW's Ministry 
Workshop topic:  CPS {Community - Parent - Student} After School Program

See complete speaker list on conference web site.

* workshop presenters subject to change without notice









Use Tutor/Mentor Connection on-line library. 
While you can use a search engine like Google and find information to help you build and sustain a volunteer-based tutor/mentor program, you can also use the T/MC library.

The library has aggregated and categorized more than 2000 links to information leaders, volunteers and donors can use to build a collective understanding of where and why tutor/mentor programs are needed, as well as ways to support them more consistently for a longer period of years.   

Many of these links focus on Chicago. If you're collecting similar information, focused on a different city, please share the link to your library and I'll add it.  If you'd like to submit a link to the library just register, log in, and use the "Add a New Link" feature to suggest a link. These are moderated and if approved, your link will be added to the site.

Information Categories in Library



Collaboration, Innovation & Process Improvement

Fund Raising and Philanthropy

Volunteer Recruitment portals and resources

Blogs by leading thinkers, consultants, tutor/mentor programs, etc.

Homework Help

Chicago area youth program links

Programs & Networks in other cities

Volunteer Training. Conferences

Law, Poverty, Prevention
Technology resources

Technology and "cool tech tools"  

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There are many additional categories in the library. Spend some time browsing the sections and bookmark those you'd like to visit again. 


The ideas shared in this monthly newsletter can be used by resource providers, political leaders, non profit leaders, volunteers and youth to help mentor-rich programs thrive in all of the neighborhoods where they are most needed.

If the newsletter does not format correctly in your email, or if you want to see this newsletter graphics and maps click this link:   


Share this with others who want to help youth in your city. 


State of Mentoring In Illinois report published by Illinois Mentoring Partnership


A first of its kind statewide survey was released in February. The report shows the diversity of mentoring programs throughout the state and the need for more programs in many places.  Of 145 mentoring programs identified in the survey nearly 70% identified insufficient funding as the top challenge. See the executive summary and full report on the IMP web site



See blog article related to this research. 

Connecting, Sharing Learning with Others

Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, in partnership with
Becoming We the People and will be hosting a 41st Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference on May 19, 2014 at the Metcalfe Federal Building in Chicago.

We have a great slate of speakers planning to host workshops in May. See the full list at 

Registration is open. If you are a workshop presenter, or plan to attend. Register and add your name to the on-line attendee list.


While we are able to draw together a small group for the Tutor/Mentor Conferences others are attracting much larger crowds. The 2012 National Conference on Volunteering was held in Chicago in June and over 5000 people attended. I've been creating maps showing who I met at conferences like this, with links so that others could expand their own networks with the same people.   

These conferences are intended as a meeting place for ANYONE who is concerned about the well-being of youth and the future of the workforce.   This village map is just one visualization that shows the need for support from all sectors in the work of helping kids through school and into adult roles and responsibilities.


The map is also a resource. On each node you can find links to research and ideas that can be used by that industry or group of people to expand their own ideas of ways to help young people.



Through this newsletter and several web sites I share information that others can use to stimulate on-going learning and actions that dramatically increase the flow of needed resources directly to all of the organizations in Chicago and other cities working to help youth move from birth to work and adult roles.


Through the May and November Tutor/Mentor Conferences, and on-line forums, we create opportunities for people from this network to gather, share ideas and work to generate greater public attention and support for tutor/mentor programs in every part of the city and suburbs. 


This article talks about ways to make this library of information available to youth, volunteers and supporters  - click here 


Visit the Tutor/Mentor  Institute Video Channel  to see more ways to use this information. 


Mobilizing Support for ALL Volunteer-Based Tutor/Mentor Programs in the Region


network building 

While we're only in March, are you and your partners planning ahead, to August and September when school will be starting again and every volunteer-based tutor/mentor program in the country will be searching for volunteers and donors? Below is an event cycle that repeats every year. You can read about this here.  

If leaders plan ahead, and repeat strategies from year-to-year, more people will become involved in mobilizing the resources needed by tutor/mentor programs in all parts of the city and state. Here's some tips:

1 - Make sure you have a blog or web site that tells your story and enables people to contact you - read more  


2 - If you're in the Chicago region make sure your tutor/mentor program information is included, and accurate, in the Tutor/Mentor Program Locator and Chicago Area Programs Links Library. email to make changes or add new programs.   
Quarterly events


3 - If you are not in Chicago or want an expanded source of volunteer recruitment opportunities check out these sites:  

* MENTOR resources and referral service -  click here

* VolunteerMatch -  


4 - Recruit business volunteers, faith groups and students from high schools and colleges to help share your message
. Read about recruiting "talent" volunteers. 


Mayor's Day of Recognition for National Service, April 1, 2014

National Volunteer Recognition Week, April 6-12, 2014 - learn more

Nominate Someone for 2014 Chicago Volunteer Citizen of the Year Award. Due April 23. 

Statewide Afterschool Coalition Conference, May 2-3 in Springfield, Il


Giving With Purpose MOOC, starts in March:
Learn effective philanthropy strategies and nominate your favorite

charity for a grant. Learn more

Summer Youth Programs at Illinois Institute of Technology  


National Conference on Volunteering and Service, June 16-18, 2014 - learn more

You can share your own announcements by connecting with me on social media, or by adding a link to the web library at  



President's Message.  


Too Much Information and Too Few Looking At It.   


This story is not from last week's paper. It is from 1996.  Yet, it could have been last week's feature story in the local media of any city in the country.  



I've been creating #mapstories since 1993 in an effort to draw more consistent attention to non-school tutor/mentor programs in Chicago. Recently I created an album with some of the stories from the 1990s to illustrate work I think could be done by youth and volunteers in their own efforts to bring more adults into discussions and actions that lead to more and better youth supports, learning, jobs and college opportunities for urban youth.  View the album.     


These map-stories show that the problems of poverty are deep rooted and have been with us for decades. Why have we not been able to do more than we have? 


I think one reason is that these problems are complex, with too many competing interests. Visit the Boston Indicators web site and see ten issue areas important to Boston. Or visit the Working Families Party web site and see the issues they focus on.  Each issue area has many sub-issues.

There are too few leaders calling daily attention to each part of the problem, and to places where people can get information and/or connect with others, to innovate concurrent solutions to each part of the problem. Too few adults can find time to meet with others in traditional place based meetings and too few decision makers are yet connected to each other in on-line learning forums where we have the potential to connect more frequently and engage in "deeper learning".  


net growthIt will take many years to get enough people involved to reduce the root causes of many social problems in big cities.  It will take many more years to innovate ways to bring more hope and opportunity to neighborhoods with high rates of poverty, poorly performing schools and street violence. 



Because non profits don't have advertising dollars to draw attention to their ideas the way retail stores draw customers, or political ads try to draw voters, we need to innovate new strategies.




This video was created by an intern working with me in Chicago. It borrows from a blog article I had written, then communicates it using the talent of the student intern. See this and more work done by interns here, and here.  


I've been participating in MOOCs, such as the Deeper Learning MOOC and the Education Technology and Media MOOC because they show ways youth can be involved in project based learning where they show their projects to adults and peers. 

Here's a blog article written following a February 2014 shooting in Chicago. Here's another. I think young people could be creating map stories and sharing these stories on the Internet and in meetings with local leaders in their communities.  They would be building skills, learning leadership, connecting with mentors, and drawing adults from their own community into 'deeper learning" that results in growing learning opportunities for the young people themselves.


While we can meet on-line at any time to talk about these ideas, the Tutor/Mentor Conference in Chicago May and November is a chance to meet with me and others who are involved in this work, and to share your own ideas. 


Conference sponsor donations now eligible for tax deduction. Read about Becoming We the People taking role of fiscal agent for tutor/mentor conference.  

Please contact me if you'd like to help.

Thank you for reading.     





Daniel F. Bassill 

Daniel Bassill
Tutor/Mentor Connection
Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC 




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