Use the ideas and resources shared monthly to help youth in your zip code have opportunities to participate in well-organized, mentor-rich, non-school programs.
October - November 2018 - Issue 175
Help Volunteer-Based Tutor and/or Mentor Programs as You Head into Holidays
The ideas shared in this monthly newsletter can be used by youth organization leaders, resource providers, political leaders, universities, volunteers and youth to help mentor-rich programs thrive in all of the neighborhoods where they are most needed.
While I try to send this only once a month, I write blog articles weekly. In the sections below I post links to a few of the articles published in the past month or earlier.  I encourage you to spend a little time each week reading these articles and following the links. Use the ideas and presentations in group discussions with other people who are concerned about the same issues.
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Youth Tutor/Mentor Programs Have Started New School Year.  Is it Too Early to Think of Next Year?
While most organized programs are now focusing on helping students and volunteers connect, and stay connected, there are still too few programs in many areas, and finding flexible operating dollars remains a challenge for most.
Do you plan three, six, nine or 12 months into future? 
Most non profit youth programs constantly focus on two functions.
a) first is providing on-going support to youth and volunteers; which also includes recruiting new volunteers to fill needs and/or to replace volunteers who start to drop out of a program and working with parents and schools.
b) second is building public attention and doing donor research to find money to pay the operating costs associated with a well-run youth tutor/mentor program
The graphic above is intended to help programs organize their planning.   See how I include this graphic in one of my blog articles.
Build a year-round strategy:
Since the year-end holidays are fast approaching, fund raising efforts that attract year-end donors are a priority.
However, the National Mentoring Month in January will create new attention for programs.  Can your organization, or city, use this attention to draw support to your own program?  Can you use it to help you energize your volunteer base as you move into February and March, or to help you recruit replacements for volunteers who have left the program?
As the school year ends in May what plans do you have to celebrate work done during this year, while also recruiting veteran volunteers to use their time and talent to help you with the planning that leads to the start of the next school year in August 2019?
Throughout this process are you building relationships with business, media and others who will use their own resources this year, and in coming years to help you attract the talent, technology, volunteers and dollars needed?
Read more:
* Planning calendar - click here
* Steps to Start a Program - click here
* Shoppers Guide - click here
If you have a planning calendar like this I encourage you to write about it on a blog and share your strategies with other programs.  Send me the link and I'll add it to my blog roll.
What Resources Are You Sharing With Students, Volunteers, Staff, Board Members and Donors?
Are you creating a learning organization, providing a library resources and ideas to support your community?
Learn about resources in Tutor/Mentor web library - read article

Here are three sets of links in the Tutor/Mentor web library that you can point to from your own web site.  
* Homework help - click here
* Volunteer Training - click here
* Youth as Leaders - activities - click here
With so much information available to you and your community, I encourage programs to focus on creating a "Learning Culture" in which your volunteers and students are going to your web site, then to sites you point to, such as the Tutor/Mentor library, for additional ideas and information when they are looking for more help or for a deeper understanding of the challenges facing kids and families in high poverty, segregated  neighborhoods of cities like Chicago.

Read this article about Information Based Problem Solving, on Tutor/Mentor blog. 
The Tutor/Mentor library is a vast resource. I've created concept maps to show additional resources in the web library. 
* the cMap at left points to a sub section with articles related to social justice, poverty, racism, inequality, housing, prevention, etc. 
* Research - why and where are programs most needed?  click here
* Resources to help you lead non profit - open

Encourage staff, volunteers and supporters to spend a little time each week getting to know what's available to them.

Videos and Strategy Visualizations from Tutor/Mentor Connection/Institute, LLC
Over past 12 years a variety of videos and visualizations have been created to communicate ideas and strategies intended to help youth tutor/mentor programs grow in every high poverty area of Chicago and other cities.
Scroll through this set of blog articles to see how I've been sharing videos
Here's an example. This is a short video encouraging people to visualize steps that need to be taken to get from "where we are now" to "where we want to be at some point in the future". 
This could be helping first graders move through school and into jobs, over a 20 year period of support, or could be dramatically reducing police violence against people of color in the US. See the video.

This link points to a set of pages where several dozen videos created since 2005 are available for viewing.  
Two more videos from the library:
Here's a video created by an Intern from South Korea that shows work done by other interns in previous years.

Here's a page with a collection of videos and visualizations done by interns between 2013 and 2015. 
Imagine this!

You could be hosting a page on your school, faith group, company or youth organization web site that points to a collection of videos and visualizations like these, created by your own students and volunteers.
Imagine a learning process in your school or non-school youth program where volunteers help students learn to create similar projects showing the design and strategy of your own program, or showing the need for similar programs in different parts of Chicago...or other cities in the USA, or the world. 

If you're already doing this, please share the link. If not, ask me to be a consultant to help you develop this strategy.
With so Many Problems, Locally and Globally, How can Youth Tutor/Mentor Programs Expand their Slice of the Funding Pie?
While each program competes with all others for available resource, how can we convince everyone that "a rising tide raises all ships?"
Helping youth in poverty areas: Addressing Fund Raising Challenges. click here
One section of the Tutor/Mentor web library focuses on Fund Raising issues and resources. 
Another section points to blog articles that anyone can learn from, to improve their fund raising skills, which means, improving your ability to compete with others for a small pool of dollars.
What if there were teams of people in every industry and social sector working to mobilize resources from their sector to support youth serving organizations in places where they do business, where employees or customers live, or where the costs of poverty are too high to make a business profitable?

In this year's #Chicago Ideas event I attended a session titled " 2 Miles, 16 Years: Chicago's  "Death Gap" is a Crisis" which showed how where you live in Chicago affects how long, and how well, you live.  The panel discussion featured leaders of hospitals on Chicago's West side.  This session was not recorded, but if you search #ChicagoIdeas on Twitter, then scroll back and view Tweets posted on October 15, you can see much of information that was shared. You'll find my @tutormentorteam posts there, too. 
In the graphic above (view here), I share resources that hospitals, universities and others could be using to build and sustain a wide range of youth and family supports, with the hospital serving as the anchor organization.  
If teams of people in each hospital were spending time looking at these resources they would have a broader range of ideas to apply in their own efforts.
The ROLE OF LEADERS graphic at the right encourages leaders from every sector to form teams of employees who do the reading, thinking, research and idea generation that leads to more comprehensive, longer-lasting efforts to help kids in high poverty areas move through school and into jobs and careers.  These ideas and strategies can apply in other cities.  
This and many of the graphics I share include maps of Chicago, with high poverty areas highlighted. This is intended to support mobilization and distribution of resources into every poverty area of a city, so that needed tutor/mentor programs and other supports can grow and stay in place for many years.
View articles showing uses of maps on the Tutor/Mentor blog

Find more articles showing uses of maps on the MappingforJustice blog. 
Read more:
* View ROLE OF LEADERS strategy presentation on Slideshare- click here
* Building Non-School Support System for kids in poverty - click here
* Building Planning Teams within Business - click here

If you are using maps the way I show on these blogs please connect and share your strategies.  See the social media links at the bottom of this newsletter as places we can connect.

More Resources from Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC 
Each month new links are added to the Tutor/Mentor web library.
View this short video to see how you can find recently added links.  
Below are a few new links added recently to Tutor/Mentor web library:
* To&Through Chicago Project focuses on college success. - click here
* The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills - click here
* Digital Redlining - limiting of learning opportunities - click here
* The Art of Facilitating Change - article with models to learn from - click here
* Commitment to Reducing the Inequality Index - Oxfam blog - click here
* Zinn Education Project - Teaching People's History - click here
*The Opportunity Atlas: Mapping Childhood Roots of Social Mobility - click here
* More than a Mentoring Program: Attacking Institutional Racism - click here
* Building Personal Learning Network on Twitter - click here
* How Does Where You Live Affect How Long You Live? - click here
* Read about Indigenous People's Day - plan for 2019 - click here
* Mapping Opportunity - Casey Community Opportunity Map - click here
* Where you live makes a difference - click here

View this blog article to find links to every section in Tutor/Mentor web library. 

Additional resources to help Chicago area organizations and supporters connect, learn and work collectively to help build support systems for youth:
* Giving Tuesday is Nov. 27.  Details here.  On "Twitter at #ILGive2018

* Strengthening Chicago Youth  blog - click here
* Thrive Chicago events calendar - click here

* MENTOR Illinois - current newsletter
* Civil Liberties - resource map (recommend other links). -click here
* Chicago Organizations in Intermediary Roles - click here

* Hashtags I follow on Twitter. Use to expand your own network - click here

Dan Bassill (that's me) is available to discuss any of these ideas with you, or others, via Skype, Google Hangouts or in person if you're in Chicago.
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