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Recruitment & Keeping Volunteers for 2014-15 School Year.
 August 2014 - Issue #134                                                                         Founded 1993 in Chicago
In This Issue
Volunteer Recruitment
Tutor/Mentor Conference
Building Networks
Quick Links

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.

What's New in the Library?
Use the sort feature to see most recent entries to the library.

Information Categories in Library


* education reform
* social capital
* drop out crisis
* mentoring
* tutoring
* prevention
* policy issues

Collaboration, Innovation & Process Improvement

Fund Raising and Philanthropy
* general operating
* challenges facing NPOs
* understanding philanthropy
* workplace giving

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

Poverty and Crime Maps

Technology and "cool tech tools"  

Link to


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





Illustrated PDF strategy essays in Tutor/Mentor library.
Click here


Visualizations of strategy in Tutor/Mentor Pinterest library 


Mapping for Justice blog, with examples of how GIS maps can be used.  Click here.

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. 


How are you telling your story? How are you recruiting volunteers and donors?


As newspapers are featuring stories about the riots in the St. Louis area, or the violence in Chicago, or the heroics of the Jackie Robinson Little League Team, how are you competing to attract volunteers to your tutor/mentor program as the new school year is starting?


If you're like most smaller nonprofit youth serving organizations, building attention and attracting volunteers and donors is a huge challenge.     


In this monthly newsletter I feature articles from the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC blog, which are intended to serve as examples that other people duplicate in their own blogs. This one uses the graphic above.   


If people who are volunteers, directors, donors in existing tutor/mentor programs roles duplicate these articles thousands of messages every week will be encouraging volunteers and donors to support tutor/mentor programs in EVERY high poverty neighborhood of Chicago and other cities.


When you encourage people to volunteer or donate, point to this page showing web sites of more than 200 youth serving organizations throughout Chicago, in addition to pointing to programs you may be directly involved with. 

See more ideas about volunteer recruitment on this page. Find more resources on volunteer recruitment in this section of library. 
Once You've Recruited a Volunteers, You Need to Provide On-Going Support
Tutoring1990 In this section of the Tutor/Mentor Connection web library you can find links to tutor/mentor organizations around the country.

In this section you can find links to training that can be used to support tutors and mentors.

If your organization spends time browsing these web sites you can find many ideas that you can apply to support your own volunteers and youth. This is an on-going learning process.

Network, Learn from Peers in Chicago Area

While most organizations are spending September and October helping volunteers get started in their own programs, I've hosted a Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference conference every November since 1994 to help programs connect and learn from each other. In addition, the I've used the attention generated by the conference to try to educate donors on the importance of tutor/mentor programs so that more would use year-end giving budgets to support tutor/mentor programs in different parts of Chicago.

The next conference will be held at the Metcalfe Federal Building in Chicago on Friday, November 7, 2014.  I am organizing workshops now and am interested in finding speakers who will talk about ways to train and support volunteers as well as activities that provide extra learning and motivation for youth to participate on a regular basis. Visit this page to learn about presenting a workshop or organizing a panel discussion.

See photo album from past conferences here 
See articles written by May 19, 2014 conference participants. 


Visit the Tutor/Mentor  Institute Video Channel  to see more ways to support the growth of youth tutoring,mentoring programs.. 


Volunteers can help Build Organizational Capacity. Develop this Talent.



This graphic illustrates the infrastructure needed at every single long-term tutoring and/or mentoring organization.  This talent map shows skills needed by each organization, and skills needed to support the growth of tutor/mentor organizations in all high poverty areas of metropolitan areas like Chicago. 


This article, titled "Mentor Role in Larger Youth Development Strategy",  is one of many in the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC library.  These can be used by any organization to help recruit talent and donors needed to build and sustain a distribution of resources to all of the areas with high poverty, poorly performing schools, and other indicators showing need for volunteer-based tutor, mentor and learning programs operating in non-school hours..


Below you can see a graphic showing four times a year when our collective efforts can help build public greater awareness and draw needed resources directly to the different tutoring and/or mentoring programs operating in the Chicago region.


Year Round Strategy This  is  an event cycle that repeats every year. You can read about this here .  Apply the thinking in this article to helping volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs grow in more places.


This is a strategy that is needed in every city with large pockets of concentrated poverty. If you already have a strategy in place, please connect with us in Chicago.


This graphic is from an animation created by an intern to provide a new interpretation of the "iceberg" graphic above.  


Youth in many tutor/mentor programs could be creating visualizations like this as part of their own skill-building and leadership development. 



Thrive Chicago Survey seeks to collect information about K-8 youth serving organizations.   Learn more 

This survey seeks to collect information from people who have been mentees in volunteer-based organizations. 
Learn more 


SmartForce Student Summit, Chicago, Sept.  8-13, 2014
Learn about careers in manufacturing technology. Free to middle school, high school students. Learn more at this link.  


Lights on Afterschool, October 23, 2014. Do you have an event planned? Learn more.


November 4, 2014 Election Toolkit, from Voices for Illinois Children. Click here


Have event announcements? Share with me on Twitter.   


President's Message.  


What I'm Reading...


Riots in St. Louis, Violence in Chicago, Little League Champions have been front page stories, as have conflicts in different parts of the world, and constant political commentary.

However, few of these stories do much to encourage people to form learning communities, reading clubs, etc. that lead to deeper understanding of problems and greater on-going commitment to solutions.


I created this graphic to show the purpose of all of the articles I write, and of the information you can find in the links included in this newsletter.

Newspaper stories, blog articles, Tweets and messages on Facebook can draw people from all parts of a metropolitan area like Chicago to information those people can use to build and sustain youth serving organizations that help youth move through school and into jobs and adult responsibilities.



Most of my blog articles include maps and graphics that illustrate the long-term process of helping kids move through school and into jobs. 



I've posted more than 100 graphics on Pinterest, with
links to blog articles showing how the graphic was used. For instance, this graphic is included in this blog article.

As you read about the Jackie Robinson Little League team, think of ways you could help sports teams reach youth in all high poverty areas of Chicago and other cities.

As you read about violence and race riots in Chicago and St. Louis, think of ways you and others could help build learning, mentoring and jobs programs in neighborhoods where people are isolated and have fewer opportunities.

My hope is that others will create their own graphics, or borrow mine, and create similar stories that mobilize volunteers and donors to support tutor/mentor programs.  If you search Google for "tutor mentor" then click on the images button, you will find this and many additional similar graphics.

As you find articles,  use your Twitter, Facebook and other social media to tell others to look at the same articles you are reading, or to gather in the same meetings that you are attending.

Anyone can take these roles.


The next Tutor/Mentor Conference in Chicago will be Friday, Nov. 7, 2014.
Sponsor donations are needed to help organize and pay for the conferences, and cover part of the costs of maintaining the web library and mapping resources. Sponsor donations are now eligible for tax deduction. Read about Becoming We the People taking role of fiscal agent for tutor/mentor conference.  

There's a lot of information in this newsletter. I hope you'll save it, and refer to it often in the coming month. Thank you for reading. If you'd like to connect with me, just reach out via one of the social media links below.    





Daniel F. Bassill 

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




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