CONNECT, NETWORK, SHARE IDEAS, HELP BUILD
GROWTH OF VOLUNTEER-BASED TUTOR/MENTOR
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Mobilize Year-End Support For Youth Tutoring
and/or Mentoring Programs in Your Community.
While volunteer-based tutoring and mentoring
programs depend on volunteer support, they also
require a foundation of financial support to provide
high quality, on-going, support to youth and
volunteers. During the last four weeks of the year
every program will be sending out holiday appeals.
People in business, faith groups, colleges, social
groups, etc. can help them attract donors by
creating a graphic like this and putting it on web
sites, blogs, company newsletters, social media,
etc. with a link to web sites that include a list of
youth serving organizations in your community and by
pointing to this list with a "Do Something to Help"
message on a weekly basis throughout the holiday
Good Luck to all
Organizations Registered to Raise Money on December
2. Read more about the
Illinois Gives Big! campaign. See
this list of youth serving organizations.
this link to learn more about activities planned
nationally. Use social media to connect with
Illinois tutoring and/or mentoring organizations.
42th Tutor/Mentor Leadership and
Networking Conference held in Chicago on
Friday, Nov. 7th.
Thank you to everyone who volunteered to host a
workshop in the November 7th Tutor/Mentor Conference
and to all who participated. The
will be available through January.
The next conference will be held on May 8, 2015 at
the same location. See
from this and past conferences.
Each conference seeks to offer workshops on
planning, evaluation, recruitment, training,
marketing, and other topics relevant to
tutoring/mentoring youth at different ages.
http://www.tutormentorconference.org to learn
how you can be part of the May 8, 2015 conference.
Use these resources to continue your
founder of Tutor/Mentor Connection began
building a library of resources while leading a
single tutor/mentor program in Chicago in the
1970s. Since 1993 this library has grown, and it
is shared to help others build and sustain their
own programs in Chicago and other cities.
Resources for volunteers, youth and
Resources for fund raising, volunteer
Ideas for helping Volunteer-Based Tutor/Mentor
Programs Reach Youth in All High Poverty
Add to this library.
and log in at
submit resources you find valuable. Add your
blog to the blog list and add your tutor/mentor
program to the Chicago Programs or National
Helping Youth Through School
and Into Jobs -Who is leading this
Chicago nearly 400,000 youth are in the
public school system and more than half
live in high poverty neighborhoods. In
the suburbs a growing
number of youth live in high poverty
This graphic is one of many that have been
created to illustrate the need for
long-term, comprehensive strategies that
help youth move from pre-school through high
school, then through post high school
education and into jobs and careers. You
can see this and many others on
and find links to on-line stories where
graphics like this have been used. Search on
Google for "tutor mentor" then look at the "images"
feature. See additional graphics and how
they are used in blogs. Do the same to
communicate your own ideas.
A year ago Dan Pallotta delivered an
TED talk illustrating the need for
funding to support talent, advertising,
investment, innovation and infrastructure in
non profit organizations.
Without more people working to show the
infrastructure needed to support
high-quality, on-going mentoring and
tutoring, too few programs will be available
in most cities to serve all of the youth who
might benefit from such programs.
Anyone can be actively involved in building
of people who are reviewing the web sites I
point to and getting together in small
groups to reflect, talk about the ideas,
then take actions that help support
non-school learning programs in their
Here are a couple of articles that
illustrate this potential:
If you've found places where this discussion
is taking place,
or if you're interested in facilitating this
discussion within the world of youth serving
organizations, please send an invitation for
myself and others from my network to join
How To Sustain Focus on Solving
from the President and Founder
If you were to look at my newsletter
archive, you'd see that the newsletters I
write each month seem to repeat the same
messages from year to year. That's because
each year the same 12-month January-December
cycle requires leadership to help youth and
volunteers connect in tutor/mentor programs,
while also helping program leaders find
ideas and operating resources needed to
support those volunteers.
I've included these two newspaper stories
from the Chicago Tribune (1994) and Chicago
Sun-Times (1992) to emphasize that the
stories appearing in 2014 media are just
continuations of problems that have been
around for a long time. They remind
me of my own commitment, which needs to be
renewed on a regular basis.
Why has so little changed? Why have
we not solved these?
One reason is
that people are focused on their own
problems, as well as tragedies from around
the world. I wrote a blog article in 2011
War. Another Tsunami. Another Day.
which expressed my frustration at how
difficult it was to sustain a youth
mentoring program, or an intermediary
network like Tutor/Mentor Connection, when
so many national, global, environmental,
financial and personal obstacles made it
difficult, or almost impossible, to continue
to operate from day to day, and year-to
Another reason is that no one, including
myself, has ever had the money needed to
keep this issue in front of millions of
people on a weekly basis, for many years, or
to build and sustain learning and
collaboration platforms that would engage
all of those who need to be involved, for as
long as it takes to build and sustain
strategies that provide greater opportunity
and hope to those who live in neighborhoods
with high levels of poverty.
I've organized a
Tutor/Mentor Conference in Chicago every
six months since May 1994
encourage people involved with
volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs to
connect with each other, exchange ideas, and
build supportive relationships. However,
they've also been intended to build
attention for all tutor/mentor programs in
Chicago, and draw volunteers and donors
to each youth serving program in the
Chicago region (see
, just like the
corporate advertising of big companies seeks
to draw customers to every store they
operate. 81 people participated in the most
recent conference on November 7, 2014. While
they may have benefited, this is far to
small a gathering to impact the way youth
and youth serving organizations throughout
the region are supported.
Connecting people to on-line libraries
expands the information they have to
innovate solutions in their own communities
and expands the range of people who might
help them. See what I mean by "Knowledge
Based Problem Solving" http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2014/11/what-does-knowledge-based-problem.html
The graphic at the right is from a PDF essay
titled "Building a Network of Shared
, which you can
. While my collection of essays
on Scribd.com have been viewed over 72,000
times in the past two years, that's not
nearly enough to have an impact.
Until more youth and adults, in
different sectors, and different cities, are
creating similar visualizations, with
, there won't be a
consistent effort to make mentor-rich,
non-school programs available in every high
poverty neighborhood of any city.
A lot of money will be spent.
However, that does not mean we are reaching
youth in all places where they need help or
that we're providing consistent,
age-appropriate mentoring, tutoring and
learning, that helps youth in thousands of
neighborhoods move from first grade to first
Some programs will find enough funding and
talent to operate in a few places. Most
places won't have the flow of resources and
talent needed to build and sustain long-term
Information Overload? Too much?
There is a lot of information.
However, it's not intended to be learned in
a day. It's a resource for on-going
learning. I encourage you to engage
a team of youth and volunteers the way I've
for the past 9 years. Youth can spend time
browsing sections of the Tutor/Mentor
Institute, LLC and Tutor/Mentor Connection
web sites, then create visualizations,
videos and blogs to share what they learn
with others in their organization. They can
even do this as part of formal class
assignments or community service
involve youth and volunteers in this
process you also create new leaders who are
more aware of ways to support the growth of
youth serving programs in more places.
There's much to do. We can't let the daily
distractions keep us from trying to do it.
I've been invited to share this
2015 Susan F. Berkowitz Award
Outstanding Service to Children. Application
due 1/16/2015 See
Metro Intergenerational Committee (CMIC)
is in the process of identifying active
intergenerational programs in the greater
If your program meets the Generations United
description of an intergenerational program
that " purposefully brings together people
of different generations in ongoing,
mutually beneficial, planned activities,
designed to achieve specified program goals"
please complete this short survey. - and
feel free to share with others you know who
may be engaging in IG programming
Support Dan Bassill and Tutor/Mentor
Since 2011 the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC
has continued the work started by the
Tutor/Mentor Connection, which Dan Bassill
and a small group of volunteers created in
1993. While I'm not operating as a 501-c-3
non profit structure, I am seeking your
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Sharing this information.
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