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.
December 2018 - Issue 176
Happy Holidays To All. May Your New Year be Blessed with Health, Happiness and Peace on Earth
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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Helping Youth Tutor, Mentor and Learning Organizations Attract Year-End Donations
By the time you received this the annual Giving Tuesday event will be over. Most organizations will not have generated nearly enough donations from this. Many did not participate.
Yet, the money raised during December is vital to the success of many youth serving organizations.
Here's some ideas that programs can still respond to.
Is your web site up-to-date? On the home page is there a photo showing a youth and volunteer connecting? This sounds obvious, but many programs do not signal their service to kids, especially if the tutor/mentor program is part of a larger organization.
Do you have a blog? If yes, is it up-to-date, with a story posted since September 2018, to show work you're doing NOW to help kids? Blogs on platforms like, and are FREE.  Enlist your kids and volunteers as story tellers who show the value of your organization.
If you have a page on Facebook, is it updated with one or more posts since September 2018? I look at many pages that have not been updated for more than a year. I can't tell if those organizations are active.  Do you post photos and/or videos on your FB page showing work you do?
Do you have a Twitter account? Do you post a Tweet at least once a week pointing to information on your web site that shows what you do, why you do it and how people can help you?  In the list of Chicago programs that I host, many have Twitter accounts, but only a few are active.  An example to look at are Tweets by different Big Brothers Big Sisters programs from around the country.  Here's links to  BBBS-NewYorkCity, BBBS TampaBay, BBBS Central Illinois, BBBS Chicago .   
Are you posting photos on Instagram? Cluster Tutoring, click here, is one of the users that you might try to learn from.   
What about LinkedIN? Do you post stories showing how your program benefits volunteers, and the companies they work for? See how TutoringChicago and Chicago Youth Centers are posting on LinkedIN.
What about other social media platforms? Send me examples showing how you use sites like, or Slideshare.  
Here's another question. Are you using your blog or web site to share your communications strategies, and program design, so others can learn from you?  This "shoppers guide" presentation offers some suggestions for information you might put on a web site or blog. 
Telling your story consistently takes time, and discipline. But it's essential for attracting needed resources to you.

Are you asking your volunteers, students, alumni and donors to post stories on social media telling of their involvement and encouraging others to help you?


Look at the articles on the Tutor/Mentor blog and see how I write articles weekly to urge people to support tutor/mentor programs throughout the Chicago region.
Anyone involved in the work of helping kids living in economically disadvantaged areas could be writing similar stories throughout the year. And while you want them to point to your program and its web site, they can also point to the need for well organized programs in all parts of Chicago, and to the concept map where I host my list of Chicago programs and point to other lists that can also be used.
A rising tide raises all boats!  That means what we each do to build support for the entire ecosystem of programs, benefits each program as a result.

Holiday Giving Ideas 
Gifts for people in your network. Gifts for youth organizations in your city. Gifts to help keep this newsletter coming to you.
Here are a few books that have come out recently that might be great gifts to give others.
Decolonizing Wealth, by Edgar Villanueva - click here
JustGiving: Why Philanthropy is Failing and How it Can Do Better, by Roberth Reich - click here
Just Mercy, A Story of Justice and Redemption,  by Bryan Stevenson - click here

The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills, by David A. Ansell - click here
Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do About It, by Richard Reeves -
click here
More than a Mentoring Program: Attacking Institutional Racism, by Graig R. Meyer and George W. Noblit - click here 

Making Volunteers: Civic Life After Welfare's End, by Nina Eliasoph - click here
What books would you recommend? Share with @tutormentorteam on Twitter.

While the books on my list can educate volunteers, donors and policy-makers, every youth program in Chicago and other places needs your year end donations. 

Above is a map of Chicago, showing youth organizations in the Tutor/Mentor Connection/Institute, LLC library.
You can find the map in this article. Click on the map, or browse this list of Chicago youth serving organizations. While each of these organizations differs in size, experience, strategy and location, they all need the same resources throughout the year to operate and look for ways to constantly increase their impact on the lives of young people and the volunteers who join these programs. For more help in locating youth programs to support, use the links provided on this concept map

Pick one or more and send them a year-end contribution. Get to know them and support them throughout 2019 and beyond.

Help the Tutor/Mentor Connection/Institute, LLC
I'm Dan Bassill. I created the Tutor/Mentor Connection in 1993 to support the growth of non-school tutor/mentor programs throughout Chicago and created the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC in 2011 to keep the T/MC alive in Chicago while sharing it with other cities. I need your help to keep maintaining my list of Chicago programs, the web library, blog articles, and this newsletter. 

Please visit my FUNDME  page and provide a year-end contribution.

Or, visit my 72nd birthday page, and send me a gift which I'll use to support this work. 

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 links added recently to Tutor/Mentor web library:
* Advancing Racial Equity with State Tax Policies - click here  
* Incarceration Reform - Digital Library - click here
* Digital Redlining - limiting of learning opportunities - click here
* eLearning eNcyclopedia being built on Google docs - click here
* The Inequality Chronicles - click here
* The Problem with Project Based Funding, and Recommendations - click here
*The Opportunity Atlas: Mapping Childhood Roots of Social Mobility - click here
* How Colonial Violence Came Home: Ugly Truth of 1st World War - click here
* Why Communities of Color are Getting Frustrated With Collective Impact - click here
* Wealth Inequality and the Fallacies of Impact Investing - click here
* Building Personal Learning Network on Twitter - click here
* How Does Where You Live Affect How Long You Live? - click here
* Mapping Opportunity - Casey Community Opportunity Map - 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:

* Strengthening Chicago Youth web site - click here  
* Thrive Chicago events calendar - click here

* MENTOR Illinois - current newsletter
* National Mentoring Summit - Jan 30, 2019 - click here
* To&Through Chicago Project focuses on college success. -  click here
* Civil Liberties - resource map (recommend other links). -click here
* Chicago Organizations in Intermediary Roles - click here

Additional resources from Tutor/Mentor Connection/Institute, LLC

* Video Library - click here
* Visualizations by Interns - click here
* Concept Map library - click here
* Links I frequently point to, including tutor, mentor training - click here
* Tutor/Mentor blog - click here
* MappingforJustice blog - click here
* Select blogs showing T/MC and T/MI goals - click here
* Hashtags I follow on Twitter. Use to expand your own network - click here

Chicago lost a giant voice for youth. RIP Phillip Jackson
The founder of Chicago's Black Star Project, passed away on November 4th, 2018. He was a friend and supporter of the Tutor/Mentor Connection since the mid 1990s. Here's a summary of Phil's work, from the Black Star Project web site.


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