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.

February-March 2018 - Issue 167
Olympics, Football, Baseball - What Can Youth Organizations Learn about Building Great Teams?

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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.  Spend a little time each week reading the articles and following the links. Use in group discussions with people who are concerned about the same issues. Create a blog like this sharing your own ideas.
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Great Youth-Serving Organizations Need Same Support at Winning Sports Teams & Olympic Athletes
While there are only one or two pro sports teams in most big cities, and only a few athletes make it to the Olympic Games, many great K-12 tutor, mentor and learning programs are needed in every large city.
You can find this graphic in this Tutor/Mentor blog article.
Maps of Chicago and other cities show where poverty is most concentrated. These are areas where youth and families need good schools, and where they need great non school tutor, mentor and learning programs.  
If you think of the time and effort spent by individual athletes, such as pro football players or Winter Olympics stars, none became great without out the help of coaches, trainers, sponsors, parents and many others.

No youth program starts off great. It takes a few years to build trust, participation, a culture, and a support system.  And, it takes 12 years for a first grader to finish high school.  
Each program needs a board of directors and diverse base of volunteers along with community support and a consistent source of funding to become great, then stay great for many years.  
This is not a new message. It's one that I start every year with and that I support throughout the year with blog articles, social media posts and many one-on-one conversations.
One role anyone can take, even professional athletes, is to read these, then share them with your friends and fans. Help increase the number of people working to help mentor-rich youth programs reach k-12 youth in all high poverty neighborhoods.
Recommended reading: 
* Chasing the Holy Grail of Outcomes. Does this resonate with you? article

* Understand challenges facing nonprofits - map of book "Uncharitable". read

* NANOE - reformation needed in non profit funding - read
* Articles in Tutor/Mentor library - re: Funding/Philanthropy - take time to read

* Sports and Violence in Chicago. Solutions needed. read
Read, reflect, share, discuss --- then apply these ideas.
We all want the same result, don't we?
I don't focus on just the acts of tutoring and/or mentoring. I focus on the work needed to build and sustain long-term programs that help more youth stay in school, be safe in non-school hours, graduate from high school, and move on through next levels of learning and into jobs, careers and adult responsibilities.
You can find this graphic in this article where I ask "What do we need to do to fill every high poverty neighborhood with great non-school tutor, mentor and learning programs"
Every month I send out this newsletter, and I always include one section showing maps and visualizations I've created since 1994 to show where existing non-school tutoring/mentoring programs are located in Chicago and where more are needed...and to show roles leaders can take to draw attention and needed support to programs in every high poverty neighborhood.
Visit this page to see my most updated list of Chicago area programs. 

This graphic shows the number of programs in my list for different sections of the city and suburbs (view article with map).  For this information to remain useful, I need help from people in different areas who will help update my information, tell me about new programs, or programs I don't know about, and tell me when programs are no longer operating. 
Recommended Reading:
* Building collaboration and community - articles in Tutor/Mentor Library

* Connecting People and Ideas using Twitter. View archive showing Tweets I've posted focusing on #learning, #mapping, etc. - click here
*  World needs knowledge catalysts - read

* Mentoring Month Ending - Work of Building Strong Programs Continues - read
These ideas can be used in Chicago or any other place where youth and families struggle with concentrated poverty. Anyone can begin reading and sharing this information. Invite people in your network to subscribe and join in the learning.  
Resources for Tutors, Mentors, Parents, Students, Leaders - Including Black History Month Links
The second half of the school year has started and there are four more months of weekly tutoring, mentoring and learning. Everyone will be looking for "what do I do?" ideas. 
This concept map shows "homework help and learning resources" in the Tutor/Mentor web library. It can be seen in this article.
Another way to know what's in the library is to visit this article, where I have a list of links that I point to often in my articles. This points you to each sub section of the web library, my visual PDF presentations and my concept maps. 

Are you a Learning Organization? Do you have a strategy similar to that which is visualized in this cMap?
There is so much that students, volunteers, staff, board members, donors, etc. need to know. No training programs, except perhaps a PhD track at a  university, can deliver even a fraction of this information to everyone who needs it.
I learned this more than 30 years ago as I led a volunteer-based tutor/mentor program in Chicago that averaged 200-300 volunteers and youth each week between 1980 and 1990. I had a full-time advertising job. My role leading the program was as a volunteer.

Thus, I began to build a library of information and used my weekly newsletters to encourage everyone to spend time on their own reading and learning. Since 1998 this library has been on the internet, and my efforts have focused on building habits among all involved, to visit my web sites and search out information you wanted. At the same time, I was pointing you to information that would stretch your own ideas for why tutor/mentor programs were needed, where they were most needed, and ways people could help them grow.
Do you have a strategy like this in your own organization?
Here are some resources you'll find in the library (repeated from last month) .
Understanding Black History, Race and Class in America. Three sections of the web library contain articles related to this topic.
* Black History month - click here
* Poverty, Race and Inequality - click here
* Equal Justice, Poverty Law & Juvenile Justice - click here
Here' are some other links of interest that are recent additions to the web library:
* From Poverty to Power blog. After 100 years, why are women still marching? read
* Ways to Engage Volunteers and help your NPO - read
* Trickle Down Norms, by Richard Reeves - read
* History of Race and Racism in America - NY Times - read
* Education Can't Solve Poverty. So Why Do We Keep Insisting That It Can - click here
* 21st Century Skills Every Student Needs - read
* Engage students in local-global problem solving - click here
* Constellation Model of Collaboration (was put in T/MC library in 2000s). read
Other links of interest:
* ILGiveBig Spring Giving Day - May 3, 2018. Details

* To&Through Project website. Find information showing progress of CPS freshmen to and through 4-year college. Find ways to help.  click here

* MENTOR Illinois resources for mentors page - click here

* Indiana Afterschool Network Out-of-School-Time Conference, April 9, 2018 - details
* Chicago Organizations in Intermediary Roles - click here
* See what's being discussed on Twitter - use Tutor/Mentor #hashtag map 
*  View past Tutor/Mentor Newsletters - use for on-going learning - 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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