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 January 2015 - Issue #138                                  Sharing ideas, connecting adults and youth, since 1993

January is National Mentoring Month. Celebrate!
Share your stories. Help build support.
 Visit the National Mentoring Month web site and learn about all the ways you can participate in and support organized mentoring programs in your community.

Visit the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC web site and blogs and learn about ways you can support volunteer-based tutoring/mentoring and learning programs operating in high poverty areas of Chicago and other cities.

View the Tutor/Mentor Institute LLC graphics on Pinterest. Do a Google search for "tutor mentor" then look at the images. Visit web sites of other organizations and leaders who focus on the well-being of youth.  See how T/MI focuses on the distribution of programs within geographic areas, and the growth of mentor-rich programs that constantly improve by learning from each other, from their own work, and by the consistent support they receive from volunteers and donors.

View this information and discuss with your own family, business and/or faith community.


The National Mentoring Summit will be held in Washington, DC on January 28-30, 2015.  Learn more. stay connected to the Summit on social media by using the hashtag #MentoringSummit2015 on Twitter and Facebook.

While these events focus specifically on volunteer-based mentoring, every organization who engages youth in volunteer based TUTORING and mentoring can engage their youth and volunteers in similar activities on the same dates.


Building New Adults
Engage in Deeper Learning On-line



What is Deeper Learning?  Visit the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation web site and learn more. See how this applies to learning by youth. Consider how it might apply to learning by adults. See how this was incorporated into a 2014 MOOC:

While many focus on the act of mentoring, or tutoring, the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC
focuses on the actions that would make well organized non-school tutor and/or mentoring programs available in more places, and that would help each program constantly improve their ability to support long-term connections between youth and volunteers and on-going deeper learning that transforms the lives of youth, adults and others in communities throughout the US and the world.  

As we enter 2015 we face many challenges, locally and globally.
How do we get from where we are today (here) to where we want to be in the future (there). That's what the graphic at the left illustrates.  Where are groups of people discussing problems like poverty, violence, workforce development, intolerance, hate, terrorism, etc. and using systems thinking tools, as described in this article, to map and visualize long-term strategies that engage a growing number of people in solving these problems?





Below are sites where Tutor/Mentor Connection and Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC connect with others and share ideas from our own experiences, and an extensive web library. 



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* Linked in group on volunteering -  Build Support for Volunteer Based Tutor/Mentor Programs
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* Tutor/Mentor Connection forum at 
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Next Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference in Chicago will be May 8, 2015

The next conference will be held at Metcalfe Federal Building in Chicago.  Workshops are being organized now. View this list of suggested topics.

Use this form to submit a workshop proposal:  

Oucomes we want
We all want the same result, don't we?

"America's Cities are poorer, sicker, less educated, and more violent than at any time in my lifetime. The physical problems are obvious. The jobs have disappeared. A genuine depression has hit cities." 

This is not from an article written in 2014, but from an article written by Senator Bill Bradley, in 1992.  I've posted the actual article in the January 10, 2015 Tutor/Mentor Blog.

This is one of dozens of map stories I've created since 1993, which aim to draw consistent participation in discussions that make needed non-school tutoring, mentoring and learning programs available to youth in areas of high poverty.  It's a strategy that will only work if it is adopted and consistently supported by hundreds, or even thousands, of other people in business, religion, media, education, etc.  See more like this here and here.

I've received many awards and have been interviewed often over the past 40 years. Recognition by peers is special.

In December 14, Kelly Fair, Executive Director of Polished Pebbles posted an interview of Dan Bassill, founder of the Tutor/Mentor Connection (1993) and Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC (2011) on her blog,  calling me a "Social Service Samurai".

In September 2014 Steve Sewell, of Chicago Civic Media, spent some time browsing the Tutor/Mentor Connection and Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC sites and talking with me over coffee. He wrote this introduction.  In November he wrote this article to describe the Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference.

You can find more articles and interviews from past years at this link

These show a depth of experience and knowledge that I've built over the past 40 years and that I share freely on a variety of web sites and blogs.

Since 2011 I've operated as Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, without a non profit organizational structure or tax exempt status. I've not yet found sponsors to support my efforts, or a way to fund my idea sharing on a consultancy basis.

mailbox I hope some of you recognize and value this and can help provide the operating dollars needed to continue gathering and sharing ideas the way I do. Thank you to those who have already sent financial support in 2014.

 If you can add your own contribution to support 2015 activities, please do so today.

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