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.

July 2016 - Issue 149
Who Is Helping Recruit Volunteers for Tutor and Mentor Organizations in your City?
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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School Starts Again in a Few Weeks. Every Youth Tutoring, Mentoring and Learning Org is Looking for Volunteers.
What can businesses, faith groups, media, celebrities, etc. do to help?
From 1995 to 2002 the Tutor/Mentor Connection, which I founded in 1993, organized a Chicagoland Tutor/Mentor Volunteer Recruitment Campaign, intended to help every youth serving organization in the Chicago region attract volunteers as the school year was starting.
One strategy was to develop sample ads, that could be placed in media by businesses, faith groups, etc. In the graphic above, I show the ad in the EXTRA newspaper, along with a template that programs could use in 2016.  Such ads can point to the list of programs I've been maintaining, or to other places which also host lists of programs, or just to a single program's web site. This link points to several different sites where people can search for volunteer opportunities in the Chicago region.
Since it's mid July already, many volunteer recruitment strategies should already be in place. It's time to execute those strategies. However, since this is an annual event, this page on my web site shows the strategies I developed in the 1990s.
While these focus on Chicago, they can be applied in any city.  I'd be happy to serve as a consultant or resource.
Here's a blog article I wrote in July, focusing on volunteer recruitment and the need to collaborate, or work collectively, to mobilize more volunteers, and donors, to support youth serving organizations throughout a big city like Chicago.

If you'd like PDF copies of sample ads shown above, email me using the address below.
What's Happening at Chicago area Tutor and Mentor Organizations?
How much do you connect and learn from your peers? How do you tell your story on the Internet?
One way I stay informed is by looking at what Chicago area tutoring and/or mentoring programs are putting on Twitter and/or Facebook, as well as what they are putting on their web sites. 

Connecting with other programs on Facebook.  The easiest way to learn what other programs are doing is to look at their Facebook pages. The way I've done this is to look at web sites of programs I maintain on this list.  I find their Facebook link, and then visit their page and click on the "like" button. I've created a list of programs on Facebook, so this would be easier for others to do.

Then, on a regular basis, daily or weekly, I just click on the Pages Feed button, on the left side of my home page, and scroll down through the listings to see what's being posted. 

Several Chicago youth organizations are very consistent, and creative, in sharing photo stories on a regular basis. Spend time looking at these and add the ideas to your own communications strategy.
You can also follow what Chicago and national youth serving organizations are sharing on Twitter, by clicking on my TMPrograms list, then scrolling through what's being posted.  Unfortunately, only a few Chicago programs are active on Twitter. My list includes organizations from around the country, so don't limit where you look to find ideas for your own organization.
Looking at program web sites (here's my list) provides the most information about individual youth serving organizations. I organize my list by sections of the city and suburbs to make it easier for parents, volunteers, donors, etc. to find programs near where they live or work.  Many of the web sites are full of information. Some don't have as much.

Thus, most organizations are constantly struggling to find resources.
My vision has been that a program's web site should serve as it's grant proposal, and that donors and volunteers should be educated to seek out programs in different parts of the city and suburbs, in response to negative news or other reminders.  I created this SHOPPER GUIDE PDF to show a list of things that I feel should be included on a web site, to fully inform site visitors.  Very few organizations actually include most of this information on their web sites.

One opportunity that most programs miss, is using blogs to share their vision, successes and challenges with each other and with the public. If you browse articles I've posted since 2005, I'm pretty open about what I'm trying to influence.  If you look at this blog on the AllStars Project web site, and click into the video, you'll see a clear statement of some of the challenges non-school youth development programs face.   I would like to be able expand this list of blogs, where leaders of tutoring and mentoring programs are sharing their own ideas in a similar way. Send me your blog address and I'll add it to the list.
Recommended Reading:
* Some focus on the act of tutoring or mentoring. I focus on the infrastructure. click here
* Reducing poverty and inequality. Four strategies to repeat daily - click here
* All Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter. click here 

* War on Poverty. A Role Anyone Can Take - click here 
As we enter the second half of 2016 the conditions that motivated us to create the T/MC in 1993 still exist.  However, because we have a 20 year history, new leaders have a wealth of ideas to follow if they want to take on this intermediary role.
Are You Part of On-Line Learning Communities? 
In order to overcome the huge challenges we face as we try to help youth move through school and into adult roles free of poverty, we need to be learning from many others.
I started connecting with peers in other Chicago tutor/mentor programs in the mid 1970s because I was looking for more ideas to help me lead the program at Montgomery Ward.
I started connecting with people from around the world, via the Internet, in 1997, for the same reason. I've been trying to bring peers from Chicagoland into this on-line learning environment since launching my first Tutor/Mentor Connection web site in 1998.
As we connect, build relationships, and learn from each other, and identify common challenges, my vision is that we learn to work collectively to overcome those challenges.


The home page of that first web site included this graphic, illustrating the goal of connecting people and ideas from many different sectors.  If you browse the four sections of the current Tutor/Mentor web library, you'll find ideas from more than 2000 web sites.  If you click here, you'll find a "talent needed" map, similar in purpose to the graphic shown above.
The amount of information available on the Internet is overwhelming. The time available to spend learning is still limited by a 24 hour day, with sleep, eating, work and family taking up most of those hours. Thus, finding other people who can help you find what you're looking for, when you are looking, is a really valuable skill.
The map at the top of this section shows participants in a 2016 Connected Learning MOOC, #clmooc.  It's an on-line network of educators and learners from around the world.  We connect in a Google group, on Twitter, on Facebook, and in a wide range of other mediums. I first joined this group in 2013 and have participated each year since then, building stronger relationships with a few other participants each year. View blog articles showing some of these connections, at this link.
For the past couple of years, I've been concerned about how few people from Chicago and other big cities show up on the CLMOOC map. I've also been concerned that I cannot find other on-line gatherings with a large participation of Chicago youth serving organizations, donors, evaluators, etc.  If only a few of us from Chicago are participating in these online communities, and connecting with each other, how can we impact the lives of thousands of youth who need extra help to overcome the challenges of concentrated poverty? So, if you're reading this, and interested, I encourage you to visit this site, learn more, and sign up. It is FREE.
Then, I hope a few will visit the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC web site and read about the eLearning goals that I first posted in 2004 and which still drive my efforts.  I'd like to see a cMOOC type on-line event held at four key times each year, such as during August/September when we're all looking for volunteers, with maps showing hundreds of programs, volunteers, donors and business volunteers, involved in the sharing and learning.
If you'd like to help make this happen, please reach out to me.
Recommended reading:
* Who Am I? #CLMOOC Introduction - click here
* Building Knowledge Base to Support Youth Development - click here

* Learning from Others. Web Libraries - click here
* Connecting with Chicago area Universities - Since 1994 - click here
* Asking the Right Questions. Using Map Stories - click here 
Search Google for "tutor mentor" and any of the words in the tag cloud shown on this page .  Find many more ideas I've shared in Internet communities.


Resources to Help You Locate Tutor and/or Mentor Programs in the Chicago region.
Use these lists to find contact information for non-school tutor, mentor and learning programs in Chicago region. 
Chicago Program list -

Map showing locations of Chicago Programs - click here

Facebook pages for Chicago area youth programs - click here 

Map showing intermediaries supporting Chicago youth serving organization - click here

Facebook list of intermediaries -click here

Map pointing to other resources to use in finding volunteer opportunities in Chicago, and other cities - click here

To add, correct or update information email me using the address shown below.
Is anyone else maintaining this type of resource library in Chicago, or in  other cities?  If you're not in Chicago, and  have someone maintaining program lists like I do, you can duplicate the same actions and strategies as I'm sharing with people in Chicago.

If you'd like my help to develop your strategy, I'm available.


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