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Recruitment of Volunteers is Just the Beginning. Year-Round Support.
September 2014 - Issue #135                                                                  Founded 1993 in Chicago
In This Issue
Support Volunteers
Role of Intermediaries
What I'm Reading
Quick Links

Use Tutor/Mentor Connection on-line library. 


While you can use a search engine like Google and find information to help you build and sustain a volunteer-based tutor/mentor program, you can also use the T/MC library.

The library has aggregated and categorized more than 2000 links to information leaders, volunteers and donors can use to build a collective understanding of where and why tutor/mentor programs are needed, as well as ways to support them more consistently for a longer period of years.   

Many of these links focus on Chicago. If you're collecting similar information, focused on a different city, please share the link to your library and I'll add it.  If you'd like to submit a link to the library just register, log in, and use the "Add a New Link" feature to suggest a link. These are moderated and if approved, your link will be added to the site.

What's New in the Library?
Use the sort feature to see most recent entries to the library.
Information Categories in Library

* education reform
* social capital
* drop out crisis
* mentoring
* tutoring
* prevention
* policy issues

Collaboration, Innovation & Process Improvement

Fund Raising and Philanthropy
* general operating
* challenges facing NPOs
* understanding philanthropy
* workplace giving

Volunteer Recruitment portals and resources


Blogs by leading thinkers , consultants, tutor/mentor programs, etc.

Homework Help

Chicago area youth program links

Programs & Networks in other cities

Volunteer Training. Conferences


Law, Poverty, Prevention

Poverty and Crime Maps

Technology and "cool tech tools"  

Link to


There are many additional categories in the library. Spend some time browsing the sections and bookmark those you'd like to visit again. 





Illustrated PDF strategy essays in Tutor/Mentor library.
Click here


Visualizations of strategy in Tutor/Mentor Pinterest library 


Mapping for Justice blog, with examples of how GIS maps can be used.  Click here.

The ideas shared in this monthly newsletter can be used by resource providers, political leaders, non profit leaders, volunteers and youth to help mentor-rich programs thrive in all of the neighborhoods where they are most needed.

If the newsletter does not format correctly in your email, or if you want to see this newsletter graphics and maps click this link:   


Share this with others who want to help youth in your city. 

Once You've Recruited a Volunteers, You Need to Provide On-Going Support
In this section of the Tutor/Mentor Connection library you can find links to nearly 200 youth serving organizations in the Chicago Region. In  this section  you can find links to tutor/mentor organizations around the country.

All who work on a school year calendar have been recruiting, training, screening and providing orientations to new and returning volunteers over the past two weeks, with a goal of having youth and volunteers matched and meeting together by the first week of October. Some like Tutoring Chicago and Chicago Lights have more than 400 volunteers. Others work with just a few volunteers.

As the graphic above suggests, recruiting a volunteer is just the beginning. Supporting that volunteer and helping him/her build a strong and growing relationship takes constant support.  In this section you can find links to training that can be used to support tutors and mentors.

If your organization spends time browsing these web sites you can find many ideas that you can apply to support your own volunteers and youth. This is an on-going learning process.

Network, Learn from Peers in Chicago Area

Plan to attend the November 7, 2014 Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference to learn from peers in other programs.

The next conference will be held at the Metcalfe Federal Building in Chicago on Friday, November 7, 2014.  The roster of workshop presenters is almost full. See the list here.

In this blog, JP Paulus of Do-Gooder Consulting describes his workshop and encourages others to attend the conference.  If you're a speaker, or have attended past conferences, I encourage you to write your own article and help build participation in the conference, and visibility for all tutor/mentor programs in the Chicago region.

See photo album from past conferences here 
See articles written by May 19, 2014 conference participants. 


Visit the Tutor/Mentor  Institute Video Channel  to see more ways to support the growth of youth tutoring,mentoring programs.. 

Volunteers can help high quality tutor/mentor programs grow in many places.


This graphic illustrates the role volunteers who are active in tutor/mentor programs, as well as others, can take to help mentor-rich programs grow in more places where they are needed.


This article, titled "Virtual Corporate Office",  is one of many in the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC library.  It shows how teams of volunteers from different companies can help programs grow in many places and support students and volunteers in many programs.


This article, titled "Community Information Collection, illustrates the role volunteers can take in building a library of information, and learning more about the different tutor/mentor programs in Chicago and other cities.


These articles can be used by any organization to to expand the way volunteers help a program grow. They can also be used by business, universities and faith groups, to expand the range of ideas for how they help needed social benefit organizations, like tutor/mentor programs, grow in more of the places where they are needed. 


TutorMentor StoreThis graphic illustrates that non-school programs can offer many different forms of learning and mentoring. The Tutor/Mentor Conferences and on-line meeting places are intended to share ideas that can be adopted in many places, while recruiting talent and operating dollars needed to help programs implement new ideas or keep improving old ideas.


On Pinterest I show many graphics that have been used in Tutor/Mentor articles. Many were created by interns, which illustrates another form of learning that volunteers could support in many different programs. In future conferences youth could be leading workshops using their own graphics to organize and communicate ideas.

What I'm reading:  

Boston Innovation Hub/Giving Common - combining data and mobilizing resources  - read more

People's Climate March & Mobilization, Sept. 21 in  NYC 
 Learn more  See Climate Change Video


College Graduation Rate info. See rates for your state.
Learn more at this link 


America's Public Schools Remain Highly Segregated.  Read article   


Lights on Afterschool, October 23, 2014. Do you have an event planned? Learn more.


November 4, 2014 Election Toolkit, from Voices for Illinois Children. Click here


These links can all be found in the Tutor/Mentor Connection Web Library If you find interesting article in the library, share with your friends and volunteers on Twitter.   


President's Message.  


Is your tutor/mentor program a "learning" organization?...


Once you have more than 25 to 50 people in your organization it becomes very difficult to provide individual training to each person, especially if you have a small staff, as is the case with many tutor/mentor programs.
I began building the Tutor/Mentor Connection library in the 1970s as part of an effort to support volunteers in the tutor/mentor program I was leading in Chicago. I was a volunteer with a full time advertising career. Our program had more than 200 volunteers by 1980. As I collected information for peers in other programs and from events I attended I shared this with my volunteers, including others who were in leader roles. Then I created opportunities for volunteers to interact with myself and each other, so we could support volunteers as they had questions, while encouraging them to draw from this web lib
That library continued to grow through the early 1990s and in 1998 it was moved to the internet, where it still continues to grow. Along the left side of this newsletter are links to different sections of the library.

I created this graphic to illustrate the need to mobilize volunteers from many sectors to create a " village " of support for kids in different neighborhoods.

Larger programs may have this mix of volunteers, but smaller programs usually don't. Thus, volunteers from multiple programs might band together to support each other and to bring new ideas, and resources into every program.

This won't happen unless leaders of big and small programs are encouraging their volunteers to look for Internet based resources and meeting places where they can share what they do, and learn from others.  Here's an article by Mark Carter, a volunteer in Chicago, that illustrates this process of learning.nk of ways you could help sports teams reach youth in all high poverty areas of Chicago and other cities.

Enough is Enough
This graphic was created by an intern. It communicates an idea first launched in a blog article in 2007 I've repeated over and over since 1993.

Anyone can take this role.
Volunteers in tutor/mentor programs can provide learning and leadership opportunities for the youth they work with, if they teach youth to create similar visualizations and blog articles.


The next Tutor/Mentor Conference in Chicago will be Friday, Nov. 7, 2014.
Sponsor donations are needed to help organize and pay for the conferences, and cover part of the costs of maintaining the web library and mapping resources. Sponsor donations are now eligible for tax deduction. Read about Becoming We the People taking role of fiscal agent for tutor/mentor conference.  
There's a lot of information in this newsletter. I hope you'll save it, and refer to it often in the coming month. Thank you for reading. If you'd like to connect with me, just reach out via one of the social media links below.    




Daniel F. Bassill 

Daniel Bassill
Tutor/Mentor Connection
Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC 




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