Edition: April 2012
Issue No. 109
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* National Volunteer Week - Give Time, Talent, Dollars to a Tutor/Mentor Program
* Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking event - June 14 in Chicago
* Visualization of ideas and strategies
* Connecting Networks - Learning from Others
* President's Message - Connecting tutor/mentor programs and supporters
issue 01
National Volunteer Week - Every Week!

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The purpose of all of this information is to stimulate year-round actions by leaders in business, media, entertainment, etc. that dramatically increase the flow of volunteers, dollars, ideas and other needed resources directly to all of the organizations in Chicago and other cities working to help youth move from birth to work and adult roles.


Below are resource libraries that can be used to locate individual programs, and where non profits can post "help wanted" information. These links can be used to find volunteer opportunities in tutor/mentor programs in Illinois and in other states.

* MENTOR resources and referral service - http://www.mentoring.org/program_resources  
* ServeIllinois -    http://www.serve.illinois.gov/

* VolunteerMatch - http://www.volunteermatch.org
* Chicago Program Links - http://tinyurl.com/ChiTM-Program-Links
* Additional on-line volunteer search web sites

Connect with tutor/mentor program leaders - June 14, Chicago  

Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, with partnership from Becoming We the People and The Social Justice Council  at the First Unitarian Church in Hyde Park, will host a one day Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference symposium focusing on "Advancing Equality in Education" .  This will run from 8:30 am till 1pm and will consist of a series of panel discussions and breakout sessions. Speakers and panel members are now being recruited.  See more  information about the conference at http://www.tutormentorconference.org

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The theme of this one-day event will be to celebrate successes at different tutor/mentor programs in the Chicago region while also identify challenges and lack of availability of tutor/mentor programs and extra learning opportunities in many high poverty neighborhoods. It's also intended to connect networks of leaders who may be working on this same problem, but through different organizational structures.

While many of those who are directly involved with operating a youth tutoring and/or mentoring programs know the challenges you face, aggregating information via surveys can provide information we each can share with potential supporters, and that we can discuss when we gather for conferences and planning seminars.  I encourage you to add comments in this quick Survey on Linked In: 


We will attempt to record the panel discussions so they can be redistributed via YouTube and CLTV. Here are videos from past discussions:

Panel Discussion From Monday, January 30 panel discussion - at http://youtu.be/ee9T6IGSIv8

Panel Discussion From November 2011 Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference

Tutor/Mentor Institute Video Channel - http://www.youtube.com/user/TutorMentorInstitute?ob=0&feature=results_main

Becoming We the People YouTube Channel - http://www.youtube.com/user/BecomingWeThePeople?feature=watch


Additional Upcoming events and News you may be interested in:

Mentor Summit in Indianapolis, Saturday, April 28 - http://www.tutormentorsummitindy.com/

National Conference on Volunteerism and Community Service to be held in Chicago, June 18-20, 2012 http://www.volunteeringandservice.org/

Nominate an afterschool program for the MetLife innovation award - https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MetLifeInnovator2012  

You can share information about your own events if you join the Tutor/Mentor Connection forum at http://tutormentorconnection.ning.com or our group on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/TutorMentorInstitute/


issue 02  
New Visualizations Help Communicate Ideas and Strategies  

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For almost 20 years I've been creating visualizations to help communicate ideas and strategies.  This essay shows some of these graphics and briefly describes their purpose. http://www.scribd.com/daniel-f-bassill-7291/d/76074810-Visualize-Ideas-and-Strategies-for-Mentoring-Youth-to-Jobs-and-Careers


Since 2006 Interns from IIT and other Universities have worked with Tutor/Mentor Connection to build their own understanding of T/MC strategies and ideas and to create new visualizations that share these ideas. This work continued in January/February 2012 under the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC umbrella. Work done by interns is described in this article. http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2012/02/interns-help-visualize-hope-and.html


Read more about how students in high schools and colleges could take part in this strategy http://tinyurl.com/InfoCollectionEffort


issue 03  
Connecting Networks -  Where Are You Networking and Learning?  

Below is the front page from a 1994 Chicago Tribune. It shows where more than 240,000 kids were living in high poverty neighborhoods of Chicago. With maps to show where the problem is, why have leaders not been able to mobilize resources and talent to help kids in those neighborhoods move through school and into jobs by now?

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How many millions of dollars have been spent in past 50 years to overcome the challenges of poverty. Why haven't we made more progress? What have we learned? What are some of the obstacles?  The Bridgespan Group has released a report titled Next Generation of Community Revitalization: A Work in Progress, which offers a thoughtful analysis of some of the challenges we face in solving complex problems.  See http://www.bridgespan.org/next-generation-community-revitalization.aspx?resource=Articles

I summarized these challenges in my own article at http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2012/04/connecting-networks-opening-silos.html


Without using the internet can we ever connect enough people often enough to understand these issues and converge on solutions that can be supported consistently for decades? Here are some resources/ideas to share with your own learning communities:

Change MOOC! - a Massive Open Online Course.  - http://change.mooc.ca/week01.htm
This site models a form of collective learning where students, non profit leaders, parents, volunteers, etc. can do independent, on-going learning about topics of interest. If you understand how a MOOC is organized and its purpose, then you are better prepared to use the resources of this newsletter and the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC library of articles.

Learning Change Project supports and empowers a community of change agents - http://gfbertini.wordpress.com/about/
Once you've formed a group of learners, sites like this Learning Change Project can stimulate your thinking and help students and volunteers working in schools and non-school programs become agents of change in their communities. I encourage you to read this article about solving complex problems - http://gfbertini.wordpress.com/2012/04/11/the-decision-making-process-for-complex-situations-in-a-complex-environment/

Learning 2gether - a Space where Educators can Learn Together - This wiki describes an open learning network that has been connecting ESL teachers from around the world for over a decade. http://learning2gether.pbworks.com/w/page/32204849/FrontPage  --  I hosted a presentation in this forum on April 15, 2012. The recording is at http://tinyurl.com/2012apr15bassill

Classroom 20.org is another forum where educators can connect for on-going learning. Over 65,000 people have joined in just 5 years. http://www.classroom20.com/ 

Use Tutor/Mentor Connection on-line library.  While you can search Google and find information to help you build and sustain a volunteer-based tutor/mentor program, you can also use the T/MC library where I've already 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.  See http://tinyurl.com/T-MC-Library 

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.




president's message
What might we do to connect thousands of tutor/mentor leaders, volunteers and supporters in an on-going learning and collaboration process?

by Daniel F. Bassill

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I have links to more than 200 Chicago area youth serving organizations in the Tutor/Mentor Connection library. I link to hundreds of additional youth organizations, networks, researchers and institutes in other parts of the library. I visit the web sites and see that many do a great job of showing what they do. However I don't see many direct service providers using their web sites to share their vision, strategy and theory of change.

I share my own ideas, based on 35 years of connecting volunteers and youth in a tutor/mentor program in articles at  http://www.scribd.com/daniel-f-bassill-7291 and in a blog at http://tutormentor.blogspot.com as well as on the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC web site at http://www.tutormentorexchange.net

I encourage other leaders to do this, as well as students and volunteers.  Especially leaders who are investing new donor money to build networks intended to help kids succeed in school, avoid violence, and prepare for 21st century jobs.

 We can attract more attention to tutoring and/or mentoring. We can attract more volunteers and perhaps even a more consistent flow of operating dollars to all of the different programs needed in big cities like Chicago.  When we share our vision on the internet we know each other better when we gather for face to face conferences and in on-line forums we know more about what each of us is thinking and where we might find common ground to work together. We can each build stronger programs by learning from the ideas and information shared by everyone else.

Read more about ways of working together at: http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/search/label/collaboration

I'm still trying to innovate new ways to generate revenue to support the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC and the information collection and sharing that this newsletter represents.

* Support the Tutor/Mentor Institute - This describes the information platform we're trying to build and ways you can be a sponsor, partner and/or benefactor -  

There are many ways you can contribute, invest and/or sponsor the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC. See http://www.tutormentorexchange.net/give-5

Thank you for reading. 


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Daniel F. Bassill
Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC
and Tutor/Mentor Connection

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