Issue No. 101
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|* Back to School
* Once you have Volunteers
* Date Set for November 4, 2011 Tutor/Mentor Conference
* Maps Used in London
* President's Message - Talent, Time, Dollars
|Back-To-School Volunteer Recruitment Time|
country volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs are launching
communications programs to recruit volunteers. Below are resources to
support your efforts.
* VolunteerMatch - http://www.volunteermatch.org
* ChicagoVolunteer.net - http://www.chicagovolunteer.net
* Idealist - http://www.idealist.org
* Chicago Program Links - http://tinyurl.com/ChiTM-Program-Links
* Additional on-line volunteer search web sites http://tinyurl.com/T-MC-Volunteering
Volunteer Recruitment Ideas - http://tinyurl.com/TMC-Recruitment-Ideas
Enlist Leaders from Business, Religion, Media
While each non profit
is trying to find volunteers, not all have the advertising and marketing
strength needed to do this effectively. Look at these ideas of ways
leaders in business, religion, colleges and media can use their own
communications to help mobilize volunteers AND donors.
|Once You Have Volunteers, How to Keep them.|
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Providing on-going support and coaching
to help volunteers build relationships and learn to be effective tutors
and mentors is essential at every program. Here are links to some sites
with training ideas.
* Mentor Training links http://tinyurl.com/T-MCLibrary-mentor-training
Creating a Learning Organization
Do you have a section of your web site that points your
volunteers, students and donors to on-line resources where they can
learn more about why your organization is needed, ways they can be
involved, or what types of activities they might do each week? Do you
look at the web sites of other tutoring/mentoring organizations to learn
how they support volunteers and communicate their ideas?
* Homework help map http://tinyurl.com/TMC-HomeworkHelp-map
* Research section. Articles to read - http://tinyurl.com/TMLibrary-research
Problems with Tutor/Mentor Connection library:
Due to a change in the hosting platform we're not able to add or update links on the Chicago Program Links or the Library on the T/MC web site. The existing links still work and this remains a rich resource for everyone.
For many years we've been using the Discussion forum to add links to new ideas and that section is still working. You can log in and submit new information to any of the categories just as you would respond to a discussion board. For those hosting conferences or events this is where you can post announcements.
|Network and Learn. Tutor/Mentor Conference, November 4, 2011|
The next Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference will be held at the Metcalfe Federal Building on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011. Visit http://www.tutormentorconference.net for details
Graphic provided by Tutor/Mentor Connection -
Talent needed to help support Tutor/Mentor Institute and Tutor/Mentor Connection.
You're seeing two names used in this newsletter. That is because we've set up the Tutor/Mentor Institute to be an innovation center where we can develop tools like the Tutor/Mentor Program Locator and events like the Tutor/Mentor Conference with revenue from a wider range of sources than just philanthropy. We've also done this to give us time to build a new volunteer leadership board so that we can re-establish the Tutor/Mentor Connection as a non profit during the next 12 months.
This set of blog articles shows the change in structure taking place. -A New T/MC
This graphic shows the range of talent we're trying to mobilize to support tutor/mentor program growth in Chicago. If you want to help email email@example.com.
Talent Chart can be seen here. Click on nodes to see links - http://tinyurl.com/TMCSupportNet
|Examples of uses of Maps|
The map above shows areas of London recently targeted by gangs of youth bent on violence and vandalism. I wrote about it on this blog. http://mappingforjustice.blogspot.com/2011/08/london-riots-use-of-maps.html
This is one of many
ways visualizations can help focus attention on places where youth and
communities need extra support. In Texas, this web site is
being developed as a statewide resource to connect people who can help
with places where help is needed.
See Texas Connector
The Chicago Tutor/Mentor Program Locator at http://www.tutormentorprogramlocator.net uses maps as part of an ongoing effort to draw volunteers and donors to the various tutor/mentor programs listed in the Directory. However, we've not been able to find consistent volunteer or philanthropic support to keep this updated and to add additional features. We hope that by creating the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC we can attract partners and investors from other cities and states who will help us build and sustain this resource. Email if you want to help.
Volunteers, parents and
donors can also browse the list of links to the nearly 200 Chicago area youth organizations that we know of at:
Here are some other
sections of the T/MC library
* NCLB, Education links - http://tinyurl.com/TMC-NCLB-educaton
* Challenges facing non profits - http://tinyurl.com/TMC-ChallengesFacingNPOs
Service Learning opportunities – discussion
* Link to research section of tm library - http://tinyurl.com/TMLibrary-research
Submit your own link recommendations and post articles that talk about this information. Just register and log in at http://www.tutormentorconnection.org
|Life is a journey. Detours happen.|
by Daniel F. Bassill
For 18 years I've trying to innovate ways to draw volunteers and donors to tutor/mentor programs in Chicago, using a non profit collaboration with the Cabrini Connections program. Now I'm launching a new strategy to try to do this and I hope you'll help. I encourage you to read the blog articles at http://tutormentor.blogspot.com and join the forum at http://tutormentorconnection.ning.com to take a role in this next stage of our journey.
Want to build a Tutor/Mentor Connection-type
strategy in your own city? Hire the Tutor/Mentor Connection to be your
mentor and partner.
The Tutor/Mentor Connection is now organized by Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, which is not a 501-c-3 non profit, but a social enterprise that seeks to generate revenue from multiple sources including fees and sponsorships for conferences and training events, and an annual Chicagoland Tutor/Mentor Volunteer Recruitment campaign.
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|Daniel F. Bassill
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