Edition: August 2012
Issue No. 112
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* Encourage volunteer involvement
* Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking event - Nov. 19 in Chicago
* Resources to help volunteer tutors and mentors
* Connecting networks and breaking down silos
* President's Message - Connecting those who care
issue 01
Encourage employees, congregations, friends to volunteer in area programs

School starts in a few weeks (and  has already started in some places) and volunteer-based tutoring and mentoring programs are now searching for volunteers to support 2012-13 school year activities. Anyone can take a role in telling stories of area tutor/mentor programs and in pointing to on-line directories that help volunteers, parents and donors find programs operating in Chicago or other cities.


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If you're writing stories to support Back-to-School Volunteer Recruitment, share them with us and each other on Facebook, Twitter, Linked in.  Include the links below in your stories.

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

* VolunteerMatch - http://www.volunteermatch.org
* Additional on-line volunteer search web sites


In the Chicago region, use the Map-Based Tutor/Mentor Program Locator and Links library to help locate programs in specific zip codes. Our aim is to help programs grow and thrive in all parts of the region where they are needed.

* Chicago Program Links - http://tinyurl.com/ChiTM-Program-Links
* Chicago Map-Based Tutor/Mentor Program Locator - http://www.tutormentorprogramlocator.net


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Connect with tutor/mentor program leaders - November 19, 2012, Chicago  

Next conference November 19 at Metcalfe Federal Building in Chicago.  
The Tutor/Mentor Connection has organized a networking conference every six months since May 1994. All speakers and workshop presenters have been volunteers which enables us to keep fees low.  In the November conference we will have up to 20 workshops focusing on the business of sustaining volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs as well as activities that work in different programs. 

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Nominate your tutor/mentor program for "Best Practice in Volunteer Recruitment" Conference Awards. This is intended to recognize the work non profits do to recruit volunteers while sharing strategies so all tutor/mentor programs can increase their ability to recruit volunteers.  

Visit this page to learn about conference goals. Email tutormentor2@earthlink.net if you want to be part of the November conference..


See videos and Panel discussions from the June 2012 and previous conferences:

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


Upcoming Networking Opportunities

Sunday, August 26, 9AM CST - Volunteer Recruitment Discussion. Free.
Dan Bassill will lead discussion with Webheads educators from around the world. Elluminate platform will be used. Visit http://learning2gether.pbworks.com/w/page/32206114/volunteersneeded to see workshop description and find link to the discussion portal.

SEA-Chicago and SOCAP World Forum Presents: Next Generation of Social Enterprise, Thursday, September 13 at Groupon Headquarters, 600 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago, Il. This event will stream live to the SOCAP World Forum's Network. Dan Bassill will introduce SOCAP from Chicago. See invitation at http://www.meetup.com/SE-Alliance-Chicago/events/76879732/

Lawyers Lend A Hand to Youth MY HERO Award Luncheon, Sept. 20 in Chicago. See http://www.lawyerslendahand.org/

List of other conferences of interest
 - http://tinyurl.com/other-conferences


issue 02  
Prepare yourself to be tutor, mentor in coming school year  

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The Tutor/Mentor Connection web site has aggregated a variety of links to sites volunteers, parents, teachers and students can use to support learning. There are also sites mentors and tutors can visit to learn ways to improve their own skills. While these are available to you throughout the year spending some time building your familiarity with the sites will help prepare you as a guide to the students you work with.


Homework Help Links - http://tinyurl.com/TMC-Homework-Resources


Mentor Training - http://tinyurl.com/TMI-MentorTraining

Tutor Training -

Set up a learning project within your organization where students and v
olunteers explore these learning resources together and then act as trainers to help other students and volunteers find and learn to use these resources. See work interns are doing working with Tutor/Mentor Connection and Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC in Chicago. http://michaelcnt.blogspot.com


How do you show potential volunteers and donors what happens each week in your organization? Do you use a blog? See this blog list. http://tinyurl.com/TMI-MentoringBlogs  If you'd like your tutoring/mentoring organization added, send the link to me at tutormentor2@earthlink.net


issue 03  
Breaking down silos - Connecting networks  

Help keep students in school and moving toward 21st Century Jobs and Careers. This map shows drop out prevention resources as well as networks of organizations working to support youth in Chicago and other cities. You can view the map and the links at

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The goal of the Tutor/Mentor Connection and Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC is to connect volunteers, leaders and donors from many different sectors and stimulate on-going learning and actions that dramatically increase the flow of volunteers, dollars, ideas and other needed resources directly to all of the youth serving organizations operating throughout the region. Using the conferences, web library and social media we connect people and ideas from around the world with organizations in the Chicago region.

If you operate a youth serving network in the Chicago region you could put a link to this map on your own web site and connect your visitors with others who do similar work.

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

Read about Massive Online Organized Learning (MOOC) - http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2012/04/navigating-information-overload-moocs.html



president's message
Building Networks focused on Common Goals - Connecting those Who Care.

by Daniel F. Bassill

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There are over 10 million people in the Chicago region. At any given time a larger percent of these people are watching sports, reality TV, attending concerts, or connecting with friends on social media.

Find ways to engage growing numbers of these people in continuous learning that results in better government, better education and learning systems and more opportunities for youth from high poverty and dis-connected neighborhoods is the goal of this newsletter and part of the strategy of the Tutor/Mentor Connection, which I created in 1993.

The maps and graphics I share are intended to communicate ideas. I post these on blogs, in on-line essays, and on web sites. I encourage you and others to read the articles, borrow the graphics for your own leadership efforts, and work with me to create new places where we can connect and learn to work together.

* Library - http://www.tutormentorexchange.net/library

* Research Links -

* Ideas to support "birth to work" mentoring and tutoring activities: http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2012/08/learning-from-others.html

 * Find more ideas on learning and collective action. http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2012/07/building-distributed-networks-of.html


On November 19, 2012 I'll be hosting a fall Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference. This bi-annual event aims to bring leaders of youth serving organizations together with supporters and those who want to start new programs while building public attention that increases volunteer and donor support of tutor/mentor programs throughout the Chicago region and in other cities. Please help.

* Support the Conference: Be a sponsor. Offer to present a workshop. Invite others to attend.  See http://www.tutormentorconference.org

* Submit a proposal to present a workshop: http://www.tutormentorconference.org/present.asp

* 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 -   http://www.tutormentorconference.org/platform_tmi.htm

* Other ways to help the Tutor/Mentor Institute:

Thank you for reading. Good luck to everyone as they launch a new school year of tutoring and mentoring. 


The Tutor/Mentor Connection (1993-2011)  is now operated by Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC. http://www.tutormentorexchange.net

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Daniel F. Bassill, D.H.L

Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC
and Tutor/Mentor Connection

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