Edition: December 2012
Issue No. 114
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* Holiday Wish - Adopt a Program
* Tutor/Mentor Conference photos and map
* Network Building and Program Support in 2013
* Form a Learning Community
* President's Message - Support Intermediaries, Too.
issue 01
Holiday Wish - Adopt A Volunteer-Based Tutor/Mentor Program

This graphic represents a fundamental goal of the Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) and the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC. If donors and volunteers make long-term commitments to volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs operating in different parts of the city, more youth will be served and more volunteers will become involved.


Image created by volunteers supporting Tutor/Mentor
Tutor/Mentor Connection

Adopt a Program for Life. Read this article titled Why Everything You Know About Charitable Giving Is Wrong
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"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Attributed to Albert Einstein. Can we change how non-profit tutor/mentor programs are supported?  http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2011/11/if-we-keep-doing-same-thing-same-way.html


Map your Holiday Giving - Use Tutor/Mentor Program Locator Map to show the neighborhood and the tutor/mentor program you are supporting with a holiday donation. Share this with friends, family and co-workers to encourage more support into the same neighborhoods.   http://tinyurl.com/TMI-MapHolidayGiving

Coaches Competition - see how college football coaches are competing to recruit the most mentors


Find a tutor/mentor program:

This is a list of youth serving organizations in the Chicago region, organized by sections of the city and suburbs - http://tinyurl.com/TMI-ChiProgramLinks

Use these resources to find tutor/mentor programs throughout the country:
* MENTOR resources and referral service - http://www.mentoring.org/program_resources
* ServeIllinois -    http://www.serve.illinois.gov/

* VolunteerMatch - http://www.volunteermatch.org


Networking and Learning - November Tutor/Mentor Conference

Image created by Tutor/Mentor Tutor/Mentor Connection

More than 60 organizations were represented at the Nov. 19, 2012 Tutor/Mentor Conference in Chicago.  See photos on the home page at http://www.tutormentorconference.org


See Conference Participation Maps at

The aim of the conference is to draw leaders and supporters of volunteer-based tutoring, mentoring together at strategic times each year. View this concept map to see the range of different organizations who are encouraged to participate in this networking.

issue 02  
Network-Building and Program Support in 2013  

Image created by Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC


Year-Round Collaboration, Capacity-Building Strategy. This graphic illustrates a goal of hosting quarterly events that draw programs and supporters together and increase visibility and the flow of needed resources to tutor/mentor programs in every part of the Chicago region.  Read about these Collaboration Goals at http://tinyurl.com/TMC-Collaboration-Scribd-com



Image created by Tutor/Mentor Tutor/Mentor Connection


This image is from an animation created by a youth intern working with Tutor/Mentor Connection in Chicago. It illustrates the need to understand the infrastructure each program needs to support long-term matches of youth and volunteers.  See the animation and a discussion of these elements. http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2012/12/cnn-article-questions-quins-anti.html





Image created by Tutor/Mentor Tutor/Mentor Connection


This is another visualization done by an intern. It shows the four part strategy that Tutor/Mentor Connection has developed since 1993.  This involved collecting and sharing information about where and why tutor/mentor programs are needed, increasing public awareness and the number of people who understand the information, and increasing the number of people who become volunteers, donors and/or partners of tutor/mentor programs in different places. Learn more about this at http://tinyurl.com/TMI-4-part-strategy

Through the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC we seek to continue these strategies in 2012. New interns will join us in January.  We seek participation of students and volunteers from different programs and different cities in this visualization project. Visit the group section at http://tutormentorconnection.ning.com or email tutormentor2@earthlink.net if you'd like to become involved.


issue 03  
Form a Learning Community at Your Business, Faith Group, Organization  


Image created by Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC

Browse the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC site at http://www.tutormentorexchange.net and follow the links. You will find thousands of articles that represent "all that we know" about building mentor-rich networks of support to help youth born or living in high poverty more more successfully through school and into jobs and careers.


This is a massive amount of information and cannot be learned in a short time. Thus, it needs to be learned over a long-period just as earning a college degree is the result of many years of study and reflection.


Facilitators are needed to help others find and use this information, just as teacher, study guides and coaches help others learn. 


Read some of the blog articles on this topic and look for ways to form a Tutor/Mentor Learning  Network in your own community or organization. http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/search/label/learning



president's message
Support the Intermediary Organizations in Addition to the Direct Service Providers

by Daniel F. Bassill

Image created by Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC

Since launching the Tutor/Mentor Connection in 1993, I've built an extensive library with research articles and blogs where writers show the cost of poverty, the skills gaps, the drop out crisis, etc. Instead of creating this research myself my goal has been to re-circulate articles written by people with far more skills and research talent than myself.   Motivating more people to read these articles and become personally involved in providing resources to support solutions has been my goal. You can find this library at  http://tinyurl.com/TMC-Library

I've created dozens of illustrated essays to share my own ideas. http://www.tutormentorexchange.net/library

I started using Pinterest recently to create a library of these graphics. http://pinterest.com/tutormentor/
With each graphic you can find a link to a web page or blog article showing how the graphic is used to communicate an idea or strategy. I'd like to see youth, volunteers and leaders from many places use these graphics to communicate their own strategies for helping build citywide support systems for at-risk youth.


Recently I added a page on the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC site about network building and social capital. I think that until more of us are spending time every day trying to increase the number of people who are connected to each other and looking at this information, we won't have the numbers we need to change how social benefit organizations are supported. You can find this page at http://www.tutormentorexchange.net/sna

In addition I launched a map-based directory in 2004 that is intended to help connect volunteers, donors, media, community leaders, etc. (those who can help) directly with volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs who need a constant flow of operating resources, talent, ideas and technology to build and sustain long-term supportive relationships with youth. This directory can be seen at http://www.tutormentorprogramlocator.net. It needs updating but I cannot do that without your help.

If you value this resource and want to help it continue in 2013 please consider adding your own financial support and talent.

Visit http://www.tutormentorconference.org/HOPE_and_OPPORTUNITY.htm

I'd like to hear from you. Email me at tutormentor2@earthlink.net or join one of the forums I've pointed to. 

Best wishes to everyone as you celebrate the holidays and start the new year!


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* 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

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Daniel F. Bassill, D.H.L

Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC
and Tutor/Mentor Connection

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Connect in these locations:
on Twitter - http://twitter.com/tutormentorteam

* Linked in group on volunteering - http://tinyurl.com/TMC-LinkedIn-Volunteering
* Tutor/Mentor Institute on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/TutorMentorInstitute
* Tutor/Mentor Connection forum at http://tutormentorconnection.ning.com
* On Slide Share - http://www.slideshare.net/tutormentor
* On Scribd.com - http://www.scribd.com/daniel-f-bassill-7291
* On Pinterest - http://pinterest.com/tutormentor/

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