Issue No. 107
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|* January National
Mentoring Summit - Feedback
* Chicago Tutor/Mentor Program Links - Updated
* Tutor/Mentor Resource Library - Updating
* Using Maps to Build Capacity
* President's Message - The Next 12 Months
|National Mentoring Summit - Feedback and Info Sharing|
A National Mentoring Summit was held in Washington, DC on January 24 and 25, 2012. Dan Bassill of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC attended along with several others from Illinois. We were among about 450 participants from throughout the country. http://www.mentoring.org/program_resources/training_and_events/national_mentoring_summit
As the above graphic illustrates, part of the role the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC and the Tutor/Mentor Connection take is network-building. One way we do this is by attending events like the summit then sharing the list of who we met with the rest of our network by way of blogs, email newsletters and an extensive web library. While there were many great ideas shared in the workshops I attended, two that I encourage you to look at are:
Toolkit for recruiting Male Mentors: Mentor Michigan resource. This is an extensive resource with marketing messages, graphics, and many other tools that any organization can use to recruit more men to participate. Co-Developed with help of Winning Futures, which operates an innovative school-based mentoring strategy in the Detroit area.
The Micah Initiative:a partnership program between churches, synagogues, mosques and other communities of faith in metropolitan Richmond and the Richmond Public Schools for the purpose of supporting the education and the nurture of the children of Richmond. The Virginia Mentoring Partnership was a key partner in helping this initiative grow, and has provided on-going training for staff and volunteers. This is a great model that could be duplicated in Chicago and other cities.
Several people from Illinois attended the Summit, since MENTOR is trying to help an Illinois Mentoring Partnership form. I’ve created spaces on Facebook and Linked in where I encourage those who also attended to share some links to resources and people they met. That way we can begin to work together in ways that would make a Mentoring Partnership strong in Illinois. I listed others who I met at at http://tinyurl.com/2012MentorSummit-Links.
Linked in group mentor summit 2012 feedback - http://tinyurl.com/MentorSummitFeedback
Facebook questions at http://www.facebook.com/TutorMentorInstitute
|Chicago Tutor/Mentor Program Links Library - 178 Updated|
Program Links, organized by sections of the city
NOTE: The Tutor/Mentor
Program Locator still needs to be updated, but I’m short of money to do
the technology work, then the content updating. If you do not see your
program on the map, or if you see a program that no longer operates,
PLEASE send me information so I can add or delete.
|Tutor/Mentor Connection Resource Library - Update in Progress|
a) help you find contact information for
These sections have
* Funding & Philanthropy links - http://tinyurl.com/TMI-Library-FundingIssues
* Business Involvement - http://tinyurl.com/TMILibrary-Business-Involvemet* Process Improvement/Collaboration – http://tinyurl.com/TMI-ProcessImp-Collaboration
* Mentoring, peer mentoring, networks around country - http://tinyurl.com/TMI-Library-Mentoring
* Links to Program Locators in various cities - http://tinyurl.com/TMI-Library-ProgramLocators* Library links to after school networks/resources - http://tinyurl.com/TMI-Library-Afterschool
* STEM mentoring and learning ideas - http://tinyurl.com/TMC-STEM* Homework Resources - http://tinyurl.com/TMC-Homework-Resources
* Conferences around country - http://tinyurl.com/TMC-Library-Conferences
Categories – Help with organization
Advertising - while the library does contain links to for-profit organizations, I've created a program to encourage advertisers to support the site and have their links in a more visible location. See http://www.tutormentorconference.org/advertisingplan.htm
|Using Map and Visualization to share ideas and support growth of programs|
|What will be do to support mentoring and tutoring over next 12 months?|
by Daniel F. Bassill
All of the information that I've aggregated on the Tutor/Mentor Connection was the result of a process of learning from my peers that started in 1976 when I first began to lead a tutor/mentor program in Chicago. I had a full-time advertising job at the time, and had joined the program as a volunteer. A company officer suggested that I reach out to leaders of other programs to see what I could learn from them. I did. The list of leaders became the Tutor/Mentor Program Locator Directory after many years of network building and the idea-sharing between us became the web site library, our blogs and the May and November Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conferences held in Chicago.
I'm constantly learning ideas from the
network of people I keep meeting through the Internet. In January
2012 I was part of a world wide JellyWeek event connecting more than
200 groups from around the world. I tried to connect my network to
this world wide network via this forum:
I encourage you to
view the video I point to in the link above. It shows
how leaders, planners and organizers might look three, six, nine or 12 months into the future and
plan collaborative actions that can help each tutoring and/or
mentoring program in Chicago increase their success in fund raising
and volunteer recruitment while at the same time lowering the costs
of doing this work. While I seek to connect organizations in
Chicago around these ideas, I also aim to help intermediaries in
other cities duplicate this strategy.
Thank you for reading.
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