Edition: January 2013
Issue No. 115
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* National Mentoring Month - Celebrate Mentoring
* Networking and Learning
* Planning and Program Improvement
* Tutor/Mentor Conference in Chicago, June  7
* President's Message - Theory of Change
issue 01
National Mentoring Month - Celebrate and Support Mentoring Programs

January 2013 marks the 12th anniversary of National Mentoring Month, an annual media campaign to recruit volunteer mentors for young people. Spearheaded by the Harvard Mentoring Project of the Harvard School of Public Health, MENTOR, and the Corporation for National and Community Service.  Visit the National Mentoring Month web site to find videos, ideas for getting involved and a schedule of events that programs, volunteers and youth throughout the money can get involved with.


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Tutor/Mentor Connection

Here are dates for key events:

Join "I Am a Mentor" Day on January 10.

*  Serve your community on MLK Day of Service, January 21, by deciding to become a mentor.

*  Think about the mentors in your life, post a tribute to them online, then tweet about them using the #NationalMentoringMonth hashtag.

Go to YouTube on Thank Your Mentor Day™ (January 17) and make the National Mentoring Month videos the most popular of the day.

*  Mentoring Summit in Washington, DC, Jan 24 and 25 I'll be there if any of you want to connect. Tweet me at @tutormentorteam

Find a Chicago area organization that offers various forms of tutoring and/or mentoring:

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 volunteer-based 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 - For Youth, Volunteers, Leaders

While we're in January and celebrating mentoring, we're in the middle of the school year with almost five months left.  What are you doing to engage your youth, volunteers in leaders in learning and planning that assures you have a stronger program in August when you are beginning to start the next school year? 

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This graphic is from a Planning Cycle Essay available here.  Volunteer-based organizations who depend on donated time and dollars need to build longer lead times into their planning in order to provide flexibility for volunteers to make meaningful commitments and time to find needed dollars. Any business, including a tutor/mentor program, should constantly be looking to the future, and learning from others, in an effort to constantly improve. In order to engage your volunteers and youth you need to begin to invite them into this process now, as the National Media is focusing on Mentoring.


issue 02  
Engaging your community in planning an program improvement   

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Year-Round Planning and Process Improvement Strategy. This graphic illustrates the process businesses and non profits need to go through to constantly improve their organizations.  Read more at this link.


Learn from others through on-line networking. Learn about MOOS, virtual learning and network building opportunities

* Handling Information overload - http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2012/04/navigating-information-overload-moocs.html
* Education and Technology MOOC, starting Jan 13 - http://etmooc.org/
* Electronic Village OnLine - http://evosessions.pbworks.com/w/page/61742103/Call_for_Participation2013


Find extensive library of ideas about Learning, Networking, Process Improvement in Tutor/Mentor Institute Library at http://tinyurl.com/TMI-ProcessImp-Collaboration


issue 03  
Next Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference in Chicago, June 7  


Tramaine Montel Ford, a former student, with Daniel Bassill, Tutor/Mentor Connection founder.
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Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC


Every six months since May 1994 a Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference has been held in Chicago. The next will be at the Metcalfe Federal Building on June 7. If you'd like to participate as a speaker, workshop presenter and/or sponsor, visit the conference site to learn more. http://www.tutormentorconference.org

See photos from conferences.
* Nov 11, 2012 conference
* Conferences since 1994


The Conference is part of an on-going Leaning and Network Building process. Read some of the blog articles on this topic   http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/search/label/learning



president's message
What is your Theory of Change or Logic Model?

by Daniel F. Bassill

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Since we're celebrating Mentoring during January, it's a good time to ask what mentoring programs hope to achieve from the connections they build between young people and adults.  In the Philanthropy sector more and more non profits are being asked to offer "theory of change" and/or "logic models" to show what they are doing and what they are accomplishing.

I think of mentoring as part of an effort to expand the network of adults who are helping kids in high poverty areas move through school and into jobs and careers. This is a long-term process, taking 12 years to go through public or private school and four to eight additional years of post high school work leading to the beginning of life-long careers. If a youth was born in high poverty it's a much more complex process because needed supports need to be built in the community and sustained for many years.

Where you are at age 25 depends on where you were born and what your network is as you grow up, just as much as it depends on what you know as you are beginning your career.  Mentoring can help expand your network. How many programs build this into their structure and strategy? How many donors support this with long-term, flexible operating dollars. How can our networking and collective efforts support this strategy?

Below are some articles I've written about this. I hope you'll take a look and share them with others.

Mentoring Kids to Careers. My Theory of Change. http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2011/12/creating-service-and-learning.html


How Can you Tell What Kind of Program it is? http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2009/12/how-can-you-tell-what-kind-of-program.html

I point to more than 200 youth serving organizations in the Chicago Program Links at http://tinyurl.com/TMI-ChiProgramLinks  Yet many of these sites do not offer a "Theory of Change" or "Logic Model" on their web site. Most don't point to web sites of other programs that they consider "role models" who they'd like to duplicate.  Many non profit leaders may not think in terms of process improvement, but consultants and business managers have these skills.


As you celebrate mentoring and are asked to volunteer, consider ways you can volunteer your talent to help programs better communicate their value and their strategies so their web site does more to share their ideas and attract the support they need to constantly improve.

The Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC is not operating as a 501-c-3 NonProfit, but is still operating with the same level of poverty where many small non profits exist. I am in need of the same talents to help me continue to support the Tutor/Mentor Connection. In fact I've created a TALENT MAP that shows the skills I need in my efforts. I feel others could use the same map to describe talent and skills they also need.

Thank you to those who sent financial support over the holidays. Thank you to Serve Illinois and The Black Star Project for sponsoring the November 2011 Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference.  If you'd like to help visit

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 move through the new year!


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Daniel F. Bassill, D.H.L

Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC
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