Issue No. 100
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|* New Beginning for
* Be part of November Tutor/Mentor Conference
* Chicago 2011 Transition Plan
* Expanding ideas available
* President's Message - It's a Journey.
|Launching a new strategy to support Tutor/Mentor Connection|
Within the next 12 months Bassill seeks to
form a new governing board of volunteers and re-incorporate the
Tutor/Mentor Connection as a non-profit organization serving the Chicago
region. At the same time, through the Tutor/Mentor Institute LLC,
Bassill hopes to help other cities form structures similar to the T/MC
to help build a more even distribution of non-school tutor/mentor
programs in those places.
|Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference, November, 2011|
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|Mayor Emanuel Shares Chicago 2011 Transition Plan|
I wrote about the plan at http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2011/05/chicago-2011-and-beyond-are-you.html and invited people in Chicago, the Chicago suburbs and surrounding states to use this week's Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference as a place to meet and begin discussing the plan. We still have space if you'd like to register today or tomorrow. See http://www.tutormentorconference.org
been collecting and sharing information related to the well-being of
youth and families in the Chicago region for many years. The
Tutor/Mentor Connection offers a strategy that might lead to more people
looking at this information, building their own understanding, and
becoming personally involved. While we have very little public
visibility, imagine if the Mayor were creating videos like this one to
invite people to look at his plan, and the ideas we and others share on
our own web sites. See this at
Imagine if several hundred programs in the
Chicago region were connecting youth and volunteers in this same type of
strategy. The ideas we share on our web sites, and at the May and
November conferences, are intended to stimulate the growth of this type
of volunteer involvement. There's still time to send a
representative, even from the Mayor's office.
Volunteers, parents and donors can also browse the list of links to the nearly 200 Chicago area youth organizations that we know of at: http://tinyurl.com/ChiTM-Program-Links
We're constantly updating this information and we don't have much money or manpower to do this. If you'd like to help email firstname.lastname@example.org
|Tutor/Mentor Connection - Expanding the Ideas Available for Planning|
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
Since 1975 I've led a volunteer-based tutor/mentor program connecting inner-city youth with adult volunteers. More than 5,000 volunteers have connected with a similar number of Cabrini-Green area youth over those years. I'm still connected to the first boy I mentored and to many other kids and volunteers who have joined this journey. I've been rewarded by all of the things I've learned and all of the love that has been shared.
I never did this on my
own. I've had mentors and people helping me since the beginning.
One of the best advise I ever received was from an executive at the
Montgomery Ward company where the original tutor/mentor program was
created. He said back in 1976, "You obviously don't know much about
leading a tutor/mentor program. Why not find people in the city who lead
programs and invite them to come to lunch so you can learn from them."
There have been some bumps along the road. In 1990 I was given one-day to clean out my office at Montgomery Ward as a new advertising executive decided I was not needed. This led me and the volunteers leading the Montgomery Ward/Cabrini Green Tutoring Program to convert the company program into a non profit Cabrini Green Tutoring Program Inc, which enabled us to raise money so I could continue my 17 years leadership, but in a paid role instead of as a volunteer.
In October 1992 the board of the Cabrini Green Tutoring Program gave me one afternoon to clear out my office since we could not agree on a way to operate the program. (I had recruited these people to form a board in 1990 when I left Wards.) This led to the formation of Cabrini Connections and the Tutor/Mentor Connection with the help of six other volunteers from the original program.
Now change is taking
place again. The Board at Cabrini Connections has decided to no
longer support the Tutor/Mentor Connection strategy for a variety of
reasons, primarily the difficulty in finding money to operate the
organization. Read more
The Tutor/Mentor Connection is part of a two part non-profit. Learn about the T/MC 4-part strategy at http://tinyurl.com/TMC-4-Part-Strategy.
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.
|Daniel F. Bassill
Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC
and Tutor/Mentor Connection
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