Edition: July 2012
Issue No. 111
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* Expanding networks of support
* National Conference on Volunteering and Service
* Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking event - Nov. 19 in Chicago
* Interest in connecting via Google?
* Visualization of ideas and strategies
* Volunteer Mobilization for August/September
* President's Message - Enough is Enough
issue 01
Expanding Networks of Support for Young People

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This map shows the people I met and workshops I attended on June 18 when I attended the National Conference on Volunteering and Service in Chicago.


See actual NCVS 2012 concept map - http://tinyurl.com/TMI-NCVS2012map






I wrote about my experiences in blog articles like this. http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2012/06/mapping-ncvs-and-moving-to-august.html   Click here to find materials from the the National Conference. http://www.volunteeringandservice.org/session-materials.cfm


My purpose is to connect with others who focus on the same issues.  This Drop Out Conference concept map is an example of how maps can be used to connect different networks.


Through this newsletter and several web sites I share information that others can use to support the growth of volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs in their own communities.  My purpose is also to encourage people who are leading or supporting programs in Chicago and other cities to connect with me and each other in events I organize, such as the May and November Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conferences. http://www.tutormentorconference.org


The goal is to stimulate on-going learning and actions that dramatically increase the flow of volunteers, dollars, ideas and other needed resources directly to all of the organizations in Chicago and other cities working to help youth move from birth to work and adult roles.


Support your organization's learning with this library of on-line Tools and Resources for Student Motivation, Interaction, Collaboration, and Assessment

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

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

Thank you to everyone who attended the June 14, 2012 conference hosted by the Social Justice Council of First Unitarian Church in Chicago. The conference was co-organized by Becoming We the People.   See slide show

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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.  We aim to provide "best practice in volunteer recruitment" awards to recognize the work non profits do to recruit volunteers as well as what businesses do to encourage volunteer involvement in multiple programs.
Watch for details in the August newsletter.

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


Panel discussions from the June 2012 conference will be posted during July. Watch these video channels:

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

Serve Illinois Staying Active and Independent Survey - If you're over 50 and live in Illinois, please take this survey. http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22FL2A6QJMG

Lawyer Doing Heavy-Lifting to Support Tutor/Mentor Programs in Chicago. Add your support. Read blog.

Do you have a story about your involvement in a volunteer-based tutor/mentor program?
You can share information about your own events if you join the Tutor/Mentor Connection forum at http://tutormentorconnection.ning.com or our group on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/groups/TutorMentorInstitute/

Interest in connecting via Google Hangouts?:
Google Hangouts offers a way for small groups of people involved in volunteer-based tutoring and/or mentoring to connect occasionally in live chats and video conferencing. Are you interested in connecting? Email tutormentor2@earthlink.net or reach out to connect with me at https://plus.google.com/hangouts

issue 02  
New Visualizations Help Show Growth of Networks  

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Since 2006 Interns from IIT and other Universities have worked with Tutor/Mentor Connection to build their own understanding of T/MC strategies and ideas and to create new visualizations that share these ideas. This work continued in May-June 2012 under the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC umbrella.


During the May-June 2012 Internship one student created Social Network Analysis Maps showing the growth of the Tutor/Mentor Connection network on Ning.com from 3 people in 1997 to 417 people by May 2012. The graphics above are part of presentations you can view at  http://tinyurl.com/TMI-SNA-2012-Mina and http://tinyurl.com/TMI-SNA-2012-Park


In addition, a second student created a series of five essays to introduce the Tutor/Mentor Connection and describe each step of the four-part strategy.

T/MC Introduction : http://prezi.com/lt6msdiwtxf-/tmc-intro/

  4-Part Strategy - Pt 1 : http://prezi.com/lxqtellgyhpd/1st-/

  4-Part Strategy - Pt 2 : http://prezi.com/rm5plphjyds5/2nd/

 4-Part Strategy - Pt 3 : http://prezi.com/vzfrfvhdvvnb/3rd/

 4-Part Strategy Pt 4 : http://prezi.com/lrfhrmqdpdaa/4th/

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This page shows additional projects done by interns in the past. http://www.tutormentorexchange.net/definition-of-issues/ideasanimation

Read these articles to learn more about how students in high schools and colleges could take part in this strategy


*  http://tinyurl.com/InfoCollectionEffort


issue 03  
Volunteer Mobilization for Start of 2012-13 school year  

Below is picture taken more than 10 years ago at the kick off of a Chicagoland Tutor/Mentor Volunteer Recruitment Campaign event in Chicago.  In the picture are former First Lady Laura Lyn Ryan, Phil Jackson of the Black Star Project and Paul Vallas, who was CEO of Chicago Public Schools.  The Tutor/Mentor Connection started organizing this campaign in 1995 to point potential volunteers and donors to the programs it was listing in a Tutor/Mentor Program Directory that the T/MC first started hosting in 1994.

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Since 2002 this recruitment campaign has been on the Internet.
During August and September our goal is to encourage individuals, non-profits, leaders from business, politics, religion, entertainment and sports to use their own web sites, blogs and/or social media to encourage people in their own networks to write stories showing how volunteers are connecting with young people in organized tutor/mentor programs.

If these stories point to the links below, they help volunteers, parents AND donors find places where they can become involved. As more leaders take this role more of the different tutoring and/or mentoring programs in Chicago and other cities will be able to connect volunteers and youth as school is starting.

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
* Chicago Program Links - http://tinyurl.com/ChiTM-Program-Links
* Additional on-line volunteer search web sites


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.




president's message
ENOUGH is ENOUGH - Become Part of the Solution

by Daniel F. Bassill

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The murder rate is skyrocketing in Chicago and the media are full of stories and editorials. This graphic was created by one of my interns a couple of years ago to illustrate steps I included in a blog article titled "Enough is Enough". I posted the article again last week at http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2012/06/stopping-violence-do-planning.html

I hope you'll take a look at the Social Network Analysis graphics that our May-June 2012 interns created.  These are intended to show how the number of people working together to support a cause grows because of the intentional efforts of many people.

It can take many years to get enough people involved. It will take many more years to innovate ways to bring more hope and opportunity to neighborhoods with high rates of poverty, poorly performing schools and street violence.

As you do I also encourage you to form "learning circles" in schools, businesses, faith groups, etc.  Read the articles in the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC library and on our blogs. Follow the links to even more information and ideas that you can use to expand your own involvement in strategies that are needed in many places and for many years.

* Library - http://www.tutormentorexchange.net/library
* Blog - http://tutormentor.blogspot.com
* Research Links -

Read more about ways of working together at: http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/search/label/collaboration

In November I'll be hosting a fall Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference. Please help.

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

* 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:
   *   Advertising Plan - 
  * Health & Wellness Partnership -  http://www.tutormentorconference.org/health&wellness1.htm 
*  Alternative Energy Savings- http://www.tutormentorexchange.net/energy-plan

Thank you for reading. 


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Daniel F. Bassill, D.H.L

Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC
and Tutor/Mentor Connection

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