Issue No. 108
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|* Child Poverty Costs -
* Mentoring Panel - Sharing Ideas
* Involvement of interns
* Library now updated - over 2000 links
* Using Maps and Visualizations
* President's Message - Building Visibility for Kids' Issues
|Child Poverty Costs US Economy over $5 billion a year!|
Since January I've attended a few other conferences and seminars of interest. The links below point to blog articles I wrote with information and links related to each of these events. If you follow the links from these articles the people and resources I connected with will become resources for you and your own network.
March 5-6 - Getting It Done ll Conference connected community development organizations from around the country. See map and article at http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2012/03/power-of-connected-networks.html . This conference was hosted by The Institute for Comprehensive Community Development - This blog article written by John McCarron summarizes day two of the event. http://www.instituteccd.org/news/3640
March 3 - Voices for Illinois Children Seminar - Release of Kids Count 2012 - Each year the Anne E. Casey Foundation compiles data about the well-being of children and families across the county. In each state this data is used to support local initiatives. Read this blog and follow the links to the Voices for Illinois Children web site, http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2012/03/investing-in-children-creating-public.html
One of the resources made available by the Anne E Casey Foundation is a Kids Count Data Center, where you can create your own maps and reports to show well-being of youth in your city or state. Participate in this "Navigating the Kids Count Data Center" webinar on March 21 - http://voices4kids.org/getinvolved/attendanevent.html
February 28 - Changing Worlds reception described results of "longitudinal study to measure the difference the arts and culturally responsive teaching practices have on a child's academic and social development." Read more about this at http://www.changingworlds.org/unlocking-pathways-to-learning-162.html
February 10 - visited Global Citizenship Experience Charter School in Chicago - Read about student learning in this blog - http://gcevoices.com/
Jan. 24 & 25 - National Mentoring Summit - the materials, videos and presentations are now available on line at http://www.mentoring.org/summit2012
More than 2000 links in Tutor/Mentor
Connection on-line library. All were reviewed and updated during
These are intended to support
leaders, volunteers, philanthropists, business leaders, students, etc.
in collective efforts aimed at helping young people move from birth to
|Chicago Mentoring Leaders Share Ideas|
Below are some of the ways Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC has been acting as a "thought leader" and "bringing people to the table".
Videos of Mentoring
Leaders Discussion now available.
Following an on-line Webheads on-line discussion on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, Vance Stevens wrote, "Thanks to Dan Bassill for his remarkable presentation yesterday. I found Dan's work to be very similar to that of Webheads except that his is much more focused on a tangible social goal. But both are exemplary attempts at bringing social media to bear on scaling our efforts beyond our immediate circles of those we can reach directly. Read more about this at http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2012/02/network-building-process.html
Mentoring as part of a larger strategy builds upon a 2007 Public/Private Ventures report written by Gary Walker, P/PV president - http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2012/03/is-this-utopian-vision.html
Streetwise features Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC in January 2012 article- http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2012/02/streetwise-features-tutormentor.html
|Interns Create New Visualizations|
Since 2006 Interns 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 January/February 2012 under the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC umbrella. Work done by interns is described in this article. http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2012/02/interns-help-visualize-hope-and.html
Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC has aggregated videos created over past few years on this YouTube Channel - http://www.youtube.com/user/TutorMentorInstitute?feature=watch
In order to increase the number of people gathering in large and small discussions focused on the well-being of youth and families, as well as the future of our economy and democracy, more people must be involved in this mobilization. Students in middle schools, high school and colleges in all parts of the country could learn to take a meaningful a role in collecting and sharing information that helps increase the number of people who are involved as volunteers, leaders, donors, etc. supporting the growth of a wide variety of volunteer-based tutoring/mentoring and learning programs in more places. This article illustrates one role students could take: http://tinyurl.com/InfoCollectionEffort
|Using Map and Visualization to share ideas and support growth of programs|
Using Maps Strategically
See articles on using maps at:
Building public will - http://tinyurl.com/BuildingPublicWill
Make Your own Maps - http://tinyurl.com/MakeOwnMaps
More examples of how maps can be used -
|Kids don't Vote.
They don't donate millions to Politians. They are invisible.
Can we change this?
by Daniel F. Bassill
At the closing of the March Voices for Illinois Children event, Kathy Ryg, President of Voices, said, "in this pivotal election year, children need adult voices to speak on their behalf over the din of political rhetoric."
In his summary of the Getting IT Done ll Conference, John McCarron wrote, "The ultimate take-away: Go home and call your representatives in Congress." He quoted Barbara Burnham, the vice-president for federal policy at LISC, which co-sponsored the event, who said, “It’s all about the noise. The louder the noise, the more it will be heard in Washington.”
So how do we build this public will? How do we go beyond those already involved and get more people involved who will stay involved with time, talent and dollars for many years? How do we connect the "silos" of different organizations working separately for similar goals into a movement of many networks aimed at getting more people and resources strategically involved?
I share my own ideas, based on 35
years of connecting volunteers and youth in a tutor/mentor program
in articles at
Read more about this at:
Civic Engagement - Focus on learning. In a white paper titled
Civic Engagement and Community Information, Peter Levine shared
"five strategies to revive civic communication". One of these was
"Generate public "relational knowledge". He said "take advantage of
new tools for mapping networks and relationships to make transparent
structures of our communities and to allow everyone to have the kind
of relational knowledge traditionally monopolized by professional
Combine the attention getting
power of social media and place based conference, with in-depth and
on-going learning that can take place in classrooms, book clubs,
faith groups and on-line learning communities.
In a paper titled titled "Knowledge
and Praxis of Networks As a Political Process" written by
Yannick Rumpala from the University of Nice, in Nice, France,
Dr. Rumpala provided numerous reasons for mapping and understanding
networks, as part of an effort to achieve critical mass and
POLITICAL influence. In one statement he wrote "A reticular vision
can be a way to rethink the idea of citizenship."
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