Issue No. 113
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|* Support for students
and volunteers. What do they do each week?
* Networking and Learning Opportunity - Tutor/Mentor Conference - Nov. 19 in Chicago
* Educating your board, volunteers and donors
* Where do you learn? How do you share your ideas?
* President's Message - Problem to big to get involved?
|Students and volunteers are matched. How do you coach them?|
How are tutor/mentor programs in Chicago
using their web sites?
This does not mean all of these programs don't do a great job supporting volunteers. It just suggests that they are not using blogs or their primary web sites to provide information volunteers can use in weekly tutoring or mentoring sessions.
These are a few sites that offer more than "who we are and what we do" on their sites.
Chicago Hopes provides information on their site to educate visitors about homeless issues. http://www.chicagohopes.org/learn/
GirlForward uses a blog to tell stories of volunteer involvement. http://www.girlforward.org/blog/ They also use a graphic on their web site to show the support they provide. http://www.girlforward.org/what-we-do/ .
JumpStart shows their strategy at http://www.jstart.org/our-work/jumpstart-solution
WITS (Working in the Schools) has started a blog at http://www.witschicago.org/blog/
Here's Life Inner City offers a variety of information on its site that volunteers and/or program leaders can use. http://www.sayyescenters.org/pages/page.asp?page_id=97152
Center for Comprehensive Community Development supports Tutor/Mentor Connection efforts. http://crnterforcommunitydevelopment.blogspot.com/2007/08/wanted-volunteers.html
Browse through the links to programs in other parts of Chicago - http://tinyurl.com/TMI-ChiProgramLinks
Or browse the links to programs in other parts of the country - http://tinyurl.com/TMI-Library-Mentoring
|Networking and Learning Opportunity - November 19, 2012, Chicago|
The Agenda for the November 19 at Metcalfe Federal Building in Chicago is now available at
Special Events In this Conference:
a) Learn about social
media - participate in a Twitter Chat
on November 7,
at 1:30-2:30 CST,
Alyssa VandeLeest of
ProsperPR.com (Twitter handle @alyssaLvan). Connect with #tmconf_chi
|Ideas for volunteers, organizers, donors - Expanding use of data.|
There is plenty of information showing the impact of
poverty on learning and public health. Thus, why is it so difficult to
generate the operating resources it takes to make mentor-rich non school
programs available in more places and keep them in place for multiple
These are just 3 of 249 web sites I point
to in the Research Section of
Tutor/Mentor Connection Library -
So how do we increase the number of people who look at
this information every day? How do we support adult learning so
people who read the information we're sharing act in one of many ways to
assure that high quality K-12 mentoring and learning programs are
available in more of the places where they are needed? This is a
conversation that should be taking place in many sectors and in many
places on the internet.
When I post articles about network building on http://tutormentor.blogspot.com my purpose is to engage more people in actions that draw greater daily attention to organizations working with youth in high poverty neighborhoods. Most of us have little or no money for advertising so we need to learn other ways to draw attention to the information we share.
|Mapping and Visualization - Essential Resources for Social Change|
b) mapping - we've piloted uses of maps to show where poverty is concentrated and where youth development, jobs creation and prevention programs are needed in Chicago. Without integrating maps into planning and evaluation, resources can flow to many high profile organizations and still not reach most of the young people needing such help.
- when people say a picture is worth a thousand words, we agree.
Since the mid 1990s visualizations have been created to help communicate
Tutor/Mentor Connection ideas and strategies. Using sites like
http://pinterest.com/tutormentor/ we are sharing these images in
|"We're not asking for charity." General Colin Powell|
by Daniel F. Bassill
Since the September issue of this newsletter I've participated in a variety of live broadcast that have connected me directly to former President Bill Clinton, General Colin Powell along with hundreds of high profile education an business leaders from around the country. This video features General Powell. I encourage you to view it.
While I've watched live video feeds from conferences in different cities I've used Twitter to share my own ideas and connect with others who are also watching the same broadcasts. Through this process I'm meeting new people, learning new ideas and building the network of people needed to support the growth and operations of a wide range of k-12 tutor/mentor non-school learning, youth development and college and career programs.
I have been learning to follow specific conversations using a Twitter hashtag. For instance the American Graduate program was #americangraduate. I hope you'll use Twitter and Facebook to connect your own network to the same information I'm looking at. In this blog article I share a list of Twitter discussions I follow. If you follow the same discussions we can connect. http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2012/10/using-twitter-chats-to-expand-network.html
I'm often over-whelmed by the magnitude of the challenge facing people in poverty and the organizations trying to help them. The magnitude of the problem is too big and the ability of people who are struggling with their own personal finances, health and family issues to devote time and dollars on a regular basis to a cause that does not have an obvious personal self interest is too limited.
And yet, General Power says "We're not asking you for charity. We're asking you to invest in your own future." To me this means that instead of trying to compete for the 1 to 5% individual, corporations and foundations give to support social causes we need to compete for the other 95 to 99% of their resources and self interest. We need advertising resources to do this and research tools to help us know that we're growing the number of people who are involved.
I've built a library with research articles and blogs where writers show the cost of poverty, the skills gaps, the drop out crisis, etc. Instead of creating this research myself my goal has been to re-circulate articles written by people with far more skills and research talent than myself. Motivating more people to read these articles and become personally involved in providing resources to support solutions has been my goal. You can find this library at http://tinyurl.com/TMC-Library
I've created dozens of illustrated essays to share my own ideas. http://www.tutormentorexchange.net/library
Recently I added a page on the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC site about network building and social capital. I think that until more of us are spending time every day trying to increase the number of people who are connected to each other and looking at this information, we won't have the numbers we need to change how social benefit organizations are supported. You can find this page at http://www.tutormentorexchange.net/sna
Are you already having
this conversation? Where? If you post in spaces I host you can
attract the people in my network to your space. I can do the same. Share
your ideas with me on Twitter @tutormentorteam or on Facebook at
Registration is open for the November 19, 2012
Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference. I hope you'll
attend. This bi-annual
event aims to bring leaders of youth serving organizations together
with supporters and those who want to start new programs while
building public attention that increases volunteer and donor support
of tutor/mentor programs throughout the Chicago region and in other
cities. The cost is already low, but group rates are available for
groups of 3 or more.
* How many views does it take before an advertiser or sponsor steps forward? I started posting articles at http://www.scribd.com/daniel-f-bassill-7291 on October 20, 2011. I've recorded 27,700 reads since then. If you become a sponsor/producer I could put your name in the credits of these articles and you could help me find the talent to improve the content and design and share them with more people. Want to help?
Thank you! You read to the bottom of the page. If you do this every month you are truly dedicated. I'd like to hear from you. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or join one of the forums I've pointed to.
luck to everyone as they launch a new school year of tutoring and
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