When leaders and volunteers connect, they
share ideas and help each other!
The conference is part of an ongoing strategy aimed at building connections between the people leading tutor/mentor programs, the people who are volunteers, and the people who provide the money so that high quality tutor/mentor programs can reach more K-12 youth in high poverty neighborhoods in Chicago and other cities.
This chart shows conference participation since 1994. This was done by students participating in a 2015 Information Visualization MOOC hosted by Indiana University. Mapping conference participation is critically important and we hope other students will help us analyze participation in Tutor/Mentor Conference, while helping us spread this idea to others who organize much larger events focused on the same goals. Read more.
While each conference only brings a small number of people together, the communications and networking before each conference draws the attention of thousands of people to information hosted on web sites and blogs that can be used to build a better understanding of where and why tutor/mentor programs are needed along with what business, faith groups, universities and people beyond the management team of a non profit can do to make high quality programs available in more places.
Draw leaders, volunteers, and stakeholders from more than 150 agencies together for networking and information sharing. Read this PDF article to expand your network-building abilities.
Draw business and philanthropy partners into ongoing learning and partnership with tutor/mentor leaders
- Provide a vision for comprehensive, long-term mentoring that leads youth to careers
- Build trust and relationships among stakeholders to generate partnerships and information sharing during the months between each conference.
- Build awareness of online learning and networking resources and motivate a growing number of participants to use these tools for capacity improvement
Each conference offers workshops on planning, evaluation, recruitment, training, marketing, and other topics relevant to tutoring/mentoring youth at different ages.