Connection (T/MC) has been a gift to Chicago and the world since it was conceived in 1993 and launched in
January 1994...23 years ago! Help
continue this vision.
View this TIMELINE to see growth since 1992.
Look at the other "intermediaries"
in Chicago and around the country. Do they offer the same range of
resources and ideas? Have they been doing this for over 20 years?
See past print newsletters. See past media stories. See 10-21-2015 Chicago Tribune story
Leaders in business have talked of the importance of sharing knowledge, such as in this 2003 quote by Mr. Tim Wilmot. Chief Knowledge and Evaluation Officer, Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation:
"When nonprofit and community leaders share ideas, insights and information in ways that promote social impact...knowledge-sharing can improve organizational effectiveness. When we share what works and what doesn't... it results in accelerated learning, less reinventing the wheel, better service, and measurable results."
1998 the Tutor/Mentor Connection launched its first web site with the
help of volunteers from
the Cabrini Connections* program. In 2004 a
searchable directory was launched and in 2005 the Tutor/Mentor
launched. In 2008 an interactive,
map-based directory was launched
(but now needs talent or donations to keep it working).
Through the years T/MC has responded to questions from parents, social
workers, media, volunteers and people looking for information for
starting programs, or for sustaining them.
Funding for this work never has been consistently available and has been even more difficult to obtain since 2001 due to the dot.com financial melt-down after 2001 and the great recession that started in 2008, as well as man made and natural disasters throughout the past 15 years.
Despite these obstacles Dan Bassill,
founder of the Tutor/Mentor Connection, has continued to persevere on a
vision that mentor-rich tutoring, mentoring and learning programs like
the programs he led at Montgomery Ward since 1974, should be available
to k-12 youth in all high poverty neighborhoods of every major city in
the country. See
Why I do This article from October 2015.
What VALUE does this platform offer? View this PDF to see how this benefits business, non profits, and anyone spending time and dollars aimed at helping youth in poverty move through school and into jobs and careers.
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