Youth Tutoring, Mentoring Programs Grow:
Bring your Ideas and Your Network to Next Conference.
Agenda for May 8, 2015.
All speakers are volunteers who share their time and expertise to help volunteer-based tutoring, mentoring programs grow throughout the Chicago region. Workshop topics and speakers are subject to change without notice.
Use hashtag #TMConf_Chi to connect on Twitter.
Registration and Continental Breakfast
Plan to arrive with enough time to pass through security screening. Bring a valid photo ID with you.
Daniel F. Bassill, Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC
Kathy Engelken, MPS, Executive Director, Illinois Campus Compact
9:30am-10:40 am Workshops
Using Technology to Advance Mentoring Program Progress, presented by Mark Cassidy, President, Hoku Scholars
This session will take participants through a case study of Hoku Scholars and how it has used technology in a unique way to ensure that all of its program participants -- students, parents, mentors, and program leadership -- are on the same page with understanding progress on meeting organizational and personal goals. This will highlight how technology can clarify program expectations for all participants, add accountability to achieving results, provide visibility into what needs to get done, and empower communications/support amongst participants.
Discovering your "Why", presented by Darryl E. Allen, MPM, RMP, The Mentorship Institute, Kettering, Ohio
Transformational Leadership is expressed by those who know their "Why". Living your "Why" and communicating that "Why" to others in an authentic way takes practice and self-assessment. This workshop does not look at what you wan to be (career title). Instead it discusses the importance of who you want to be (character traits). Your "Why" speaks to a vision and every vision must have three elements: ethos, logos, and pathos. By the end of this workshop you will have constructed your own personal purpose statement that will be the foundation of your vision.
Strengthening the Tutor Mentor Relationship, presented by Ebony Scott, Managing Director, Alumni Leadership Development, Teach for America
Often time mentor programs fail because of a struggle to build real connection between the parties involved. In this session we will dive into EQ based strategies to connect to those being served. This session is intended for organizational leaders, volunteers, and trainers with an interest in exploring how growing your Emotional Intelligence leads to stronger more impactful relationships
Erin's Law: Responding to Disclosures, presented by Melanie Foote-Davis and Brittany Barton of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
The Erin's Law Training covers information regarding the newly implemented Illinois state law. It is designed for education personnel, clergy, medical professionals, and anyone else working with youth. It includes child sexual abuse facts and state laws, mandated reporting, how to handle a disclosure of sexual abuse, and role plays to practice handling disclosures.
10:45am-12:00 noon Workshops
College Readiness: Starting with the High School Application Process, presented by Nicole Lind, Community Engaged Scholarship Coordinator, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
The high school application process,
specifically in Chicago, is as complex as the college application process. This
session is designed for leaders and mentors who work with middle school or high
school students, or with parents of students at that age. The discussion will
provide leaders and mentors with the tools and resources to guide their mentees
to a successful high school experience. Participants will learn how to talk to
their mentees about the various high school options (public, charter, private),
and will learn the information and resources necessary to make the process more
manageable for students and their families. While the high school application
process can be difficult and confusing for many people, it ultimately gives
students a choice in their education and future. Mentors with a strong
understanding of the available opportunities can help lead their students to
A New Vision of Hope for All Young
People, presented by Gary
This experiential workshop is intended to give an overview of the KidzAmerica comprehensive and sustainable youth empowerment model demonstrating strategies and outcomes in various communities, including Englewood. It is intended to serve educators, parents, community leaders, youth and volunteers. Attendees will come away with practical strategies of youth empowerment and a renewed vision of a new paradigm of transforming their community.
Developing Programs and Initiatives with Tutor/Mentor Organizations, presented by Daniel Cotter, Chair, Lawyers Lend A Hand to Youth Program
The workshop will consist of two pieces. One is a program we have worked with a tutor/mentor program to develop to provide mentees with additional programs. The second part will be supporting organization.
The program is intended to benefit volunteers, board members and executive directors. It permits programs to creatively think about projects and initiatives that augment the services provided by the mentoring programs already.
Competition for Youth's Attention -- Where Does Your Program Rank?, presented by
Malik Nevels, Executive Director, James McCombs, Special Initiatives
Coordinator and Isaac McCoy, Special Initiatives Director, Illinois African American
Coalition for Prevention,
Recruiting and retaining youth in prevention or intervention programs can be a daunting task for any organization. To achieve the desired results in youth development programs, youth need to be present and engaged.
The ILAACP will lead an interactive discussion to review the barriers and challenges impacting youth recruitment, engagement, and retention rates in prevention and intervention programs; and identify strategies and practices that proven to be successful with recruiting and retaining youth. The ILAACP will share its experiences and present research regarding youth engagement and retention strategies. Workshop participants will leave with information and ideas to improve youth engagement and retention strategies and outcomes.
What can National Service do for you?
Presented by Scott McFarland,
Executive Director, Serve Illinois Commission
This session will introduce participants to National Service (AmeriCorps and Senior Corps). I a panel of National Service Members will describe the work they are doing and how that can be translated to new programs.
Box Lunch & Networking -
12:50pm - 1:15pm - #OnTheTable2015 at the Tutor/Mentor Conference
On Tuesday, May 12, the Chicago Community Trust is
encouraging people from throughout the Chicago region to gather in small groups
to discuss issues important to the region. During the lunch hour at the
conference, participants will be encouraged to host table discussions, focusing
on questions such as:
* Why are tutor/mentor programs needed?
* Where are they most needed (what zip codes, community areas?)
* What can volunteers from business, faith groups, colleges, do to help?
* What can donors do to help programs be more successful?
* How do you define success?
Participant feedback will be collected and posted on Tutor/Mentor blogs and social media, and shared with the larger #OnTheTable discussions.
Visit #onthetable2015 to learn more
What's Data Got to Do With You? Presented by Amy Terpstra, Director of Research, and Jennifer Clary, Senior Research Associate, Social IMPACT Research Center
How do you understand what changes for youth as a result of your programming? How are they and the community different because of your involvement in the lives of youth? Join the Social IMPACT Research Center to explore lessons learned from two recent research efforts involving youth programs. One project, an evaluation of how youth media programs influence participant's media literacy, civic engagement, career development, and other life aspects, demonstrates how keeping tabs on participants both now and after they leave your program and putting forth effort to track them down in the future can yield insights into the longer-term impact of your program. The other project, a social return investment on investment analysis of youth development programs, offers insights into how program data, research on similar programs, and existing data can be combined to illuminate your program's social and economic return. Plus, learn about the many data and research resources IMPACT has developed that you can use in your work to make the case for your program.
Lessons Learned from Saturday Sessions, presented by Fiona Hays and Eric Coleman, Program Coordinator, Working in the Schools (WITS)
This session will focus on lessons learned from WITS Saturday Program, WITS on the Weekend. Participants will hear about troubleshooting common issues as well as participate in many hands on activities that could be applicable to many types of programming. Any tutoring or mentoring program could benefit.
Black Lives Matter: Mentoring Street Based and Homeless Youth, presented by Frank Walker, CEO, Pathfinders
We regularly hear about mentoring programs associated with churches or community based organizations, but how can you develop an effective mentoring program for street based and homeless youth. Learn examples that work. This workshop is intended for all who work with or plan to work with youth in the community who may not be what is considered "ideal" mentees, specifically black males who may be hard to reach.
Participants will learn evidence based techniques for working with this population. Women who work in predominantly male youth environments will also learn effective techniques and tools for working with black males.
Twists on Traditional Fundraising, presented by J.P. Paulus, President, Do-Gooder Consulting
"Twists on Traditional Fundraising" aims to create new techniques on previously used methods, and help participants re-think how raise they raise funds. This session will also include a hands-on exercise which could land a donation commitment by the end of the hour. BRING a Cell Phone with you.
This workshop is intended for beginner and intermediate level volunteers & leaders who are seeking to raise funds for their work.
An introduction to the importance of
tutoring and mentoring on various levels, with students of all ages, presented by
panel of VISTA volunteers with Illinois Campus Compact
A panel of VISTA Volunteers will share their techniques and practice used to develop tutor/mentor programming in their communities and on campus. A conversation with participants about ideas and planning to deepen the Tutor-Mentor needs and involvement in our schools and communities will be included.
Celebration of the good that comes from fostering a child/youth, presented by Jeffrey Fields, Special Education/Needs Advocate/Consultant at Changing Children's Worlds Foundation
This workshop is a celebration of the good that
comes from fostering a child/youth. Many children/youth in specialized care need
a mentor/home. Participants will hear from one of America's most diverse
(families) dads as he share how he defeated DCFS attorneys and turned a horrific
situation caused by DCFS into something beautiful.
1. Participants will learn the principals of Stewarding conflicts.
2. The principals of Peace-faking, Peace-Breaking, and Peace-Making.
3. Fostering a youth with special needs when passion for youth is not enough.
High School and Community - University Alliances Through Writing, presented by Elizabeth Coughlin and Carolyn Rudinsky, of the DePaul University Center for Writing-based Learning (UCWbL)
This session is designed for leaders and mentors who work with high school
students, young people from the community, and current or prospective college
students of any age. The workshop leaders will provide an overview of outreach
and community-based activities that we have spearheaded at DePaul's University
Center for Writing-based Learning (UCWbL). Those activities include our ongoing
work with the Economic Awareness Council's On the Money, a financial fitness
magazine produced by and for high school students, our efforts to help high
school seniors writing college application essays and scholarship applications,
and our Banned Books Week, National Day on Writing, and Poem in Your Pocket Day
events. We also will lead a brainstorming session and idea-sharing conversation
for developing writing activities in both after-school and community-based
settings. We make extensive use of social media and other technology. More
specifically, we utilize our writing center's official Facebook and Twitter
accounts and our blog, "UCWbLing"
as well as platforms such as WCOnline and the Google Drive suite. Throughout the
workshop, we will talk about our experiences and strategies for approaching and
using new technologies, and how new technologies might be integrated with
low-tech and even non-tech strategies for developing and empowering writers.
One more workshop will be offered in this time frame
Before, During and After the Conference: Connect with peers in on-line space
Participants are encouraged to think of the spring and fall tutor/mentor conference as a meeting place where they can bring a group who is interested in creating more tutor/mentor programs in a specific region or in a specific focus area (such as health careers, technology, arts, etc.). We encourage you to join on-line forums and help plan the conference and other T/MC actions. If you would like to organize a single workshop, or a conference within the conference, please contact us online or connect with Dan Bassill on Skype at "dbassill".