Dan Bassill will be 71 on December 19, 2017

The photos below represent over 40 years of public service since 1968 when Dan Bassill joined the US Army to October 2015 when his use of maps was featured in a Chicago Tribune story by Dawn Turner and November 2016 when Dan and his mentee, Leo Hall, were interviewed for an article in The Atlantic.   Help Dan celebrate his 69th birthday with a gift that enables him to continue this service into another year.

Dan Bassill became a volunteer tutor in 1973 when he joined Montgomery Ward Headquarters in Chicago. In 1975 he became leader of the program at Wards.

In 1990 he left Wards and converted the original program into the Cabrini Green Tutoring Program, Inc.  In 1992 he and seven volunteers formed Cabrini Connections, to help 7th graders from the original program continue mentoring through high school. 

At the same time, he created the Tutor/Mentor Connection to help programs like Cabrini Connections reach k-12 youth in all high poverty neighborhoods in Chicago.

In July 2011 Dan created the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC to continue this vision in a new structure. A birthday gift is NOT tax-deductable, but does recognize Dan's vision, long-term service, and gives you a share of Dan's vision.


Among many awards was an honorary doctorate received from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2001. Among many blessings has been meeting my wife through tutoring, and building long term connections with youth like Leo Hall, who I first met in 1973. I attended Leo's 50th Birthday Celebration in August, 2014, as his guest!

The newspaper story at right is from an Oct 21, 2015 Chicago Tribune showing my use of maps.
See article.

See complete list of awards and recognition at http://www.tutormentorexchange.net/awards-and-recognition

Read articles in the Tutor/Mentor Blog and view ideas in Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC Library

View videos Dan and interns working with Dan have created.

If you share the same vision Dan does, then please share some of the responsibility for financing this work and providing a salary for Dan to cover his own personal and family expenses.

Dan seeks sponsors, investors and partners to help build an organizational structure that has these types of resources. However, the first step to winning is to get into the game....and staying there.    If you can help Dan keep this vision growing in 2018 and 2019. with a Birthday or year end contribution .... please do.

If you can become a sponsor or investor or help find such people, please take that role
. Connect on Twitter , LinkedIn or Facebook and offer other ways you can help. 

Celebrate Dan's 71th
Share Dan's Vision!


Mail contributions to
Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303
Chicago, Il. 60654

* Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC is not a 501-c-3 non-profit. It is a social enterprise dedicated to making good things happen for inner city kids.

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