you can use
a search engine like Google and find information to help
you build and sustain
a volunteer-based tutor/mentor program,
you can also use the T/MC library.
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help you navigate library.
aggregated and categorized more
than 2000 links to information leaders, volunteers and
can use to build a collective
where and why tutor/mentor programs
are needed, as well
as ways to support them more
consistently for a
longer period of years.
Many of these links focus on Chicago.
If you're collecting
similar information, focused on a
different city, please
share the link to your library and I'll add it.
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will be added to the
drop out, social capital, health disparities, etc.)
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some time browsing
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you'd like to visit again.
Helping youth on Journey from Birth to Work
requires new thinking.
See ideas on building
network to support youth.
Illustrated PDF strategy
essays in Tutor/Mentor library.
Visualizations of strategy
Mapping for Justice blog,
of how GIS maps
can be used. Click
of Ideas & Strategy
Congratulations to Students,
Volunteers and Tutor/Mentor Programs for Another Year of
The photo at the right shows me
(Dan Bassill) at a year-end graduation celebration, held in
1976 or 1977 at the Montgomery Ward headquarters in Chicago.
This was where a volunteer-based tutor/mentor program was
started by employee volunteers in 1965. I became it's
volunteer leader in 1975 and continued in that role thru
June 1992, then formed Cabrini Connections which I led
through June 2011. We held a year-end celebration like this
every year. This
video was created in 1990 to celebrate this
In many locations
throughout the Chicago region youth serving organizations
have been holding similar year-end celebrations.
I've been following some on my Facebook feed and I encourage
teams in business, faith groups, universities, etc. who are
concerned with poverty, violence and inequality to do the
I've created two lists
showing links to Chicago area youth-serving programs
that include volunteer-based tutoring, mentoring in their
List of web sites -
List of Facebook pages/groups -
If you're a provider, make sure your organization is
on one of these lists. If you're a supporter, or media, use
these lists to get to know programs, or to help them grow.
Since 1994 my organization has been creating maps
to show where programs are needed in the Chicago region,
based on high poverty, poorly performing schools and other
indicators. We've plotted locations of nearly 130 site based
programs on the maps and you can clearly see that many
neighborhoods are under-served.
In addition to
drawing attention and resources to individual
programs, I think we also need to draw attention to
intermediaries who are trying to help youth
This map shows intermediary organizations focusing
on well-being of Chicago area youth that I'm aware of.
Click on the link at the bottom of each node to go the
the organization's web site.
One way we might help more
youth serving organizations grow would be for the
intermediaries to point to each other on their web
Congratulations and Notices:
celebrating 50 years -
Partners in Education, celebrating 50 years -
Lawyers Lend A Hand Program to Youth,
celebrating 20 years
Illinois Campus Compact: Celebrating 20+ Years of Impact
American Graduate - Celebration of Graduation event, June 13. see
College Changes Everything (CCE) Conference, July
16, Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park, Illinois -
MENTOR celebrating 25 years in Nov. 2015.
and many other resources can be found in the web library at
I've been sharing ideas
since 1994, intended to help mentor-rich programs grow
in high poverty neighborhoods of Chicago and other
cities. This news article was written in 1994. It's
this 1998 presentation, showing what Tutor/Mentor
Connection has been trying to accomplish.
For many reasons I've not been
able to make this happen in Chicago and to many, the
Tutor/Mentor Connection may be an "old idea".
However, in any of the global cities where people
are looking for new strategies, this may be one you
could embrace, and lead. I'd like to help you.
I share a
lot of ideas and information in these newsletters.
If you'd like to schedule a meeting where I can walk
you through the web sites and help you find
information that might be valuable to you, or
introduce me to new ideas that might be added to the
Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC web library, just email
or connect with me on Twitter to schedule a day and
time to meet.
If you're not in Chicago, let's connect via Skype or
a Google Hangout.
If you can provide financial support to help me
continue this effort, please
visit this page.
Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC
(Photo above is me in 1973 with
my mentee, Leo Hall. We're still connected 50 years
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