Issue No. 118
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|* Celebrate Volunteerism
- National Volunteer Week
* Review Speakers, Workshop Topics - June 7 Tutor/Mentor Conference
* $50 Million in new funding for Chicago anti-violence- what does it buy?
* Do your research. Form a Learning Circle
* President's Message - Connecting Networks
|National Volunteer Week Topic - What Tutor/Mentor Programs are Available?|
Congratulations, Sean and AJ.
I received a phone call this week from Allen Tyson, who has been a volunteer tutor in Chicago since the early 1970s. I first met him in 1974 when we both were with the Montgomery Ward program. Allen wanted to tell me that Sean, who he has worked with for the past 6 years, has been accepted to Iowa University. Two other boys in Sean's class at the Cabrini Connections program have also been accepted to college. Here's a story profiling Sean and AJ, written in 2009.
Every April the nation celebrates the work millions of volunteers do to help their communities. This year's National Volunteer Week will be celebrated from April 21 to April 27. As we head to this celebration, I want to encourage tutor/mentor programs to share stories of their student and volunteer milestones on their own blogs and web sites, and on master lists that enable more people from throughout a community to find these stories and build their own commitment to support these programs on an on-going basis.
Collect this information.
Build Program Support Advertising
Use these search tools to locate volunteer-based tutoring and/or mentoring programs in Chicago and other communities. Reach out and get to know these programs. Compare them to others in Chicago and around the country. Look for ways to help each program become a "world class" organization.
* MENTOR resources
and referral service -
In the Chicago region, use the Map-Based Tutor/Mentor Program Locator and Links library to help locate programs in specific zip codes. Our aim is to help programs grow and thrive in all parts of the region where they are needed.
|$50 Million in new corporate funding for Chicago anti-violence programs|
What type of programs will give Chicago funders the result they want:
More youth stay in school, are safe in non-school hours, graduate and move to college and 21st century jobs.
Chicago corporations are being asked to raise $50 million to support violence prevention programs. Are they also being asked to engage talent, technology and jobs to support the operations of these programs? Read more.
Good to Great Thinking - it takes several years for a start up organization to grow to be a great organization, with trust and participation from neighborhood youth, community wide volunteers, and a network of donors. Read more.
What indicators would you want to see on a youth program web site to give you confidence that they are doing work that should be supported by volunteers, donors and investors? Read more
What are the steps to starting and sustaining a mentor-rich youth program? Read more
What is the planning calendar programs might use to support year-to-year growth and improvement? Read more
What are the challenges faced by small and medium size non profits that need to be overcome? For instance, this spring Compass Point and the Non Profit Finance Fund released this report showing challenges facing non profit sector organizations. Under Developed: A National Study of Challenges Facing Nonprofit Fundraising - http://www.compasspoint.org/underdeveloped See more articles showing challenges facing non profit organizations:http://tinyurl.com/TMILibrary-ChallengesFacingNPO
Who else is doing similar work and how do you connect and learn from them? While we hope non profits are benchmarking their work compared to similar organizations, are businesses, hospitals, philanthropists doing the same? Read more about benchmarking.
|Dialog and Deliberation - Engage Your Community, Co-Workers, Faith Group|
The Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement at UIC is "exploring how the University can help broaden and deepen the engagement of Chicago-area residents in public policy and community issues—particularly at the neighborhood, city, and county levels—through the use of dialogue and deliberative processes." Read more.
The Tutor/Mentor Connection has been interested in on-line learning communities since the early 2000s. During Jan-March 2013 an Education Technology and Media MOOC (see http://www.etmooc.org) connected more than 1600 learners from North America).
The Tutor/Mentor Connection library links to more than 2000 organizations and articles that volunteers, students, leaders, donors, policy makers, business leaders, etc. from Chicago and other cities can use to support their own efforts to close the gaps between rich and poor, improve workforce readiness, reduce inner city violence, etc.
If we can encourage groups from many sectors to engage in on-going dialog, deliberation, brainstorming and collective action, we can share ideas that can be applied in any neighborhood where kids need extra help.
Youth can take
important roles in this process.
|Connecting networks is our goal. We can do more working for common purpose.|
by Daniel F. Bassill
This graphic shows intermediary organizations in Chicago and Illinois who focus on the well-being of youth. I want to help them connect more frequently with each other.
Images created by Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC See this image at http://tinyurl.com/ChicagoYouthNetworks
The Pope, Bono, Pallotta and Data.
Every time I host a Tutor/Mentor Conference I invite representatives of these organizations to participate and use the conference space to further their own agendas. The next conference is June 7. If you're reading this I hope you'll help extend this invitation so more will participate.
Collecting this Information is and
This data collection and mapping
needs ownership in universities and well funded research
organizations so the information can be collected effectively and
updated regularly. However, it also needs a wide range of
champions, in business, religion, media, politics, and individual
youth serving organizations, who find ways every day to point people
in their networks to the information, while helping them also apply
the information in actions that support the growth and on-going
operations of mentor-rich programs serving K-16 youth in every part
of the Chicago region (or your own city).
Community Information Collection - http://tinyurl.com/TMI-Information-Collection
Tipping points - http://tinyurl.com/TMI-TippingPoint
I've built a library with research articles and blogs where writers show the cost of poverty, the skills gaps, the drop out crisis, etc. Instead of creating this research myself my goal has been to find and re-circulate articles written by people with far more skills and research talent than myself. Motivating more people to read these articles and become personally involved in providing resources to support solutions is a goal that young people and adults from many sectors can adopt and lead. You can find this library at http://tinyurl.com/TMC-Library
Are you already having
this conversation? Where? If you post in spaces I host you can
attract the people in my network to your space. I can do the same. Share
your ideas with me on Twitter @tutormentorteam or on Facebook at
Thank you! You read to the bottom of the page. If you do this every month you are truly dedicated. I'd like to hear from you. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or join one of the forums I've pointed to.
luck to everyone as they launch a new school year of tutoring and
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