Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC:

The Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) has hosted this conference every six months since May 1994.  The T/MC is dedicated to improving the availability and quality of  volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs in high-poverty areas of Chicago and other large US cities through an ongoing, dynamic exchange of ideas.

Beginning in July 2011 the Chicago Tutor/Mentor Connection is part of the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC.


Visit http://www.tutormentorprogramlocator.net to find maps and locate volunteer based tutoring and/or mentoring programs in Chicago region.

The mission of the Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) is to provide an organized framework that empowers and encourages adult volunteers to contribute their time, effort, ideas and advocacy toward creating life-changing solutions for children in educationally and economically disadvantaged areas. In short, how do we fill this map with mentor-rich organizations that affect student aspirations and learning habits, expand their networks of support, and help keep them safe in non-school  hours?

This mission is accomplished through a Four-Part Strategy:

  1. Collect knowledge from key stakeholders about volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs--how programs succeed, where programs are located, and where more programs and resources are needed
  2. Increase number of people visiting this knowledge through social media, event marketing and public awareness campaigns using the Internet as a chief vehicle of communication
  3. Facilitate understanding and collaboration among stakeholders to develop the long-term, integrated actions needed to help youth move from birth in poverty to a job or career by age 25
  4. Strengthen involvement of community and industry leaders to increase flow of essential resources to all tutor/mentor programs in the Chicago region

Many of our ideas are expressed in this Library of pdf essays, and in the animated presentations on this page.  These T/MC videos are a new addition to the T/MC idea and communications strategy.  These are ideas that guide Cabrini Connections and are intended to help us get the consistent flow of resources needed to help the teens we work with. They are also ideas that can be used to help any other tutor/mentor program in the country do more to help the youth they work with.

One way we share the information we collect is through blog articles written by Dan Bassill, T/MC staff, volunteers and interns.  This link points to the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC Blog. This link shows how we raise visibility for other tutor/mentor programs in Chicago by writing stories showing what they do.  This link points to the blog list on the Tutor/Mentor Connection forum.

This on-line Debategraph discussion is another way of sharing ideas and connecting them with people from around the world. You can join and add your own ideas of ways to increase the number of volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs by increasing the flow of resources to all neighborhoods with high poverty and high numbers of youth dropping out of school.

Visit this page and see how interns are interpreting the Tutor/Mentor Connection strategy. Students from high schools and colleges throughout the world are encouraged to join this project.

Connect with Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC and Tutor/Mentor Connection on Twitter @tutormentorteam and in the Tutor/Mentor Institute page on Facebook.