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June 2020 - Issue 190
Protest Marches, Responses to Pandemic,
Educating & Mentoring. Challenges of 2020.
In my last newsletter at the end of April I offered condolences to those who lost loved ones to Covid19 and to those struggling due to lost jobs. Since then that pain has continued to grow and the impact on many families from having schools and non-school programs closed has added to the suffering.
The murder of George Floyd has added to this and ignited pent up rage and anger that is still growing with protest marches throughout the world.
The uncertainty of what the future holds is something that we all fear.
et, there is great hope that this time, things will be different.
The ideas and resources shared in this monthly newsletter can be used by youth organization leaders, resource providers, political leaders, universities, volunteers and youth to help mentor-rich programs thrive in all of the neighborhoods where they are most needed, and to help understand and respond to these over-riding challenges.
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Entering 2020 we faced a literal tsunami of significant challenges. Then in March the Covid19 pandemic burst on our shores, closing businesses, school & non-school programs and taking thousands of lives.
Just as we appeared to be getting a control over the health crisis, a new public health emergency emerged, with the killing of George Floyd. This with countless previous acts of police and institutional violence against Black Americans, burst a dam of pent up rage and for the past two weeks people in the US and all over the world have been marching and demanding change.
There are no simple, short-term solutions.
Each of the issues on the graphic above is a complex problem, requiring the involvement of many people over many years.
Added together it's a wicked complex problem requiring a systems thinking approach. What's that? Read what I wrote in
this blog article
I post articles weekly. I hope you'll follow, read, then share them with others.
What can you do? Spend time learning.
With so many people working from home the number of on-line webinars and conferences has exploded. I spend time in 3-4 ZOOM meetings a week, sometimes 2-3 in a single day!
In many people are asking "what can I do" and the most frequent answer is "Educate yourself. Spend time learning." This is an especially important message for White people trying to understand issues of racism and White privilege.
This June 2020
on-line conference is just one place you can learn from.
Share what you are reading and watching.
The graphic at the left visualizes the role every person can take to share what they learn with people in their various networks.
You can use Twitter, LinkedIN, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, or any other media you're comfortable with.
However, read something every day. Share something every day.
I'm on Twitter
. Follow me and connect with people I connect with.
The Tutor/Mentor web library is being updated, so instead of pointing you to sections of the library i'm going to list a few websites that you might visit.
Understand long history of racism in America
43 books on racism for adults and kids. From
Anti-Racism books recommended in
Police Violence videos on Twittter. Aggregated list. -
1619 Project -
How we Rise: Policy solutions to upend structural racism and create a more equitable society for all -
11 things to do besides Say "This Has to Stop" in the wake of police brutality -
A history of race and racism in America -
Advancing Racial Equity with State Tax Policy -
Digital mapping of racism and segregation in America -
Fixing broken election and political system
Expanding Voting Rights - Issue Brief from Reclaim the American Dream -
Fixing our broken political system. New book -.
Education is over....though provoking article -
Race and the Schooling of Black Americans. This 1992 article illustrates how little has changed over the past 30 years -
Challenges of poverty, Covid19, and the education system
9 ways poverty hurts education -
Basic needs and Covid19 - a collection of articles -
Digital Education Post Covid19 - PDF-
Chasing the American Dream. Poverty and Opportunity in America -
Closing the Racial Wealth Gap in America -
Our Equitable Future. Roadmap for the Chicago region -
Race, Racism and Health - Examining the connections -
Zinn Education Project - teaching people's history -
The above are just a few of the links in the Tutor/Mentor Web library and a fraction of what you can find on the Internet. You can access the library at
for the next few weeks you might see two versions of the library as I'm transitioning to a new hosting format
My map and list of Chicago area Tutor/Mentor programs -
Here's my Facebook list of programs - pick which ones you want to follow. -
Here's my Twitter list. It includes more than just Chicago -
Here's my LinkedIN page. Follow me and see posts that I'm seeing. -
Below are resources to use to help youth in your community.
Recent Tutor/Mentor blog articles
* Athletes can take the lead - c
* After the riots, do the planning -
* Looking back over 45 years of involvement -
* Memorial Day - Just don't forget. -
* How do we turn participation map into collective impact map? -
* Mentoring as Part of Larger Strategy -
* Strategy PDFs by Tutor/Mentor -
* Concept Map library -
* Mapping for Justice blog -
* Hashtags I follow on Twitter. Use to expand your own network -
* Blogs I follow using Inoreader -
* MyChiMyFuture - City of Chicago -
* Strengthening Chicago Youth web site,
; blog -
* Chicago Mentoring Collaborative -
* To & Through Project web site -
* Incarceration Reform Digital Resource Center -
* City of Chicago, CPS, links -
* Chicago Public School Locator -
* Healthy Chicago 2.0 -
* Chicago Learning Exchange -
* ChiHackNight - civic technology meet-up; every Tuesday in Chicago -
Chicago Youth Serving Organizations in
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About this newsletter.
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weekly. Throughout the newsletter I post links to a few of the articles published in the past month or earlier.I encourage you to spend a little time each week reading these articles and following the links. Use the ideas and presentations in group discussions with other people who are concerned about the same issues.
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