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May 2020 - Issue 189
How Are Youth Programs Staying Connected
to Youth, Ideas, Resources & Each Other?
I hope that all who read this newsletter are doing well and offer condolences to those who have lost loved ones to Covid19, and to those struggling due to lost jobs. I read many articles about Covid19 and within many is hope for a better future.
The ideas 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.Many may need a lot of help to restart in coming months. More will be needed in many places.
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How Many ZOOM meetings have you been part of over the past 30 days?
The CoronaVirus crisis has created new ways for people to connect and ZOOM meetings are one of the most popular.
While I've been active on the Internet for more than 20 years many of my peers have not been as active. That's changing. I'm now re-connecting to people who I've met in past years through conferences and events I've hosted or participated in, but who I've had few one-on-one conversations after these events.
points to one meeting I was part of.
Today I was part of a ZOOM meeting with more than 100 other Chicago youth program leaders which was organized by a youth initiative of Mayor Lori Lightfoot's office. Visit
to connect with this initiative, and to be part of future on-line meetings..
What about you?
What ZOOM meetings have you been part of? Join me
on Twitter and share your stories.
Here's a few resources to help connect youth to learning and on-line mentoring during Covid19.
section of the Tutor/Mentor web library are dozens of links to a wide range of learning resources.
Below are a few examples:
Teach from Home - hub of information and tools to help teachers during Covid19 -
* Resources from Afterschool Alliance -
* eLearning eNcyclopedia -
* Genius Hour - get your kids involved -
* Ideas for teaching on-line -
* Recommended Learning Resources on YouTube -
Tutor/Mentor web library is being upgraded and many sections may not be available for a few months.
this blog article
I've posted a few concept maps that point to different web resources that will still be available.
For instance, the
at the right can be used to find places to volunteer in Chicago and beyond.
I encourage you to use these maps, along with blog articles that I write weekly, to connect with ideas and resources that you can use to help kids in your family, neighborhood and/or community.
Is your organization raising money during the May 5, 2020 #GivingTuesday event?
The graphic at the left is one of many you'll find on the
, visualizing the long-term support youth need to move safely from birth to work.
can help raise money for organizations doing this work, but they need to be participating. Learn more at
Below are resources to use to help youth in your community.
Recent Tutor/Mentor blog articles
* Use concept maps in planning past Covid19 -
* Find Tutor, Mentor programs in Chicago area -
* Reaching out to Universities - a Virtual Learning Opportunity -
* Youth Tutor/Mentor Programs after Covid19 -
* Lack of technology access highlighted during Covid19 -
* 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,
* MENTOR Illinois. -
* 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
(Please help update this cMap.)
Look at what some Chicago youth programs are sharing:
(at right) shares daily virtual assignments and will host Digital Dialogues in May -
and scroll to bottom of home page.
shares resources for empowering readers at home -
blog shows "how kids can learn while stuck at home" -
shares e-learning resources -
is hosting a virtual breakfast on May 6th -
I learn much about what Chicago tutor/mentor programs are doing from what they post on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.
of programs - pick which ones you want to follow.
It includes more than just Chicago -
page. Follow me and see posts that I'm seeing.
Other Links you might find useful
21 Simple Things NPOs can do during Covid19 lockdown -
Spotivity - helping youth connect to activities in Chicago -
A Better Chicago - Fighting Poverty with Opportunity -
Connect Chicago -
HS Students created this eTutoring program to help other kids in Chicago -
Skoll World Forum
- This year was a virtual event, with dozens of ZOOM presentations. See archive.-
in and beyond Covid19 -
How Communities Work Together
- new study -
The Price of Real Change
- philanthropy article -
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