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September 2020 - Issue 192
New School Year Brings New
and Old Challenges
For the past six months we've all been trying to figure out how to live our lives, help others, and earn a living within the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
This is new to most of us so connecting with others and learning from their own experiences is more important than ever. I encourage anyone involved with a youth serving organization to make a consistent effort to share what you are learning and challenges you face.
The ideas and resources shared in this monthly newsletter can be used by anyone, in Chicago, or around the world, to help mentor-rich youth 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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Chicago Schools Re-Opening Plan
Since 1993 I've maintained
of Chicago area non-school tutor, mentor and learning programs with two goals:
a) I can help them attract volunteers and donors;
b) I can help them learn from each other
I follow more than 100 of these organizations on Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin, but few post regularly on all these platforms. The image at the left is from a
post on Facebook, where they share
to the Chicago Public Schools Re-Opening Guide.
What are students telling us?
operates in Chicago and other cities and uses its Facebook and Twitter posts to share what it is learning from its students and volunteers during #covid19.
to view this post on Twitter.
to view this same post on Facebook.
It's not possible in a newsletter like this to feature more than a few examples of what youth organizations are posting. Thus, you need to develop your own on-going learning habits so you can find this information, learn from it, and share it with your own program network
Share stories of alumni success
The graphic at the right is
on Twitter by
, which has operated since early 1990s. This post shows work of one of their alumni, who leads a different youth serving organization in Chicago.
Drawing attention, volunteers and donors to a non-profit youth program is difficult, but on-going work. Posting to social media is one low-cost way to tell your story. ReTweeting or Liking these posts is a virtual volunteer role that anyone can take.
I'm on Twitter
. I look forward to connecting with you.
Make learning part of the culture of your organization, not just what you do to help youth.
While I host a library of websites that anyone can draw from I follow many education blogs where there is a constant stream of good ideas being shared. I point to these in my newsletters and social media. Others can do the same, drawing their own network of supporters to this information.
Here are some links to review:
# Homework help library -
# Educator & learning resource blogs -
# Digital Divide links -
# Understanding issues cMap -
Are you part of the GrowthWorks Conversation?
Last month I posted
this blog article
inviting Chicago area youth program leaders to be part of a consumer conversation hosted by the GrowthWorks consulting firm in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Read the blog article to learn more.
If you'd like to be interviewed, please contact GrowthWorks directly (using email in the blog article) or email Dan Bassill at
Below are resources to use to help youth in your community.
Recent Tutor/Mentor blog articles
* Our Children Need Your Help - Volunteer Recruitment Campaign History -
* Constant Challenge. How Can We Do this Better? -
* Athletes Taking A Lead -
* Call Goes Out for Volunteers - c
* Help Build Chicago Tutor/Mentor Program Knowledge Base -
* Building Public Will -
* Make Long-term tutor, mentor & learning programs available in more places -
* 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
* National Mentoring Resource Center - Covid-19 resources -
* 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 -
Read Healthy Chicago 2025 report -
* Chicago Learning Exchange -
* ChiHackNight - remote civic technology meet-up; every Tuesday in Chicago -
Chicago Youth Serving Organizations in
Please help update this cmap and the links in the Tutor/Mentor web library. Just email me with additions or changes.
About this newsletter.
While I try to send this only once a month, I write
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.
Trying to understand purpose of this newsletter? Read this "What the Heck am I Trying to Do" article -
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