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Use Tutor/Mentor Connectionon-line library.


While you can use a search engine like Google and find information to help you build and sustain a volunteer-based tutor/mentor program, you can also use the T/MC library.

The library has aggregated and categorized more than 2000 links to information leaders, volunteers and donors can use to build a collective understanding of where and why tutor/mentor programs are needed, as well as ways to support them more consistently for a longer period of years.

Many of these links focus on Chicago.If you're collecting similar information, focused on a different city, please share the link to your library and I'll add it. If you'd like to submit a link to the library just register, log in, and use the "Add a New Link" feature to suggest a link. These are moderated and if approved, your link will be added to the site.

Information Categories in Library


Collaboration, Innovation & Process Improvement

Fund Raisingand Philanthropy

Volunteer Recruitmentportals and resources

Blogsby leading thinkers, consultants, tutor/mentor programs, etc.


Chicago areayouth program links

Programs & Networksin other cities

VolunteerTraining. Conferences

Law, Poverty, Prevention

Technologyand "cool tech tools"

Link to


There are many additional categories in the library.Spend some time browsing the sections and bookmark those you'd like to visit again.





Illustrated PDF strategy essaysin Tutor/Mentor library.
Click here.


Visualizations of strategyin Tutor/MentorPinterest library


Mapping for Justice blog, with examples of how GIS maps can be used.Click here.

The ideas shared in this monthly newsletter can be used by resource providers, political leaders, non profit leaders, volunteers and youth to help mentor-rich programs thrive in all of the neighborhoods where they are most needed.

If the newsletter does not format correctly in your email, or if you want to see this newsletter graphics and maps click this link:


Share this with others who want to help youth in your city.

New Look to Tutor/Mentor Connection

If you've not visited thehttp://www.tutormentorconnection.orgsite recently, I encourage you to take a look.New look, site navigation and graphics aim to help visitors find and use the information to support the growth of volunteer-based youth serving organizations in Chicago and other cities.This is an on-going process.


There are more than 2000 links in the web library, pointing to research, blogs, tutoring /mentoring programs in Chicago and other cities, etc. In the monthly email news I point to some of these resources.


Keeping this current is an on-going process, and could be a volunteer project of a club, services organization, company team, etc. Here's aPDFillustrating how others can help.

Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference Update
A 41stTutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conferencewas held on May 19, 2014 at the Metcalfe Federal Building in Chicago.

See photo albumhere.
Seearticleswritten by conference participants.


Some of the workshop presenters have sent their presentations, and you can view them on thisAgenda page.


The next conference will be Friday, Nov. 7, 2014.If you'd like to propose a workshop, or help with broadcasting workshops live, please contact Dan Bassill at


Visit the Tutor/MentorInstitute Video Channel to see more ways to support the growth of youth tutoring,mentoring programs..

Help Volunteer-Based Tutor/Mentor Programs thrive in all parts of Chicago Region

Program Locator

Visit thethis sectionof the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC site to see how maps can be usedto help build a distribution of resources to all of the areas with high poverty, poorly performing schools, and other indicators showing need for extra help.

Below you can see a graphic showing four times a year
when our collective efforts can help build public awareness and draw needed resources directly to the different tutoring and/or mentoring programs operating in the Chicago region.

Quarterly eventsThisisan event cyclethat repeats every year. You can read about thishere.Apply the thinking in this article to helping volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs grow in more places.

Making Learning Connected MOOC, started June 5.
Lawyer Lifting to raise funds for Chicago tutor/mentor programs.Seehow you can help. See howothers can duplicate more

Action Network for Financial Empowerment Summit,July 25,from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at theChicago Federal Reserve Bank, 230 S LaSalle St, Chicago.learn more


Illinois Conference on Volunteer Administration,August 14, 2014 at Metcalfe Federal Building in Chicago.learn more


You can share your own announcementsby connecting with me on social media, or by adding a link to the web library at


President's Message.


What I'm Reading...


Since the mid 1990s I've been creating graphics to visualize strategies that I feel would help volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs have more of the resources they need. I post these in blog articles. Thus,at this link, you'll see the graphic at the right.



Most of my blog articles focus on what other people are talking about.


Here are a few articles that I encourage you to review:


Follow up to May 12, 2014 On the Table event organized by Chicago Community Trust.See article.


White House Calls for Mentors. My Brothers Keeper.Read more


Strengthening the Field of Black Male Achievement.Read more.


Stanford Social Innovation Review = strategic philanthropy.Read more


The next Tutor/Mentor Conference in Chicago will be Friday, Nov. 7, 2014.Sponsor donationsare needed to help organize and pay for the conferences, and cover part of the costs of maintaining the web library and mapping resources. Sponsor donations are now eligible for tax deduction. Read aboutBecoming We the Peopletaking role of fiscal agent for tutor/mentor conference.

There's a lot of information here. Thank you for reading. If you'd like to connect with me, just reach out via one of the social media links below.





Daniel F. Bassill

Daniel Bassill
Tutor/Mentor Connection
Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC




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