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July-August 2018 Tutor Mentor eNews
Use the ideas and resources shared monthly to help youth in your zip code have opportunities to participate in well-organized, mentor-rich, non-school programs.
July - Aug 2018 - Issue 172
School Starts Soon. Think of Ways You Can Support Local Youth Tutor, Mentor Orgs.
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.
You don't go through college in one day, or read any of the religious texts, in one day. You can't open and read all the links in this newsletter in one day, either.
But over a month you might open most of the links, just to see what's there, and to share some with people in your network
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Summer Learning: Visit Web Sites of Local Youth Tutor, Mentor and Learning Programs in Your Community. Help Others Find Them
As we head toward September volunteer based tutor and mentor organizations are seeking volunteers. You can help them.
See the graphic shown above in
I've used the graphic at the left since mid 1990s to visualize how people who want to help kids in their community can get to know information in the web library of the Tutor/Mentor Connection/Institute, LLC, then help others find and use the same information.
The library has four primary sections
a) directories you can search to find information about youth organizations in Chicago and other cities -
b) research that shows where volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs and support systems are most needed; why they are needed; challenges they face, etc.
c) resources leaders
of youth organizations can use to recruit volunteers and donors and build constantly improving programs;
d) ideas and resources anyone can use to build collaborations, visualize, map and solve complex problems.
These four sections are part of a web library that has been growing since 1990s.
This blog article
includes a list of links to sub sections of the library and to many other resources created over past 25 years.
In preparation for August/September 2018 volunteer and youth recruitment
I ask your help in updating my list of non-school tutor and/or mentor programs so it can be used by parents, volunteers, donors, etc this fall.
Connect with me on Twitter, Facebook and/or Linked in, and to draw from ideas I share on the
Mapping for Justice
blog, and the
Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC
After the March, Do the Planning
Anti-Violence Protest in Chicago Shuts Down Dan Ryan Expressway. What's Next?
Since forming Tutor/Mentor Connection in 1993 I have followed negative news stories with map-stories that intend to focus attention, volunteers and donors to the neighborhoods where these stories take place.
After the July 2018 march in Chicago I wrote two articles that focused on the planning that needs to be taking place to mobilize and sustain a flow of resources into high poverty neighborhoods of Chicago. Read the articles:
Don't Drive by Poverty:
After DanRyan March, Do the Planning:
These are two of 86 articles on the
that focus on planning. 158 articles focus
in Chicago, and use maps to focus on where tutor/mentor programs are most needed. These are part of more than 1000 articles posted on that blog since 2005. Take time to read these then share with friends, family, co-workers and faith groups so others get involved.
Here's some other articles that you might include in your summer learning:
* Number of low-income youth in each Chicago community area -
* Visualizing Complex Problems.
* US Cities (and Chicago) doing poorly in meeting UN Sustainable Development Goals -
* Injustice in America - Bryan Stephenson talk in Chicago -
* Using maps in planning - articles on MappingforJustice blog -
New articles are added weekly to Tutor/Mentor Connection/Institute, LLC blogs. Spend time reading them and share with others.
Building Flow of Needed Resources to Every Youth Program in Chicago
Until we find ways to change how non-school youth tutor, mentor and learning programs are funded there will always be too few programs in places where they are needed.
See the graphic above
in this article
This is one of
that I've written on the challenges of funding non-school programs since 2006. Bookmark this link and read just one article a month. Use these to stimulate thinking about how non profits are supported in your family, business and civic networks.
One sub section
of the Tutor/Mentor web library focuses on Fund Raising and Philanthropy. Within that are sub categories with articles showing challenges facing non profits.
Here are a few articles related to network building, which is part of fund raising, too.
* Building Community Networks - understand use of Social Network Analysis - LISC Chicago report -
* Connecting with others using on-line annotation - see tutorial by NYC HIVE -
* Network-ing Does not mean Network-Weaving (article) -
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These Resources Are Available Throughout the Year. Share With Others. Expand the Network.
Once a youth and volunteer gather in a weekly meeting, what do they do? How do programs help relationships grow? Why not study issues that affect them, and young people like them throughout the world? Here's some links to look at.
* Climate Crisis. Environmental Racism - at the bottom of this article I keep adding new links.
* Understanding Digital Learning Inequality -
* Income inequality articles -
* Divided Nation - Rural vs Urban America -
* Understanding History of Race and Poverty in America - this is section of web library with links to many other web sites -
* Our Equitable Future: A Roadmap for the Chicago Region -
* Homework Help Resources in Tutor/Mentor Library -
* Political Organizing - concept map with links -
Upcoming Events and Other Resources
* Illinois Conference on Volunteer Administration, Aug. 15, 2018 -
* Strengthening Chicago Youth blog -
* To&Through Project website. Find information showing progress of CPS freshmen to and through 4-year college. Find ways to help.
* MENTOR Illinois resources for mentors page -
* Chicago City of Learning -
* Chicago Organizations in Intermediary Roles -
* Tutor/Mentor Blog article showing list of frequently used links -
* Strategy Presentations in Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC Library -
* Tutor/Mentor Concept Map library -
Dan Bassill (that's me) is available to discuss any of these ideas with you, or others, via Skype, Google Hangouts or in person if you're in Chicago.
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