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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.
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Every youth serving organization in Chicago (and other cities) requires a constant flow of dollars and volunteers to sustain on-going work.
Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC maintains a list of Chicago non-school tutoring and/or mentoring programs, organized by sections of the city and suburbs. Click here.
We've created a list of organizations with Facebook pages. Click here.
Here's how you make a difference.Browse these lists. Get to know one or more programs."Like" and "follow" one or more programs on Facebook. Give them "shout outs" on Twitter and other Social Media. Encourage friends, co-workers, others to do the same. Do this weekly.Read more.
This is a role "third party" volunteers can take. If you want to help youth in poverty, help them get the attention, volunteers, talent and dollars each program needs.
At key times each year, use #hashtags that focus on what's trending at that time of year, such as #volunteer_recruitment as school starts in the fall.
This is a low cost, personal responsibility response, to the stories you're reading in today's newspaper. It's a first step to greater involvement.
This is a strategy that is needed in every city with large pockets of concentrated poverty. If you don't have a master list of tutor/mentor programs, you can start this strategy by searching for youth organizations in your zip code, using sites like VolunteerMatch.org
However, if you're not mapping locations of programs, and breaking the information down by type of program and age group served, you need to support someone who will take this role.
Contact Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC and we'll share what we've learned in trying to do this work for the past 20 years.
If you agree that making extra adult support available to help youth in high poverty areas move through school and into adult lives....
One of the companies that responded to the Chicago Housing Authority call for help in the mid 1960s was the Montgomery Ward Corporation in Chicago. Employee volunteers launched an after work tutoring program that began to meet elementary school kids living in the Cabrini Green neighborhood of Chicago. While starting with a few employees, the program grew and in 1970 moved its weekly meetings to the Montgomery Ward headquarters building at 600 W. Chicago Avenue.
When I started leading the Wards program in 1975 I had no experience doing this. However, I began inviting leaders of other programs to gather and share ideas, and I began to collect articles from a wide range of sources. I learned how to lead a tutor/mentor program as a result of this process.
(Photo above is me in 1973 with my mentee, Leo Hall. We're still connected 50 years later.)
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