The non-profit sector wastes a lot of time debating unimportant semantic issues, instead of concentrating on the real work that needs to be done. This article, originally a blog post on www.cfctreasures.wordpress.com comments about the current debate about what the word "volunteer" means. Since many mentors are from organizations that believe in having their employees (while being paid) provide service to the community, it is particularly applicable to the TutorMentorConnection website.
The Pass It On Student Mentoring program is a fundraising program for ALL nonprofit organizations!
The Pass It On (PIO) Student Mentoring Program is about empowering kids and helping each and every one of them realize that they can make a positive difference in others lives. Children in the classroom will also have an opportunity to take part in a global competition involving creating a world logo and/or flag (We, The World Contests). A We, The World Ambassador for Peace in each classroom will implement this program.All students interested in participating in a PIO Student Mentoring Program are asked by the WTW Ambassador to submit a one-page paper detailing how they may be of value to a younger child or classmate. Could it be with their homework? Could it be with a certain sport? Conflict resolution? Musical instrument? At the same time, students will write a paragraph stating in which area they would like to be mentored by an older child.
The Tutor/Mentor Connection and Cabrini Connections have two major fund raising events in Chicago this summer. We hope they attract new friends, and new investors to help us keep inner city youth connected to volunteer tutors and mentors.