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Friday, April 16, 2010
Connecting health organizations with tutor/mentor strategies
By tutormentor2 @ 5:00 PM :: 5459 Views :: 0 Comments :: Article Rating :: Conferences and Training Opportunities, Research and Advocacy , Articles about tutoring and mentoring programs

Research shows that education is one of the strongest predictors of health, so how do we connect leaders of hospitals, insurance companies and other public health businesses, with tutor/mentor programs in different neighborhoods of Chicago?

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Thursday, January 28, 2010
BEST PRACTICES: BARRIER OR BOOST FOR MENTORING
By tutormentor2 @ 10:32 AM :: 5429 Views :: 0 Comments :: Article Rating :: Articles about tutoring and mentoring programs

There are many people talking about "best practices" and how everyone should be following "best practices". What if compiling a set of mentoring "best practices" actually leads you down the wrong path? Read more.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010
"Experience is the Best Teacher when dealing with Troubled Teens
By Therlon @ 6:41 AM :: 7630 Views :: 1 Comments :: Article Rating :: Articles about tutoring and mentoring programs

 
Evidence and research has shown that adults tend to have a need to integrate new ideas with what they already know. Adults learn best from the sharing of common experiences with other fellow adults. Barriers that often deter adults from mentoring or developing nurturing roles can be overcome in situations where mutual experiences, interests and knowledge are shared with colleagues, thus, a way of connecting with new people. Solutions to common problems dealing with troubled youth which adult mentors face in the adult-mentee relationships can be mutually dealt with. Training derived primarily from the brainstorming of experiences will help adult mentors to boost their confidence levels and abilities in building self-esteem in troubled youths. The goal is to create sharing relationships that are based on trust and role modeling of positive values.
Breaking down adults into small groups for interaction to elicit more sincere responses to concepts dealing with troubled youth will provide "experienced focused training" for adults from all walks of life. Practical guidelines to stimulate and provoke thought in the areas of self-esteem building, problem solving and goal setting can be discussed and evaluated. Adult mentors will be able to recognize, maximize and enhance the strengths of troubled teens through the development of proper mental attitudes and systematic procedures for dealing with troubled youth who are going through the struggles of adolescence.
Training adult mentors to recognize and maximize the strengths of troubled teens through an organization wide unifying system of communication for developing rapport, creating attainable goals and motivating at-risk youth should be the goal of any mentoring organization.
Mentor training should provide a proven system for generating troubled teens with self-esteem building skills, concepts, ideas, strategies and problem solving skills. While training adults to recognize and help troubled youths to overcome limitations in the adult-troubled teen mentor relationships.
Though mentor training is comprehensive in nature, the training should not be presented as an exhaustive review of mentoring. The message is clearly stated regarding the need for the development of important relationships for these youths with adults who can help them energize their inner resources to meet the challenges of life today. Within the training suggestions, thoughts and experience to help facilitate the forging of such relationships should be created.
Mentor training should also be an interactive process to stimulate, provoke thought and guide anyone in improving or developing mentoring skills and work well in training individuals individually or best in group workshop situations.
How often do you hear someone asking "I wish I knew how to motivate my troubled son or daughter." Here's a proven system to develop mentoring skills for dealing with troubled youth for those who never thought they could.
Therlon Harris developed Motivational Mentoring 101. Therlon is a former basic education teacher of incarcerated adolescent male offenders. His leadership and 30 years of experience has allowed him to stay on the cutting edge of practices in education, business and community. Experienced in job coaching and job development for ex-offenders, Therlon has mentored many youthful and adult offenders into socially accepted careers.
Therlon holds both B.S. & M.S. Degrees from the University of Michigan. He has long-term experiences in a variety of academic disciplines and has served as consultant for non-profit service organizations serving at-risk students. He has acted as presenter of innovative human services programs to local, state and national audiences. In addition, Therlon has served as a youth mentor, family worker, drug abuse educator and role model for a variety of private agencies.

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Monday, December 14, 2009
Shop and Compare. Learn from different programs.
By tutormentor2 @ 10:09 AM :: 4662 Views :: 0 Comments :: Article Rating :: Articles about tutoring and mentoring programs, Volunteering and Service

In the Chicago Program Links, and in the Mentoring links, we have web sites for more than 200 youth serving organizations.  When you click into them, some are very good at showing that they offer tutoring and/or mentoring and showing how volunteers can get involved.  Others are not as good.  We put these links here for two reasons.

A) we want volunteers and donors to find these programs, and provide on-going support to help each program grow to be a "world class" tutoring and/or mentoring program

B) we want the programs to learn to compare what other programs do, with what they do, so each program can constantly have ideas that help it have a greater impact on kids, volunteers and communities.

Here's a suggested way to look at each site.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009
Meet visitors to this site. Introduce your organization
By tutormentor2 @ 11:06 AM :: 9436 Views :: 0 Comments :: Article Rating :: Program Articles, Fund Raising Ideas, Job postings. Help wanted in tutor/mentor organization, Articles about tutoring and mentoring programs

Introductions posted on the Guest Map may not be seen by most visitors to this site.  Use the Discussion Forum to introduce yourself  and your organization, or post an article describing the work you do. 

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