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More than 2000 links are organized into 25 categories.  Browse the categories and sub categories to find links to web sites with information you can use to build and sustain strong organizations helping youth move through school and into jobs and careers.  Some of the links point to older pages on some web sites. Click to the "home" page to find the most current information being shared. Look for social media links and connect with these organizations in social media. Look for the resource pages and visit sites that these organizations point to. This is a huge resource and it keeps growing. As you get to know what's here, by frequent visits,  it will grow in its value to you.

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Volunteer Management is Community Engagement - article
In this article, Jayne Cravens, a long time manager of volunteers and a consultant regarding the management of volunteers, writes about her approach the value of volunteer engagement. Read this and more volunteer management ideas on her blog.

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A list of Chicago Area Tutor and/or Mentoring Organizations
This section of the Tutor/Mentor Connection web site includes links to more than 200 youth serving organizations, organized by sections of the city. Organizations that do not operate from sites, such as Big Brothers, or who have multiple locations, are included in a section titled "muti site". Organizations that operate at schools are included in another sub list. If you are a Chicago area, non-school, volunteer-based tutor or mentor organization and want to be on the list, or if you know of an organization on the list that is no-longer operating, or in the wrong regional sub category, use the contact button on this site to report this information.

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A Map Based Chicago Tutor/Mentor Program Locator
This is a pilot version (created in 2008) of a map based Chicago Tutor/Mentor Directory showing the entire Chicago region and non-school, site based, programs . The map has layers of information showing where programs are most needed, based on poverty rates, locations of poorly performing schools, incidents of violence. It also has overlays of assets (business, colleges, faith groups, hospitals, etc.) who could be helping programs grow in areas where they are located. Due to lack of funding and tech support the site has not been updated since 2013 and the census data and political boundaries have not been updated since 2009. However the site still serves as a model that can be used in any city, including Chicago. The Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC seeks partners to update and further develop this interactive directory and to make it available in other cities.

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All For Good - Volunteer Search Site
This is a site hosted by the Points of Light, where NonProfit organizations can post volunteer opportunities and volunteers search for causes to support with time and talent.

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AmeriCorps Alumni Network
This is a web site dedicated to helping AmeriCorps alumni build a local and national support network. Alumni of such service groups have the potential to be great partners and leaders in tutor/mentor programs.

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AngelPoints - employee involvement support platform
from the web site: "AngelPoints (a product of MicroEdge) is an effective and integrated Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) solution that will help your organization mobilize the collective power of your employees to make a positive impact on your people, your company, and the world." Visit the site and learn more.

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Apricot - Volunteer Management Software
Apricot is a comprehensive software solutions that nonprofits can use to manage volunteer and donor engagement. A product of Social Solutions. Visit the web site to learn more.

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Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement
From the web site: "AL!VE - the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement, is a national membership organization of leaders and professionals in volunteer engagement. AL!VE serves to enhance and sustain the spirit of volunteering in America by fostering collaboration and networking, promoting professional development, and providing advocacy for leaders in community engagement."

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Association of Volunteer Administrators - Chicago
From the web site: "The mission of the Association of Volunteer Administrators of Metropolitan Chicago (AVA-MC) is to strengthen leadership and provide advocacy for the field of volunteer resource management and to provide an accessible forum for networking, knowledge sharing and collaboration." This link points to the Facebook page.

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Become a Mentor - MENTOR national directory of opportunities
The MENTOR, National Mentoring Partnership database includes more than 4000 programs where volunteers and donors are needed. This is searchable by zip code by anyone looking for local mentoring opportunities. Programs can register their program for free to be listed in the Directory.

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Better Impact - software for volunteer centers
From the web site: "Community Impact can be used by any sort of volunteer center seeking to help volunteers find the right organization and right volunteer opportunity in their community. Organizations can add their volunteer opportunities to the database. Volunteers can search all of the opportunities based on a variety of criterion and register or sign in to send their contact information off to the chosen organization." A second product is called "Volunteer Impact".

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Catchafire - connects skills volunteers to NPOs
From the web site: "Catchafire's mission is to improve the quality of the volunteer experience by providing the opportunity for people to volunteer their skills in a powerful way. Our vision is to make it easy for every professional to volunteer their skills if they want to and to make it easy for every nonprofit and social enterprise to access and effectively use skills-based volunteers."

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Center for Intergenerational Learning at Temple U
From the web site: "The Intergenerational Center, created in 1979, strengthens communities by bringing generations together to address critical concerns and creating opportunities for lifelong civic engagement. The Center is part of the College of Health Professions and Social Work at Temple University. The knowledge and experience we have accumulated enables us to develop, evaluate and replicate innovative programs, offer high quality training and consultation, and conduct research that examines the impact of our work and identifies promising practices. We are proud to serve as a national and international resource for organizations and communities."

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Chicago Cares
Chicago Cares connects Chicago area volunteers with a variety of service opportunities. Take a look at their calendar of volunteer opportunities.

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Chicago Interactive Tutor/Mentor Program Locator
Use this search page and the interactive map of Chicago to determine if there are any organizations offering volunteer based tutoring and/or mentoring in specific zip codes. You can also use this map to build collaborations among businesses, non profits, faith groups and other institutions and leaders who focus on the same parts of the Chicago region.
Note: This Chicago Tutor/Mentor Program Locator was developed between 2004 and 2008 as part of the Tutor/Mentor Connection's effort to draw volunteers and donors to tutor/mentor programs in every poverty neighborhood of the city. Due to lack of funds the site has not been updated since 2013. It still serves as a model, and you can still create map stories to focus on neighborhoods. If you'd like to help with updating with a goal of applying this in your own city, use the 'contact us' feature on this site to introduce yourself.

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Chicago Tribune Community Giving Portal
The Chicago Tribune Community Giving portal encouraged donations to support non-profits as well as volunteer involvement in area non-profits. This link points to a page with sites volunteers can visit to find information about volunteer involvement.

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Christian Volunteering .org
This site is one of many services of Tech Mission and offers a wide choice of volunteer opportunities in faith based non profits.

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Corporation for National Service
CNS supports national service programs that provide opportunities for participants to serve as individuals or part of teams in non-profits throughout the country. The three programs of CNS are AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve America, and the National Senior Service Corps.

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Create the Good. AARP Volunteer Campaign
AARP established Create The Good to enable people to make a difference in the lives of others. AARP markets this through their web site and media to their membership of senior citizens. Thus, it would be useful for non profits to be listed here.

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Directory of Resources for the Volunteer Management Profession
This page on the ENERGIZE, Inc. includes a wide range of topic related to volunteer management. This page also has a section with lists of sites where non profits can list volunteer opportunities and where volunteers can search for places to volunteer.

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Encore - redefining life after 50
From the web site: " is building a movement to tap the skills and experience of those in midlife and beyond to improve communities and the world. Largely through foundation support, has worked to redefine later life, shifting from the 20th-century idea of retirement as the freedom from work to a new life stage that offers the freedom to work and to contribute in new ways – and to new ends."

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EPIC - engaging Chicago creative professionals
From the web site: "EPIC empowers creative people to make social change happen in Chicago. We sponsor creative rallies—eight, intense, fun weeks of collaboration—which pair hand-picked volunteers from the ad and design community with Chicago-based nonprofit clients focused on education, children and families." EPIC also has chapter in Minneapolis.

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Experience Corps - AARP Foundation Tutoring Program
From the web site: "AARP Foundation Experience Corps is an intergenerational volunteer-based tutoring program that is proven to help children who aren’t reading at grade level become great readers by the end of third grade. We inspire and empower adults age 50 and older to serve in their community and disrupt the cycle of poverty by making a lasting difference in the lives of America’s most vulnerable children."

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Find and post volunteer opportunities at
From the web site: "Idealist is all about connecting idealists - people who want to do good - with opportunities for action and collaboration. With more than 100,000 organizations and 1.4 million monthly visitors to our English, Spanish (, and French ( sites, Idealist helps people move from intention to action all over the world."

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Generations Serving Generations Illinois
The goal of Generations Serving Generations "is to highlight existing efforts in civic engagement and expand them to boost learning, strengthen the workforce, and enrich community life."

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