Visit http://mappingforjustice.blogspot.com to view a map showing locations of organizations who participated in the May 29 and 30 conference which was held in Chicago. While the conference is over, the issues we focus on are not yet solved. There are not enough volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs in high poverty areas, and the infrastructure to support programs is weak. The map reinforces this and can is intended to encourage volunteers and donors to contact the various programs who participated in the conference to offer time, talent and dollars.
You can learn more about the May conference agenda at http://www.tutormentorconference.org/descriptions.asp . You can browse the attendee list to see who registered, and to contact people who you'd like to network with. Hopefully this helps more people working to support tutoring/mentoring in different locations stay connected, and find ways to help each other.We're now beginning to look forward to the August/September Volunteer Recruitment Campaign and a November networking event and conference. If you would like to share information about your tutor/mentor strategy, or share expertise in fund raising, marketing, evaluation, collaboration, etc. use the presenter form on the conference site to submit your workshop proposal so you can be part of a future conference.
We have more than 1400 links on this web site, to people and organizations whose knowledge we value, and share so others can learn from you. The conference is an oppportunity for some of these organizations to meet face-to-face, share what they do via workshops, and expand the network of people who work together to help kids move from poverty, through school, and into jobs and careers. The conference is a grass roots, collaboration, of many different organizations who share the same ultimate goal. We hope you'll make time to join us in online forums or upcoming events.