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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Happy Holidays! December eMail Newsletter
By tutormentor2 @ 12:59 PM :: 11149 Views :: Article Rating :: Funding and Philanthropy, Mentoring, Technology, T/MC, Tutor/Mentor Connection Editorials

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Happy Holidays to All. Best Wishes for 2013 and Beyond.
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Holiday Wish: Add a Volunteer Based Tutor/Mentor Program to your Giving List.
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This graphic represents a fundamental goal of the Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) and the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC. If donors and volunteers make long-term commitments to volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs operating in different parts of the city, more youth will be served and more volunteers will become involved

Map your Holiday Giving - Use Tutor/Mentor Program Locator Map to show the neighborhood and the tutor/mentor program you are supporting with a holiday donation. Share this with friends, family and co-workers to encourage more support into the same neighborhoods.  

Coaches Competition - see how college football coaches are competing to recruit the most mentors   


Adopt a Program for Life. Read this article titled "Why Everything You Know About Charitable Giving Is Wrong"     


"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." Attributed to Albert Einstein. Can we change how non-profit tutor/mentor programs are supported?  


Find a tutor/mentor program:

This is a list of youth serving organizations in the Chicago region, organized by sections of the city and suburbs -

Use these resources to find tutor/mentor programs throughout the country:
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Tutor/Mentor Leadership & Networking Conference
More than 60 organizations were represented at the Nov. 19, 2012 Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference in Chicago. Thank you to everyone who participated, hosted workshops and helped make this possible. See photos on the home page at 

confmap12_12 The aim of the conference is to draw leaders and supporters of volunteer-based tutoring, mentoring together at strategic times each year.

View this concept map to see the range of different organizations who are encouraged to participate in this networking.

What will it take to make mentor-rich youth programs available in more of the locations where they are needed?

Building Infrastructure
This graphic is one of several included in the
html version of this month's newsletter. The graphics and blog articles are intended to stimulate thinking in many sectors that can lead to greater and more consistent support of volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs in Chicago and other communities during 2013 and following years.  View the newsletters and graphics at

See illustrated strategy essays at



President's Message.  



Since launching the Tutor/Mentor Connection in 1993, I've built an extensive library with research articles and blogs where writers show the cost of poverty, the skills gaps, the drop out crisis, etc. Instead of creating this research myself my goal has been to re-circulate articles written by people with far more skills and research talent than myself.   Motivating more people to read these articles and become personally involved in providing resources to support solutions has been my goal. You can find this library at  

I've created dozens of illustrated essays to share my own ideas. 

I started using Pinterest recently to create a library of these graphics.  


With each graphic you can find a link to a web page or blog article showing how the graphic is used to communicate an idea or strategy. I'd like to see youth, volunteers and leaders from many places use these graphics to communicate their own strategies for helping build citywide support systems for at-risk youth.


DanLeo I'm writing this newsletter as a result of first becoming a volunteer tutor/mentor in 1973.  

I've led a program since 1975.  Recently I added a page on the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC site about network building and social capital. I think that until more of us are spending time every day trying to increase the number of people from different backgrounds who are connected to each other and looking at this information, we won't have the numbers we need to change how volunteer-based youth mentoring, tutoring, arts and technology organizations are supported. Thus, there will be too few of these programs in places where they are needed.  You can find this page at

In addition to a library of graphics and links, I started building a directory of Chicago tutor/mentor programs in 1993.  This was put on the Internet, starting in 1998. Now it's a map-based directory that is intended to help connect volunteers, donors, media, community leaders, etc. (those who can help) directly with volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs who need a constant flow of operating resources, talent, ideas and technology to build and sustain long-term supportive relationships with youth. This directory can be seen at It needs updating --- but I cannot do that without your help.



These resources have been available at no cost to any who have visited the Tutor/Mentor Connection and Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC web sites.

If you value this resource and want to help it continue in 2013 please consider adding your own financial support and talent. Visit


Thank you for reading and sharing these articles for the past year. Best wishes to all of you for a healthy and happy 2013.




Daniel F. Bassill 

Daniel Bassill
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