This week's issue of Crain's has a letter to the editor from Daniel F. Bassill, D.H.L., who created the Tutor/Mentor Connection in 1993 to help volunteer-based youth tutoring, mentoring programs reach k-12 youth in more of the high poverty neighborhoods of big cities like Chicago, with constantly improving programs supported by on-going talent and financial support from donors. http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130810/ISSUE07/308109989/letters-to-the-editor
In 1994 I hosted the first Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference in Chicago. 70 people attended and feedback was strong, so we hosted another in November 1994 and 200 people attended. I've hosted one every six months since then despite having inconsistent, meaning virtually none, financial support from the business, financial, education and philanthropic sectors.
This letter in Crain's Chicago Business a message I hope you and others will share in your own networks and build into on-line discussions as well as in networking events such as the Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conferences that I host in Chicago every six months. The next conference is Nov. 4. If you and others can help bring people together at this event it engages more leaders. http://www.tutormentorconference.org