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Tutor/Mentor eNews - November 2013
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Holiday givingHelp Mobilize Year-End Support For Youth Tutoring and/or Mentoring Programs in Your Community.

While volunteer-based tutoring and mentoring programs depend on volunteer support, they also require a foundation of financial support to provide high quality, on-going, support to youth and volunteers.  During the last six weeks of the year every program will be sending out holiday appeals. People in business, faith groups, colleges, social groups, etc. can help them attract donors by creating a graphic like this and putting it on web sites, blogs, company newsletters, social media, etc. with a link to web sites that include a list of youth serving organizations in your community and by pointing to this list with a "Do Something to Help" message on a weekly basis throughout the holiday season.

January is National Mentoring Month. On Nov. 21 a webnar will be held to talk about ways organizations can Leverage National Mentoring Month to support local efforts. Click here to learn more or register.

Below are some on-line portals donors and volunteers from throughout the country can use during December to learn about programs near where they live or work. 

* MENTOR resources and referral service -   
* ServeIllinois -  

* Volunteer Match - 

In the Chicago region, use the Map-Based Tutor/Mentor Program Locator and Links library to help locate programs in specific zip codes. If you are part of a program that is not listed email so you can be added.


* Chicago Program Links -
* Chicago Map-Based Tutor/Mentor Program Locator - 


40th Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference held in Chicago on Monday, Nov. 4th.

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to host a workshop in the November 4 Tutor/Mentor Conference and to all who participated. The agenda and speaker bios  will be available through January. The next conference will be held on May 19, 2014 at the same location. See photos from this conference, and past conferences.

Conference Objectives:

  • Draw leaders, volunteers, and stakeholders from more than 150 agencies together for networking and information sharing. Read this PDF article to expand your network-building abilities.

  • Draw business and philanthropy partners into ongoing learning and partnership with tutor/mentor leaders

  • Provide a vision for comprehensive, long-term mentoring that leads youth to careers
  • Build trust and relationships among stakeholders to generate partnerships and information sharing during the months between each conference.
  • Build awareness of online learning and networking resources and motivate a growing number of participants to use these tools for capacity improvement

Each conference seeks to offer workshops on planning, evaluation, recruitment, training, marketing, and other topics relevant to tutoring/mentoring youth at different ages.    

Visit to learn how you can be part of the Spring 2014 conference.   


Use these resources to continue your learning
Resources for volunteers, youth and program organizers

Resources for fund raising, volunteer recruitment  

Ideas for helping Volunteer-Based Tutor/Mentor Programs Reach Youth in All High Poverty Neighborhoods  

Add to this library.  Register and log in at and submit resources you find valuable. Add your blog to the blog list and add your tutor/mentor program to the Chicago Programs or National Programs list.


Are You Looking Ahead to the start of the 2014-15 school year?
Planning ahead offers more ways to engage volunteers.

While you've just started the 2013-14 school year and ar focused on holiday fund raising and parties, now is a good time to begin thinking of ways you'd make your program even better as you start the next school year.

Most volunteer-based organizations have limited staff, thus their ability to engage the talents of volunteers is one way to expand their capacity to help the young people in their programs. Busy volunteers can't respond easily to last minute appeals for help, but can help if they have more flexibility to budget how they use their time and talent.

Below are some articles and web site resources that you and your leaders might review to strengthen your planning process and volunteer involvement in your organization.

Building New AdultsHelping Youth Through School and Into Jobs -Who is leading this discussion? 

In Chicago more than 400,000 youth are in the public school system and more than half live in high poverty neighborhoods. In the sububurbs a growing number of youth live in high poverty areas.

This graphic is one of many that have been created to illustrate the need for long-term, comprehensive strategies that help youth move from pre-school through high school, then through post high school education and into jobs and careers.  You can see this and many others on and find links to on-line stories where graphics like this have been used.

This past spring Dan Pallotta delivered an inspiring TED talk illustrating the need for funding to support talent, advertising, investment, innovation and infrastructure in non profit organizations.  Without more people working to show the infrastructure needed to support high-quality, on-going mentoring and tutoring, too few programs will be available in most cities to serve all of the youth who might benefit from such programs.

Anyone can be actively involved in building networks of people who are reviewing the web sites I point to and getting together in small groups to reflect, talk about the ideas, then take actions that help support non-school learning programs in their community.

Here are a couple of articles that illustrate this potential:
If you've found places where this discussion is taking place, or if you're interested in facilitating this discussion within the world of youth serving organizations, please send an invitation for myself and others from my network to join with you.
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Below are sites where Tutor/Mentor Connection and Tutor/Mentor Institute connect with others and share ideas from our own experiences, and an extensive web library. 


* on Twitter -
* Linked in group on volunteering -  Build Support for Volunteer Based Tutor/Mentor Programs
* Tutor/Mentor Institute on Facebook - 
* Tutor/Mentor Connection forum at 
* On Slide Share - 
* On - 
* On Pinterest -


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While We Respond to Global and Local Disasters How Can We also Stay focused on Solving Complex Problems?
from the President and Founder


For the past few weeks the Chicago Tribune has been asking for ideas from readers to create "a new plan" to address some of the complex problems facing the Chicago region.  I wrote about it in this article.

Chicago and national media have been pointing to outcomes of poverty for over 20 years, as this 1994 front page illustrates.

Why has so little changed? One reason is that people are focused on their own problems, as well as tragedies from around the world. I wrote a blog article in 2011 titled "Another War. Another Tsunami. Another Day." which expressed my frustration at how difficult it was to sustain a youth mentoring program, or an intermediary network like Tutor/Mentor Connection, when so many national, global, environmental, financial and personal obstacles made it difficult, or almost impossible, to continue to operate from day to day, and year-to year.

I've organized a Tutor/Mentor Conference in Chicago every six months since May 1994 to encourage people involved with volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs to connect with each other, exchange ideas, and build supportive relationships. However, they've also been intended to build attention for all tutor/mentor programs in Chicago, and draw volunteers and donors to each program, just like the corporate advertising of big companies seeks to draw customers to every store they operate. 102 people participated in the most recent conference on November 4. While they may have benefited, this is far to small a gathering to impact the way youth and youth serving organizations throughout the region are supported.

Following conference I posted article titled "building network of networks"

The graphic at the right is from a PDF essay titled "Building a Network of Shared Purpose", which you can find here. While my collection of essays on have been viewed over 72,000 times in the past two years, that's not nearly enough to have an impact.

Until more youth and adults, in different sectors, and different cities, are creating similar visualizations, with similar goals, there won't be a consistent effort to make mentor-rich, non-school programs available in every high poverty neighborhood of any city.

A lot of money will be spent. However, that does not mean we are reaching youth in all places where they need help or that we're providing consistent, age-appropriate mentoring, tutoring and learning, that helps youth in thousands of neighborhoods move from first grade to first job.

Some programs will find enough funding and talent to operate in a few places. Most places won't  have the flow of resources and talent needed to build and sustain long-term programs. 

If you agree with what I'm writing, share your thinking through your own media. Share this newsletter and the articles with people in your own network.  Engage youth you work with in creating these visualizations, the way interns have been doing with me for the past 8 years.  If you're in another city, you can apply these same ideas to your own community.

There's much to do. We can't let the daily distractions keep us from trying to do it.

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Since 2011 the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC has continued the work started by the Tutor/Mentor Connection in 1993. While I'm trying to build a team to create a new non profit structure, I am seeking your support for continuing this work.  I hope one of these will be an option you can use to make a year-end contribution.

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