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Summer 1995 Tutor/Mentor Connection News

Summer 1995 Tutor/Mentor Connection News

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Published by Daniel F. Bassill
This newsletter was created to share ideas and information related to building and sustaining non-school volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs in high poverty areas of Chicago. The strategy continues today under the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC structure.
This newsletter was created to share ideas and information related to building and sustaining non-school volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs in high poverty areas of Chicago. The strategy continues today under the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC structure.

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BarFoundationtofundtutor/mentorprograms
TIMehelpslaunchsupportcampaign
TheChicagoBarAssociationandBarFoundationhavevigorouslyrecruitedmen-torsandtutorsfromthelegalcommunityovathe
pastthree
years.
Now,theCBA
and
CBPwillenhancetheireffortstoassistmentorandtutorprograms.Theorganiza-tionshaveestablishedaMentorAdvisory
Board
madeupofprominentChicagoattorneysandjudges.
The
Board
will
help
carry
outthethreenewinitiativesoftheCBAandCBF:
1.Awards
from
Len~A-HaodFund:
The
Lend-A-HandPundnowhasmoneyfordistribution
to
existingmentoringand
tutoringprograms
andexpects
to
award
up
to
twenty-five$2,000
grants
this
fall.
TheBoard
willdetermine
theguidelinesfordistributionandforjudgingsubmissionsoneereceived.Guiddinc:acan
be
obtainedfrom
theCBA,312-294-9611,afterAugust
1,'1995.
2.
Law
Bridges:Twenty-fivelawyerllegalIItaffteams
interellted
in
working
withexisting
mentor
programs
will
be
matched
withprograms
which
do
not
currentlyhave
attorney
par-ticipants.This
new
programwill
be
imple-
mentedwiththe
help
oftheTutorlMentor
Connectionof
Cabrini
Connections.
The
teams
will
first
attend
a
trainingsession
and
receivesupportivematerials.-Theythenwillgotothementorprogramonamonthlybasis,makinganinitialninemonthcommitment.The
[trIIt
twovisits
continuedonpage6
TutorlMentorConnection
TUTOR/MENTORCONNECTION
Linkingideas.programsandpeopletohelpChicago'skids
ISSUENo.SSUMMERl99S
Volunteers,leadersandcommunityorganizersfromthroughouttheChicagoareagather
at
theRobert
R.McCormick
Boys
&
GirlsClubfor
the
TIMC'sthirdcitywideTutor/MentorLeadershipConference.
Thirdleadershipconferenceexpandsnetwork
150attendeesconnectatMay
19,20
event
"Sinceit's
my
firsttimeattheconfer-weredesignedprimarilyfordirectors
and
ence,
this
wasagreatway
to
leamwhatcoordinatorsoftutor/mentorprograms,
othersare
doing,"
said
one
program
leaderwere
attended
by
121
people.Judge
Sophia
whoattendedtheTutor/Mentor
H.Hall
oftheCircuitCourt'sjuvenile
divi-
Connectioo's
third
leadershipconferenceonsionwasthekeynotespeaker,addressingMay19and20....--------,theimportance
that
allfactions
Program
leadersrepresenting
'Onsaturday,61
dealingwithyouthworkover80programsacrossthe
peoplegaveupa
togethertowardbuilding801u-citymetattheRobertR.
brightmorningto
tions
to
the
violenceandhope-McCormickBoys
&
GirlsClub
attendworkshops
lessnessthatfillssomany
to
discussleadership
strategies
aimedatimproving
younglives.
fortutor/mentorprogramsand
thetutor/mentor
On
Saturday,
61peoplegavetoparticipateinworkshops
experience...'
up
abrightmorningtoattend
intended
to
improvetheir
pro-
workshops
aimed
atimproving
gram.WorkshopsincludedFundraising,thetutoringlmentoringexperience;
primari-
PublicRelationsStrategies,Howtolyfromtheperspectiveofthevolunteer.OrganizeaNewProgram,RecruitingandAfter-SchoolActionPrograms(ASAP)andRetainingVolunteersandIncorporatingtheChicagoParkDistrictbothofferedHealthIssuesintoYoW'Program.
Leaders
workshopsonsummer
programs
andactivi-alsotooktimetonetwork.sharingstoriestiesthatwereeffectivelastyear
and
shared
and
ideasaimed
athelping
all
ofChicago'sinformation
00
programsofferedthissum-at-riskyouth.mer.OtherworkshopsincludedReading,
The
conference's
Friday
sessions,which
continuedonpage6
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Phone:312·467·2889Fnx:'312·467·7542
 
TIMe
extra
"Wehavethewords.Whatwelack
is
the
will,"
saidJoeKellman,founderoftheCorporate/CommunitySchool,astheconclud-
ingquotefrom
an
article
thatappeared
in
theMay
1995
issueof
Catalyst,
aschool
reform
publication.Thisisaproblemin
__L-----:--~l
ourcommunity.We
•...illiteracy
hasa
frequentlypointto
oth-
tremendoUs
eraforleadership.We
Impactonthe
?08t
seldompointtoour-
ty
selves.Kellmanwas
ofpover._
talkingaboutthedif-L_--------ficultyofgeneratinglong-termsupportforschoolreformefforts.Thisisalsoaproblemforourtutoring
pro-
grams.
Mentoringonly
works
ifvolunteersand
programscansupport
kidsforyears,notweeksormonths.Sohowdo
we
obtainthatcommit-ment?Twoways.First,ourprogramsmustbewellorganizedandprovidemeaningfulopportuni-tiesforvolunteerstojoinandcontribute.Thatwillbuildagrowingbaseofbusinessvolun-teerswhowilldrawtheircompaniesintothebattle.Second,wemustfindawaytoshowthecostofpoverty-inawaythatCEO'scannotignore.Better
put.,
ina
way
thatshowsupontheprofitorlossstatement.Findingthistypeofdataisachallenge.Thehealthcareindustryseyves
IlS
amodelbecausehealthcarediscovered
a
waytosuccessfullymarketprevention,causingafundamentalchangein
the
waybusinessinvestsinhealth-care.Onehospitalhasgoneastepfurther-NewYork'sHarlemHospitalhasshownthatpreventionsaves
money-s-the
resultofalong-
term
youthprogramoperatedbythehospital.Nowwehaveanewtool.A1995summaryreporttitled"TheCostofPovertyinOvertownandinDadeCountyin1990."Accordingtothereport,
59%
of
the
cost
to
sustainhouseholdsinOvertowncomesfromthepublicsector."ThepubliccostofpovertyinOvertownis$30millionperyear,"itcon-cludes.That'sacostthatshowsuponthebottomlineofeverybusinessinAmerica.That's
a
lotofwill-power.ThisreportisavailablefromDEVPLAN,(407)395-7445.GetitandgiveittoyourCEO.Thengiveusacall.Wecanhelpyouinvestinpreventionprogramssuchastutoring
and
mentoring.Itpaystobeinvolved.
Ifyouhaveinformationoropinionsyou
would
li~
tosharewiththeTIMC,pleasecon-tactus
at
312-467-2889.
@
TIMeREPORT
is
funded
in
part
byagenerousgrantfrom
tmon
I.eI!JIe
Oic
r
Arts
fCIIIdIID
2
Circuitcourtjudgeofferssupportfortutorlmentorprogramsinconferenceaddress
The
TIMC
wasproudtopresentTheHonorableJudgeSophiaH.Hall,PresidingJudgeoftheCircuitCourtofCookCounty-ResourceSection,asthekeynotespeakerof
the
itsthirdleadershipconference.Judge
Hall
opened
heraddress
byexplain-ingthatherpositiononthebenchisanewone,withoneobjectivebeingtoserveasaresourceandcatalystinpursuingthe"waysandmeansofmakingtutor/mentorprogramseffectiveinCookCounty.
R
Herfirstorderofbusiness,shesaid,isto"convincepeoplenot
to
throwuptheirhandsandgiveup,buttoproveto
themtbal
therearesolutions...onechildata
time,"
"(Thecourtsystem)
is
heretojoinyouandtoseekyourhelp,"shetoldanaudiencefullofprogramleadersandvolunteers.
"As
judges,weseeprofoundly
at-risk
childreneverydaywhodon'thavecaringadultsintheirlives.Oneofthemosteffectivesolutions
(to
suchasituation),"shecontinued,"isthe
poaitive
effectarela-,-----------.tionshipwithaproductiveadultcanhaveinachild's
life."
Hallinsistedthatthroughforum'ssuchasT/Meconfer-encesandcon-stantcoalition-
building,
"wecanhelpeachotherbyraisingthevisibility(of
Judge
SophiaH.Halladdressestutor
I
mentor
conferenceattendeesMay19.
programs)-toshowthemitworlcs-because,"Hallconclud-ed,"theanswerforchildrenisn't
in
thejudge-mentofthecourt,butinthecaringofadultsintheircommunity."
Mentoringreporthelpsmakethecase
A1990LouisHarris&Associatesstudy,
Mnatoring:Lessons
LuJrM4.,
shows
that
men-
toring
can
beapositiveinfluencethathelpsimpoverishedyouthreachtheirpotential.Thereport,whichinterviewed400studentsand400mentorsin16differentcitiesintheU.S.,revealedthat87%ofthestudentsinterviewedgotsomebenefitfromthementoringprogram.Meotaring
hd.pcd
thestudentsin
six
ways:Learningtosucceed-75%ofthestudentsreportedthatmentoringraisedtheirgoalsandexpectations.Improvingtheir
grades-
60%
ofthestudentscreditedtheirmentorwithhelpingtoimprovetheirgrades.Avoidingdrugs-Over50%ofthestudentssaidtheirmentorshelpedthemavoiddrugsandothertrouble..Increasingregardforpeopleofotherraces-Almost50%ofthestudentsreportedthatmentoringgavethem
a
better
understanding,
and
a
highercomfortlevelwithpeopleofotherraces.Improvingrelationshipswithteachersandfamily-Closeto50%ofthestudentssaidthatmentoringimprovedtheirrelationshipswithotheradults.Choosinganew
career
path-25%ofthestu-dentssurveyedcreditedtheirmentorwithhelpingthemchooseadifferent
career
path.Mentorsalsoreportedbenefitsfromvolun-teering,includingstrengtheningfamilyrela-tionships,recognizingthattheymakeadif-ference,fulfillingtheirownresponsibilities.
This
studypresentsastrongcasethatmen-toringcanbe
a
positiveinfluencetohelpyouthreachtheirpotential.However,don'tbefooledintothinkingthatsuccessfulmentoring
is
an
easytask.
Manymentoringprogramsfail,accordingtoMarcfreedman,authorof
The
Kindnessof
Strangers,
eventhoughtheyhavegoodinten-nons.Theproblem,accordingtoFreedman,isthatpeoplearequicktosignupasmenton,butthenrealizetheydon'thaveenoughtimetospendwiththestudent.Freedman
alsostated
that
both
thestudentsandmentorsareoftenill-preparedtobridgethegapsbetweenthetwounfamiliarworlds.Whenthesebarriersareinplace,people,bothstudentsand
volunteers
gethurt-thestudentbecomesdejectedand
frustrated,
and
feels
letdownbyyetanother'adult,makingthem
less
likelytotrust
another
adult.Theadultalsoishurt,feelingthattheyfailed,oraren'tcutouttovolunteer.Whenthishappensit'snotlikelythatthey
will
evervolunteeragain.Manytimes,though,theproblemreally
lies
inthe
program
that
links
thetwoparticipants.Afterbeingintroduced,thetwoarelefttomaketheirownway.Andneitherisabletofigureoutacommonground.Onewaytoavoidingthesepitfallsistohaveamentoringprogramthatissite-based,wherethementorandstudentmeetatacen-trallocation,suchasachurchorbusiness,whichoffers
a
regularscheduleofactivities,and
a
family'ofotherstudentsandmentors.Thistypeofstructureofferscontinuity,moreconsistenttraining,aswellasasafeplaceforvolunteersandstudentstomeet.
It
alsocanofferamenuofactivitiestochoosefrom,which
is
importantwhenvolunteersareoftenrushingfrombusinesstotheprogram.Thestaffandothervolunteersataprogramsiteprovidecontinuityand
a
rangeofmentonandrolemodels.Eachvolunteer,alongwithprogramstaff,becomesamentortoeverychild.
This
diversityhelpseachvolunteerandstudent8uccecd-{hey
learn
fromeach
other,
Italsohelpsgivethestudentafeelingof
fami-
lywiththeotherparticipants.Finally,ifamentorisunabletocontinuewiththepro-gram,staffandothervolunteer'Swhohavebecomeco-mentorsprovideabridgeforthestudentuntilanewmentorisassigned.
Formoreexamplesofsuccessfoltutoring
Il7IdmertlorillgvisittheTIMCLibrary.
caU
(312)467-2889
foran
appoi1llme1ll.
 
BacktoSchoolPlanningandRecruiting
Whilemanyprogramsare
still
catchingtheirbreathafterfinishinganexcitingschoolyearandothersarebusywithsummerprograms,theTIMCisfocusingonthestartofanewschoolyearinSeptember.ThatmeansusingtheideasgeneratedattheMayConferencetodesignexcitingprogramsthatwillmoti-vatevolunteersandstudents.
It
alsomeansdesigningarecruitingandtrairiingprogramthat
will
ensureasuccessfulprogram.Herearesomerecruiting
tips:
Reviewingtherecruitingcycle
As
any
veteranoftutor/mentorpro-grammingisweUaware,volunteers
pro-
videtheverycoreofeachprogram'sexistence.
In
recruitingnewvolunteers,itprovesmost
beneficialto
outline
expecta-
tionsearlyon.Whatvolunteersbringtotheprogramoftendeterminestheeffec-tivenessofitsmission.
RecruitvolunteerswithAccess-TV
\he
TIMC
has
been
usingAccessTVsCAN-CALLChannel
42
toprom~tetutor(mentor:opportunities
In
ChicagoSinceNovemberand
responses
have
beenencour.~
Would
you
like
to
listy~r
~O-
gramonAccessTV?Justfax
a
50
wordrm:ssage,withyourprogram'scontact,Information,
to
the
TIMC
andwe
II
senditto
Can
TV
as
part'
ofa
TIMC
service.Wantto
do
more?Membehifornot-for-profitsisonly
$50~~
offersall
Access
TVservic~8to
your
orgamzatton.Formore
infor.
mattononhowtogain'Ac'
call312-738-1400.cess,
Otherhintstoremember;
Encouragevolunteerparticipationthat
goes
beyondtutor/mentoring.Recognizetheeffortsofvolunteers.Encourageregularvolunteerstobringfriendsandwork:associatesWork:withothersinsettingupvoluneer
fairs,
conferences,workshopstopromoteyourprogram.UsetheTIMCDirectorytorefervolun-teerstootherprograms
if
yoursdoesnotmatch.GetyourprogramlistedwiththeUnitedWayVolunteerCenter
(312.906.2424).
Helpthevolunteersucceedbyofferingthemmeaningful,yetflexible,roles.
1995IntergenerationalWeek-linkskidswitholderadults
illinoisREADS,aprogram.oftheillinoisDepartmentofAging.sharesstrategiesduringMayTJUCConference
GovernorJimEdgarhasproclaimedSeptember
10-16,1995
IntergenerationalWeek,
asa
timeforstrengtheningfamiliesandcommunitiesthroughintergenerationalcom-municationandunderstandingIllinoisansacrossthestatewillconductinterviewsofanothergeneration--aparent,grandparent,.greatgrandparent,son,daughter,
etc.-man
effortthattwogroups
better
under-standeachother.Forretiredadults,thisprogramoffersawaytocontinuebeingproductivemembenofsocietywhilestudents
gain
knowledgefrom
the
adultsandtheone-on-oneattentionthey
are
able
to
provide.Forthosewhowould
like
tosharetheirintagenerationalfindings,theyareinvitedtosubmitastory,anecdoteor
poem
based
onthe
interview.
Writerscan
be
ofanyage.Five
win-
ne(!
will
be
chosenfromeachofeightdiffer-entagecategoriesandtheirwritingswillbepublished
in
anIntergenerationalAnthology.Asthisisalsoatimewhentutor/mentorprogramsarerecruitingvolunteersfortheirfallprograms,theIntergenerationalWeekoffersexcellentopportunitiestostructureactivitiesthatrecruitthisvaluableagegrouptobeoometutorsandmentors.Seniors
are
avaluablecommodity.Manyhavelotsofleisuretime,buttheyalsohavewhatmanyorganizationsarelookingfor:experience.AccordingtotheVolunteerServices
Program
ofMcHenryCounty."Veryoftengroupsarelookingfor
specializedskills,
suchasinpersonnelorcomputers,andseniorsoftenhave
it."
Olderadultscanalsoserveasspeakers,penpals,fieldtripchaperons,mentors,tutorsandevenfundraisers.SeetheRecruiting
TIPS(above).
For
furttu
i.n1Onnation
00
IntergenerationalWeek,oraboutstartinganintergenerationalprogram
in
yourcommunity,
call1-800-252-
8966.
TIPSFORRECRUITING
Tapcommunitychurches.Meetwith
ministersandaskforhelp.
Targetseniors-atnursinghomes,
throughcompanyretireeprograms,
throughRSVPatHullHouse.Involveyourveteranvolunteers.Askthemtoeachwtlretwoletterstorecruitfriendsorworkassociates.IdentifybusinessesInyourneigh-borhood.ProvidearticlesforbulletinboardsandIn-housenewsletters.(NOTE:aneighborhoodbranchoroutletcanbeameansofIntroduc-tiontothedowntownheadquarterswithhundredsofpotentialvolun-teers.LookfortheIntroduction.)Includeyourstudentsinparentsinyourvolunteerplan.Recruitfromcolleges.alumniasso-ciations,socialorganizations,etc.Giveafindersfee-itmightJustberecognitlon-butItworks.PublishInformationthroughnewsandmediapublicserviceoutlets.Neverstoprecruiting!Onceavolun-
teerJoinsyourprogram,continueto
showhim/herthevaluesofyourorganization.Asatisfiedvolunteerisyourbestsales-personandyourmostlikelyfund-raiser.
FREElex
t
Books
Auailable!
Fill
your
shelveswithbooks,books,books!TheSCRAP(SChool
Recycling
Assistance
Program)BookRescue
Project
continuestogive
away
used,but
in
goodcondi-
tion.textbooksand
library
books.Just
visit
the
DuPage
County
SolidWaste
EducationCenter,550Center
Ave.,SuiteA
in
CarolStream.
Butplease,phonefirst
at
708-752-4450.
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