Vision of Cabrini Connections, Tutor/Mentor Connection
One day, there will be a comprehensive, mentor-rich, support system in place, so that every child born in poverty in one yearis starting a job/career 25 years later.
The Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) (also known as CabriniConnections) is a grass-roots non-profit organization concernedabout the large number of American children who fail to obtainthe basic skills and experience that will be necessary to competefor employment in the global economy of the 21st Century.The T/MC believes that after-school tutoring, mentoring andschool-to-work programs like its own can make a significantdifference in whether a young person finishes high school andenters the work force or drops out and becomes part of the nextgeneration on welfare.For many years, this organization has helped create school-to-work opportunities for inner-city children by recruiting volunteersto contribute time and energy to provide quality after-schooltutoring and mentoring to teens living in the Cabrini-Green areaof Chicago.
Young people with the most severe unmet needs often live in verypoorand high-risk neighborhoods with few opportunities to get the criticalexperiences needed for positive development. They often experiencerepeated racial and ethnic discrimination. Such youth have a substantialamount of free, unsupervised time during their non-school hours.
(from National Academy Press, Community programs to Promote Youth Development (2001).
In the next few pages you’ll meet the students and volunteers who spendtime each week throughout the school year at Cabrini Connections:
The Need for Volunteer-BasedTutor/Mentor Programs