Building the “Village”-Youth As Leaders

Ideas for expanding network of people helping at-risk youth move through school and into careers.

See how youth can turn negative media stories into community mobilization. See how place based conferences and seminars can be supported by online learning communities. Apply these ideas in any community, school, business and/or faith group.
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This presentation shows one strategy of community mobilization, which we call “The Rest of the Story”.

This was a story in the Chicago Tribune on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. You can see that there have been “at least 11 other shootings within four blocks” of where this shooting took place.
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A team of volunteers could..
• • • Get the address and create a map showing where the incident took place Use demographics to show indicators of why …. Poverty, poorly performing schools, etc. Pass the map on to a “writer” who develops a story including a) why it happened, b) the level of non-school learning, mentoring, recreation and/or jobs programs in the neighborhood, c) the community assets who could be helping such programs grow, etc., and d) a call to action, inviting people to become involved in helping existing programs, or helping new programs grow where needed Pass the map and story to a technology team who puts the story on a blog or web site (see examples at http://mappingforjustice.blogspot.com Send the URL of the web story to a social media team who broadcasts this to potential readers via social media networks, and to traditional media, asking them to use the story in their own editorial follow up Since violence and negative news are random in where they happen, and when, teams from different neighborhoods adopting this strategy can contribute to a daily stream of “Rest of the Story” articles intended to build greater interest, involvement and support of youth tutoring/mentoring and learning programs throughout the city. The following pages are an example of what youth and volunteers could create.

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Using Chicago Tutor/Mentor Program Locator this map view was created.

2142 3,191
26.4% 33.9%

Find Program Locator at http://www.tutormentorprogramlocator.net/InteractiveMap.aspx

955
28%

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Using data from the Heartland Alliance, this map showing Youth 6-17 below poverty level in Chicago community areas, was created. 2142
33.9%

X = teen slain 2/6/14

3,191
26.4%

x

955
28%

263
9.3%

708 Note the large number of youth and low number of programs in this area.
22.3%

1,350
39.3%

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Using the Asset Map section of the Chicago Tutor/Mentor Program locator this map was created, showing assets in the area.

2142 3,191
26.4% 33.9%

To create maps like this use Asset Map Section at http://www.tutormentorprogra mlocator.net/AssetMapGalleri es.aspx

955
28%

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Students could create stories that draw adult attention to neighborhoods where kids need extra help.

Students stories could provide graphics, showing long-term support needed in every neighborhood. The could also point to information adults, business leaders, faith groups, etc. could use to support the on-going operations of mentor-rich programs in all places where news stories and data indicate that kids and families and school need extra help.
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Teams Students from public schools could be creating these stories. Catholic Schools in Chicago supported by Big Shoulders Fund programs, volunteers and mentors. The two schools in the Rogers Park area could have teams of students creating visual presentations like this, intended to mobilize business, media, faith support to grow tutor/mentor programs in the area.
CPS schools could also have students doing this work as part of project based and/or service learning. See how this story has been posted on the Tutor/Mentor Blog:
http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2014/02/f ollowing-bad-news-in-media-with-rest.html
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http://www.etmooc.org

http://dlmooc.deeper-learning.org/

http://www.tutormentorconference.org Youth from different schools, and different cities could be sharing their stories, and their learning, with youth and adults from different neighborhoods and many different places, via on-line events, like MOOCs, and via place based seminars and conferences held in their own community.
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Youth and event organizers can create maps showing who participates, and helping people connect with each other before, during and after the event.

Youth and event organizers can also use maps to develop an analysis of participation, understanding what groups are under represented who need to be recruited so there are enough resources in the event to make the ideas a reality.

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Over time, the network (village) grows and more people help build and sustain programs that help youth move through school and into jobs and careers.

By applying these ideas, in many ways, and over many years, more people will become involved in efforts that help youth in every high poverty neighborhood have mentor-rich networks supporting their learning and efforts as the move from birth to work.
Here are a few articles to support your involvement in this strategy: How to use program locator to make maps - http://tinyurl.com/TMILocator-how-to Rest of Story strategy - http://tinyurl.com/TMI-RestOfStoryInterns Unleash personal power - http://tinyurl.com/TMI-Make-Good-happen Community Information Collection - http://tinyurl.com/TMI-Information-Collection
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Help build This Capacity
If you have ideas to share, these are web sites where you can learn more and get connected:
http://www.tutormentorexchange.net http://www.tutormentorconnection.org http://www.tutormentorprogramlocator.net http://tutormentor.blogspot.com http://debategraph.org/mentoring_kids_to_careers http://michaelcnt.blogspot.com/ http://www.scribd.com/collections/3299390/Tutor-Mentor-Institute-LLC-andTutor-Mentor-Connection-articles
Email tutormentor2@earthlink.net to discuss ideas for collaboration and capacity building among programs, or between cities. Connect on Twitter @tutormentorteam Connect on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TutorMentorInstitute

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