BUILD STRONGER PROGRAMS TO HELP INNER

CITY KIDS THROUGH COLLEGE AND TO CAREERS
STRATEGIES OF TUTOR/MENTOR INSTITUTE, LLC

Building an effective volunteer-based tutor/mentor program is
simple. Making it work is a bit more difficult. It takes 12
years to help a first grader finish high school. It could take
another 5-10 years until he/she is launched in a career.
--Daniel F. Bassill, President of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC and the Tutor/Mentor Connection
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RESOURCES AVAILABLE: A mentoring-to-career strategy of the Tutor/Mentor Connection

What is in this presentation
The slides in this presentation will introduce you to ideas we share, and to
resources you can find on different web sites that the Tutor/Mentor Connection
(T/MC) started building in 1998, and continue to host in 2016.
There is so much information that we encourage you to browse quickly through
these slides, and through the various sections of our main web sites, just so you
have an overview of what is available.
Then, as you have time, or as you are looking for specific information, you can go
to specific sections where you can find what you are looking for.
Note: Since 2011 the Tutor/Mentor Connection has been operated as a program of
Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, with even fewer resources than were available
between 1994 and 2011. Some of the web sites may not be working properly, or
host older data. We’ve not hosted a conference since May 2015.
Thus, as you look at these resources, consider them a template, for what you might
create in your own city, if you were building a comprehensive system of supports
reaching youth in all high poverty neighborhoods.
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RESOURCES AVAILABLE: A mentoring-to-career strategy of the Tutor/Mentor Connection

"Mentoring draws our attention to important issues for
social policy: how to provide young people with the
relationships they so badly need, and how to engage
the people who don’t live in poverty in addressing
problems of neighborhoods dominated by poverty.
A great many disadvantaged youth are in need of
support that is developmental, nurturing, protective
and extensive in nature--in other words, something
resembling supplemental parenting. They need this
caring not only to make the basic transition to
adulthood, but to survive under conditions of great
stress.” from The Kindness of Strangers", by Mark Friedman, 1991
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INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDED: A mentoring-to-career strategy of the Tutor/Mentor Connection

Without infrastructure and support for mentors and mentoring
programs, the mentoring movement will never reach its
potential. Ways mentoring falls short of its potential:
- missing infrastructure
- missing knowledge regarding effective
practices
- missing follow-up
- emphasis on marketing and recruitment instead
of program support
- poor or no coordination
- matches made and then abandoned by program
- conducted in isolation
- few programs with resources to serve mentors
as well as mentees
- missing operational expenses

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Not enough attention
focused on program
design, structure and
funding required to
help youth born of
living in high
poverty
neighborhoods move
through school and
into jobs out of
poverty, over a 1015 year long period
of support.

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ROLE OF LEADERS: A mentoring-to-career strategy of the Tutor/Mentor Connection

While leaders of each tutor/mentor organization
need to address these issues, a Tutor/Mentor
Connection (T/MC)* is an intermediary, formed
in 1994, who seeks to draw needed resources to
every program in the Chicago region, and other
cities, on a more consistent basis.
Through collaboration and innovation we can
learn what works, and what does not work, and
try to innovate new solutions to old problems.
* In July 2011 the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC was created to provide new strategies to support the growth of the Tutor/Mentor Connection in Chicago
and similar intermediary structures in other cities.
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Since 1994 T/MC has focused on bring people together in face-toface and on-line learning, networking and collaboration aimed at…..

This
discussion
needs to be
taking place
in many
groups.

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This strategy can be used by leaders and intermediaries in any city in the world!

The Tutor/Mentor
Institute, LLC focuses on
four on-going strategies

Browse each section quickly to
know what’s on the site.

Resource
Generation
Collaboration,
shared learning
Public
Awareness
Research

http://www.tutormentorexchange.net
This is the home page of the main T/MI web site.
Learn more about this at
http://tinyurl.com/TMI-4-part-strategy

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The information in this presentation is part of a library
of information and ideas created over 40 years.

This concept map serves as a guild to help learners understand and apply this
information in Chicago, or any other city. See video version at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGCDgzKMQfM
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RESEARCH – T/MC has been collecting and sharing information knowing all we
can about tutoring/mentoring programs since 1994

You can search
for programs in
Chicago area,
based on zip
code, age
served, type of
program. You
can also add
your own
program.
Chicago Area Program Locator was launched in 2004. Since 2013 the site has not been updated,
due to lack of financial and technical support. Code is available for anyone who would like to
update this and share with other cities. See this at
http://www.tutormentorprogramlocator.net/Prgloc.aspx
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Click one box
in each
category, and
choose zip
code then
click “FIND A
PROGRAM”

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Tech support
needed. See note
on page XX

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The programs in
this search show
up on a Google
map. Info for
each program is
shown below the
map, based on
what T/MC has
received from
each
organization.
Tech support
needed. See note
on page XX

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Interactive Zip Code Search Map is another T/MC Resource

Tech support
needed. See note
on page XX

Instead of using
the chart to
search for
programs, you
can use the Zip
Code Map. If
you click on the
map for any zip
code, it will take
you to the same
Google map and
list of programs.

Flash Intro to Program Locator: http://www.tutormentorprogramlocator.net/Intro.aspx
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Interactive Zip Code Search Map

Tech support
needed. See note
on page XX

Log in and add or edit
your program’s
information

You can zoom
into sections of
the city, add
layers showing
schools,
businesses and
faith groups, and
click the icons to
get contact
information. Use
this to build
local networks.

Flash Intro to Program Locator: http://www.tutormentorprogramlocator.net/Intro.aspx
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USING MAPS: A mentoring-to-career strategy of the Tutor/Mentor Connection

At this time, the biggest obstacle
to involving more children and
caring adults in tutor/mentor
programs is the need for more of
the programs themselves, as
well as the need for a more
consistent flow of resources
(dollars, volunteers, training,
technology, etc.) to existing
programs.
View maps like this at
http://mappingforjustice.blogspot.com and in
the Program Locator on the T/MC web site.
This map, and many like it, was created between 1994 and 2011, using donated ESRI
software. View the Map Gallery at
http://www.tutormentorprogramlocator.net/mapgallery.html
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RESEARCH: Since 1994, T/MC has also been building an extensive web library, with Links to
more than 2000 organizations around the work with information and ideas that could support
what people do in Chicago, or other cities, to build systems of support for urban youth. This
represents our “network”
Resources map animated http://tinyurl.com/TMC-Resources-Map

See library of concept maps
http://www.tutormentorconference.org/conceptmaps.asp
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The information in the T/MC web library divides into four categories, which are
shown on this concept map. See it at http://tinyurl.com/TMI-library

Click on the icon at the bottom of
each section. The links lead to
additional sections of the library.

See library of concept maps
http://www.tutormentorconference.org/conceptmaps.asp

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One Section of the web library points to resources parents, volunteers
and/or donors can use to Find Tutor/Mentor Programs or Volunteer
Opportunities in Chicago or Illinois

Click this box and it
takes you to a new page,
with a list of 200 web
sites.

This section
would be used
to find contact
information for
different
tutor/mentor
programs, or
other non
profits.
See library of concept maps
http://www.tutormentorconference.org/conceptmaps.asp
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Tutor/Mentor Program Links for Chicago Region

The concept maps shown on
previous pages link to
sections in this web library.

If you click on
any of these
sections of
Chicago you
find links to web
sites of
tutor/mentor
programs
serving that part
of Chicago

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The Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC - www.tutormentorexchange.net/ is organized as a
planning resource for leaders in any program, or any city. See video tour at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umS4YsTHPhA

Click to
open each
section.
Find
related
information

PDF essays,
links, blogs,
share concepts
created between
1975 and 2011.
We invite others
to use these ideas
to help volunteerbased tutor/
mentor strategies
grow in many
places.

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These are just a few pages of the
essay on Collaboration. Because
these are on the web site, they can be
teaching tools used by leaders and
study- groups anywhere in the world.
Find these at
http://www.scribd.com/my_document_collections/3299390
And at http://www.slideshare.net/tutormentor/
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OUR GOAL: SUPPORT THE
GROWTH OF TOTAL QUALITY
MENTORING PROGRAMS THAT
HELP INNER CITY YOUTH
REACH CAREERS

To SUCCEED
We must recruit business
leaders who will use their
resources in PULLING
Youth to Careers

School-Time Programs
Pre-K

K - 5th

5th - 6th

3-5 PM Non-School Programs

To SUCCEED
We must help tutor/mentor
program leaders, volunteers,
schools and parents be more
effective in PUSHING
Youth to Careers

6th - 8th

High
School

Career
Track

After 5 PM and Weekend Programs

PDF essays
include charts like
these to help
illustrate strategic
concepts.

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THE GOAL IS NOT TO FINISH 6TH GRADE. IT’S TO REACH A
CAREER.
Every program serving youth on this
time line needs volunteers, dollars,
technology, etc.

School-Time Programs
Pre-K

K - 5th

5th - 6th

3-5 PM Non-School Programs

6th - 8th

High
School

Career
Track

After 5 PM and Weekend Programs

Agencies that help each other do
more to help kids stay in school
and reach careers.
Instead of competing for resources, the T/MC
seeks to help programs work together to increase
the availability of resources for all tutor/mentor
programs.
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This 4-part strategy is a resource that can duplicate in any city.

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STEP 2: BUILD PUBLIC AWARENESS:
The T/MC seeks to connect everyone in the Chicago
region who wants to seek kids in poverty move to careers.
Using the same advertising principles that corporations use to
create awareness and draw customers to stores, T/MC seeks
to
• reach more people every day, and
• draw them to on-line learning sites,
• then to maps,
• then to tutor/mentor programs in specific zip codes.
Browse T/MC web sites and blogs to see strategies piloted in Chicago
between 1994 and 2015, which could be duplicated, with greater impact, by
groups with broader based support from business, civic leaders and
foundations.
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As volunteers bond with kids many become leaders who recruit more volunteers
and other resources from their industry, faith group, and social network
Technology
Communications

Arts, Culture.
Religion

Insurance
Healthcare

Government
Education

Science,
Math
Engineering

Hospitality
Recreation

Natural Resources
Agriculture

Finance, Personal &
Business Services

The aim is that each industry encourage
employees to volunteer in many locations,
using T/MC Program Locator to find
programs. Thus, each program can have
a more diverse volunteer, and donor, base

Built environment
Engineering

Manufacturing
Transportation

Retailing
Wholesaling

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Build an on-going, year-to-year leadership strategy.

Aug/Sept
Chicagoland
Volunteer
Recruitment
Campaign

November
Conferences Holiday Fund Raising
events can support
many programs

Jan. National
May Conferences
Mentoring Month; Events needed in Feb and
July
Feb. Leadership
Development

Between 1994 and 1996 the Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) developed a 12-month strategy similar to the
year-round advertising campaigns of Sears, Wards, McDonalds and other retail organizations, using
quarterly events to draw people together and create media attention. See stories generated
http://www.tutormentorexchange.net/news-pr
The events (T/MC) organizes were intended to creates media stories, that help programs recruit volunteers
in Aug/Sept. and help programs train those volunteers and convert them into leaders as each program
moves through the School year.
View an animated version of this event calendar strategy:

http://www.tutormentorexchange.net/images/flash/eventyear.swf
Note: since 2015 conferences have not been held in Chicago, although social media continues to focus on these goals at key times
each year. This calendar should be a template that other leaders can duplicate.
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Since 1998 the T/MC has been modeling a network-building strategy

This map
provides links
to places we
connect with
others to gather
and share ideas.

See map at http://tinyurl.com/TMC-DanNetwork
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Join Tutor/Mentor Connection on line
at: http://tutormentorconnection.ning.com

Since 2007 T/MC has hosted a
networking space on NING. This
map shows how people connect
to each other within the space.

This map demonstrates a use of social
network analysis to understand who is
connecting with T/MC and each other
in on-line and face to face events.

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While
T/MC
connects
Tutor/Mentor
Programs…
http://www.tutormentorconnection.org/FindaProgram/ChicagoAreaProgramLinks/tabid/561/Default.aspx
BBBS

Midtown

EYVP

Horizons
for
Youth

Family
Matters
CHICAGO

Chicago
Public
Schools

Highsight

Cabrini
Connections
www.cabriniconnect
ions.net

Every time one
T/M program
talks about their
own work, they
need to end by
pointing to the
map of Chicago
and saying, “look
for other
programs, too”

Partners in
Education
YMCA,
Boys & Girls
Clubs

CGTP

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T/MC also connects Lawyers, and the Business Community to
T/MC and Tutor/Mentor Programs…in Chicago, and other cities
LAW

Every time a Chicago
business, political, or
faith leader talks
about tutoring/
mentoring, they need
to end by pointing to
the map of Chicago
and saying, “we

FINANCE

Religion

Hospitality &
Entertainment

need good
programs in
every poverty
area”

Engineers,
Architect

Hospitals;
Health
Care

Politics

Tutor/Mentor
Connection

Universities
& Publishing
Technology,
Science

Communica
tions, Arts,
Media

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Connecting with the world
We can now
share our
planning with
people from
all parts of
the world.

This conversation outline can be
used by leaders in any city of the
world. Don’t start from scratch.
Don’t reinvent the wheel.

http://debategraph.org/mentoring_kids_to_careers
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T/MC is piloting uses of maps to show participation in events.

This map shows
organizations that
participated in
each of the
Chicago
Tutor/Mentor
conferences from
1994 to 2015

See more conference maps at
www.tutormentorconference.org/
ConferenceMaps.htm
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Without expanding the network of people looking at this information
and building involvement from resource providers, policy makers
and all other stakeholders, the information has limited value.

Visit this page and learn more about social capital and social
network analysis. http://www.tutormentorexchange.net/sna
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THIS IS A PROCESS: A mentoring-to-career strategy of the Tutor/Mentor Connection

More youth stay in school, are
safe in non-school hours,
graduate, and move to careers
Continuous Process
Improvement
Recruit & Train, Begin
operations
Set Schedule and action plan
Determine Recruitment
strategies
Find host/sponsor
Define Mission
Building a Team
Research

THE RESULT
According to Mark Cohen, a professor at Vanderbilt
University’s Owen Graduate School of Management, “High
risk youths who are kept out of trouble through intervention
programs could save society as much as $2 million a youth
per lifetime”.

This type of organization is not
achieved in one or two years.
It will never be achieved without the
work done at the base of this
pyramid each year.
Don’t reinvent the wheel.
The work done by Tutor/Mentor Connection in
Chicago since 1994 is a template that other cities
could borrow to duplicate this strategy, with greater
impact, if you have support of civic, business and
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philanthropic leaders.

If it is to be, it is up to you and me: A mentoring-to-career strategy of the Tutor/Mentor Connection

Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC
Tutor/Mentor Connection
Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654

www.tutormentorexchange.net
www.tutormentorconnection.org
While our purpose is focused on social good and all income is uses to support our
programs our tax structure is not a 501-c-3 non profit.
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