“Information Hubs” that Support Civic Engagement and Community Problem Solving

What Will it Take to Collect, Maintain and Share Information that anyone in community can use?

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2011 policy paper calls for the creation of a “new Civic Information Corps”
“On June 10, 2011 the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation released a new policy paper that calls on community and elected leaders to adopt sensible strategies to strengthen civic communication and citizen engagement, including the creation of a new Civic Information Corps that takes advantage of the considerable capacity and creativity of America’s young people and digital media. Civic Engagement and Community Information: Five Strategies to Revive Civic Communication, by Peter Levine, urges federal, state and local leaders to adopt five specific strategies that are critical to efforts to reverse the troubling trends away from civic engagement in recent decades. Levine is the director of CIRCLE: the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement and research director of the Jonathan Tisch School of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University.”
Quoted from: http://www.aspeninstitute.org/news/2011/06/10/new-policy-paper-calls-investments-new-corps-young-americans-create-share-civic-info

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2011 policy paper recommendations include
“Colleges and universities to make modest shifts in incentives and investments serve as local information hubs. Because of their physical presence in the community and the information and knowledge work they already do, colleges and universities could make a significant difference in the quantity and quality of civic communication. Journalism, library and engineering schools and departments are well situated to partner with local communities on information-related projects. Other knowledge that is scattered across the institution could be aggregated and shared with the local community.
Quoted from: http://www.aspeninstitute.org/news/2011/06/10/new-policy-paper-calls-investments-new-corps-young-americans-create-share-civic-info

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The Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC already is an information hub.
Colleges, universities, business and others are invited to help support this on-going information collection, organization and sharing process.

Database of Chicago area tutor/mentor programs requires constant update.

Innovative strategies need to increase number of people using the data to help kids in poverty.

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Tutor/Mentor Programs are places where adult volunteers are connecting with k-12 youth.

Programs vary in size, structure, age group served and type of activities. Until Tutor/Mentor Connection began building a master database of what programs operated in Chicago in 1994, no such database existed.
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T/MC focuses on non-school hours

While many leaders and billions of dollars focus on schools, T/MC focuses on the non-school hours, including after 5pm when workplace volunteers are moving from work to home, and safe places where youth, volunteers and extra learning are available.
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Instead of a few great programs in a few places, great programs are needed in every high poverty area of Chicago region
Chicago area To keep kids and volunteers connected, these resources are needed at every tutor/mentor program in the region … every day of the year. * volunteers * public visibility * operating dollars * technology * training/learning * leadership

The shaded areas of this map of Chicago are the areas of most concentrated poverty.

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Most programs can’t get enough needed resources on their own. We need the help of many leaders.
This city needs leaders in every sector who help attract resources to programs.

faith

business

media
volunteers dollars

college

you
Elected leader others

Ideas,

Talent & technology

Without the database, no city can form a strategy that helps ALL of the existing programs grow from year to year. Nor can it identify and fill voids in neighborhoods with no programs.
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Since 1993 the Tutor/Mentor Connection has made a systematic effort to identify every non-school, volunteerbased tutor/mentor program in the Chicago region.

Information sorted by type of program, age group served, time of day

Visitors can search by zip code, community area, name of program to find information about specific groups.

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The Program Locator search provides information volunteers, parents, donors can use to connect with individual programs.

Names of programs, contact information, web sites are shown.

Program Locations show on a map, which shows the relationship of different programs in same area.

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Using Interactive Program Locator leaders can determine availability of programs in small area, potential business, faith and college partners, and build collaboration strategies intended to strengthen mix of programs in different parts of city.

Layers of information can be added to create map showing where need is based on poverty, schools, etc.

Layers of information can show banks, hospitals, colleges, faith groups who occupy same geography.

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This information is no good if it cannot be updated continuously.
• Tutor/Mentor Connection operated as part of non profit from 1993-2011 and never had more than $125,000 each year to do this information collection, mapping, and public education Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC was created in July 2011 in an effort to create new partnerships and new ways to fund this knowledge management effort. Even with greater funding the collection and use of this information needs to be shared by many organizations so that the knowledge accumulates and grows and is never lost when a single knowledge hub disappears.

www.tutormentorexchange.net www.tutormentorconnection.org

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Help collect and maintain this information.
Teams from high schools, colleges, faith groups, businesses could take role in collecting tutor/mentor program data for specific zip codes or community areas.

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Adopt a Neighborhood
Police Districts This map shows police districts of Chicago. In each area we seek one partner who will build an in-depth understanding of tutor/mentor programs and other youth resources operating in the area.

Chicago
Program locations can be plotted on maps such as this and can be added to Tutor/Mentor Program Locator Maps
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Help share this information.
Collecting this information is only the first challenge. Creating daily advertising that increases the number of people who view the information, understand it, then use it is an equal challenge.

This information could be discussed in many groups led by students, volunteers, retirees…leading to a more consistent distribution of resources to support “good to great” tutor/mentor programs throughout an urban region.
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Information hubs need to be places with long-term roots in a neighborhood, such as schools, police stations, libraries, colleges, banks, faith groups.

1) Local hubs collect and update tutor/mentor and youth program information…

2) Local leaders lead neighborhood collaborations aimed at strengthening youth supports.

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Local leaders connect and share their information through city, state, national and international networks.
On this portal anyone can look at ideas working in some parts of the world and apply those ideas to their own part of the world…as long as they can find the resources to do so.

http://debategraph.org/ment oring_kids_to_careers

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This system consists of many independent operators all working under a common set of goals and supported by intermediaries like the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC.
2) New programs grow in areas where none, or too few, now operate.

1) Existing programs are constantly supported so they get better every year.

3) More youth living in poverty gain access to mentor-rich support systems.

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Learn more about how you can be involved. Consider ways you could apply these ideas in your own city with Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC as your partner. Visit these web sites:
* • • • http://www.tutormentorconnection.org http://www.tutormentorexchange.net http://tutormentor.blogspot.com http://debategraph.org/mentoring_kids_to_careers Email: tutormentor2@earthlink.net Twitter: @tutormentorteam

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As a result of what we do more youth in disadvantaged neighborhoods will have adult networks helping them through school and into careers. “If this (initiative) is accepted and acted upon, it can change the way philanthropy and charities work together in America and throughout the world. It can change the future for millions of kids born into poverty each year.”
--Daniel F. Bassill, President of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC and the Tutor/Mentor Connection

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