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Network Growth: Making Ideas a Reality
This article shows how one person’s idea can grow into a movement of many thousands of people. The examples are taken from the 1975-2011 experiences of Daniel F. Bassill, who led volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs in Chicago for 35 consecutive years and is founder and leader of the Tutor/Mentor Connection and Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC. As a result of the collective effort of many people more youth living in high poverty neighborhoods will be connected to networks of adult tutors, mentors, coaches, friends and advocates who help them through school and into jobs and careers.

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From www.tutormentorconnection.org

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Over time, network grows to include more people, from more places.
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The involvement of a few key people is critical to the successful growth of a network.

This Idea will only reach more people when a few others adopt it as their own.
Anyone who has had their life transformed because of the involvement of a mentor, should be interested in taking this role so others have the same opportunity.

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MY IDEA- Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC
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Information-based strategy designed to help volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs grow in all high poverty neighborhoods of Chicago by helping programs get resources needed to constantly improve products and services.

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War on Poverty – Complex System!
In order to have well-trained troops in places where the enemy is concentrated the military has a sophisticated planning process that extends to mobilizing public support for expensive war efforts. We need the same thinking to have tutor/mentor programs and adult learning support in all high poverty neighborhoods.

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Tutor/Mentor Institute Goals
• Fill all high poverty zip codes, and non-school hours, with mentor-rich, K-12 programs • Help each program have resources to constantly improve ways they keep youth and adults involved • Enlist leadership and financial involvement from every business, professional, faith, university • Define strategy as workforce development and business benefit, not as philanthropy • Duplicate in every city in the US and the world • Increase the network size from year to year • Sustain the effort for decades
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Create web platform to support involvement of leaders from any sector.

The Tutor/Mentor Connection focuses on four on-going strategies Resource Generation Collaboration, shared learning Public Awareness Research

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

http://www.tutormentorconnection.org http://www.tutormentorexchange.net
This is the home page of the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC
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2. Create map/databases 1. Collect and share information

3. draw attention to this information

10. Constant learning and process improvement

4. Create learning circles

Strategy
8. Document what people are doing to achieve these goals 6. Map the growth of networks,

9. Track longterm connections of youth, volunteers and programs

5. Motivate volunteers, donors, to “shop and buy

7. Map annual growth and distribution of programs

T/MC 4 part strategy - http://tinyurl.com/TMC-4-Part-Strategy
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Strategy
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Collect and share information related to this issue, drawing from thought leaders around the world Create portals that host map/databases of network of organizations needed to help youth to careers, like Tutor/Mentor Program Locator at http://www.tutormentorprogramlocator.net Innovate new ways to draw attention to this information every day, the way the Super Bowl and TV shows draw viewers to their shows Create learning circles in thousands of places, where people who are familiar with the information help other people learn to use it, so they can then teach others who are unfamiliar with it. Create events at key times each year that motivate volunteers, donors, to “shop and buy”, choosing from all of the programs in a city, and supporting programs in zip codes throughout a city Create tools that map the growth of networks, showing how the number of people and organizations involved grows from year to year Create maps and visualization tools that help show the increased year-to- year growth and distribution of needed programs in all poverty areas Use documentation portals to collect information that shows what people are doing to achieve these goals, and to give recognition to those who do this work well.

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Concepts to Understand
• Talent Map * Network Map * Village Map • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) • Documentation Systems

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We need tools to show growth of network from one person to many people so more investors will value/support this role.

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Network Building – An Intentional Process
As we teach people to map their network, we need to also teach them how to expand their network, and how to focus members of the network on the group/project that we are focused on.

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Network Building Year-round
This is a year-round process that can involved anyone who is concerned about the issues the group focuses on. It involves using your communications tools to point people to information and connect them to each other. It involved inviting people to come together at certain times each year. It involves a constant “call to action”, e.g. be a volunteer, be a donor, etc.

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Talent Map
Without the right mix of talent in a working group it is less likely that a project will be successful or that a movement will grow. This talent map shows a range of skills that are needed in the Tutor/Mentor Connection. A SNA tool could be created to show the members involved in this talent network, and the growth of membership over a period of years.

http://tinyurl.com/TMCSupportNet
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Network Map Includes Key Sectors
Without representation from important civic leaders, businesses, civic and social networks, a talented group will still be without access to the leadership and philanthropic capital it needs to grow. This “network” map shows a range of organizations that are needed in the Tutor/Mentor Connection. A SNA tool could be created to show the members involved in this talent network and what sector they represent Maps should show the growth of membership within each sector over a period of years.

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It Takes a Village to Raise a Child

Leaders from every sector need to be strategically involved supporting tutor/mentor programs and birth-to-work activities in every zip code. This leadership needs to be sustained for many years, assuring that youth born today are in the workforce in 25 years. It will take innovative communications and leadership strategies to build and sustain such a network of leaders for that many years.

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USE OF MAPS
It is essential that communities and leaders learn to use maps the way Generals and business marketing managers use them. Maps show where kids need more help and they show where existing services are available. They can be used to plan marketing campaigns to distribute needed resources. They can be used by leaders to help fill in gaps where no programs exist.

See our uses of maps at http://www.tutormentorexchange.net, and at http://www.tutormentorprogramlocator.net
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Friends

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Vol. Donor Coworker

IDEA
Individual

Open Space Invite others
Co-worker

Alumni

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Donor Coworker

The involvement of a few key people is critical to the successful growth of a network.

This network-growth needs to be happening in every industry, in every city. Meet on these sites to discuss:
http://tutormentorconnection.ning.com http://www.facebook.com/#!/TutorMentorInstitute http://www.twitter.com/tutormentorteam http://tutormentorinstitute.wikidot.com/background-and-invitation-toparticipate
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Accountability. Who Does What?

It’s fashionable to call on educators and non-profit leaders to be accountable. However, until people beyond poverty hold themselves equally accountable, not much will change for young people attending poorly performing schools or living in high poverty neighborhoods. Collaboration portals need to engage a growing number of people in idea sharing, reflection, innovation and actions that draw resources to programs and help programs constantly improve impact on kids. Documentation systems can show what people BEYOND the NON PROFIT SECTOR are doing to make sure the information, awareness, learning and resource flow is happening in their own community. See http://www.tutormentorexchange.net/ohats

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If we can grow the network…
We can do much to change the future for youth living in poverty.

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HELP WANTED
I have had the help of many different people and organizations since 1993. However, we have not had the funding to build an organizational structure to do this work. We need to do that now so that it is able to continue in future years, even if I’m no longer able to be involved. Please help me with your time, talent, dollars and prayers. Until further notice I can be reached at tutormentor2@earthlink.net and on Skype at “dbassill”. I can be reached on my cell phone at 847-220-2151. Thank you,

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Visit these web sites to learn more about the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC and Tutor/Mentor Connection
Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC sites: http://www.tutormentorconnection.org http://www.tutormentorexchange.net http://www.tutormentorprogramlocator.net http://www.tutormentorconference.org http://tutormentorconnection.ning.com http://tutormentor.blogspot.com http://mappingforjustice.blogspot.com http://www.scribd.com/daniel-f-bassill-7291

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