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The Tutor/Mentor Connection

Logic Model: If you agree with the logic, join our team

Connecting Youth And


Adults in formal and
informal mentoring is a
good thing to do.

Most youth are part of informal


mentoring provided by the network
of adults and learning opportunities
provided by their family, school,
church or community.

Tutor/Mentor Connection (1993-present)


Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC (2011-present
http://www.tutormentorexchange.net
http://www.tutormentorconnection.org
On Twitter @tutormentorteam

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LOGIC MODEL

A ‘tutor/mentor’ program is a Helping ‘tutor/mentor’


Connecting place where many programs reach youth in all
youth with adult volunteers with different parts of a city should be a goal
mentors and backgrounds can connect of leaders from many sectors.
extra learning is with hard to reach youth.
good thing to do. * Building marketing,
* Helping programs find advertising, resource
* Helping resources, recruit volunteers development, talent sources
volunteers learn and support youth and and leadership strategies in
ways to have volunteers on a weekly, and every industry, faith group,
positive impact continuing level of political and media sector
is necessary involvement helps each supports the growth of
work. program be more effective. tutor/mentor programs in more
places.

Visit http://www.tutormentorexchange.net to read more and get involved.


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Kids living in areas of inner-city poverty have a smaller
network of adults with college degrees and a wide variety of
jobs who can help them through school and into careers.

Youth living in high


poverty areas also are
surrounded by more people
who model paths that lead
to dropping out of school,
or spending time in the jail.

Thus, the schools these


youth attend struggle to
teach, because student
aspirations and preparation
to learn are less.
Shaded areas of map have higher concentrations of
poverty and poorly performing public schools
See additional maps like this in the map gallery at
http://www.tutormentorprogramlocator.net/mapgallery.html
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Many people who vote and determine public policy do not
have a personal experience living in big-city poverty, or
an emotional investment in what happens to these kids.
• poverty has not changed in the past 10, 20
years
• quality of life for minorities living in
segregated poverty is poor and should be
something every citizen is concerned about
• education is the key to improving quality of
life and to drawing business and families into
the city
• social capital is the network of adults who
help open doors to opportunity for youth
• people come out when their lives are
personally affected
• if you mobilize thousands of people, you
threaten (change) existing powers
This is photo of Dan Bassill, founder of • we need to build a broader coalition, including
Tutor/Mentor Connection. The map in background
is from a 1994 Chicago Tribune article showing
whites and suburbanites, not just minorities
poverty areas where more than 240,000 at-risk
youth were living.

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Connecting adults from diverse
backgrounds with inner-city kids in
one-on-one tutor/mentor programs is
a strategy for civic engagement.
Tutor/Mentor Programs are an on-going form of civic engagement that connects a
wide range of workplace adults with minority inner-city kids on a weekly and
monthly basis. These adults model a wider diversity of career possibilities for youth
than what adults in their own neighborhoods model. They also open doors to
learning and career opportunities for youth they mentor.

Many of these adults live in more affluent neighborhoods, including the suburbs of
Chicago, where issues of poverty are not part of everyday experience.

This connection leads many of the volunteers to bond with the kids they mentor and
take on roles of surrogate parents. As volunteers learn about poverty and the
inequalities and injustices of the current system, as well as potential solutions, they
become leaders and people who will vote on new public policies.

This is a form of “bridging” social capital.


See articles at http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/search/label/social%20capital

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Tutor/Mentor Programs expand the mentoring network for kids
living in high poverty
Connecting a student with an adult who can model a career
path, serve as a friend, a coach, a tutor or an advocate, would be
a benefit to any youth living in a high poverty neighborhood.

Connecting a group of students and volunteers expands the


range of role models and learning experiences, and the network
of adults who will help a youth through school and into careers.

This “iceberg” chart illustrates the range of activities and


expenses required to support this weekly connection of
youth and adults in an organized, on-going, non-school site-
based tutor/mentor program. Funds are needed for staff,
insurance, technology and learning activities. Helping every
tutor, mentor and learning program in Chicago and other cities
get these dollars, its volunteers, and provide its services every
year, is the reason the Tutor/Mentor Connection was created in
1993 and continues under the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC in
2021.

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If we agree that a mentor-rich program like Cabrini
Connections* benefits teens in one neighborhood of Chicago….
*Cabrini
Chicago Connections We should agree that it would be good
1993-2011
Serves 70-80 to have similar volunteer-based
teens each year
living in in the tutor/mentor programs serving k-12
Cabrini-Green
area of Chicago youth operating in every poverty
neighborhood of the Chicago region.
Leaders need to
help volunteer- Cabrini Connections was just one of many
based programs volunteer-based tutoring and/or mentoring
like Cabrini
Connections grow programs in Chicago that operate in
in every poverty different neighborhoods.
area of the city
and suburbs
The Tutor/Mentor Connection was created
to help each tutor/mentor program get
Light gray areas have resources needed to constantly improve.
poverty concentrations of
20% or higher. Dark gray Maps like this are one tool leaders can use
areas have poverty levels to support the growth of mentor-rich
of 40% and above.
Black dots are programs in more places.
organizations that offer
various forms of See map showing Chicago tutor/mentor programs at :
volunteer-based tutoring http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/
or mentoring 2020/02/help-youth-tutor-mentor-learning.html

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The Internet offers opportunities to
connect and learn from each other on a
more frequent basis than do face-to-face
meetings.
As we help more adults join and stick with
tutor/mentor programs, and help these
adults bond with kids and learn about
poverty, we have the potential to connect
volunteers from hundreds of programs into
one tutor/mentor connection.

As the numbers grow in this movement, and


as we connect volunteers from multiple
programs and multiple cities, in Internet
based distance learning and activism
projects, we have the ability to become a
policy force in Chicago and throughout the
country.

These are places where ideas can be shared :


http://debategraph.org/mentoring_kids_to_careers
http://tutormentorconnection.ning.com
http://tutormentorexchange.net/social-media

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If volunteers help develop business strategies which increase
resources for all tutor/mentor programs….
Volunteer-based tutoring and/or mentoring programs
in Chicago and other urban areas will have a more
consistent flow of operating dollars, volunteers and
ideas needed to keep youth and volunteers connected
each year and moving toward jobs and careers if
strategies develop that aim to support programs
throughout an urban area.

If donors and volunteers are motivated by creative


advertising to search for programs using map based
directories like the Tutor/Mentor program locator, the
same way customers search for stores where they
purchase goods and services, we can increase the
flow of needed resources to ALL programs, while
lowering the costs of acquiring these resources for
every organization.

This increases the quality of programs and the


availability of constantly improving programs in
more places where they are needed. This helps more
kids succeed in school and builds a pipeline that
connects young people with jobs and careers.

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Use these sites to help you locate tutor, mentor programs in Chicago.

Follow links in concept map at http://tinyurl.com/TMI-Volunteer-Opportunities


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Places to learn about Chicago
youth tutor, mentor programs.

Connect with Chicago programs via this Twitter list:


https://twitter.com/i/lists/1276149804511506434
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If celebrities and high profile leaders
adopt T/MC strategy….
Media will pay more attention and more people will here a “call to
involvement” every day and in communities all over the country.

If elected leaders, celebrities, faith leaders and CEOs use their visibility,
and communications opportunities, to invite people in their network to
visit T/MC web sites, or come to events where they learn from each other,
and learn to collaborate, more people will participate, and more people
will spend time learning from the information available on the
http://www.tutormentorexchange.net and related web sites.

This increases the number of people using their time, talent and
dollars to help make comprehensive, mentor rich programs available
in more places where they are needed. This helps more kids succeed
in school and builds a pipeline that connects young people with jobs
and careers.

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If you agree with this logic….
Become a leader who connects his/her
friends, co-workers, family and friends
with a tutor/mentor program in Chicago
or another city. Set up a discussion
group at your faith group, at your
business and in your civic group.

Become a leader who makes a


personal cash donation to support a
tutor/mentor program, and encourages
others to do the same.

Learn more about supporting the


Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC and this
strategy:
http://tutormentorexchange.net/helptmi

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Learn More…..
Learn more about the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC by reviewing the
power point essays http://tutormentorexchange.net/library
Use these websites and blogs as learning resources

Http://www.tutormentorexchange.net
Http://www.tutormentorconnection.org
Http://tutormentor.blogspot.com
Http://mappingforjustice.blogspot.com
http://michaelcnt.blogspot.com/
http://tutormentorexchange.net/conceptmaps Dan Bassill

• Connect with Dan Bassill on Twitter @tutormentorteam


and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TutorMentorInstitute

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