Tutor/Mentor Institute YouTube Channel

Visit this Page on YouTube to see videos where we explain our ideas and talk about how mentoring transforms the lives of volunteers and youth who become part of well-organized, long-term tutor/mentor programs.

See illustrated PDF strategy essays on Scribd.com and Slideshare.  Use these presentations in discussion groups as part of your own strategic planning.

Defining Terms

The words tutoring and mentoring mean different things to different people, based on the social-economic status and age of the youth being served, and of the different goals being served. Some times our pictures and videos help people understand how a tutor/mentor program connects kids from high poverty areas with adults and learning experiences from beyond those neighborhoods.

The Tutor/Mentor Institute (T/MI)  has published more than 1000 blog articles, focusing on a wide range of issues, illustrated by this graphic. Do a Google search for the words "tutor mentor" plus any of these words, and several links on the first page will point to articles posted about that topic. Use these to expand your own understanding of problems and potential solutions.  T/MI has also created over 60 short PDF essays, such as one, titled Tutor/Mentor, Same Words, Different Meaning - defining the terms ,  to help leaders understand the different forms of tutoring and/or mentoring that exists.

View Tutor/Mentor Institute videos on YouTube.


Vision: because of the work we do youth living in poverty today will be starting jobs and entering careers out of poverty by age 25

In Chicago, Baltimore and other big cities, media stories constantly remind us of the negative impact of concentrated poverty and inequality. New research is published monthly, showing the impacts of inequality and how where you are born and where you live often determines what your future will be.

Since 1993, the Tutor/Mentor Connection (led by The Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC since 2011) has led a  year-round strategy intended to mobilize attention and involvement of people in all parts of the Chicago region, and to focus it on high poverty areas of inner city neighborhoods, using maps, and a Program Locator Database, to help volunteers, donors, business, faith groups, parents and students connect with youth serving programs which already operate in different parts of the city and suburbs, or to help build new programs in undeserved areas.

To achieve this goal, many people need to spread this message to people in their network, who become volunteers or donors. And many of these people need to spread the work in their own networks. The end result might be the growth of leaders from every part of "the village" who become champions for tutor/mentor programs and the T/MC strategy . This chart illustrates the goal.

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