|Network with other tutoring/mentoring program leaders.|
While the Tutor/Mentor Institute (this web site) hosts articles and ideas of the Tutor/Mentor Connection, the http://www.tutormentorconnection.org web site is a library with links to more than 1400 other organizations. It is constantly being updated as each organization updates their own web sites and as we add new links.
Our aim is to encourage leaders and supporters of these different organizations to connect in face-to-face and on-line forums, where they share ideas, build relationships and learn to solve problems that individual organizations cannot solve on their own. Below are links to the May and November Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference in Chicago and to on-line places where T/MC invites people to connect, or where T/MC connects with others.
Hear what past conference participants have said:
The conferences were started in 1994 as a way to bring together the different organizations who responded to a survey launched in January 1994 to identify as many organizations as possible who were offering various forms of volunteer-based tutoring and/or mentoring.
It was also part of a strategy intended to draw greater media attention to tutoring/mentoring, and as a result, draw volunteers and donors to the various programs in Chicago.
One strategy deployed during the 1990s was a Tutor/Mentor Week which was the week each year when the Tutor/Mentor Conference was held and when the Chicago Bar Foundation/Association's Lend-A-Hand Program held a fund raising event. The Mayor issued a proclamation supporting this collective effort and the goal was that organizations in different neighborhoods would hold their own events recognizing programs in their neighborhoods. Companies could do the same in recognizing employee volunteers.
This strategy was discontinued in late 1999 as the Lend A Hand moved to a different structure and strategy and the T/MC ability to attract revenue declined.
Growth of the Conferences and the Network.
Thus the conference began to attract people from more places than Chicago and representing more roles than just operating a tutor/mentor program. As a result, the T/MC now is networking and sharing ideas with people in all parts of the world through a variety of online communities and work spaces.
T/MC is now using Social Network Analysis software to map the participation of these conferences, and to demonstrate the value of the T/MC as an intermediary that builds these connections. See more here. We urgently need to find a few sponsors/benefactors to help us continue hosting these events. Visit this sponsor page to offer your help.
Learn more about our On-Line networking and learning goals. Below is a list of places where you can connect with the T/MC on the Internet.