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These illustrated essays share the T/MC vision

 

This web site is where we share our own ideas, through a variety of illustrated presentations, which have been developed over 35 years of leading a single tutor/mentor program, and thinking of ways such programs could be better supported in all the places they need to operate.


These ideas focus on
what an ideal tutor/mentor program might look like, and what industry and philanthropy leaders, and individuals from all parts of the country, need to to to help such programs be in all places where they are needed. We call this the Tutor/Mentor Institute because we aim to constantly learn new ways to do this work, and we aim to teach others to adopt these ideas in their own leadership.

From this site we also point to several other web sites where we provide links to more than 2,000 other web sites, and host forums where people can gather to network, share ideas or work directly with youth. This strategy map illustrates how these ideas all relate to each other.

We hope you will read these, share them with people in your own networks, and use them in actions that help tutor/mentor programs grow in Chicago and other cities. We also hope you'll help us improve these, and write new articles that we have not yet even thought of. If you would like to tell us how your are using these, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your comments.

See library of Tutor/Mentor essays at Scribd.com
View visualizations by Interns that communicate ideas in essays shown below

Definition of Problem - Why and Where Volunteer-Based Tutor/Mentor Programs are Most Needed

 

  1. Tutor/Mentor Connection Network of Purpose - Why and where tutor/mentor programs are needed, and how we support the growth of volunteer based programs in high poverty neighborhoods
  2. Tutor/Mentor, Same Words, Different Meaning - defining the terms - understand the difference between tutoring and mentoring
  3. Shoppers Guide - What Would you want to see on a tutor/mentor program web site to convince you to donate or volunteer?( 1/2014)
  4. Tutor/Mentor Connection 4-Part Strategy-Essay;   Tutor/Mentor Connection strategy map (flash animation)
  5. Role of Volunteer-Based Tutor/Mentor Program – We’re all in the TO WORK Business
  6. Mentor Role in Larger Youth Development Strategy - essay on Scribd
  7. Education to Careers Blueprint shows support youth require from first grade through first job (updated 11/2011)
  8. Think of Tutor/Mentor Programs as retail store delivering needed services in a neighborhood
  9. Could this be a Jobs Creating strategy to help overcome current unemployment, not just build future workers.
  10. TinyURLLinks to sites referred to often in our blogs, newsletters, etc. This will be updated regularly

Understanding Availability and Distribution of Volunteer-Based Tutor/Mentor Programs in Chicago

  1. Using Internet to find resources that help support growth of volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs - T/MC On-line Resources - and webinar version
  2. Planning Cycle - War On  Poverty pdf (added5/2012)
  3. No General would go to a war without a map - Understanding T/MC use of maps; 
  4. Use of maps and data to show where tutor/mentor programs are most needed, added 6/2013
  5. Use of maps by elected leaders. Example: Illinois 7th Congressional District
  6. Use of maps: Example, Illinois 14th Senate District.
  7. Mapping high dropout schools and political districts as strategy for mobilizing votes (added 12/7/2011)
  8. Instructions for using Tutor/Mentor Program Locator web site
  9. Guide to using Program Locator to create and publish your own maps
  10. Help collect and organize information about tutor/mentor programs in Chicago area
  11. Intern, volunteer opportunity - Rest Of The Story PDF (added 11/2011)

Case for Strategic Business Investment and Employee Involvement

  1. The Tutor/Mentor Connection Logic Model
  2. Tutor/Mentor Connection’s Theory of Change
  3. Value Tutor/Mentor Connection and Tutor/Mentor Institute offer to business and Non-Profits (NEW1_2012)
  4. What will it take to assure that all youth now living in poverty are entering careers by age 25? A Workforce Development Strategy
  5. Virtual Corporate Office supporting growth of Tutor/Mentor Programs, role of corporate teams.
  6. The T/M Connection - a Retail Business Model

Leadership Strategies

  1. Role of consultants and talent volunteers in building network capacity
  2. Network Building - Unleashing Personal Power
  3. Collective Effort PDF - we can do more working together than working alone updated 2/14
  4. Tutor/Mentor Lawyers Connection-Concept
  5. Tutor/Mentor Connection Quarterly Events. Creating year round visibility. Flash. Created by IIT interns
  6. Role of many leaders - version 1 (flash) by IIT interns
  7. Role of many leaders, version 2 (flash). by IIT interns
  8. Role of leaders flash presentation (created by students from Indiana University)

Collaboration and Capacity Building

  1. Tutoring/Mentoring as a form of Service-Learning
    See flash animation view of service-learning loop
  2. Animated concept map illustrating how we hope to reduce silos of thinking and encourage greater sharing of ideas and collaboration across sector.
  3. Year Round Event Cycle - PDF ESSAY Video Version of this idea.
  4. Understanding needs of tutor/mentor program: summary of 2000-2003 survey data
  5. Business School Connection Vision (wiki)
  6. Understanding Tutor/Mentor Connection Network - Social Network Analysis Goals

Volunteer Recruitment Strategies

  1. How sports, media and arts celebrities can help mobilize volunteers - Make the Connection
  2. How volunteers become leaders in tutor/mentor programs (flash)
  3. Strategic thinking about volunteering and service2011 (Intern created this)
  4. Recruiting Talent and Pro Bono Volunteers for volunteer-based organizations 
  5. Chicagoland Tutor/Mentor Back to School Volunteer Recruitment Campaign
  6. Using Corporate and Faith Based Advertising to Mobilize Volunteers and Donors

How to Start and Sustain a Volunteer Based Tutor/Mentor Program

  1. Annual Planning Calendar - way to engage youth, volunteers, stakeholders in mission of program
  2. Success Steps - plan for career-focused tutor/mentor program
Vision and History of Tutor/Mentor Connection and Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC
  1. Growth and expansion (wiki) of the Tutor/Mentor Institute and Tutor/mentor Connection
  2. Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC and Tutor/Mentor Connection - A Learning Network Strategy
  3. Network Building Strategy developed over past 20 years -
  4. Using ideas to stimulate competitive innovation and increase flow of resources - 
  5. Tutor/Mentor Connection – About us 2-page pdf (created by interns in mid 2000s while T/MC still part of Cabrini Connection

  6. Blueprint of Tutor/Mentor Connection Knowledge Network(flash presentation)
  7. Origin of Tutor/Mentor Connection in 1993 and Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC in 2011
  8. Daniel Bassill Story: The Tutor/Mentor Business, Sara Caldwell, 1997

Building greater understanding of Tutor/Mentor Connection
These are PDF versions of graphics created between 1995 and 2005 to illustrate T/MC ideas. Up till July 2011 these have not been published  on-line.

1.  Tutor/Mentor Connection 4-part strategy - PDF  1995 version

2.  Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection 4-part strategy, 2012

3.  View visualizations by IIT Interns showing 4-part strategy

 

 

How do We Evaluate Impact?

  1. Read the pdf essays titled Theory of Change, Logic Model, Tipping Points (see above, Case for Business Involvement)
  2. This report shows the growth of the Tutor/Mentor Connection since 1993.
  3. Decade of Challenges: 2000-2010. Read blog articles showing what T/MC  has achieved and challenges we've faced. View PDF report of 2000-2010
  4. View Chart of T/MC Goals and Strategy
  5. Improvement of T/MC - recommendations from DePaul students
  6. View Metrics Chart - Concept Map
  7. View Organizational History and Tracking System (OHATS) articles
    This page shows people/organizations who helped T/MC grow from 1993-2002
  8. Comparison of T/MC to Mentoring Partnerships in other Cities & States
  9. Matrix showing comparison of T/MC to other Mentoring Partnerships (draft)

Research and Recommended Reading

  1. Articles on High School Drop Out, No Child Left Behind, etc.
  2. Rest of the Story - PR strategy/Intern opportunity
  3. Adolescent Literacy: What Works and Why, by Garland Publishing,The Center for Early Adolescence, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This 1988 report featured the Montgomery Ward/Cabrini-Green Tutoring Program, which was led by Dan Bassill from 1975-1992. The lessons learned from this program are a foundation for Tutor/Mentor Institute ideas.
  4. DePaul University Freshman Explore Chicago Class Assignment, 2010
  5. ChicagoBooth 2011 Grad Student review & recommendations

Presentations from past Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conferences

  1. Introduction to Tutor/Mentor Connection, Jan 5, 2012 introduction to Rotary Club members in Chicago
  2. Building Support - Strategies of Tutor/Mentor Connection, Oct. 4,2011  Loyola University
  3. Introduction to Tutor/Mentor Connection,  Drop Out Prevention Conference workshop, 10/10/2011
  4. Tutor/Mentor Connection, April 8, 2010 presentation in Lafayette County, IN
  5. Lawyers Lend A Hand 2005 strategy presentation - http://www.tutormentorexchange.net/images/PDF/corboy-presentation2.pdf
 
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