Our Mission:The mission of the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC (T/MI) is to gather and organize all that is known about successful volunteer-based, non-school tutoring/mentoring programs and apply that knowledge to expand the availability and enhance the effectiveness of these services to children throughout the Chicago region.
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
with your comments.
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.
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.