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.
The Tutor/Mentor Connection incorporates various forms of visualization to illustrate its ideas and to support the involvement of others in helping tutor/mentor programs grow in many locations.
Our maps are created using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology and are intended to be used by leaders to help tutor/mentor programs grow in all high poverty areas of big cities like Chicago.
See map stories created in the 1990s and 2000s. click here
In the Links library of the T/MC site are a variety of articles illustrating uses of maps and visualizations. In the Chicago Tutor/Mentor Program Locator we support the involvement of volunteers, parents, youth and donors in tutor/mentor programs serving every high poverty area of Chicago.
We seek volunteers, interns and DONORS, who would work with T/MC to visualize the concepts that we are showing on this site.
No General would go to war without a map. Strategies leaders can use.
The Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) has created a variety of short PDF essays to illustrate how maps can be used by leaders to mobilize and distribute volunteers, dollars, technology and other resources to fight America’s war on poverty, poorly performing schools, crime and violence.
See column in 10-21-2015Chicago Tribune about using maps in violence prevention strategy. See map at the left in this blog article. Using maps this way has been a vision of Dan Bassill's since 1993. See article from 1994 ChicagoSunTimes.
The Chicago Tutor/Mentor Program Locator was created in 2004 to help leaders, volunteers, donors, parents and social workers find places in different zip codes that offer volunteer-based tutoring and/or mentoring in the non-school hours. NOT ALL FEATURES ARE CURRENTLY WORKING. TECHNOLOGY VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO HELP FIX THE PROBLEM. Email tutormentor 2 at earthlink dot net if you can help.
A key part of the Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) strategy is to "increase the frequency of media stories and advertising that draw attention to tutoring/mentoring and draw volunteers and donations to tutor/mentor programs in different parts of the Chicago region. Visit the Tutor/Mentor Map Gallery to see this strategy in action.
Tutor/Mentor Connection maintains a database of more than 200 locations where various forms of volunteer-based tutoring and/or mentoring are offered during non-school hours. TMC creates Poverty Maps to show where tutor/mentor programs are needed and Asset Maps, to show locations of businesses, churches, hospitals, etc. in the same part of the city, who could be mobilizing volunteers and providing ideas, technology, dollars, and even jobs, to help kids succeed in school and move to careers.