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Increasing Attention for Tutor/Mentor Programs

In this 1995 Commentary in the Chicago Tribune, John McCarron said that Dan Bassill and the Tutor/Mentor Connection has a "master plan" for saving kids. All of the information on this and other T/MC web sites is part of that 'master plan'.  This 4-part strategy of the Tutor/Mentor Connection shows that the T/MC collects information that is hosted on this site and works to increasing the number of stories in print, electronic, internet, business and faith communities that point to where tutor/mentor programs are needed, why they are needed and organizations already operating that need a constant flow of operating dollars, technical support and volunteers to grow from "good to great".  In addition to these media stories look at the number of times T/MC staff have written about other Tutor/Mentor programs in Chicago in blog articles - see pdf.


This article printed in the Chicago Tribune in December 1994 outlines the Public Awareness strategy that the T/MC has been leading every year since then.

Below is a list of stories that support this strategy. Click the link to open a PDF and read the story. The ideas shared in these stories are just as relevant today as in the past and the challenges of poverty are even more severe. 


This is article from the ChicagoTribune October 21, 2015 paper showing how maps could be used in violence prevention strategies. See text from Internet version of this story.

The most recent stories are at bottom of this list. See more interviews here. Awards here.



Date Newspaper/Company Headline of article or Interview
Chicago Tribune Mentors join forces to reach city's youth
Shedd Aquarium magazine Aquarium hosts Tutor/Mentor Leadership Conference
Chicago Tribune Mentors Getting Their Act Together
Chicago Sun-Times He Traded Wards' Job for Tutoring
Chicago Tribune For Charities, public relations picks up where goodwill leaves off
1994/95 The Chicago Bar Foundation Report Lend A Hand Program: Lost opportunities in the non-school hours
PCI Newsletter
Inner city children linked to tutors and mentors
Spring 1995
CBA News
Lawyers Lend A Hand
Chicago Tribune There is a master plan for saving our kids
5/16/1995 Chicago Defender Tutor/Mentor Confab trains 200 groups
Chicago Tribune
Letter to Editor following death of Carlos Chambers
Daily Southtown Role Models: Mentor programs have quietly grown into a force for turning young lives around
CBA Record
CBA Lawyers Mentor City's Youth
The Daily Chronicle, DeKalb Sycamore native's program tries to bust stereotypes
Chicago Tribune How to make yourself feel like royalty
8/21/1996 INSIDE (Near North Chicago)
Volunteers Connect with Youth Through Tutoring Program
Chicago Sun-Times Commentary: Give a kid the greatest gift: ability to read
Chicago Sun-Times Volunteers get as much out of tutoring as kids
Chicago Tribune Tutors need assistance too
Chicago Educator Mentor Puts Afterburners in After-School Programs
Power of One. Voice America Interview w/Dan Bassill
Could the U.S. Workforce be More Competitive Thanks to Mentoring
June 1997
Continental Air Express News
Tutors and Mentors Needed Throughout Chicago
The Giraffe Project Honor Role - Dan Bassill named a Giraffe
Chicago SunTimes Call goes out for volunteers
Blau Exchange Interview with Dan Bassill, 1992 founder of Cabrini Connections, Tutor/Mentor Connection.
9/3/1997 Chicago Tribune Voice of People: Tutor/Mentor Programs Need You
1/12/1998 Crain's Chicago Business A 'trade group' that distributes knowledge to kids
2/19/1998 Southwest News-Herald Discuss Mentoring Programs for Youths - this article shows how a person coached by Tutor/Mentor incorporates the T/MC idea of "Total Quality Mentoring" into the news article
5/21/1998 Chronicle of Philanthropy Opinion: General Powell Needs a Battle Map to Fulfill America's Promise
Chicago Tribune
Tutor works for "Connection"
Oct-98 School-to-Work Reporter Mentor projects seek stronger role in STW
4/12/1999 Chicago Sun-Times Letter to Editor: Business Leaders Can Help Students
6/7/1999 Direct Marketing News CD-ROM Drop May Bring More Cash to the Neighborhood
6/11/1999 Interactive PR & Marketing News A Contribution from the Heart, Not the Wallet
7/1/1999 Daily Herald This is where the kids are
Community IT/GIS Helping the Kids
Illinois Kids Count Report
Communities at Work: Tutor/Mentor Connection (see pg 3)
6/23/2001 Ecumenical Child Care Network "Get wisdom! Get understanding,…" Proverbs 4: Verse 5
9/7/2001 Chicago Tribune Small lessons are reward of mentoring
3/2002 Directions Magazine
Mapping Solutions to Poverty
9/12/2002 Chicago Sun-Times Calling all volunteers: Tutors for kids needed
Jun-03 AARP Connections Guest Article: Lives Can Be Changed
9/2000 Mentoring Coalition of Dade Cty (FL) The Chicago Plan for Mentoring Program Support
9/4/2003 Chicago Sun-Times Tutor-Mentor Programs need you to step up
11/6/2003 Lerner Skyline Cabrini Connections President prepared to turn loan into gift
1/31/2004 Chicago Defender
Organization Connects Youth Mentors
April 2004
IWU Magazine
Dan Bassill's Work Helping Inner City Youth is Recognized
The Institute for Social Inventions, Global Ideas Bank
Social Innovation Award Nomination - for mapping idea
1/10/2005 CBA Report Lend-A-Hand Program Awards /$28k. Cabrini Connections Demetrio
8/25/2005 Lerner Skyline Hey, anybody out there have some free time on their hands?
8/31/2005 Streetwise Tutors can set tone for school
Sep-05 Families & Schools, ADI newsletter Tutoring/Mentoring: A Service-Learning Strategy that Changes Lives
Advertising demonstrates strategy for building awareness
Project YES newsletter
Dan Bassill: Bridging Tutor-Mentor Gap
Networking & Resources: Cabrini Connections, Tutor/Mentor Connection
2/6/2008 Chicago Sun-Times Still Want to Make a Difference? Here are 5 Ways
Jun-09 YOUTH Today HOW TO…create maps to help kids and Youth Workers
Houston YNPN
"Mentoring Conversations with Local Leaders"  45 minute interview at YNPN Podcast
Streetwise Tutoring/Mentoring Needs Corporate Help
Crain's Chicago Business
Mobilizing Village (or big city) to help kids - letter to editor
Blog Talk Radio
"Connecting the Dots" interview with Valerie Leonard
Chicago Tribune
Interactive Maps Could Combat Chicago Violence - Dawn Turner
Internet between 2000 and 2015
Visit This Link Read interviews in on-line media
Search on Google for "tutor mentor"or "Bassill" and see the many places where Dan has interacted in an effort to draw more attention and resources to volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs in Chicago and other cities.

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