The Tutor/Mentor Connection idea originated between 1975 and 1990 as Dan Bassill led the Montgomery-Ward Cabrini Green Tutoring Program in Chicago. (this timeline shows this growth) During those years he also held full time advertising management roles at the Montgomery Ward Corporation headquarters in Chicago. In 1993 Dan and six other volunteers created Cabrini Connections, a tutor/mentor program serving 7th to 12th grade inner city teens. At the same time they decided to try to fill a leadership void, and created the Tutor/Mentor Connection to help volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs throughout the city get the resources needed to grow.
Since July 2011 Dan Bassill has been continuing to lead this strategy under a new Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC structure. While the tax status and resources to do this work is different, the goals have not changed. Read this Jan 1996 newsletter and compare what it is saying to some of the information on this web site.
See what a small group of people with a big vision can accomplish. The 1993-2011 work of Cabrini Connections and Tutor/Mentor Connection was accomplished with many donations of time and talent.
The strategy of the T/MC is blueprinted in this Strategy Concept Map. View library of concept maps. View articles showing use of concept maps. This entire web site are the "strategy in action". The ideas can be used by anyone, in any city with high concentrations of poverty.
Dan Bassill, the founder of Cabrini Connections, Tutor/Mentor Connection, and President/CEO since 1993, left the organization in July 2011 and created the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC as a new structure to support the growth of the Tutor/Mentor Connection in Chicago and to help similar intermediary organizations grow in other cities. This PDF is an announcement from the Cabrini Connections Board of Directors, to separate the Tutor/Mentor Connection from the Cabrini Connections organizations, effective June 30, 2011
Dan is available to share the ideas presented in this web site via workshops or one-on-one consulting. This fee structure is a suggested range of fees for such idea-sharing.
If you would like to offer help please email tutormentor2 at earthlink dot net.
Mailing address: Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Merchandise Mart, PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il 60654