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Hope and Opportunity! Help Needed.

Add your support to help volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs reach youth in more places.

Volunteer based tutoring/mentoring programs connect youth from high poverty areas with people, experiences, ideas and opportunities from beyond poverty. They offer HOPE and OPPORTUNITY for young people in areas where too many young people fear they will not be alive past age 21.

The goal of the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC (T/MI), and the Tutor/Mentor Connection, is to collect and share information and ideas that help make high-quality volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs available in more of the high poverty neighborhoods of Chicago and other big cities and that volunteers who become involved in tutor/mentor programs have a life-changing impact as a result of many years of involvement, and growing levels of leadership.


T/MI is not a 501_c_3 non profit that seeks charity to fund our work.The Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC  does not seek to make a fortune for investors. T/MI seeks to generate revenue that can pay fair salaries and enable problem-solving innovation investments.

The T/MI is building a "social problem solving platform" that can be used by anyone in the Chicago region, and can be duplicated in every major city in the world.  T/MI seeks to cover expenses, pay reasonable salaries, and innovate products and services that help tutor/mentor programs grow in more places. Everything you see on this and other Tutor/Mentor Institute web sites is made possible by people who help us with contributions because they appreciate the information we offer on this site and the work we're doing to help volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs reach youth in more places.

This vision started over 20 years ago in the fall of 1993. Read more.

While every section of this web site demonstrates an activity of the Tutor/Mentor Institute that requires consistent investment and improvement, this planning wiki outlines the various strategies we will develop with your continued support.  View this PDF to see potential value offered by this strategy.


Help us do this work. Visit this page and use PayPal to make a year end contribution to support Dan Bassill and the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC.  Don't think of this as a charity donation. Think of it as an investment in the future of our youth.





T/MI is not a manufacturer of widgets, apparel or other products that we can sell for a profit and fund our work. Yet we need help from people who supported us from 1993-2011 while we operated under a non-profit structure.

Please consider these as alternative ways of helping support the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC if you are not comfortable with making a contribution or can not be a sponsor or investor.

Learn more about the Tutor/Mentor Institute and Tutor/Mentor Connection .

View the list of awards and recognition.

Read the Tutor/Mentor Institute Planning Wiki

Read about social investing.

This graphic shows the small group of friends who have offered help in the past two years. This needs to expand into thousands of supporters who are helping build "hope and opportunity" for economically disadvantaged young people.

Visit this page to use PAY PAL to send your donation.


Your Help is Needed for 2018 and beyond.  Mail financial support to

Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC
Merchandise Mart
PO Box 3303
Chicago, Il. 60654


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