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Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC Connect with people, ideas, organizations working to help youth in high poverty areas connect with tutors, mentors and career-focused learning resources.

The mission of the Tutor/Mentor Institute (T/MI) is to gather and organize all that is known about successful 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 IS A MARKETING PLAN INTENDED TO MAKE HIGH QUALITY, CONSTANTLY IMPROVING NON-SCHOOL TUTOR/MENTOR PROGRAM

The mission of the Tutor/Mentor Institute (T/MI) is to gather and organize all that is known about successful 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 IS A MARKETING PLAN INTENDED TO MAKE HIGH QUALITY, CONSTANTLY IMPROVING NON-SCHOOL TUTOR/MENTOR PROGRAM

Operating as usual

I've used this graphic for many years to compare the support needed to build great sports teams to the same mix of suppo...
09/01/2022

I've used this graphic for many years to compare the support needed to build great sports teams to the same mix of support needed to build and sustain great nonschool #tutor #mentor #youthdevelopment programs in all high poverty areas. It's used in this blog article. http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2020/08/call-goes-out-for-volunteers.html

Create your own version and share with friends, co-workers, fellow alumni.

I've used this graphic for many years to compare the support needed to build great sports teams to the same mix of support needed to build and sustain great nonschool #tutor #mentor #youthdevelopment programs in all high poverty areas. It's used in this blog article. http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2020/08/call-goes-out-for-volunteers.html

Create your own version and share with friends, co-workers, fellow alumni.

This was the Tutor/Mentor Connection in Feb. 2006, the first year after being built by the tech team at IUPUI. You can f...
06/01/2022

This was the Tutor/Mentor Connection in Feb. 2006, the first year after being built by the tech team at IUPUI. You can find versions of this on the Internet Archive. Here is the link to this view. https://web.archive.org/web/20060218222630/http://msg.uc.iupui.edu/TMC/html/index.php

Visit the site and read the mission and vision statements.

In 2006 we were just beginning to recover from the financial downturn following the Sept 11, 2001 disaster. Yet two years later, in 2008, the financial meltdown began. That ultimately led to the Tutor/Mentor Connection strategy being dropped by the non-profit where it began. I created Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC to try to keep it live in Chicago and grow in other cities. I've never re-built the financial support I had in the mid 2000s or the late 1990s.

Yet, the problems are the same. With covid19, they are even more severe. Helping connect youth in poverty areas with mentors, tutors, learning and career exploration, via organized non-school programs, is still a good strategy. During January Mentoring Month give this your consideration.

This was the Tutor/Mentor Connection in Feb. 2006, the first year after being built by the tech team at IUPUI. You can find versions of this on the Internet Archive. Here is the link to this view. https://web.archive.org/web/20060218222630/http://msg.uc.iupui.edu/TMC/html/index.php

Visit the site and read the mission and vision statements.

In 2006 we were just beginning to recover from the financial downturn following the Sept 11, 2001 disaster. Yet two years later, in 2008, the financial meltdown began. That ultimately led to the Tutor/Mentor Connection strategy being dropped by the non-profit where it began. I created Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC to try to keep it live in Chicago and grow in other cities. I've never re-built the financial support I had in the mid 2000s or the late 1990s.

Yet, the problems are the same. With covid19, they are even more severe. Helping connect youth in poverty areas with mentors, tutors, learning and career exploration, via organized non-school programs, is still a good strategy. During January Mentoring Month give this your consideration.

I've moved the entire Tutor/Mentor web library to my main website. This section points to blogs by educators, network bu...
05/01/2022

I've moved the entire Tutor/Mentor web library to my main website. This section points to blogs by educators, network builders, fund raising consultants and youth tutor/mentor programs. I wish more people in youth programs were writing blogs that told of what they were doing to help kids, why, where, what challenges they face, and what victories they have. Look at the list. https://tutormentorexchange.net/resource-links/blog-library

If your organization has a blog and it's not on my list, then just post the link in the comment section (if FB allows) or message me with it.

I've moved the entire Tutor/Mentor web library to my main website. This section points to blogs by educators, network builders, fund raising consultants and youth tutor/mentor programs. I wish more people in youth programs were writing blogs that told of what they were doing to help kids, why, where, what challenges they face, and what victories they have. Look at the list. https://tutormentorexchange.net/resource-links/blog-library

If your organization has a blog and it's not on my list, then just post the link in the comment section (if FB allows) or message me with it.

I received newsletter and 2021 report from Ben Parkinson, who leads the Butterfly Project in  Urganda.  https://mailchi....
26/12/2021
Christmas Newsletter - The impact of our work in Uganda in 2021

I received newsletter and 2021 report from Ben Parkinson, who leads the Butterfly Project in Urganda. https://mailchi.mp/0774aaa7de80/christmas-newsletter-the-impact-of-our-work-in-uganda-in-2021?e=a800fe47ef

Ben introduced himself on the http://www.tutormentorconnection.ning.com site in 2011 and I've followed his work since then. If you're looking for a youth serving organizations in Africa to support, this is a good choice.

We’ve all lived through perhaps the toughest two years of our lives and it has left its mark, as we’ve changed our life patterns to accommodate whatever lockdown implementation has been decided for us.

During the last month of the year I encourage donors to visit my lists of Chicago area tutor and/or mentor programs and ...
22/12/2021

During the last month of the year I encourage donors to visit my lists of Chicago area tutor and/or mentor programs and give donations to one, or more.

I also ask for people to help fund the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC so I can continue to host these lists and share the information. Visit https://tutormentorexchange.net/helptmi and use PayPal to send your support.

During the last month of the year I encourage donors to visit my lists of Chicago area tutor and/or mentor programs and give donations to one, or more.

I also ask for people to help fund the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC so I can continue to host these lists and share the information. Visit https://tutormentorexchange.net/helptmi and use PayPal to send your support.

I love the warm Birthday greetings I've been receiving today.  I hope a few will go a step further and make a contributi...
19/12/2021

I love the warm Birthday greetings I've been receiving today. I hope a few will go a step further and make a contribution to help me keep the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC going for another year. https://tutormentorexchange.net/birthday

I love the warm Birthday greetings I've been receiving today. I hope a few will go a step further and make a contribution to help me keep the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC going for another year. https://tutormentorexchange.net/birthday

I attended webinar hosted by Social Capital Research group yesterday and was introduced to the ideas of vertical and hor...
18/12/2021

I attended webinar hosted by Social Capital Research group yesterday and was introduced to the ideas of vertical and horizontal social capital.

I think organized, volunteer-based tutor, mentor and learning programs can be places to expand vertical and horizontal social capital, as well as bridging and linking social capital,

However, it takes intentional efforts of many people to make such programs available and on-going in all the places where they are needed. https://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2021/12/vertical-and-horizontal-social-capital.html

People who have been volunteers and students in such programs are idea leaders of this effort.

I attended webinar hosted by Social Capital Research group yesterday and was introduced to the ideas of vertical and horizontal social capital.

I think organized, volunteer-based tutor, mentor and learning programs can be places to expand vertical and horizontal social capital, as well as bridging and linking social capital,

However, it takes intentional efforts of many people to make such programs available and on-going in all the places where they are needed. https://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2021/12/vertical-and-horizontal-social-capital.html

People who have been volunteers and students in such programs are idea leaders of this effort.

I saw a Twitter post showing former President Obama visiting a South Side YMCA. It prompted me to create this graphic an...
05/12/2021

I saw a Twitter post showing former President Obama visiting a South Side YMCA. It prompted me to create this graphic and post it in this article. https://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2021/12/building-long-term-mentoring-support.html

Kids need adult involvement consistently for many years. Celebrities like the ex President can draw attention to long-term strategies and to youth serving programs with that design. Such programs are needed in every high poverty zip code.

I saw a Twitter post showing former President Obama visiting a South Side YMCA. It prompted me to create this graphic and post it in this article. https://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2021/12/building-long-term-mentoring-support.html

Kids need adult involvement consistently for many years. Celebrities like the ex President can draw attention to long-term strategies and to youth serving programs with that design. Such programs are needed in every high poverty zip code.

GivingTuesday is November 30.   However I've not seen any information about a coordinated effort to help draw donors to ...
13/11/2021

GivingTuesday is November 30. However I've not seen any information about a coordinated effort to help draw donors to Chicago area non profits. Look at the map on this page and you won't see many organizations from the Chicago region. https://www.givingtuesday.org/united-states/#USmap

If you have information about what's happening in the Chicago region, or who might be coordinating a campaign, please share it.

GivingTuesday is November 30. However I've not seen any information about a coordinated effort to help draw donors to Chicago area non profits. Look at the map on this page and you won't see many organizations from the Chicago region. https://www.givingtuesday.org/united-states/#USmap

If you have information about what's happening in the Chicago region, or who might be coordinating a campaign, please share it.

I encourage volunteers and staff in non-school programs, along with parents and teachers, to look at the library of STEM...
09/11/2021

I encourage volunteers and staff in non-school programs, along with parents and teachers, to look at the library of STEM learning activities and resources hosted on the Stemnastics LLC site (based in Baltimore). https://stem-nastics.com/kids-corner/

I encourage volunteers and staff in non-school programs, along with parents and teachers, to look at the library of STEM learning activities and resources hosted on the Stemnastics LLC site (based in Baltimore). https://stem-nastics.com/kids-corner/

In today's blog article I included this graphic showing a data page on the  University of Chicago Consortium for School ...
05/11/2021

In today's blog article I included this graphic showing a data page on the University of Chicago Consortium for School Reform's To&Through Program data tool. Read the article at https://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2021/11/use-to-data-tool-to-access-community.html

Follow the links. More than 50 Chicago community areas should have a team using maps and data to determine if kids need extra help, if there are enough non-school tutor, mentor and learning programs, and ways they can mobilize more help on an on-going basis.

In today's blog article I included this graphic showing a data page on the University of Chicago Consortium for School Reform's To&Through Program data tool. Read the article at https://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2021/11/use-to-data-tool-to-access-community.html

Follow the links. More than 50 Chicago community areas should have a team using maps and data to determine if kids need extra help, if there are enough non-school tutor, mentor and learning programs, and ways they can mobilize more help on an on-going basis.

View my post on Twitter and follow the links to Terry Elliott's blog, then the article by Venkatesh Rao.  https://twitte...
02/11/2021

View my post on Twitter and follow the links to Terry Elliott's blog, then the article by Venkatesh Rao. https://twitter.com/tutormentorteam/status/1455301687476883456?s=20

Trying to make youth Tutor and/or Mentor programs available in every high poverty neighborhood runs into huge headwinds. Trying to help existing programs adopt strategies that expand the networks surrounding kids, increase opportunities, and help more kids through school and into jobs and careers, runs into hurricane size headwinds.

This explains why so little has been done over the past 50 years, even though billions of dollars have been spent.

View my post on Twitter and follow the links to Terry Elliott's blog, then the article by Venkatesh Rao. https://twitter.com/tutormentorteam/status/1455301687476883456?s=20

Trying to make youth Tutor and/or Mentor programs available in every high poverty neighborhood runs into huge headwinds. Trying to help existing programs adopt strategies that expand the networks surrounding kids, increase opportunities, and help more kids through school and into jobs and careers, runs into hurricane size headwinds.

This explains why so little has been done over the past 50 years, even though billions of dollars have been spent.

I encourage everyone to review the Quality of Life Plans developed by people in different neighborhoods of Chicago from ...
27/10/2021

I encourage everyone to review the Quality of Life Plans developed by people in different neighborhoods of Chicago from 2003 onward. No need to develop new plans. Keep learning and updating the existing ones. What's missing from these is a map showing existing distribution/availability of volunteer-based non-school tutor/mentor and learning programs in each of these areas.

View the plans at https://www.lisc.org/chicago/our-work/comprehensive-community-development/quality-of-life-planning/qlps/

I encourage everyone to review the Quality of Life Plans developed by people in different neighborhoods of Chicago from 2003 onward. No need to develop new plans. Keep learning and updating the existing ones. What's missing from these is a map showing existing distribution/availability of volunteer-based non-school tutor/mentor and learning programs in each of these areas.

View the plans at https://www.lisc.org/chicago/our-work/comprehensive-community-development/quality-of-life-planning/qlps/

I've followed the Systems Thinking work of Gene Bellinger for nearly 10 years.  He's started a new blog with short video...
15/10/2021

I've followed the Systems Thinking work of Gene Bellinger for nearly 10 years. He's started a new blog with short videos. Here's one. https://systemswiki.substack.com/p/acceptance-of-whatever?

Follow a few to see how he uses visualizations to communicate ideas.

I've followed the Systems Thinking work of Gene Bellinger for nearly 10 years. He's started a new blog with short videos. Here's one. https://systemswiki.substack.com/p/acceptance-of-whatever?

Follow a few to see how he uses visualizations to communicate ideas.

I have moved my list of Chicago area volunteer-based tutor and/or mentor programs to a new site.  The graphic below show...
08/10/2021

I have moved my list of Chicago area volunteer-based tutor and/or mentor programs to a new site. The graphic below shows what you'll see when you click the Chicago Program Links tab at http://www.tutormentorexchange.net

I encourage people to browse the list and pick programs to support with time, talent and/or dollars. Help me keep it updated by sending me information about new programs that need to be added or old programs that no longer are operating.

I have moved my list of Chicago area volunteer-based tutor and/or mentor programs to a new site. The graphic below shows what you'll see when you click the Chicago Program Links tab at http://www.tutormentorexchange.net

I encourage people to browse the list and pick programs to support with time, talent and/or dollars. Help me keep it updated by sending me information about new programs that need to be added or old programs that no longer are operating.

This is my #LaborDay post for 2021.  https://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2021/09/help-kids-in-poverty-move-from-birth-to.ht...
06/09/2021

This is my #LaborDay post for 2021. https://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2021/09/help-kids-in-poverty-move-from-birth-to.html

Please read and share. Adopt the ideas to help kids in your own community move safely through school and into adult lives.

This is my #LaborDay post for 2021. https://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2021/09/help-kids-in-poverty-move-from-birth-to.html

Please read and share. Adopt the ideas to help kids in your own community move safely through school and into adult lives.

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Since 2011 the T/MI and Tutor/Mentor Connection have been mostly self-funded by founder Daniel F. Bassill, who has not drawn a salary and used his own savings to keep this resource available and updated. He’s now seeking help, via this FUND ME page. Take time to browse the web sites hosted by T/MI and you’ll find a rich library of information and ideas.

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Thanks for all that you do for the community. You are dear to us. God bless you and your family. ZTGR!!! XOXOXO!