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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

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In my Tutor/Mentor blog article I point to this Stanford Social Innovation Review article from 2020.  The problems the a...
25/03/2022

In my Tutor/Mentor blog article I point to this Stanford Social Innovation Review article from 2020. The problems the author refers to go back far beyond 2000, but there is much to be concerned about that is identified in the article. I hope you'll read and share it. https://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2022/03/20-years-of-failed-education-reform.html

As the author concludes, "American democracy depends on it."

Tutoring Chicago Working In The Schools - WITS Chicago Lights  and other tutoring programs.  Check out this request for ...
14/03/2022
Kalyn Belsha on Twitter

Tutoring Chicago Working In The Schools - WITS Chicago Lights and other tutoring programs. Check out this request for interview from National education reporter
Chalkbeat https://twitter.com/kalynbelsha/status/1503424323377324034?s=20&t=9ms006B7dGunXsHtDha5dw

“Are you tutoring students in math or reading through a district or state ed dept program? I would love to talk with you for a story! Especially interested in hearing from folks working in Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arkansas, New Mexico. DMs open, email in bio!”

I posted this on Twitter today. https://twitter.com/tutormentorteam/status/1501329340432359425?s=20&t=QW2-AAFPdw-IIamBFp...
08/03/2022

I posted this on Twitter today. https://twitter.com/tutormentorteam/status/1501329340432359425?s=20&t=QW2-AAFPdw-IIamBFpM-cQ

If you follow my Facebook news feed, or are in the Tutor/Mentor Group, you'll see posts by many of the youth Tutor and/or Mentor programs in Chicago. Unfortunately you won't see all, either due to Facebook itself, or the fact that many orgs just do not share their stories regularly, on any social media platform.

I led a program for 35 years and finding donors and volunteers was a constant challenge. I met it in part by using blogs, websites, newsletters and social media to share stories about my program and the work of the Tutor/Mentor Connection.

If you're looking for help, first, make sure your website is updated regularly. One way to do this is with a blog that you can add new articles to as often as you want. Second, post stories about your work regularly on FB, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and other platforms.

In my Tutor/Mentor blog I included this graphic in a Nov. 2020 article. I had created this in the late 1990s to visualiz...
07/03/2022

In my Tutor/Mentor blog I included this graphic in a Nov. 2020 article. I had created this in the late 1990s to visualize the need for groups of people in every sector, in every part of Chicago, to be using the information I was collecting to better understand where and why youth tutor/mentor programs were needed, and ways they could help them grow in one, or many, places.

This same graphic applies to understanding the many challenges of the complex world we live in. Take a look. https://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2020/11/thinking-local-fearing-global.html

There's great news this week for students and parents at 5 Chicago high schools. Chicago Hope is announcing full college...
23/02/2022

There's great news this week for students and parents at 5 Chicago high schools. Chicago Hope is announcing full college funding for ALL students and some parents from these school. Visit the Chicago Hope website for more information. https://hopechicago.org/

I browsed the site today and found this graphic showing their 5-step strategy. I'm especially pleased to see step 4, which aims to build partnerships with community providers, such as tutor/mentor programs, to help scholars get through college. I'd like to see them add "and into jobs and careers".

Identifying providers in every school neighborhood is one challenge that needs to be addressed. Helping those constantly improve their impact on kids, families & volunteers is the next. While Chicago Hope is raising a billion dollars to fund its efforts and the scholarships, will they also call on donors to fund the partner orgs, or to help new ones form where none now exist?

This is a page from a 2000 Tutor/Mentor Connection newsletter, focused on helping groups of people use information in th...
20/02/2022

This is a page from a 2000 Tutor/Mentor Connection newsletter, focused on helping groups of people use information in the tutor/mentor library to innovate ways to help kids in poverty move through school and into jobs, with the help of volunteers who they meet via organized, non-school, tutor/mentor programs.

See these newsletters at https://tutormentorexchange.net/print-newsletters

Here's my February 2022 eMail newsletter which I'll be sending out tomorrow. Read on my website at https://tutormentorex...
14/02/2022

Here's my February 2022 eMail newsletter which I'll be sending out tomorrow. Read on my website at https://tutormentorexchange.net/2022-enews/feb-2022-enews

In one section I point to resources like Chicago Public Schools, the University of Chicago To&Through Project and Thrive Chicago each month, keep in mind that these groups are updating content on their own sites.

Here's a collection from my Tutor/Mentor blog that provide a broad understanding of strategies developed since 1993 to h...
03/02/2022

Here's a collection from my Tutor/Mentor blog that provide a broad understanding of strategies developed since 1993 to help volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs grow in all high poverty areas of Chicago. The ideas can be applied in any city. I'd love to find people creating similar boards, sharing their own strategies. Feel free to borrow from mine. https://tutormentorinstitute.tumblr.com/

From now on the tutormentorconnection website will open to the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC website.  The T/MC site had b...
01/02/2022

From now on the tutormentorconnection website will open to the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC website. The T/MC site had become corrupted and was taken off line. It can still be viewed in the Internet Archive.

A significant problem that remains is that links to sections within the tutormentorconnection site, that had longer addresses, such as tutormentorconnection dot org/linkslibrary will now appear as tutormentorexchange dot net/linkslibrary and WILL NOT open.

If you shorten the link to tutormentorexchange dot net, you will go to the home page, and from there you can find the LinksLibrary.

Sorry for the problems this will cause. Many thanks to my friends at IUPUI who built the T/MC site in 2005 and hosted it until the end of 2021.

I'm following workshops and speakers at this week's National #MentoringSummit.  Live right now is I Could Be -  https://...
27/01/2022

I'm following workshops and speakers at this week's National #MentoringSummit. Live right now is I Could Be - https://www.icouldbe.org/ - which is a virtual mentoring program started in mid 2000s. This organization has done fantastic work looking at their process, getting youth involved in program design, and building constant improvement. Visit their website and look for more information. I suspect the Mentoring Summit workshop videos will be available at some point.

What's important is the lessons they can share with process improvement, which is something every other youth serving organization needs to be doing.

Some of this looks expensive. Thus, donors need to step forward to pay the bills.

The Afterschool Alliance has created a graphic showing elements of a comprehensive afterschool program. I think many app...
26/01/2022

The Afterschool Alliance has created a graphic showing elements of a comprehensive afterschool program. I think many apply to a comprehensive, site-based, tutor/mentor program, too. I put it in this week's blog. http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2022/01/elements-of-effective-afterschool.html

I think a youth program's website should serve as a grant proposal and provide enough information for any parent, volunteer, donor, media, youth or other to make a choice of supporting or joining that program, or not. However, too few programs put enough information on their sites, or in blogs, to help those choices be made.

What about your organization? How do you show your program design? Does it help you attract support?

Are you aware of these City of Chicago funding opportunities for youth serving programs? https://www.chicago.gov/city/en...
24/01/2022
Funding Opportunities

Are you aware of these City of Chicago funding opportunities for youth serving programs? https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/chicago-recovery-plan/home/funding-opportunities.html

Thanks Brian Banks for sharing this.

The Chicago Recovery Plan invests over $1.2 billion in new and existing initiatives. Over the lifespan of the Chicago Recovery Plan, there will be frequent opportunities to partner with Chicago organizations and we look forward to these partnerships. Please see below for open funding opportun...

When I type "tutor mentor intermediary" into Google search bar this is what I see in the first two rows of images.  All ...
20/01/2022

When I type "tutor mentor intermediary" into Google search bar this is what I see in the first two rows of images. All of these were created by me and posted in Tutor/Mentor blog articles and PDF essays.

Who else is focusing on the intermediary role needed in every city and state to help youth tutor/mentor programs grow and constantly improve how they connect kids and adults and help kids through school? There should be more organization's graphics on this search result.

Take a look at my collections on Wakelet. Here's one that focuses on the complex problem involved in helping kids in eve...
20/01/2022

Take a look at my collections on Wakelet. Here's one that focuses on the complex problem involved in helping kids in every high poverty area move safely from birth-to-work. https://wakelet.com/wake/Potjx0-hhv6_D9ZwDEI-A

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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!