This web site supports the on-going process of research and learning needed to build and sustain better support systems helping kids move through school and into 21st century careers.
Tutor/Mentor Institute YouTube Channel
Visit this Page on YouTubeto see videos where we explain our ideas and talk about how mentoring transforms the lives of volunteers and youth who become part of well-organized, long-term tutor/mentor programs.
See illustrated PDF strategy essays on Scribd.com and Slideshare. Use these presentations in discussion groups as part of your own strategic planning.
Mission - Mentoring As Part of Larger Strategy
After 35 years of leading a volunteer-based tutor/mentor program I realize that mentoring must be part of a larger strategy that engages adults from many sectors of the regional community in efforts that provide the supports kids need to overcome the challenges of segregation, racism and generational poverty.-- Dan Bassill, Founder Tutor/Mentor Connection, Tutor/Mentor Institute.
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 PROGRAMS AVAILABLE TO THOUSANDS OF YOUTH LIVING IN HIGH POVERTY NEIGHBORHOODS OF THE US AND THE WORLD
Dan Bassill, founder of Cabrini Connections and the Tutor/Mentor Connection in 1992, created the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC in July 2011to support the continued growth of the Tutor/Mentor Connection and tutor/mentor programs in the Chicago region, while seeking to embed it's ideas and strategies in cities and institutions throughout the world. This PDF illustrates the goals and strategies of the Tutor/Mentor Institute and challenges we face.
Most don't think about the money and manpower it takes to enable each member of the village to do his/her job properly. Most funding of non profits is "random acts of kindness" or charitable giving that is restricted to a specific geography, based on where the donor is located, or a limited number of years, based on donor guidelines.
No business could succeed with such restrictions on revenue. For non profits working to help kids grow from pre-school to first job, a 20 year journey, such funding strategies actually work against the ultimate goal, of kids in careers.