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Sept 2022 T/M eNews
September 2022 - Issue 214
Use the Tutor/Mentor Learning Library Throughout the Year
School has started and volunteer-based tutor and/or mentor programs are now in the middle of an annual process of recruitment, orientation, training and matching adult and youth in programs throughout Chicago and the country.

I became a volunteer in 1973, matched with a 4th grade boy. We're still connected on Facebook and I've watched him raise two outstanding sons.

I hope the resources I share can help countless others have the same long-term relationships.
Use this newsletter as a study guide.

The ideas and resources shared in this monthly newsletter point to a library of resources that can be used by anyone, in Chicago, or around the world, to help mentor-rich youth programs thrive in all of the neighborhoods where they are most needed.

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Recruiting a volunteer and matching her with a youth is just the beginning.
You need to provide weekly support to help that youth and volunteer build a bond, and to help the tutor/mentor relationship grow.

Here are some articles that I've posted on the Tutor/Mentor blog that I encourage you to read and include in your own program design:
Planning Cycle for year-round growth - click here

The "details" of providing a site-based tutor/mentor program - click here

Steps to start, or improve, a tutor/mentor program - click here
Every volunteer and student is different, and constantly changing. Thus, formal orientation and training can only help a relationship get started.

* Learning resources for youth, volunteers, parents - click here to view concept map which has links to sections of the tutor/mentor library. Spend time getting to know these so when a learner seeks help you have some ideas for where to point her.

* Tips for volunteers to support weekly tutor/mentor contact - click here These tips are based on my own experiences leading a volunteer-based tutor/mentor program in Chicago for 35 years.
Volunteer Recruitment is an on-going effort. Find links Chicago area tutor and/or mentor programs and to more volunteer recruitment resources on this concept map.

This points to our list of Chicago programs but to many other resources you can use to find volunteer opportunities or share information about your organization. The lists cover the entire USA.
Understand the challenges facing kids, families and schools in high poverty areas.
Have you heard the term "social determinants of education"? These are indicators of things happening outside of a school that affect learning that takes place in the school.

Read about this in article shown here.
How many youth live in high poverty areas? Are there enough non-school programs?
I've been using maps since 1993 to focus attention and resources on high poverty areas of Chicago.

Read about my use of maps - click here

Read about neighborhood analysis - click here
Every week should have a "Giving Tuesday"
For non-school programs to provide effective, on-going support to youth and volunteers they must have a consistent source of funding to cover expenses. That's a big challenge for many and one reason there are too few programs.

Browse philanthropy articles on the Tutor/Mentor blog, starting here.
Below are resources to use to help youth in your community.
View latest links added to tutor/mentor library - click here
Recent Tutor/Mentor Blog articles:

Football season has started. Read about building great youth development teams - click here

Labor Day - Volunteer Recruitment - click here

Creating Year-Round Attention - click here

My 30 year history of mapping - click here

Expanding role of volunteers - click here

"What if?" Looking Past. Looking Forward - click here

Visual Thinking - Are you Asking? - click here

Bookmark these Tutor/Mentor Resources

* Resource Library - click here

* Strategy PDFs by Tutor/Mentor - click here

* Concept Map library - click here

* Work done by interns - click here

* Digital Divide resources - click here

* Political Action resources - click here

* Featured collections on Wakeletclick here

* Tutor/Mentor Institute Videos - click here

* Chicago Youth Serving Organizations in Intermediary Roles - click here to view a concept map showing many organizations working to help improve the lives of Chicago area youth. Follow the links.
Resources & Announcements

* Write Out 2022 - October. Focus on STEM - click here

* To & Through Project website - click here: Follow on Twitter - @UChiToThrough

* Center for Effective Philanthropy - click here

* Forefront -Illinois' statewide association of nonprofits, foundations and advisors. click here

* National Mentoring Partnership, resources - click here

* Proven Tutoring - coalition of independent tutoring providers - click here

* Chicago Mentoring Collaborative - click here

* Chicago Public Schools locator map - click here

* Chicago Health Atlas - click here

* Strengthening Chicago Youth website, click here;  blog - click here

* Thrive Chicago collaboration - click here

* Chicago Learning Exchange - click here

* Chicago STEM Pathways Cooperative - click here

* Incarceration Reform Resource Center - click here

* AfterSchool Alliance - resource center - click here

* ChiHackNight - remote civic technology meet-up; every Tuesday in Chicago - see weekly agenda
About this newsletter.

While I try to send this only once a month, I write blog articles weekly. Throughout the newsletter I post links to a few of the articles published in the past month or earlier. I encourage you to spend a little time each week reading these articles and following the links. Use the ideas and presentations in group discussions with other people who are concerned about the same issues.

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