February 2023 T/M eNews
February 2023 - Issue 219
Learn to use these resources
February is Black History Month and my library points to dozens of websites where you can learn the history of slavery and racism in America. While I focus on Black History, many websites also point to discrimination against other minorities.

I also point to on-line learning resources that can be used by educators, tutors, mentors and parents, and by students, throughout the year.

Building awareness of these resources and motivating people to use them is an on-going challenge.
Do a search on Google, Bing or Duck Duck Go for "tutor mentor, plus one more word, like maps, planning, or strategy. My websites show up among the first five to 10 listings.

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.

Encourage others in your city to find and use these resources!
Use this concept map to guide you to different homework help resources
Click on the small box at the bottom of each node, then the link, and a list of websites opens. You can also access the homework help resources on this page. My Black History links are in this section.

This week I wrote an article and pointed to a virtual tutoring resource that I've added. It's free to students as long as school districts can pay. In the article I highlight the role mentors, tutors and peers can take to help students find and use these resources.

That's why it's important to have organized programs that more k-12 kids in high poverty areas can access. And if you already lead such a program, you need to be training your volunteers to use these resources.
Who is helping youth tutor/mentor programs grow in your city?
This map shows participants in a 2013 on-line learning event that connected educators from around the world. I was one of the participants and I've been part of similar events since then. Many of the ideas from these gathering are shared on blogs in this section of my library.

Imagine if each of these icons represented an ecosystem of donors, volunteers, educators, businesses, youth programs, researchers, parents and youth who were focused on building and sustaining a mentor-rich system of support that helps all kids through school and into careers, with a special focus on reaching youth living in high poverty areas. If you're part of such a group, please share your link.
Do the Planning
What does a birth-to-work support system look like to you?

I've been creating visualizations since the 1990s to show the structure of the tutor/mentor program I was leading and to visualize strategies to make similar programs available in more places.

View the graphics in this article then create and share your own.
Who is hosting an information base? Who is using it?

We all want more youth to stay in school, be safe in non-school hours, graduate, and move to careers. But we won't get there unless someone is gathering information from around the world that shows how some people are solving this problem, and ways you might borrow from their work. See this article.
Understand issues. Use resources shared in Tutor/Mentor library and on our blogs.

Redlining has had a long, and on-going impact on the quality of life and economic opportunity in Chicago. See links that I've aggregated in this article.

Open this concept map and see other blog articles where I'm aggregating links to important topics.
Every non-profit youth-serving program is competing for a share of a small funding pot. What will it take to work together to expand funds available?

First, understand the challenges facing non profits. View articles in this, and this section of the Tutor/Mentor Library.

We're up to our neck in alligators, so can't think about draining the swamp. This is common challenge. Here's two articles showing complexity of problems we face. Click here and here.

Share these articles and help build coalitions that work together.
Create your own visualizations and share with blog articles, videos and social media!

Too few people will ever see the ideas I share in this newsletter. Unless....

This concept map shows how interns who worked with me between 2006 and 2015 spent time reading my articles and viewing my websites, then creating visualizations that shared their understanding.

Your students and volunteers can do the same!

This is one article where I describe this potential.
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:

Super Bowl, Tutoring and Mentoring - click here

Fix how youth programs are funded - click here

We can help kids through school, but can we keep them safe from racism? - click here

Changing Demographics for Chicago Children - click here

Learning from Internet Libraries - click here

Help Build Networks of Support for Youth in High Poverty Areas - click here

Creating Economic Justice. Opportunity for All - click here

Using Maps - In my Dreams - 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

* About T/MI articles on blog - click here

* History of T/MC - T/MI articles - 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

* Chicago Digital Equity Coalition - click here

* Connect Illinois Digital Equity Coalition - click here

* Illinois Broadband Lab - click here

* MyChiMyFuture - Chicago youth programs map and directory. click here; visit the website - 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

* Brooklyn Public Library National Teen E-card. Makes books available to teens throughout USA - click here

* Chicago Mentoring Collaborative - click here

* Chicago Public Schools locator map - click here

* Chicago Health Atlas - 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

* Blogs on learning, education, fund raising - 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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