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February 2024 - Issue 230

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Share these Resources. Build Stronger Volunteer-Based, Youth-Serving Programs.

If you recruit volunteers from diverse backgrounds many do not have much understanding of Black History and/or Social Justice issues. The Tutor/Mentor 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!
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Use this concept map to guide you to different learning resources

I use concept maps like this to outline different sections of the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC library. At the bottom of each node is a link to an external website (or another concept map). In this case, the links point to sections of the library with information about poverty, social justice, housing, race, inequality, and prevention. One node is titled "Civic Engagement" and it points to a page with resources you can use to become politically involved. Share these resources with your volunteers and students. Teach them to use them often.

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What type of information is available on the http:/www.tutormentorexchange.net website? View this PDF and see what the site offers. Bookmark this link and use it as an on-going resource.

Special Resources on Tutor/Mentor site

Visual Essays created since 1990s


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.


I've created three new pages to host these, where you can view PDFs without being interrupted by advertising or asked to subscribe and pay a fee. Take a look!

Tutor/Mentor Video Library


In 1990 a tutor/mentor program volunteer named Sara Caldwell created a documentary to show the work being done at the tutor/mentor program I had led in Chicago since 1975. That's on YouTube at this link.


Since videos about Tutor/Mentor Connection and Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC are shared across several YouTube channels, I've created several pages on the main website aggregating links to many of these. You can find that at this link.

Concept Maps have been used since 2005 to share strategies and guide users to resources.


Concept maps are constructed as layers of information. At the bottom of many nodes you can find two boxes. The one on the left opens to an external website. The right opens to another concept map, which may point to even more concept maps.


Thus, I've created one page on the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC website with my entire collection of concept maps. View it at this link. Every city should have a collection like this!

Chicago Volunteer-Based tutor, mentor and learning programs. Organized by sections of the city and suburbs.


The Tutor/Mentor Connection started building a Directory of Chicago volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs in 1993 and I've kept updating that list every year since then.


Visit this page and then browse the lists. Visit program websites. Learn what they do. Borrow ideas that can help you build your own program. Be a volunteer, or a donor. Send me information about broken links, or new programs to be added.

Create your own visualizations and Concept Maps. Share with blog articles, videos and social media!


This animation was created by an intern from South Korea in 2012 to show that mentoring offers hope and opportunity. See it in this article.


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. I posted another article this week showing a role students could take.

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:


30 Years Later. Same Goals - click here

Multiplying Good - Map the Sports Community Service Network - click here


Support long-term mentoring - click here


Letters-to-the-Editors, by Dan Bassill - click here


Understanding Issues - click here


Learning from Internet Libraries - click here


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


What if Dr. King Jr. Followers had Applied Spatial Thinking? - click here


Copy this Idea to Support Tutor/Mentor Programs in many places- 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

* Create a New Tutor/Mentor Connection - 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


* AfterSchool Alliance resources - click here

* AfterSchool Networks & Associations in Tutor/Mentor Library -
click here

* KQED Youth Media Challenge - engage your students -
click here


* The Girl Innovation & Research Center - 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


* Proven Tutoring clearinghouse - click here

* Chicago Learning Exchange - click here


* Chicago STEM Pathways Cooperative - click here

* Chicago Digital Equity Coalition -
click here


* Illinois Broadband Lab - click here


* Incarceration Reform 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.

View current and past newsletters at this link.

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