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Blogs I Follow using Inoreader

Under the "Educate Yourself" theme I've been building a web library since 1998, including links to blogs that share important information for leaders, volunteers, donors, policy makers, etc. In early 2017 I was introduced to Inoreader as a tool to use to easily follow these blogs and read new updates daily.

Here are some blogs you might want to read.

CLMOOC network - click here

Education Innovations, MOOCs - click here

Poverty Research - click here

Marketing, PR - click here

Fund Raising - click here

Chicago Tutor/Mentor org blogs - click here

 

 
Using Information to Support Innovation

This presentation shows a vision of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC.  Take a look.

Using Ideas to Stimulate Competition and Process Improvement - Concept Paper by Daniel F. Bassill

 
Challenges of Non Profits

Many people say "It takes a Village to Raise a Child".  This map shows how we think of "village".

Read current blog articles about collaboration
View library of concept maps

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.

The T/MC library has links to many articles that illustrate challenges and opportunities.  We show how volunteer involvement in a tutor/mentor program is an important form of civic engagement. It expands the network of adults supporting youth development and education strategies.

This early 2000s T/MC survey with program leaders shows their most important challenges.   These remain in 2022, compounded by Covid19.

We encourage you to read and understand these, and build giving strategies that provide on-going and flexible funding to organizations working to help kids to careers.

 
Collect all that is known

When the Tutor/Mentor Connection was created in 1993 one of our goals was to "collect all that is known" about tutoring/mentoring and education-to-careers in a "library" of knowledge that anyone can draw from at any time to help kids from a poverty neighborhood get the adult support they need to move to careers. As the Internet became available, this process began to collect ideas from all over the world.

Read most recent blog article about "learning".

This "mentoring kids to careers" graphic illustrates the career focused goal of the T/MC. This knowledge map, illustrates the different types of information being collected. This Debategraph outline is another way of trying to engage people from many places in this discussion.   These are  intended to serve as a "blueprint" which anyone can draw from, or contribute to. While we will never map all of the knowledge, the ideas we do collect may reach a tipping point where the broader range of ideas leads to more comprehensive solutions applied in more places around the world to help kids move out of poverty and into jobs and careers.

In 2011 the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC was created to support the continued operations of the Tutor/Mentor Connection in Chicago and to help similar intermediary groups form in other cities. Throughout our web sites you'll see the names Tutor/Mentor Connection and Tutor/Mentor Institute used interchangeably. They both focus on the same mission but represent a non profit and a for-profit structure for generating resources.

Read more about the T/MC goals in the Vision and Mission sections

 
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