The essays in this section are intended to help community networks create new volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs in neighborhoods where they are needed, and to help existing programs systematically improve the impact of their programs.
Think of Tutor/Mentor Programs as retail store delivering needed services in a neighborhood
If you operate a volunteer-based tutor/mentor program, do you know who your customers are? Do you think of your organization as a store delivering a variety of needed products and services to a variety of customers? The youth are just one of the customer segments of a tutor/mentor program.
This is an essay that shows a sequence of actions, from doing research, to building a team, that can help an organization create a vision, an action plan, and a team that can make the program a reality.
Doing the right thing at the right time makes a world of difference. If you stretch your thinking and planning to a 15 month cy cycle you give the volunteers and staff of your organization more time to plan improvements, and you begin to build on the success and lessons learned of activities that repeat from year to year.
This PDF is the outline of a training session that shares ideas for becoming an effective tutor or mentor. This handout offers tips for tutors and mentors, compiled by teens in a Chicago tutor/mentor program and used as part of volunteer training for over 30 years.