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Role of Leaders - can you take this role?

Essays in this section are roles leaders in business, religion, health care, universities and politics might take to support the growth of volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs  in all high poverty areas.

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Network Building - Role of leaders (PDF updated 11/11)

Maximizing Value from Civic Engagement, A Consulting Role PDF

T/MC: A Business Model PDF

Tutor/Mentor Programs as Workforce Development

Leadership Hub - point to places where others can become involved

General Colin Powell, A Leadership Primer (this is not a T/MC created essay).

Leadership Strategies

For great programs to reach youth in more places we need to influence what leaders and resource providers do, not just what non profit leaders do. Read more.

Business must take the lead

Every year the major papers have headlines reporting that 75% of Chicago elementary schools were being put on a "watch list" because of poor student learning performance. Editorials call for more accountability. Business leaders call for better results. However, few are calling for more accountability from our business, professional and media leaders.

However, the chart on this blog article shows that while parents, educators, tutor/mentor programs and others are "PUSHING" youth to careers, we need industry to "PULL", using their employee-volunteers, their jobs, their technology, and their dollars. We need "scorecards" that show which businesses, faith groups, hospitals and universities are doing better than others.

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Just a slice of your giving pie...

Great businesses grow from the ground up, based on their availability to attract consistent resources to fuel their growth.  It takes a consistent flow of operating dollars for great tutor/mentor programs to operate in high poverty areas.  Read most current blog article on this topic.

The map below shows the distribution of 31 volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs in Chicago who received $240,000 in grants in 2007 from the Lawyers Lend A Hand Program. In 2008 another $217,000 in grants was distributed to mostly the same organizations. The Tutor/Mentor Connection received $30,000 in 2007 and 2008 from LAH. The Cabrini Connections program which was part of the T/MC non-profit umbrella also received nearly $5,000 each year.

If lawyers in Chicago can provide part of the money and volunteers needed at many tutor/mentor programs, think of how much stronger volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs would be if engineers, accountants, faith networks, alumni groups, etc. were each raising similar amounts of money and distributing these resources to the same list of programs used by the lawyers. 

If every industry uses T/MC maps to plan their distribution of resources, programs in every part of the city will have a more diverse corps of volunteers, and of funding.  This will make every program stronger. 

That's the goal of the Tutor/Mentor Connection. If you support this goal, and would like our help in developing a strategy, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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