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Visualization and Mapping

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words.

The Tutor/Mentor Connection incorporates various forms of visualization to illustrate its ideas and to support the involvement of others in helping tutor/mentor programs grow in many locations. Our maps are created using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, while our visualizations are created using a variety of applications. This STRATEGY MAP animated presentation is an example.

Read blog articles showing uses of maps.
See more maps on Mapping for Justice blog.

In the Links library of the T/MC site are a variety of articles illustrating uses of maps and visualizations.  In the Chicago Tutor/Mentor Program Locator we support the involvement of volunteers, parents, youth and donors in tutor/mentor programs serving every high poverty area of Chicago.


  1. Instructions for using Tutor/Mentor Program Locator web site
  2. Guide to using Program Locator to create and publish your own maps
  3. This Wiki page outlines our GIS Mapping Strategy.
  4. This is the Survey that Chicago programs need to complete to be in the Program Locator Directory
  5. Use of Google Maps to connect network. Tutor/Mentor Conference Maps. Tutor/Mentor Connection global map. Map of participants in Making Learning Connected MOOC
  6. Role of Interns and Volunteers in using maps to create public awareness for tutor/mentor programs
  7. Role of volunteers, interns in collecting and updating data on Chicago area Tutor/Mentor Programs

We seek volunteers, interns and DONORS,  who would work with T/MC to visualize the concepts that we are showing on this site.


No General would go to war without a map. Strategies leaders can use.

The Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) has created a variety of short PDF essays to illustrate how maps can be used by leaders to mobilize and distribute volunteers, dollars, technology and other resources to fight America’s war on poverty, poorly performing schools, crime and violence.  

See column in 10-21-2015 Chicago Tribune about using maps in violence prevention strategy.  See map at the left in this blog article. Using maps this way has been a vision of Dan Bassill's since 1993. See article from 1994 ChicagoSunTimes.

These are pdf essays that illustrate use of maps:


  • No General would go to a war without a map - Understanding T/MC use of maps
  • Use of maps and data to show where tutor/mentor programs are most needed
  • Use of maps by elected leaders. Example: Illinois 7th Congressional District
  • Use of maps: Example, Illinois 14th Senate District.
  • Mapping high dropout schools and political districts as strategy for mobilizing votes

    The Chicago Tutor/Mentor Program Locator was created in 2004 to help leaders, volunteers, donors, parents and social workers find places in different zip codes that offer volunteer-based tutoring and/or mentoring in the non-school hours.  NOT ALL FEATURES ARE CURRENTLY WORKING. TECHNOLOGY VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED TO HELP FIX THE PROBLEM.  Email tutormentor 2 at earthlink dot net if you can help.


    The Rest of the Story - A Marketing Strategy

    Using Maps to tell "The Rest of the Story"

    View these map resources:
    *Chicago Tutor/Mentor Program Locator (not working 10/2015)
    *2008-2011 Map Gallery

    A key part of the Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) strategy is to "increase the frequency of media stories and advertising that draw attention to tutoring/mentoring and draw volunteers and donations to tutor/mentor programs in different parts of the Chicago region. Visit the Tutor/Mentor Map Gallery to see this strategy in action.

    Poverty Maps

    Tutor/Mentor Connection maintains a database of more than 200 locations where various forms of volunteer-based tutoring and/or mentoring are offered during non-school hours. TMC creates Poverty Maps to show where tutor/mentor programs are needed and Asset Maps, to show locations of businesses, churches, hospitals, etc. in the same part of the city, who could be mobilizing volunteers and providing ideas, technology, dollars, and even jobs, to help kids succeed in school and move to careers.

    Visit the Program Locator and Chicago Programs Links to learn about different tutoring and/or mentoring programs in separate zip codes of the Chicago region. View maps in the Mapping for Justice blog, the Tutor/Mentor blog and in the Tutor/Mentor Map Gallery.

    Use this How-To guide to learn how to use the Program Locator and update information for  your Chicago area volunteer-based tutoring and/or mentoring program. Use this Guide to Make your own Maps.


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