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Chicago Program Locator not working - 8-3-2018

the Chicago Tutor/Mentor Program Locator, created in 2008-9, is not connecting to Google maps, as of 8-3-2018. Read this article to learn more.

Volunteer (or donor) help is needed to fix this.

All of the articles in this section, and on our blogs, show ways to use a program locator type mapping platform to support the growth of needed youth and family services in high poverty areas.  Even though the Chicago Program Locator is not working, the examples are still models that others could apply in other places.


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 Programs map
    *2008-2011 Map Gallery
    *SlideShow-maps from 1990s

    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.

    Use the Chicago Programs Map 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.

    To update information about your program or other programs in the Chicago region, contact Dan Bassill at tutormentor 2 at earthlink.net.


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