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Mapping and Visualization Strategies

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. Using maps this way has been a vision of Dan Bassill's since 1993. See article from 1994 ChicagoSunTimes and read blog articles that show uses of maps (see links below).

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

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

    See map stories created in the 1990s and 2000s. click here

    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.  THIS IS NOW (2021) ONLY AVAILABLE AS AN ARCHIVE. Read more about mapping strategies in this wiki page.


    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 (archive)
    *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 (archive) to see this strategy in action.

    Poverty Maps

    Tutor/Mentor Connection has maintained a database since 1994 of more than 150 locations in the Chicago area where various forms of volunteer-based tutoring and/or mentoring are offered during non-school hours. This was published in a printed directory every year from 1994 to 2002. (see 1995 copy here) as part of on-going effort to help EVERY program get needed ideas, dollars, volunteers, etc.  To help draw attention to programs in different areas TMC created 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 (archive).

    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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