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December 2021 - Issue 206
Happy Holidays. Happy New Year.
It's been a difficult year for most people and a tragic year for many. I dream that the Holiday Season brings hope, happiness and good memories and that the new year leads to better things for all.

In this month's newsletter I'm pointing to my lists of Chicago and national youth serving organizations, and encouraging you to offer whatever support you can to help one or more of these programs continue their work in 2022.

I am also pointing to some wishes that I feel would result in more consistent support for youth serving programs. Take a look. Please share with your friends and family.
Use this newsletter as a study guide.

The ideas and resources shared in this monthly newsletter point to a library of resources that can be used by anyone, in Chicago, or around the world, to help mentor-rich youth programs thrive in all of the neighborhoods where they are most needed.

If you are a consistent reader, consider a contribution to help fund the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC
Use these resources to find Chicago area youth programs.
Help spread the word! Help attract year-end and 2022 donors and volunteers to youth tutor, mentor and learning programs throughout Chicago and in other cities.

The Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) was created in 1993 to help draw greater attention and a more consistent flow of operating resources to EVERY volunteer-based tutor/mentor program in Chicago. Anyone can use this list to learn about programs in Chicago. And, anyone can use this list to learn about youth programs beyond Chicago.

Anyone can create a T/MC type intermediary for other cities by borrowing ideas from the www.tutormentorexchange.net website.
My Holiday and 2022 Wish List
Wish #1: The Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC will be adopted by one or more universities or institutions who will carry forward work started in 1993.

These blog articles show that vision. click here
Wish #2: Leaders at the Federal Reserve Banks and other industries will adopt the commitment shown in this concept map and create a version that they host on their own website.

Read more. click here and click here
Wish #3: Individual youth serving organizations will find help to put more information on their websites, showing their program design, history, strategies and challenges they face.

The Tutor/Mentor Connection started aggregating links to Chicago programs in 1993 so that every program could see what others were doing and borrow ideas that would help their own programs get better. That only works if more programs are sharing a broader range of information on their websites.

Build a year-round calendar of events that draw support to youth tutor/mentor programs and the challenges of high poverty.
This graphic shows the calendar of events created by the Tutor/Mentor Connection from 1994-1996 and supported each year since. Wish #4 is that new leaders and new energy will make year-round campaigns like this happen in every city.

Do you have a year-round communications strategy? Share it on your social media pages.

Learn more. click here
Technology volunteers needed.
My first website was built in 1997 by the brother of a tutoring program volunteer. A newer version replaced that in 1998, built by another volunteer and his company.

The Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC website was built by a volunteer in 1999. Interns from IIT and Northern Illinois University provided tech support to T/MC mapping efforts and built the tutor/mentor program locator in 2004 and interactive map portal in 2008. The web library is hosted on a site built by volunteers at IUPUI in 2006.

I have not had that type of help since 2011 so Wish #5 on my New Year's dream is that a team of technology volunteers step forward to give new life to those projects.
Below are resources to use to help youth in your community.
Recent Tutor/Mentor Blog articles:

What you don't see when you visit a non-school, tutor and/or mentor program - click here

Building long-term mentoring support - click here

Creating service and learning organizations - click here

2007 Grant from Oprah Angel Network. Imagine if it had repeated each year - click here

Helping kids through school. How can we do this better? - click here

Benchmarking. Comparing your youth program to others. click here

Using Wakalet to share stories - click here

Bookmark these Tutor/Mentor Resources

* Strategy PDFs by Tutor/Mentor - click here

* Concept Map library - click here

* Mapping for Justice blog - click here

* Work done by interns - click here

* Digital Divide resources - click here

* Blogs I follow using Inoreader - click here

* Chicago Youth Serving Organizations in Intermediary Roles - click here
Resources & Announcements

* National Mentoring Summit, Jan 26-28, 2022. Registration open. click here

* MyChiMyFuture - City of Chicago - visit site and find map of activities for youth - click here

* Chicago Public Schools locator map - click here

* Chicago Health Atlas - click here

* Strengthening Chicago Youth website, click here;  blog - click here

* Chicago Mentoring Collaborative - click here

* To & Through Project website - click here

* Thrive Chicago collaboration - click here

* Chicago Learning Exchange - click here

* Incarceration Reform Resource Center - click here

* AfterSchool Alliance - resource center - click here

* National Mentoring Resource Center - click here

* ChiHackNight - remote civic technology meet-up; every Tuesday in Chicago - see weekly agenda
One more wish for 2021.
Help me continue to provide this information through this newsletter, my websites, blogs and social media.
Each year I invite supporters to help fund the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC by making a gift in recognition of my December 19th birthday.

This year, I'll be 75. Please help, if you can.
Make a birthday gift at this link.

Or make a FundT/MI gift at this link
About this newsletter.

While I try to send this only once a month, I write blog articles weekly. Throughout the newsletter I post links to a few of the articles published in the past month or earlier. I encourage you to spend a little time each week reading these articles and following the links. Use the ideas and presentations in group discussions with other people who are concerned about the same issues.

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Thank you for reading and sharing this information.
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