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November 2022 - Issue 216
Give Thanks and Give Donations
Most of us have much to be thankful for as we head into Thanksgiving and the holiday season. Yet others have great needs and suffer from natural and man-made disasters.
The Holiday Season is a traditional time of gift giving and non-profits raise much of their operating money during this period.
Thus, in this newsletter I'll focus on the Giving Tuesday campaign and on information resources that help donors, volunteers and parents find local youth serving programs.
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.
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Why you should "invest heavily" in volunteer-based tutor and/or mentor programs. Read articles and research on tutor/mentor blog.
The Sunday, November 13, 2022, Chicago SunTimes included a commentary with the headline "We should not accept any more children being gunned down". Among the recommendations was to "invest heavily in both data driven programs and in mentoring programs that have proven outcomes."
Giving Tuesday, Nov 19, 2022, is one opportunity to reach out and support youth serving programs. Read the article in the tutor/mentor blog.
View articles about race, poverty and inequality from the tutor/mentor library. click here
Giving Tuesday on Social Media
Look for Chicago area youth tutor mentor programs on any of these platforms. Pick one or more to support with time, talent and dollars. If you're in another city, look for an intermediary who is collecting and sharing lists like these. If you are a youth-serving organization, make sure you're telling your story using one or more of these platforms.
This is a Giving Tuesday campaign post on Twitter, from 826 Chi.
I include them and many other Chicago area youth tutor and/or mentor programs on this Twitter list.
This is the Gads Hill Center's Facebook Page. They have built the Giving Tuesday campaign into their feature photo.
Facebook does not have a list feature like Twitter so you need to look up an organization's page, then "like" or "follow" in order to see their posts in your timeline.
Here's a list of Chicago youth orgs with Facebook page. Use this to help you find and support local programs.
Do this throughout the year!
This is a post by Mercy Home for Boys and Girls on Instagram which supports their Giving Tuesday campaign.
Instagram does not have a list feature so you need to look up individual programs and follow them in order to see their posts in your feed.
Here's my list of Chicago youth programs on Instagram.
Use it to find programs to follow.
If you find broken links or know of other youth programs that should be on my lists, just send me an email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
This is a Tutoring Chicago post on LinkedIn. So far I don't see them promoting Giving Tuesday, but I'll keep watching.
I have not built a list of Chicago tutor/mentor programs on Linked in, but used my list of program websites to search out programs and follow them so I could see them in my timeline.
Most organizations show their social media links at the top, or bottom of their home page.
Use a blog to tell your up-to-date story.
This is the iMentor Chicago blog which you can find on the blog page of iMentor National's website. Just click into "Chicago".
I include them in this list showing blogs of youth serving organizations in Chicago and around the country.
I encourage using blogs. They can be updated more easily than a website and can tell "why" your program is needed as well as "what" it is accomplishing.
Here's a way to use your blog
I posted this story on the Tutor/Mentor blog on November 9th, 2022. In it I introduced five alumni of the tutor/mentor programs I led in Chicago.
Two of them, Kaeaiya Holmes and Toi Dickson-Fuller, have collaborated on a book titled "I Am Her78: The End of a New Beginning" which had it's book launch on November 19th.
If you are in contact with alumni use your blog to show their success and give them a boost. You'll show donors the long-term value of your program!
Below are resources to use to help youth in your community.
View latest links added to tutor/mentor library - click here
Recent Tutor/Mentor Blog articles:
Mapping Complexity - click here
Veterans Day - Never Forget - click here
Examples of the Tutor/Mentor Library - click here
Role of Libraries in Constant Improvement Process - click here
Map shows Areas of Concentrated Poverty - click here
Mission Impossible - Reflection - click here
2010 article from Tutor/Mentor blog - Role of Mentoring - click here
Network Building - Can you do this, too? - click here
Bookmark these Tutor/Mentor Resources
* Resource Library - click here
* Strategy PDFs by Tutor/Mentor - click here
* Concept Map library - click here
* Work done by interns - click here
* Digital Divide resources - click here
* Political Action resources - click here
* Featured collections on Wakelet - click here
* Tutor/Mentor Institute Videos - click here
* Chicago Youth Serving Organizations in Intermediary Roles - click here to view a concept map showing many organizations working to help improve the lives of Chicago area youth. Follow the links.
Resources & Announcements
* National Mentoring Summit registration is open. Dates are Jan 25-27, 2023 - click here
* MyChiMyFuture - Chicago youth programs map and directory. click here; visit the website - click here
* To & Through Project website - click here: Follow on Twitter - @UChiToThrough
* Center for Effective Philanthropy - click here
* Forefront -Illinois' statewide association of nonprofits, foundations and advisors. click here
* National Mentoring Partnership, resources - click here
* Proven Tutoring - coalition of independent tutoring providers - click here ; read Robert Slavin blog articles - click here
* Chicago Mentoring Collaborative - click here
* Chicago Public Schools locator map - click here
* Chicago Health Atlas - click here
* Strengthening Chicago Youth website, click here;  blog - click here
* Thrive Chicago collaboration - click here
* Chicago Learning Exchange - click here
* Chicago STEM Pathways Cooperative - click here
* Incarceration Reform Resource Center - click here
* AfterSchool Alliance - resource center - click here
* ChiHackNight - remote civic technology meet-up; every Tuesday in Chicago - see weekly agenda
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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