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April - May 2023 - Issue 221
Are You Learning About Artificial Intelligence
Tools like ChatGPT?
Is anyone in your family, or organization, discussing ways to use Artificial Intelligence tools like ChatGPT?

Do you know what this is?

I've just been learning about it and see many potential uses and opportunities. In this month's newsletter I'll point to some of these.
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.

Encourage others in your city to find and use these resources!
Celebrate volunteers during April Volunteer Recognition events
National Volunteer Week, April 16 to 22, is an annual celebration of the countless individuals who selflessly donate their time and effort to make a difference in their communities. This week serves as an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers for their contributions, while also encouraging others to get involved and make a positive impact.

As we journey through National Volunteer Week this year, there is no better time to shine a light on the importance of youth tutor mentor programs in Chicago and other cities across the country, and to encourage more volunteers to get involved in these initiatives.

Youth tutor mentor programs play a vital role in the development and success of young people, particularly those who come from underprivileged or disadvantaged backgrounds. These programs provide students with the resources and support they need to succeed academically and build important life skills. By volunteering with a youth tutor mentor program, you can help to provide young people with the tools and guidance they need to reach their full potential.

In Chicago and other cities, there are many different youth tutor mentor programs that are in need of dedicated and passionate volunteers. I maintain lists of Chicago youth serving programs, and point to directories that can help you find similar programs in other cities.

Whether you have experience working with children or not, there is a place for you to make a difference. By volunteering just a few hours a week, you can help to create a brighter future for young people in your community.

So as we celebrate National Volunteer Week this year, let's remember the importance of supporting youth tutor mentor programs, and let's encourage more volunteers to get involved. By working together, we can help to ensure that every young person has the resources and support they need to succeed, both in school and in life.

Almost everything in the above paragraphs was written in less than a minute by ChatGPT. I just added a few links, a photo, and information about Chicago youth tutor/mentor programs that I point to from this list. Visit the Tutor/Mentor blog and see the entire article and how I included the ChatGPT text.
What youth tutor/mentor programs are in your city?
Volunteer-based tutor mentor programs are making a significant impact in the education of students in Chicago. These programs are run by various non-profit organizations and community groups, and they all share a common goal of helping students succeed in school.

One such program is Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago, which pairs adult volunteers with children who need a positive role model and mentor. This program has been operating in Chicago for over 50 years and has helped thousands of young people through its one-to-one mentoring relationships.

Another program is the Chicago Scholars Foundation, which provides mentoring and support to first-generation college-bound students from under-resourced communities. This program has helped over 7,000 students since its inception in 1996.

In addition, the Becoming A Man program (BAM) provides group counseling and mentoring to young men in Chicago Public Schools. This program focuses on social-emotional development and has been shown to decrease arrests and increase graduation rates.

There are numerous other programs operating in Chicago, and they all play a critical role in helping students succeed. While it is difficult to estimate the exact number of volunteer-based tutor mentor programs in the city, it is clear that they are an important part of the educational landscape in Chicago. These programs rely on the dedication of volunteers and the support of community members to continue making a positive impact on the lives of students in the city.

This was also written by ChatGPT.
The prompt I used was: "You're a newspaper reporter. Your story describes some of the volunteer-based tutor mentor programs in Chicago."
Imagine the ways you, or your students, could be creating these stories
I am participating in the ETMOOC2 on-line learning community where people from many countries are sharing ideas and resources and talking about ways to use ChatGPT and other Artificial Intelligence tools.

I wrote about this group in this blog article.

The ETMOOC2 website is at this link.
Steps to Start a Volunteer-Based Tutor/Mentor Program
I asked ChatGPT to provide steps to start a volunteer-based youth tutor/mentor program. Below is the response.

Starting a volunteer-based youth tutor/mentor program can be a rewarding experience, but it requires careful planning and execution. Here are some steps to get started:

Define the program's goals and objectives: Determine what the program aims to achieve and identify the target audience. You may want to consider what subjects the program will cover, what age group of youth it will serve, and what type of volunteers you want to recruit.

Identify potential partners and volunteers: Consider partnering with local schools, community centers, or other organizations that work with youth. Identify potential volunteers, such as college students, retired teachers, or community members with relevant skills and experience.

Develop a program structure: Create a program schedule and curriculum that outlines the goals, objectives, and activities for the program. Consider how many volunteers will be needed, the frequency and duration of tutoring sessions, and how progress will be tracked.

Establish volunteer requirements: Determine what qualifications and expectations you have for volunteers, such as background checks, training, and availability. Provide training and support for volunteers to help them be successful.

Secure a location: Determine where tutoring sessions will be held, such as a community center, school, or library. Make sure the location is safe, accessible, and equipped with necessary resources.

Advertise the program: Promote the program to potential participants, such as schools, community centers, and parents. Use social media, flyers, and other outreach methods to reach your target audience.

Recruit and train volunteers: Develop a recruitment plan to attract volunteers, such as posting flyers at local community centers, schools, and libraries, or promoting the program on social media. Train volunteers on program objectives, teaching strategies, and safety protocols.

Start operations. Collect participation and attendance data.

Evaluate and improve the program: Regularly assess the program's effectiveness by monitoring progress and collecting feedback from volunteers and participants. Use this information to make improvements and refine the program structure.

Starting a youth tutor/mentor program can be a challenging and rewarding experience. By following these steps, you can create a successful program that makes a positive impact on the lives of youth in your community.

Compare this to the blog article I wrote in 2016 with "steps to start a tutor/mentor program.
What's a Prompt Engineer? Can they really earn this type of income?

"The expected salary range for a Prompt Engineer and Librarian is $175k to $335k."

This caught my eye because so many of us have kids who don't yet know what to do with their lives and so many of us work with youth living in areas with too few opportunities. Some of us may be looking for new, or second, career options, too.

Here's the presentation where the Prompt Engineer information was shared during the first #ETMOOC2 session.

Here's a link provided to help you learn what a Prompt Engineer is and how you can build your skills.
Don't know how to code? Ask ChatGPT to generate code for you.

Another feature that attracted my attention was the ability for ChatGPT to generate html code that you can use to build a website or a webpage.

People are talking about this in the Discord channel for #ETMOOC2 and in the Twitter #ETMOOC2 network.

I've been looking at experiments by Kevin Hodgson, a middle-school teacher from Massachusetts. Here's one article on his blog.

Here's a "how to" page I found that illustrates what's possible. Find more like this by using prompt "using ChatGPT to build a website" in your browser search.
Blogs are a big part of the #ETMOOC2
I first connected with this group of educators in 2013 when the first ETMOOC was held. Blogging was encouraged as a way to share ideas and build deeper interaction among participants. I point to many of those blogs in this section of the Tutor/Mentor library.

The ETMOOC2 has created a list of blogs (including mine) which you can find on this page
Start your own learning journey
Visit the ETMOOC2 site and begin to learn more about ways to use AI and tools like ChatGPT.

There is a vast library of articles, videos and examples along with a group of people helping each other learn. It's FREE. Participate as much, or as little as you want. Share the resources with others and start your own study group.
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:

Create a WebQuest to learn AI tools and share Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC strategies - click here

Sharing on Twitter - posts following election of new Mayor for Chicago - click here

Chicago has a new Mayor. Same Problems. - click here

Crime and Violence in Chicago Not New - click here

What is a Tutor/Mentor Learning Network? - 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

* Political Action resources - click here

* Featured collections on Wakeletclick here

* Tutor/Mentor Institute Videos - click here

* About T/MI articles on blog - click here

* History of T/MC - T/MI articles - 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

* Chicago Learning Exchange - click here

* Chicago STEM Pathways Cooperative - click here Learn about Landscape Surveys - click here

* Connect Illinois Digital Equity Coalition - click here

* Illinois Broadband Lab - 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

* Brooklyn Public Library National Teen E-card. Makes books available to teens throughout USA - click here

* Chicago Mentoring Collaborative - click here

* National Mentoring Resource Center - click here

* Chicago Public Schools locator map - click here

* Chicago Health Atlas - 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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