Home 2023 Tutor/Mentor Newsletters December 2023 eNews
December 2023 T/M News

December 2023 - Issue 228

Enjoy your Holidays. Spread cheer to others.

I thank you all for reading and sharing this monthly newsletter and wish you all a safe, happy, Holiday.


The Holiday Season is a time of gift giving and celebration with friends and family. It's also a time of reflection. The world faces many challenges. So does America. My newsletters focus on the challenges faced by youth and families in high poverty areas, particularly in big cities where there are high concentrations of poverty.


Please use the resources I share to find and support youth tutor, mentor and learning programs so you give the gifts of HOPE and OPPORTUNITY to more kids throughout the US and the world.

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
Visit Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC Website

Seek out youth programs in high poverty areas

Look for Chicago area youth tutor mentor programs on any of the lists on the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC website . Pick one or more to support with time, talent and dollars. The lists that I host also include youth serving programs beyond Chicago, as well as programs focusing on arts, STEM and other issues.

Learn to use data maps in 2024

Since 1993 I've been using maps of Chicago to show indicators such as poverty, violence, health disparities and poorly performing schools, which are areas where mentor-rich non-school tutor, mentor and learning programs are most needed. Over the past 20 years I've collected links to many websites showing uses of maps and visualization. In the concept map shown above I point to some of these.


I embed maps into many articles on my blog. These links point to a few sections where you can see how maps are used. Create similar stories on your own blog and website.


Tutor/Mentor Blog - maps

Tutor/Mentor Blog - violence

Mapping for Justice - maps

Mapping for Justice - redlining

Below are resources to use to help youth in your community.

View latest links added to tutor/mentor library - click here


* Mapping Inequality - click here

* Chicago South Side STEM Opportunity Landscape - click here

* A Better Chicago Youth Opportunities Dashboard - click here

* Children's Funding Project - click here

* Tiny News Collective/Harvey World News - click here

Recent Tutor/Mentor Blog articles:


These "Calls to Action" Need New Energy - click here


Spreading the Good News - click here


Maps. Planning. Teach Youth to Do This Work - click here


Explore STEM visualizations - click here


Using GIS mapping tools for planning - click here


Looking for 'Scout Bees' and 'Worker Bees' - 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 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


* Creating a new Tutor/Mentor Connection - 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. Please help me keep this updated.

Resources & Announcements


* National Mentoring Summit, Washington, DC. Registration is open. Dates are Jan 24-26, 2024- click here


* Mentoring Research Symposium, Jan 24, Washington, DC - click here


* The Volunteer Management Report news - featuring interview with Literacy Chicago - click here for PDF


* Funding Out-of-School Time Programs - Now and the Future (PDF) - click here


* Corporate Volunteering, Giving and Grants Technology Review - click here


* Illinois College Access Resources - click here


* MyChiMyFuture - Chicago youth programs map and directory. click here; visit the website - click here


* Forefront -Illinois' statewide association of nonprofits, foundations and advisors. click here


* Chicago Mentoring Collaborative - click here

* Chicago Learning Exchange - click here


* Chicago STEM Pathways Cooperative - click here


* University of Chicago Civic Engagement news - 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.

Please connect with me, and each other, on one or more social media networks. This page has links to several, including my account on Mastodon. With Twitter's future in doubt it's important that we find other places to connect.

View current and past newsletters at this link.

Ask friends, family, co-workers to sign up to receive this newsletter.
Click here.
(If you subscribe, don't forget to respond to the confirmation email).

Every year since 2011 I've offered two ways for people to support Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC with contributions. One is with a birthday gift.


I'll be 77 on December 19. You can help put candles on my cake with a $7.70 donation for a single candle or a $77 contribution for 10.


Click here to learn more

Thank you for reading.
Please help fund T/MI.
Since 2011 I've not operated as a non-profit, but as Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC. I'm doing the same work, just with a different tax structure (and same small budget!).

If you want to help fund T/MI with a year-end contribution, visit this page.

Thank you to everyone who has already sent December contributions.
Tutor/Mentor Connection, Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC

Serving Chicago area since 1993

Thank you for reading. And thank you to those who help fund the
Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC and this newsletter. Please send a year-end contribution.

Connect with Dan (tutormentor) on one of these social media platforms.

Twitter (X))



Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, c/o Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Phone. Skype #dbassill; FAX 312-787-7713; email: tutormentor2@earthlink.net | Powered by OpenSource!