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October 2023 - Issue 226

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Thank you to all who volunteer and donate to youth tutor, mentor and learning programs.

By now youth and volunteers are connecting weekly or monthly in organized, volunteer-based tutor, mentor and learning programs in many different places.


This month's newsletter continues to point to resources they can use. However, it also focuses on the challenges of keeping attention focused and raising dollars needed for each program to operate effectively.

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!

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Every week from October through May, from 1975 to 2011, I published a newsletter with information showing our volunteers what activities they might do with the youth they were working with, and pointing to a library or resources they could use to learn how to be a more effective tutor or mentor.


Before email and blogs and the internet I used a copy machine to create our newsletters which we handed out at weekly sessions. After the late 1990s we used an email newsletter. After 2005 we combined that with a blog.


In the above graphic I show a concept map with links to different parts of our on-line library, which has hundreds of resources volunteers and youth can use. Here's the link:


How does your youth program support its volunteers and students?


This graphic shows the role the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC takes each day (and the Tutor/Mentor Connection since 1993). The library that was started in the 1990s has lists of organizations that provide various forms of volunteer-based tutor, mentor and learning activities, mostly during non-school hours. I plot some of those programs on maps that also show where programs are most needed.


Imagine the map at the right representing my library. Then, look at the list on the left. This shows a wide range of people and organizations who could be supporting individual programs, as volunteer tutors or mentors, as tech, legal and accounting support, as governance, and/or as donors.


When I worked for the Montgomery Ward Corporation from 1973-1990 we spent more than 200 million dollars a year on advertising that reached over 20 million people a week, telling them we had stores near them with products and services they were looking for. And with special discounts if they shop this week!


I've never had thousands of dollars for advertising, let alone millions, thus my "call to action" never has reached many people. But if others use their own media, blogs, sermons and news stories to also draw support to youth serving programs, many more would hear and respond.


That would draw more consistent resources to all of the youth serving programs in our library.


Can you take this role?

Volunteer-based means "volunteers help you". Build a Team.

If a 4th grade student joins a tutor/mentor program in October 2023, and participates weekly through June 2024, she will hopefully be ready to move to 5th grade in the fall of 2024. And, will continue to be part of the same tutor/mentor program, perhaps matched with the same tutor or mentor.


If the program she joined is not fully funded, it may not retain staff, provide adequate training for volunteers and resources for students, and might not even stay open for a year. I don't think too many programs close each year. But will they still be available in the fall of 2024 when that student enters 5th grade, or in the fall of 2030, when that student enters 11th grade? Which is still a year short of high school graduation?


I encourage you to read this and other articles where I talk about philanthropy. Then visit this section of the Tutor/Mentor library and view all the articles available about philanthropy and fund raising. You also should bookmark this set of blogs, with information about fund raising and marketing.


While each program needs to develop its own capacity to raise funds, the rest of the community can help, by drawing volunteers and donors to the website of each program in Chicago, or in other communities.


Halloween, Thanksgivin g & Year-End Holidays

Holidays offer writing, reading and bonding opportunities


During the first three months of each school year volunteers and students are just getting acquainted. Programs can help by organizing events and activities around each of the holidays.

National #WriteOut example


At the right is a post from Twitter by a retired educator from Washington State. She is one of dozens of people from around the world who are creating daily poems, blog articles and social media posts, as part of the October National #Writeout event.


I encourage you to view some of the social media posts and see how this event is organized. You can join if you'd like. But you also could use this as a template for Halloween, Thanksgiving and year-end writing activities between your youth and volunteers.

#writeout Twitter

See latest additions to the Tutor/Mentor Library at this link. Below are just a few examples.


Recent Tutor/Mentor Blog articles:



Just Don't Forget. click here


Join the October Write-Out - click here


Skills Youth Need - click here


Borrow Ideas from my Visualizations - click here


Support long-term mentoring - click here


Building a Segmented Understanding of Youth Serving Programs - click here


Invitation to universities - click here


Hospitals as a hub for urban development and reducing inequality - click here


Learn about Artificial Intelligence tools you can use in your school or non-school program. Follow the links in these #ETMOOC blog articles and in these ChatGPT articles.




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. These sites regularly update the information they share so visit them often.


* Indiana Afterschool Network newsletter - 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


* National Mentoring Resource Center - click here


* AfterSchool Alliance - resource center - click here


* Proven Tutoring - click here


* Chicago Learning Exchange - click here


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


* STEMM Opportunity Alliance - click here


* University of Chicago Civic Engagement news - click here


* Connect Illinois Digital Equity Coalition - click here


* To & Through Project website - click here: Follow on Twitter - @UChiToThrough


* Center for Effective Philanthropy - click here


* Chicago Public Schools locator map - click here


* Chicago Health Atlas - click here


* Thrive Chicago collaboration - click here

* Incarceration Reform 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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