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September 2019 Tutor/Mentor eNews
September 2019 - Issue 182
Learning Resources for Youth, Volunteers, Educators, Donors, Policy-Makers
The ideas shared in this monthly newsletter can be used by youth organization leaders, resource providers, political leaders, universities, volunteers and youth to help mentor-rich programs thrive in all of the neighborhoods where they are most needed.

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Across the country schools have started and volunteers are connecting with youth in organized non-school tutor, mentor and learning programs. The big question each week is:

What do I do?

In this blog article I talk about creating a "learning" organization. That means your volunteers, youth, donors, etc. are regularly digging into online libraries of information for ideas that they apply to weekly tutor/mentor sessions, and that also apply to helping youth programs have all the talent and resources each needs to support on-going youth and volunteer involvement. The links in this monthly newsletter point to some of those resources and to web sites and blog articles which are entry points to a vast on-line library of information and ideas.
These links are a starting point
The Tutor/Mentor Connection started building a library of resources in the 1990s and shares that freely with anyone who visits our web library.
Here are sections to visit

* Homework help -click here
* Training resources -click here
* STEAM learning -click here
* Youth As Leaders -click here
* Blogs to learn from -click here
* Philanthropy issues -click here

View this video to see how to navigate the library.

Understand the Issues. Read the Research.

The 2019 Illinois KIDS COUNT Report was released recently by Voices 4 Illinois Kids. The report shows significant racial and ethnic disparities in economic status, education, health and housing for Illinois Kids. You can download the report at this link.

This is not new information. I've been collecting research articles and commentary for nearly 20 years, and hosting them in the Tutor/Mentor Connection/Institute, LLC web library.

I have more than 300 links in this section and just started updating it this week. That means I open each link to make sure it works, and see what it's pointing to.

I encourage others to do the same.In a section below I list some of the web sites I found on the first page of this part of the library.
Influencing What Leaders Do
As volunteers become part of organized tutor, mentor and learning programs our first job is to coach and mentor them, to help them become consistent, and effective volunteers.

However, at the same time we need to coach them to go back to their workplace, homes, colleges and faith groups to educate others on the value of organized tutor/mentor programs, the need for k-12 programs to operate in every high poverty neighborhood, and the need for consistent, on-going, unrestricted operating funds.

That's what this graphic visualizes. While part of the information we share is intended to be used by those directly involved, part of it is also intended to influence what resource provider, media and policy-makers do.

Open this link to find a series of articles using this graphic.
In the sections below are links that I point to often, and that I've added recently.
* Resources to find Chicago Tutor and/or Mentor Programs; use to find programs in other places, too. - click here

* Resources for fund raising - click here

* Social Justice, Poverty, Inequality, Housing resource links - click here

* Blog article showing links to sections of Tutor/Mentor web library - click here

* Web Annotation - blog articles - click here

* 2020 Presidential Campaign - research issues and candidates - click here

* Civic Engagement - resource map (recommend other links). - click here

* Strategy visualizations -click here

* Hashtags I follow on Twitter. Use to expand your own network - click here
* Strengthening Chicago Youth web site,click here;blog - click here

* MENTOR Illinois, Annual Breakfast will be held in November. - click here

* To & Through Project web site - click here

* Incarceration Reform Digital Resource Center -click here

* City of Chicago, CPS, links - click here

* Chicago Mentoring Collaborative - conference was held Aug 28.click here for updates

* Chicago Organizations in Intermediary Roles-click here
NOTE: can you help me update this map. Who are other intermediary organizations in Chicago area?

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Recent articles on Tutor/Mentor blog:

Yummy's story. New for you? Not for me. click here

Building Systems of Support for Urban Youth. What's it Look Like? click here

Looking Back 21 Years - Webheads and Tutor/Mentor Connection - click here

For Profit or Purpose-2006 article -click here

Connecting Leaders of Youth Tutor/Mentor Programs - click here

A Bridge Too Far. My Vision Since 1993 - click here

Library of Visual Essays on Tutor/Mentor site -click here
Articles on Page 1 of Research Section of Tutor/Mentor Library

‘Our Kids,’ by Robert D. Putnam - NY Times Book Review - click here

21st Century Skills Every Student Needs - 2017 article - click here

America's Public Schools Highly Segregated - see maps - click here

Bridging and Bonding Social Capital - What is Difference? - click here

Browse the library to find many more links of value to you.
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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