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Tutor/Mentor Programs Need Your Help

2022 note: Use information below to build a volunteer program support campaign in your own city.

There is no more critical an issue in America today than the education of our kids. The gap between rich and poor is growing because of the huge differences in educational opportunities available to kids in the inner cities and those in more affluent areas.

The real work and responsibility of helping these children must be shared by every business, institution, and individual in Chicago and the suburbs. We all need to continually ask “What can I do to help make a brighter future a reality for our children?”

Volunteer tutors and mentors make an incredible impact on youth through their efforts working to support parents and teachers in communities across the nation. By connecting children with adult tutors and mentors, we broaden their expectations, build their learning skills, and help prepare and motivate them to excel in school and beyond. The difference one volunteer makes by serving as a positive role model can last a lifetime for a child. Tutors and mentors work to equip our children with strong foundations for bright futures.

In 1993 the Tutor/Mentor Connection began creating a master database of Chicago's volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs. Our goal was to create a better understanding of what programs exist in Chicago, where they operate, who they serve, and where there was a need for more programs.  Anyone in the Chicago region can now search the Chicago Tutor/Mentor Program Locator (now an archive) to find a program where you can volunteer, time, talent and/or dollars.

Using this information, we have worked to create an on-going public education campaign, aimed at mobilizing volunteers and donors to more consistently support constant improvement at every tutor/mentor program in the Chicago region, not just Cabrini Connections, or one or two other visible organizations.

The T/MC launched an August/September volunteer recruitment campaign in August 1995.  Each year since we have recruited partners to help us build public awareness, and draw volunteers to tutor/mentor programs throughout the  city.

In November of each year, we have organized a Tutor/Mentor Conference, and from 1995 to 2000, worked with the Lend A Hand Program to create a Tutor/Mentor Week, intended to draw attention of more volunteers and donors, who would support tutor/mentor programs in all parts of the Chicago region.  Here are Tutor/Mentor Week Proclamations issued by Mayor Richard Daley in 1995 and 2000. See Campaign Final Reports for years 1995-2003

Between 1999 and 2002 the August/September recruitment campaign was supported by many public leaders, who signed a campaign manifesto, asking people to volunteer time, talent and treasure.

Here is the Volunteer Recruitment Campaign Manifesto from 2001.

This Manifesto reads "You can be a volunteer at one of Chicago’s tutor/mentor programs, or help build a new program in neighborhoods which are now void of programs. And you can be a sponsor by making a financial contribution to any one of these programs, or by offering the services of your company or professional organization to help build effective learning programs for the kids who attend these programs. Make the commitment to a child’s future today. Our children need your help." . It was signed by the people listed below. Here's a sample letter of endorsement, signed by each leader. This one is from Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago.


Richard M. Daley
Mayor, City of Chicago

Lura Lynn Ryan
First Lady, State of Illinois

2001 Honorary Campaign Chairperson

George H. Ryan
Governor, State of Illinois
Arne Duncan
CEO, Chicago Public Schools
Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.
Archbishop of Chicago
Richard J. Durbin
United States Senator
Arlene J. Mulder
Mayor, Village of Arlington Heights
Ralph W. Conner
Mayor, Village of Maywood
Lorraine H. Morton
Mayor, City of Evanston
Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr
Rainbow Push Coalition
Michael Scott
President, Chicago's Reform Board of Education
Joe Mantegna
Actor (look at LINK on Joe's web site to the Tutor/Mentor web site)
Rod R. Blagojevich Congressman Luis V. Guitierrez
Merri Dee
Ted Phillips
President, Chicago Bears
Gary Chico
Former President, Chicago Board of Education
Jesse White
Illinois Secretary of State
Dennis Franz
Actor, NYPD Blue
Thomas Stone
Chairman & CEO, Stone Capital Group, Inc.
Hon. Sophia Hall
Presiding Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County
Paul Vallas
Former CEO, Chicago Public Schools
Richard Devine
Cook County States Attorney
Rev. Pedro Windsor
National Alliance of HIspanic Evangelical Ministers
Norm VanLier
FOX Sports & Chicago Bulls

Executive Directors, Presidents, CEO's of Tutor/Mentor Programs

Michael T. Johnson
Executive Director, Chicago Youth Programs
Phillip Jackson
President, Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago (now CEO of Black Star Project)
Rev. James J. Close
President, Mercy Home for Boys & Girls
Ann Alvarez
Executive Director, Casa Central

Brooke Wiseman

President & CEO
Girl Scouts of Chicago

Barbara Castellan
Executive Director,
Gads Hill Center

Sandra Daffé

President, Junior Achievement of Chicago

James Jones

President, ChildServ
Dorothy Miaso*
Executive Director, Literacy Volunteers of America, II
Mary Hollie
Executive Director, Lawrence Hall Youth Services
Thomas C. VandenBerk
President, Uhlich Children's Advantage Network

Frank M. Zirlle
Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago

Rick Velasquez
Executive Director, Youth Outreach Service
Daniel F. Bassill*
President, CEO, Cabrini Connections and Tutor/Mentor Connection
Mary Moring
INVEST, Evanston, IL
Duffie Aldelson
Executive Director, Merit School of Music

* These leaders are also members of the Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service.

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