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Daniel Bassill
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Linking people and ideas to create a better future.
Linking people and ideas to create a better future.

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I created the Tutor/Mentor Connection in 1993 as we were starting the Cabrini Connections program in Chicago, to serve 7th to 12th grade youth from the Cabrini-Green area. Having led a volunteer-based tutor/mentor program serving 2nd to 6th grade kids in the same area since 1975, and having held corporate advertising jobs with Montgomery Ward, I knew that there was no leadership strategy trying to help great programs reach k-12 kids in every high poverty area of Chicago. So we created the T/MC to fill the void.

I'm still leading this strategy, but since 2011 under the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC structure. I still need lots of help from volunteers and donors, but don't have the non-profit structure that many require in order to offer help. That's sad.

I feel this strategy could be applied in any city, and to other issues. Thus, if you'd like to learn from me, borrow from what I've created, and carry this forward into the future, reach out and introduce yourself.
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Building great youth tutor, mentor, learning and youth development programs requires same range of skills, talent, technology, ideas and dollars as it takes to build great sports teams. That's focus of this article. http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2018/10/building-non-school-support-systems-for.html

While G+ will go away, I'll continue sharing ideas like this on my blogs and on Twitter and Facebook, while looking for places to connect with others who focus on same issues. If you do similar work, let's connect.
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Walked past Merchandise Mart in Chicago last night and enjoyed the light show.
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Don't listen to just one story on forming your opinions and beliefs. I listened to this TED talk today.
If bearing witness is not enough, then share witness.
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Here's my Sept-October Tutor/Mentor eNews. Filled with links to articles and resources that people can use to build and sustain mentor-rich non-school youth development programs.

At the bottom is a request for people to contribute to help me keep publishing this and maintaining the web library that I point to.

http://tutormentorconference.org/newsletters/TMISept_Oct2018.htm
Sept_Oct 2018 Tutor Mentor eNews
Sept_Oct 2018 Tutor Mentor eNews
tutormentorconference.org
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Received contributions this weekend from three educators I have met via Connected Learning MOOC. #clmooc Thank you Kevin, Terry and Sarah. Hope others join in.

My FundMe page is

http://www.tutormentorconference.org/2018_Fund_TMC_TMI_Campaign.htm
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This map shows number of high poverty kids, age 6-17, in community areas of the mid SouthEast side of Chicago. The icons are youth tutor and/or mentor programs that I have in my database. My goal is that leaders in each community area use this as a starting point to learn what youth development programs are available, determine if there are enough for kids k-12, and develop strategies to help existing programs get ideas, resources, talent and dollars to constantly improve, while helping new programs form to fill voids.

As people get involved in these programs my library of resources is intended to support day-to-day involvement, while also lead to deeper learning about root causes of poverty and challenges to non profits. The longer people stay involved the greater impact they have on kids and communities. Here's the site with the map I'm showing. https://mappingforjustice.blogspot.com/2018/08/use-this-map-and-list-to-find-volunteer.html

If you're doing this type of analysis, in Chicago, or in another city, and writing about it, please share links to your stories.
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This is a resource that can be used when trying to plan for the growth of volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs in specific zip codes. It's an interactive database showing faith groups in selected zip codes. In this I'm showing the area surrounding the 60640 zip code in Chicago. There are many additional data sets you can search on this site so spend time looking around. Here's the link: http://maps.nazarene.org/ARDADemographics/
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I've used this graphic for nearly 20 years to visualize the network of support that helps kids move through school and into adult lives. Kids in middle class and affluent areas have most of these supports in their lives via family, neighbors, faith group, school, etc. Kids in areas of concentrated poverty don't have such a diverse network of support and thus organized tutor, mentor and learning programs are needed to attract volunteers from different backgrounds.

Thus, this can also be the design of a youth program. If you look around Chicago and other cities, how many programs do you find with this type of vision and program design? Some do, but don't use visualizations like this to show their program design, strategy or theory of change.

Can you help such programs grow in more places?
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Here's another map of a section of Chicago made from the map of Chicago non-school tutor and/or mentor programs that I maintain. In this case I'm pointing to the Rogers Park and West Rogers Park area of the far Northeast side of Chicago. Note that there are over 4,200 high poverty youth in West Rogers park and over 2100 in Rogers Park. The green icons are locations of youth programs. There certainly seems to be a need for more. See articles using maps like this at http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2018/08/using-maps-in-planning-chicago-west.html

If you value this information and the ideas i share please help fund my work with a contribution. Use the PayPal at http://www.tutormentorconference.org/20-year-effort-1.htm
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