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Mentoring and volunteer involvement are strategies that can expand the aspirations and range of support available to youth living in high poverty areas, if programs are available to support the ...

Mentoring and volunteer involvement are strategies that can expand the aspirations and range of support available to youth living in high poverty areas, if programs are available to support the on-going connections of youth and volunteers. This PDF shows some of the "tipping points" that could lead to more and better tutor/mentor programs reaching k-12 youth in more places. It's intended to stimulate thinking, innovation and leadership actions.

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  • The Tutor/Mentor ConnectionIf you agree with the logic, become a partner or sponsor or,adopt these ideas into your own leadership and actions.TIPPING POINTSWhat are some of theactions that coulddramatically change theavailability and impact ofprograms helping youthborn in an inner-cityneighborhood be in a joband starting a career byage 25?Pg 1Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLCTutor/Mentor Connectionhttp://www.tutormentorexchange.nethttp://www.tutormentorconnection.orgTutormentor2@earthlink.netProperty of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.netThis mentor and student have beenconnected to each other for more than 8years. What strategies and actions needto be developed so that thousands ofmatches like this are connecting youth inpoverty neighborhoods with adult mentorsand learning beyond poverty?
  • • The pink and blue areas of this map are areaswhere poverty concentrations are 20% orhigher• The flags are locations of schools where morethan half of the students fail to meet statestandards on reading, writing or both• In Chicago more than 40% of youth drop outof high school before graduation• Visit the Research Links atwww.tutormentorconnection.org and you canlearn more about how poverty is anenvironmental disadvantage and how someorganizations are using tutoring/mentoring tohelp youth stay in school and move to careersKids living in inner-city poverty facechallenges that most kids do not have.Tutor/Mentor Programs can provide hope and opportunity foryouth in many of these neighborhoods.Pg 2Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  • Build strategy that develops great programs in all highpoverty areas of the Chicago region, and other cities.The green stars on this map areorganizations that offer various forms ofvolunteer-based tutoring and/ormentoring. They are poorly distributed,with less in the South part of the city andthe suburbs, than in the West and North(Note: there are too few programs in theentire city, but these areas have evenfewer.)A marketing strategy should becreated to help existing programsgrow, while helping new programsform in areas where none now exist.Visit http://www.tutormentorprogramlocator.net to find contact informationand web site links for programs shown on map.Pg 3Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  • All programs have same needs:We need these resourcesevery day, in everyneighborhood:* volunteers* public visibility* operating dollars* technology* training/learning* leadershipChicagoareaThe shadedareas of thismap ofChicago arethe areas ofmostconcentratedpoverty.Pg 4Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  • $$$TALENTIDEASTECH.CUSTOMERSSTAFFVOLUNTEERSYOUTHDONORSYOUTHMEDIAPOLICYMAKERSTUTORS,MENTORSIF WE INFLUENCE FLOW OFDOLLARS, TALENT ANDRESOURCES WE CAN IMPROVEDISTRIBUTION AND QUALITY OFALL PROGRAMS?Pg 5Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  • • There are not enough of these programs in Chicago particularly inneighborhoods with high levels of poverty. Until communities begin to use GISand visual information tools, they will never develop strategies that distributegood programs to all of the places where they are needed.• There is no consistent funding stream available to support the multi-year operations of constantly improving tutor/mentor programs.Without continuous, flexible operating dollars, programs cannot attract andretain key staff, which is the most important part of a long-term tutor/mentorprogram’s success• No common vision. The nation spends billions on education, youthdevelopment, violence prevention, workforce development, etc., but most ofthe money funds programs with short term goals, not process aimed at leadinga youth to a job/career. Until every stakeholder defines his/her work incontext of what it does to help a youth move to a job/career, we’ll have manysoldiers, but they will not all be fighting the same warThese are challenges. If we findsolutions, these are tipping points.Pg 6Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  • • No source of leadership development. While the Tutor/Mentor Connectionprovides a mentoring-to-career vision, and hosts more than a thousand weblinks that anyone can use to learn more ways to help a youth connect with avolunteer, or a learning experience, or a job, there is no university teachingpeople to learn from this information on a consistent basis. Thus, we can hiregood people to lead our programs, but they don’t have a built-in map thatguides them in what they do.• Lack of leadership/advertising. Faith communities have spent more than2000 years encouraging members to read scripture, reflect on it in groups,then put it to work in their lives. Advertisers spend millions to draw customersto their stores. Until there are leaders in business, politics, media, religion,who advocate for mentoring to career strategies every day, we’ll never haveenough people looking at the information we offer, or growing in their ownleadership roles.• Collaboration and eLearning Portals need to support vision of leaders.Some people are beginning to use the Internet to draw millions of people tospecific locations. Some of these locations are trying to covert these visitorsinto armies of on-going support for specific causes. Until such portals areavailable to the Tutor/Mentor Movement, we’ll be unable to reach the tippingpoints that could change the impact of all tutor/mentor programs in the world.Leaders are not born. They aredeveloped. To be a leader you have tocare about something.Pg 7Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  • Business and professional– if you want to increaseworkforce diversity, or have betterprepared workers, you need tobuild a better system to achieveyour goals.The T/MC portal exists. It is atwww.tutormentorconnection.orgPg 8Faith communities - peoplewho tie their faith to service.Media - peoplewho communicatewith public, via aBlog, or a newsarticle, or anadvertisingmessage.Digital Divide – Organizationswho understand the potential ofthe internet as a learning,networking and collaborationtoolSocial/Civic -groupsinterested inquality of lifeissuesIn the T/MC portalinformation is available tosupport learning, reflection,collaboration and action byindividuals, or groups ofindividuals with a commonbackground.Tutor/Mentor Connection –The Tutor/Mentor Connectionseeks to connect people fromthese backgrounds in aninternational learning andcollaboration network, focused onhelping kids to careers.T/MC links these groups with each other so they can learn from eachother, not just from the Tutor/Mentor Connection.FundingSources -public, private,innovativeProperty of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  • We can zoom into specific parts of the city, and build overlays showing wheretutor/mentor programs are most needed, based on poverty, or poorlyperforming schools. If there are non-school tutor/mentor programs operating inthese areas, we don’t have them in our database.Pg 9Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  • This is one of many “idea maps” on the T/MC site.Strategy map http://tinyurl.com/tmc-strategy-mapRead http://tutormentor.blogspot.com articles to understand more about these ideas.Pg 10Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.netWHEN OTHERLEADERSTAKEOWNERSHIP..THEIR NAMEGOES IN THISBOX
  • Business andprofessionalT/MC seeks to recruit partners, and leaders, in universities and in industry who are learningand teaching elearning and collaboration strategies, and who will adopt the T/MC as astrategy to help others learn to collaborate via a distance learning platform.Pg 11Faith communitiesMedia /Entertainment/PoliticsDigitalDivide -Social/Civic /Education-Just as in a Bible Studyclass, or a university,people need help findingand understanding theinformation that is availableto them. They also needhelp forming into groups toact collaboratively.Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLCTutor/Mentor Connection –Since 1993 our network hasgrown to reach thousands ofpeople in all parts of the world.A few people taking the role of a T/MC can be a resource tomillions of people in all parts of the world.Fundingsources -Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  • Using Tutor/Mentor Program locator we can create maps showing areas where tutor/mentorprograms are needed, existing programs, and community assets, such as business or faithgroups, who might help provide space, volunteers, dollars, etc. Visithttp://www.tutormentorprogramlocator.net to use this service. Pg 12Green stars aretutor/mentorprograms. Bluecircles are Chasebank locations, whichare just one of themany banks that canbe plotted on thismap.Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  • A Tipping Point is an action, or set of actions,that changes everything else that happensIf an industry established “tutoring mentoring” directories as asuggested choice for workplace payroll deduction donations, thiswould change the flow of revenue into tutor/mentor programsIf a university, such as Oxford, or Duke, or Illinois Wesleyan,established a multi-discipline curriculum intended to preparestudents to take life long roles in tutor/mentor programs, thiswould change the availability of leadership, and would improve theflow of resources. Such a curriculum would prepare some studentsfor careers leading tutor/mentor programs, while preparing others forroles of supporting such programs with time, talent, dollars andleadership. It would teach elearning concepts so that alumni wouldstay connected with each other, and with the knowledge provided bythe university to support their on-going efforts.Pg 13Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  • DetroitCreating Innovation as a habit, not an accident.Linking innovators from around the world with each other and with knowledge andfacilitation can lead to a more consistent process of identifying “tipping points” andinnovating solutions that change the entire operating system, not just a few programs.Pg 14Chicago-Tutor/Mentor ConnectionSouthAmerica,AustraliaAsia,AfricaLos AngelesIs your company one of these innovators? Are you trying to turn your workforce intoan elearning and collaboration community? Support the T/MC with your R&D andinnovation dollars and recruit employees to volunteer with the T/MC innovationstrategy. As workers learn collaboration habits through community serviceactivities, they will apply them more readily in their jobs and careers.EuropeNew YorkThose who teach innovation,and apply it in the workplace,already know the advantagethis offers, and are bestprepared to teach it as habit toothers throughout the world.
  • If we can identify the “tipping points” in theTutor/Mentor world,15We can find solutions by applying conceptsof innovation and e-collaboration, we canapply this same form of problem solving toany other issue.We can lower the operating costs ofhundreds of individual programs if we canidentify products/services that can be madeavailable at low/no costs to hundreds ofusers.Find idea graphics like this in articles ofhttp://tutormentor.blogspot.comA tipping point would happen when acompany, faith group, or elected officialtook this role.Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  • A Tipping Point can be an action that lowers thecosts of operation for hundreds of programsIn the for profit sector mergers of businesses are done to achieveeconomies of scale or to create a larger portfolio of products or services.Many non profits have merged to provide similar cost savings inadministrative, marketing and training functions.The Tutor/Mentor Connection does not propose the merger ofprograms because we believe it is the passion and commitment ofthe local program leader that keeps a youth or volunteerconnected for multiple years.However, we do believe that small groups could innovate productsand services and make them available to large numbers ofprograms at low or no cost. Rather than providing a one-size fits allset or services, we propose creating a menu of services that individualprograms can choose from when services that support the growth ofhundreds of tutor/mentor program locations around the world.Pg 16Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  • Web site templates - Many programs do not have web sites. Manyweb sites do a poor job of attracting volunteers and donors. Many donot link to other programs and resources in the same neighborhood, inways that build traffic to all programs in the same area. A small groupof innovators could create web site templates and contract with ISPproviders so that individual programs could have professional websites, which they tailor to their own mission, at a fraction of the cost ofeach program developing their own web site.Leadership Development - one or more institutions could take therole of human resource developer for all volunteer based tutor/mentorprograms. Just by building a body of knowledge and training studentsto be leaders (volunteer and staff) of tutor/mentor programs, weincrease the availability of trained leaders for all programs, and lowerthe costs of hiring, training and retaining good leaders.Join a conversation in the www.tutormentorconnection.org portal an help identify othereconomies of scale that could benefit tutor/mentor programs.Products / Services that could lower costsand improve qualityPg 17Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  • Provide tax incentives to support long-term,involvement in projects that serveeconomically disadvantaged communities, andcontribute to workforce development in IllinoisThis village map illustrates that poverty is aissues for many groups of people, but it’s oftenapproached from different perspectives, andfrom silos, rather than collaborative actions.Tax incentives and public recognition canencourage idea sharing, collective actions, anda focus that distributes resources to all povertyareas, not just the high profile areas.Government Policy that encourages people to takeon leadership roles, focusing on collective actionsin high poverty areas.Pg 18T/MC Village C-Map web link:http://tinyurl.com/T-MC-VillageCMapProperty of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  • Provide tax incentives to support long-term,involvement in projects that serveeconomically disadvantaged communities, andcontribute to workforce development in Illinoisa) tax credit for volunteer’s hours in non profitsproviding tutoring, mentoring, youthdevelopment, etc. in high poverty areas ofIllinoisIf volunteers stay involved for multiple years, they learnmore about the problems, and they become leadersthemselves. They also have more influence on studentthinking and aspirations. If volunteers are still involvedwhen kids are looking for jobs, they can open doorsthat would not be available. Finding ways to encouragethis long-term involvement with tax policy, would be agood thing to do.Government Policy that could lower costsand improve qualityPg 19See this graphic in Blog article at :http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/2009/10/transforming-adults-involved-in.htmlProperty of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  • Provide tax incentives to support long-term,involvement in projects that serve economicallydisadvantaged communities, and contribute toworkforce development in Illinoisb) provide extra tax incentives to businesseswho strategically support volunteer service inprograms that focus on youth development,education, workforce development in highpoverty areasGovernment Policy that could distributedon-going resources to all poverty areasPg 20See Business Maps in Tutor/Mentor Map Galleryhttp://tinyurl.com/tmc-map-gallery-businessUse TIFF type incentives to support research andinnovation that engages business talent, technology,jobs, and leadership in neighborhoods where they dobusiness, where employees live, or that employeesdrive past as they come and go to work each day.Use asset maps on Tutor/Mentor Program Locator,http://www.tutormentorprogramlocator.net to do thisplanning.Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  • Provide tax incentives to support long-term,involvement in projects that serve economicallydisadvantaged communities, and contribute toworkforce development in Illinoisc) use tax reports to build statewide historyshowing distribution of volunteer hours in highpoverty areas, and in workforce developmentfocused programsThe information generated from such reports canprovide marketing guidance that state leaders can useto encourage a better distribution of volunteer servicesto areas where there is greater need. While the focuson workforce development provides a connectionbetween education, youth development, violenceprevention, civic engagement programs working undera united vision of “every child born in Illinois will be in ajob/career by age 25”.Use the Tutor/Mentor Connection on-line ProgramLocator and maps as a resource, and as a model thatcan be duplicated in other parts of Illinois.http://www.tutormentorprogramlocator.netGovernment Policy that leads to “every child borntoday be starting 21st century career by age 25”.Pg 21See this Graphic in ROLE OF LEADERS:http://tinyurl.com/tmc-role-of-leadersProperty of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  • It only takes a few people to change the world.Pg 22If we can find donors to support the creation of tippingpoints, their contributions will have a larger impact thancould be achieved by dividing donations to individualprograms who are redundant in creating these sameproducts/services in many places.If we can find investors, who will look on our efforts as asocial enterprise, we can capitalize our efforts, andinnovate new solutions.Do you want to be one of those people who helpchange the tutor/mentor world?Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  • Read the other essays in the Tutor/MentorInstitute Library to expand your understandingof this strategy.If you browse through the T/MC web sites youll see that the Tutor/Mentor Connection is alreadycreating “tipping points”.http://www.tutormentorexchange.nethttp://www.tutormentorconnection.orghttp://www.tutormentorprogramlocator.nethttp://www.tutormentorconference.orghttp://tutormentor.blogspot.comhttp://mappingforjustice.blogspot.comhttp://debategraph.org/mentoring_kids_to_careersWhy Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC and Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC)?From 1993 to June 2011 the T/ MC operated as partner to the Cabrini Connections tutor/mentor program inChicago, under one 501-c-3 non profit board of directors. Due to financial pressure the T/MC was separatedfrom the Cabrini Connections program in June 2011 and the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC was created to providealternative strategies for generating revenue to continue to operate the Tutor/Mentor Connection in Chicagowhile helping similar intermediary structures grow in other cities. The names will be used interchangeably inmany of our materials since both focus on the same mission.Become a volunteer, partner, sponsor or investor. Email tutormentor2@earthlink.netWhile we operate as a social enterprise and do not have a non-profit tax structure, the money we raise covers the costs of the work we aredoing. If you want to support this process with a financial contribution, send your gift to Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/MentorConnection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654Pg 23Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  • Tutor/Mentor Learning Network: A Theory ofChange proposed by the Tutor/Mentor Connection“If this (initiative) is accepted and acted upon, it can change theway philanthropy and charities work together in America andthroughout the world. It can change the future for millions of kidsborn into poverty each year.”--Daniel F. Bassill, President of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC and the Tutor/Mentor ConnectionHttp://www.tutormentorconnection.org tutormentor2@earthlink.net Twitter @tutormentorteamProperty of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.net