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Establishing Tutor/Mentor Connection Teams at College Fraternities

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Dan Bassill, founder of T/MC and Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC is an alumni of the Illinois Wesleyan chapter of the Acacia Fraternity. This 2019 presentation outlines at long-term goal of having teams of students/alumni of each chapter, on many college campuses, adopting the T/MC strategies as part of learning, leadership and public awareness goals. While it applies to Acacia the idea can be adopted by any college fraternity or sorority.

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Establishing Tutor/Mentor Connection Teams at College Fraternities

  1. 1. While young people come to college to learn, learning is supported by their involvement in social fraternities. Can we enhance this process with an on-going “learning-service” program led by the youth themselves? Can such work create a more positive public image for the fraternity system, or for those who take this role? Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 tutormentor2@earthlink.net On Twitter @tutormentorteam LEADERSHIP: Role of Fraternities In Supporting Growth of Tutor/Mentor Pipelines to Careers
  2. 2. GOAL: Prepare youth for challenges that await them after High School and College. In book titled, The Global Achievement Gap, by Tony Wagner, “Seven Survival Skills necessary for Careers, College and Citizenship in the 21st Century” were listed. These are • Critical thinking and Problem Solving • Collaboration Across Networks and Leading by Influence • Agility and Adaptability • Initiative and Entrepreneurship • Effective Oral and Written Communications • Accessing and Analyzing Information • Curiosity and Imagination Pg. 2 Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  3. 3. All of these skills can be practiced and developed by students and alumni who take on roles with the Tutor/Mentor Connection* project. In doing so, these skills can also be taught to youth living in high poverty and attending poorly performing public schools, where these ideas may not be being taught consistently. Pg. 3 Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 tutormentor2@earthlink.net *Since 2011 the Tutor/Mentor Connection has been part of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC
  4. 4. Goal of the Tutor/Mentor Connection project. Students and alumni at each university take ownership of Tutor/Mentor Connection role, focusing on the growth of volunteer-based tutoring and/or mentoring programs in the city where the university is located. Pg. 4 Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  5. 5. What does this mean? What does a T/MC Do? The Tutor/Mentor Connection has been operating in Chicago since 1993 and shares it’s strategies on web sites such as http://www.tutormentorconnection.org Through a formal learning and networking process, students and alumni at one or more chapters can begin learning what these actions are, while duplicating them in their own city. Pg. 5 Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  6. 6. As Each Team Learns, It Shares What It is Learning with Teams from other Universities The actions of the T/MC in Chicago are the model that each team will learn from. As the T/MC focuses on key events in different times of the year, local chapters will focus on the same events and the actions needed to duplicate that event locally. As students (and alumni) learn from this process, they share what they learn with each other, and with the Chicago T/MC. We learn and improve by helping each other. Pg 6 Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  7. 7. How to Start? What’s the First Step? Join the Acacia discussion at http://tutormentorconnection.ning.com/group/acaciafraternity Post link to this from home page, or service projects page, of local chapter, or National web site. Point to this in each publication with small ad, or stories recognizing teams as they get involved. In this group the Chicago T/MC will coach those who get involved. There is no minimum enrollment, or maximum. We work with who ever chooses to get involved. Pg. 7 Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  8. 8. Tipping Point When an individual, or group of individuals accepts that he/she can change what happens in the world, we unleash the creative talent of that person or group of people, to innovate ways to make this happen. Pg. 8 Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  9. 9. Review T/MC event calendar; ask “What is T/MC Focusing on, and Why?” How can you duplicate this event locally? Between 1994 and 2015 T/MC events focused on actions which were timely for that time of year, such as volunteer-recruitment in August, and fund raising in December. However, each event is intended to spur thinking and planning that thinks three, six and nine months into the future. While T/MC no longer hosts these events, they are still needed. Pg. 9 Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  10. 10. While focusing on event planning, teams focus on building understanding, and increasing involvement. These are questions to be asking: • What is level of poverty and location of poorly performing schools in city • What organizations engage volunteers in one-on-one activities with youth in these neighborhoods • Where is information on these local organizations shared? T/MC Program Locator is sample • How do we get more people to look at this information? • How do we draw people into learning circles where they build understanding of the information • How do we use this understanding to encourage more people to volunteer time, talent or donate dollars to these organizations Pg. 10 Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  11. 11. As students learn T/MC concepts, they can learn to communicate those ideas using video, animation, social media, etc. This shows how intern from IIT in Chicago converted this to flash animation * View animation in this video: https://vimeo.com/5840290 * Or in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRipJPgenFc This shows use of concept map Pg. 11Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  12. 12. In the Ning groups, and on blogs or web sites hosted by each university team, results and lessons learned are shared with others. Pg. 12Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  13. 13. As students and alumni from each university take this role, they build greater visibility and greater involvement in tutor/mentor programs in each city. This reflects positively on all who are involved. Pg. 13
  14. 14. Acacia teams!
  15. 15. Acacia Chapter Focus area Within each chapter there could be teams focusing on several different focus areas. A version of this concept map, created by undergrads, could be on each local chapter's web site, showing the issues alumni and undergrads are focusing on..
  16. 16. Acacia Fraternity Chapters If this is adopted, maps should show participation: ● Icons on map show which chapters have learning teams in place ● Network analysis maps will show, alumni/undergrad chapter members of each chapter are engaging ● and how teams are interacting with each other. A page on the chapter web site will show this information. View conversation at http://tutormentorconnection.ning.com/ group/acaciafraternity Using http://www.mapalist.com each chapter could create a map like this, showing addresses of alumni involved in this project. Students could be building and maintaining these maps.
  17. 17. The first step in recruiting leaders is to be one ourselves. Post this graphic, with a short invitation to join the Tutor/Mentor Connection discussion on Ning.com Keep this invitation on your web site for at least two years so people have time to incubate the idea and decide to respond. Once a small group forms, their actions will motivate others to join them, and will provide “stories” for you to write about in your own publications. Visit http://tutormentorconnection.ning.com and http://tutormentorexchange.net and Http://tutormentor.blogspot.com to learn more. Email tutormentor2@earthlink.net to discuss. Pg. 14 Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 tutormentor2@earthlink.net While this invitation is focused on Acacia, it could be adopted by any fraternity or sorority, on any college campus.

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