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How Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC grew from single Chicago program

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In 1992 there was no Tutor/Mentor Connection in Chicago. Leaders who were starting a new non-profit tutor/mentor program to serve teens in the Cabrini Green neighborhood decided to create the T/MC to fill a leadership void, and help similar programs grow in all high poverty neighborhoods. This PDF shows this history.

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How Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC grew from single Chicago program

  1. 1. Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il 60654 www.tutormentorexchange.net @tutormentorteam In November 1992 Daniel F. Bassill and six other volunteers created a non-profit called Cabrini Connections* to help inner-city teens in the Cabrini Green area of Chicago connect with volunteer tutors, mentors and extra learning opportunities. At the same time they created the Tutor/Mentor Connection to help programs like Cabrini Connections grow in all parts of Chicago. Learn more about why this two-part strategy was created. Learn how it is being continued since 2011 by the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC. How did Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC grow from one small volunteer- based tutor/mentor program started in Chicago in 1992?
  2. 2. TOTAL Tutor/Mentor Connection now supported by Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, led by Daniel Bassill TOTAL www.tutormentorexchange.net http://tutormentor.blogspot.com @tutormentorteam Chicago In November 1992 seven volunteers created a two-part strategy to help inner city youth reach careers. 1) They created a Cabrini-Green area tutor/mentor program called Cabrini Connections (since 2016 Chicago Tutoring Connection) 2) So, they created the Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) to help every poverty neighborhood have a full range of tutor/mentor programs Pg 2 *In June 2011 the Board of Directors voted to discontinue support of the Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC). The Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC was created by Dan Bassill, founder of CC, T/MC, to continue the work of the T/MC. They realized “one more small program can change the lives of a few youth, but have no affect on the lives of 240,000 youth living in Chicago poverty neighborhoods.”
  3. 3. However, the roots of the organization go back to 1965 when employee volunteers of Montgomery Ward launched a tutor/mentor program for 2nd to 6th grade kids living in the Cabrini Green development. Timeline from 1965 http://tinyurl.com/Timeline1965 . Cabrini Connections was formed in November 1992 by a team of seven volunteers led by Daniel F. Bassill, a former Montgomery Ward Advertising manager. This was front page of Chicago Sun Times on Oct. 15, 1992 when our leaders created Cabrini Connections. Pg 3 Learn the history. See how the T/MC strategy can be applied in any city. Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il 60654 Contact: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  4. 4. Cabrini Connections was formed with a three-part mission. In Nov. 1992 the T/MC was just a vision. 7th to 12th grade program started in Jan. 1993. • Saturday morning improvisation at St. Joseph’s Church • Bi-weekly lunch at Wells HS • 580 teens involved from 1993-2010 Cabrini Connections Cabrini Connections Training Connection Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) Would provide training for volunteers in tutor/mentor programs throughout the Chicago region • Would help build public awareness, and generate resources for tutor/mentor programs • Would fill leadership void Pg 4Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il 60654 Contact: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  5. 5. In 1993 this became a two-part strategy. 7th to 12th grade program started in Jan. 1993. • Saturday morning improvisation at St. Joseph’s Church • Bi-weekly lunch at Wells HS Cabrini Connections Cabrini Connections Training Connection Tutor/Mentor Connection In 1993 the training connection became part of the T/MC • Would help build public awareness, and generate resources for tutor/mentor programs • Would fill leadership void Pg 5 Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il 60654 Contact: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  6. 6. Cabrini Connections program design concepts grew from lessons learned leading Montgomery Ward/ Cabrini-Green Tutoring Program since 1975 Coordinators Committees Jr. A’s (7th – 8th grade helpers) Networking and learning with other Chicago programs since 1976. Origin of CC ‘s Volunteer based structure Origin of CC ‘s commitment to teens Origin of T/MC Pg 6 Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il 60654 Contact: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  7. 7. Cabrini Connections* grew from 7 teens to 75-80 per year from 1993 – 1998 and continued at this size through 2011. This graphic visualized the program's efforts to provide one-on-one mentors & tutors and a variety of other learning opportunities. Pg 7 Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il 60654 Contact: tutormentor2@earthlink.net * since 2011 Tutor/Mentor Connection has not been part of the Cabrini Connections program, which since 2016 operates as Chicago Tutoring Connection. Read about this at http://tinyurl.com/TQM-visualization
  8. 8. Tutor/Mentor Connection history and structure: Case for Collective Action While it is easy to understand where the Cabrini Connections program came from, the roots of the Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) may be more obscure. The T/MC grew from lessons Dan Bassill learned in his corporate retail advertising roles with Montgomery Ward (1973-1990), from three years in US Army Intelligence (1968-71), from three years serving as a Loaned Executive with the United Way/Crusade of Mercy (1990-1993), and from studying history at Illinois Wesleyan University (1964-68)... And from leading the Montgomery Ward/Cabrini Green Tutoring Program between 1975 and 1992. The T/MC launched in Jan 1994. By 1996 it was gaining national attention and was invited to be a “Teaching Example” at the 1997 Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future. However, most people only understood CC, T/MC as a single program serving one neighborhood. Pg 8 Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il 60654 Contact: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  9. 9. By leading a tutor/mentor program since 1975, Daniel Bassill build an understanding of “what it takes” for youth and volunteers to connect each week in a structured program. Many people understand the idea of connecting a youth and mentor. Few people spend much time thinking of the infrastructure needed to support long-term connections of youth and adult volunteers in every inner city neighborhood. Pg 9 Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il 60654 Contact: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  10. 10. a) There is no source of trained leaders for volunteer-based programs like Cabrini Connections b) Operating resources are difficult to find and even more difficult to keep from year to year d) Most small non profits do not have board members and volunteers with the “civic reach” needed to generate the philanthropic investment needed to build strong organizations e) Without philanthropic capital small programs like Cabrini Connections do not have resources to do all they need to “help kids from 1st to 12th grade” let alone provide support to growing number of alumni Lessons learned from 1975-1992. Reasons for launching Tutor/Mentor Connection in 1993: Pg 10 Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il 60654 Contact: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  11. 11. f) there was no consistent leadership from the Mayor, Governor, United Way or School Board to fill the non-school hours with comprehensive tutor/mentor programs a) there was uneven media coverage of “kids in poverty” stories b) there was no database with “all” Chicago tutor/mentor programs. c) public attention tended to focus on a few high profile programs or a few high profile neighborhoods (Cabrini Green, Robert Taylor, etc.) d) there was no consistent effort to raise and distribute funds or volunteers into every neighborhood. e) no one was consistently reaching out with a “How can I help you succeed?” message While a single program struggles to get the capital and operating resources it needs, so do most others. Lessons from 1975-1992. Pg 11 Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il 60654 Contact: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  12. 12. History of Tutor/Mentor Connection (1993-present). A model for youth program growth in any city No one had a master database of Chicago tutor/mentor programs in 1992. No leaders were using maps to show where tutor/mentor programs are needed, based on poverty, or where existing programs were operating. Thus there was no way for leaders to build a program-support strategy that would help all neighborhoods have great tutor/mentor programs. Pg 12 Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il 60654 Contact: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  13. 13. Tutor/Mentor Connection history and structure: A Case for Collective Action As we entered 1993, we knew that Cabrini Connections – and every other volunteer-based tutor/mentor program in Chicago --needs the following resources every year to keep youth and volunteers connected: * trained leaders * volunteers * public visibility * operating dollars * technology * training/learning Pg 13 Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il 60654 Contact: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  14. 14. Not just a few great programs, but great Youth Programs in every high poverty neighborhood. Until the T/MC, no leader was consistently trying to pull these resources into every poverty neighborhood of Chicago or into every neighborhood with poorly performing public schools. Pg 14Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il 60654 Contact: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  15. 15. Tutor/Mentor Connection: A Global Strategy Can Support and Individual Program Local Strategy By talking about the needs of an entire city… The Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) generated public awareness that drew these resources to the Cabrini Connections program and to every other program in Chicago Pg 15 Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il 60654 Contact: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  16. 16. Insurance Healthcare Arts, Culture. Religion Government Education Science, Math Engineering Manufacturing Transportation Retailing Wholesaling Built environment Engineering Natural Resources Agriculture Finance, Personal & Business Services Hospitality Recreation Technology Communications The T/MC strategy seeks to enlist volunteers and leaders from every industry to mentor kids to careers. The Cabrini Connections program was doing the same. Cabrini Connections and T/MC both seek business partners to help in PULLING youth To careers Pg 16 Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il 60654 Contact: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  17. 17. By focusing on “what it takes” to help tutor/mentor programs get consistent resources, we seek to mobilize high profile leaders to help mobilize attention, volunteers and dollars for every program in the Chicago region. We've created many graphics that illustrate T/MC ideas. See more like this in essays and blog articles at www.tutormentorexchange.net. Pg 17 Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il 60654 Contact: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  18. 18. By focusing on “what it takes” to help youth in many neighborhoods move through school and into jobs and careers we seek to enlist support from leaders in every industry. Pg 18 Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il 60654 Contact: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  19. 19. Recognizing that non profits have few advertising dollars, we seek to teach youth, volunteers, leaders from many sectors, schools and many youth programs to be network-builders, using blogs, social media, personal networking, etc. to expand the frequency and reach of our messages to potential supporters. Pg 19 Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il 60654 Contact: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  20. 20. Strategy intended to generate greater media attention The T/MC strategy sought to increase media stories about tutor/mentor so that more volunteers and donors would support tutor/mentor programs in all parts of the Chicago region….and that some donors would also support the intermediary role of the T/MC. Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il 60654 Contact: tutormentor2@earthlink.net Pg 20 See news stories at http://www.tutormentorexchange.net/news-pr
  21. 21. The T/MC started as part of a single program. How Cabrini Connections Benefits from T/MC: Without the T/MC, Cabrini Connections could not have survived its first few years. By talking about the needs of the entire city, the T/MC helped CC get more public attention T/MC visibility has helped recruit volunteers and donors for Cabrini Connections. T/MC library of information provides an on-going wealth of information for Cabrini Connections to innovate with T/MC shares costs for rented space, staff, and utilities with Cabrini Connections, lowering the costs and making better space available Cabrini Connections* Research Visibility Resources Training Pg 21 Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il 60654 Contact: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  22. 22. How T/MC Benefits from being part of an active tutor/mentor program: Direct involvement in the Cabrini Connections program provides day-to- day reasons for T/MC to exist Cabrini Connections volunteers and staff created the T/MC and took us to the internet. Cabrini Connection news stories and videos add to public awareness generated by T/MC Cabrini Connections experience keeps T/MC focused on everyday needs of small volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs Tutor/Mentor Connection Research Visibility Resources Training Pg 22Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il 60654 Contact: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  23. 23. Pg 23 Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il 60654 Contact: tutormentor2@earthlink.net
  24. 24. Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC created in July 2011 to continue to support T/MC in Chicago From 1992 to 2011 the volunteers and supporters of Cabrini Connections bore the responsibility of raising money to support the T/MC efforts to help tutor/mentor programs grow in all parts of Chicago. The Board of Directors decided it could no longer do this and voted to end support of the T/MC effective June 30, 2011. Pg 24 Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il 60654 Contact: tutormentor2@earthlink.net Dan Bassill created the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC in July 2011 as a strategy to continue to support the Tutor/Mentor Connection in Chicago while helping similar intermediaries grow in other cities. As of March 2018, this strategy is still evolving. Sponsors, partners, thinkers and volunteers are needed. Email Dan at tutormentor2@earthlink.net if you’d like to know more.
  25. 25. TOTAL This global strategy is now supported by Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC and your help is needed. Chicago If you want to support a single volunteer-based program in one neighborhood of Chicago… 1) Use the T/MC database to find contact information for programs in every part of Chicago. 2) Become a partner, sponsor or volunteer with the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC and help us support intermediaries like the Tutor/Mentor Connection in Chicago and every other major city of the world If you want to help more k-12 youth be part of volunteer-based programs…. Pg 25 Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il 60654 Contact: tutormentor2@earthlink.net Help fund the work. Vist http://www.tutormentorconference.org/20-year-effort-1.htm
  26. 26. Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC sites: http://www.tutormentorexchange.net http://tutormentor.blogspot.com http://mappingforjustice.blogspot.com http://www.tutormentorconnection.org http://www.tutormentorprogramlocator.net http://www.tutormentorconference.org http://tutormentorconnection.ning.com Connect on Twitter @tutormentorteam Pg 26 Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il 60654 Contact: tutormentor2@earthlink.net

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