Master plan for saving Chicago youth - 1998 version

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News stories have highlighted inequity, violence and poverty for decades with occasional periods of outrage when editorial writers demand action from everyone. This PDF shows a plan created by a small Chicago non profit to address this problem with consistent, on-going marketing and program development. While the plan has never been well-supported in Chicago, it could be a brand new idea in any other city. Take a look. See if it fits what needs to be done. Then contact Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC and let us help you develop it.

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Master plan for saving Chicago youth - 1998 version

  1. 1. Does your city have A MASTER PLAN FOR SAVING YOUR KIDS?Read through the following pages, showing a plan developed by a small non profit in Chicago, starting in 1993. This presentation was created in 1998, as a script for a video. If the ideas make since, give it a new birth with leadership in your own city. Tutor/Mentor Connection, Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il 60654 tutormentor1@gmail.com http://www.tutormentorexchange.net @tutormentorteam on Twitter
  2. 2. From Chicago Tribune, May 15, 1995 The Tutor/Mentor Connection first offered a plan to Chicago leaders to combat poverty...in 1994. It has never been well-supported. Yet, the plan is still available, with many updates since then. Review the original plan. Contact Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC to see the updates. Tutor/Mentor Connection Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC www.tutormentorexchange.net NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 2
  3. 3. NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 3
  4. 4. NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 4
  5. 5. NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 5
  6. 6. NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 6
  7. 7. NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 7
  8. 8. The Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) is a marketing plan designed to channel this outrage into positive actions that end violence and poverty – one child at a time. Creating safe places where adults and children can gather is a Summit goal NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 8
  9. 9. NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 9
  10. 10. NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 10
  11. 11. NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 11
  12. 12. RESEARCH: The first step is a research process which intends to know every tutor/mentor program in Chicago, which we can map (show a map) to show the location of every known afterschool program. Last November (1997) the T/MC distributed the first report to ever summarize the availability of afterschool tutor/mentor programs (cover shown). According to the 1997 survey of 272 programs, fewer than 6% of children are now (1998) participating in any of the programs which responded, our of a total of 500,000 school-aged children in Chicago. NOTE: Funds to repeat this survey every year were never received, thus, this was the only time in the past 20 years a summary of T/MC data was achieved. NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 12
  13. 13. RESEARCH: A map like this (from the 1997 survey) shows levels of high poverty in Chicago, locations of public schools on probation and locations of non school tutor and/or mentor programs that responded to the 1997 survey. In each Chicago Public School region the total number of kids served is shown, along with the number in the tutor/mentor programs in each region. NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 13
  14. 14. RESEARCH: These maps show the number of programs, and the number of children served by grade level. There are quite a few programs on the map, but the total number of children served in each grade level is quite small and the distribution of programs into all high poverty neighborhoods is weak. T/MC research can also locate models from anywhere in the city, or the country, which are more successful than others (Big Brothers, Quantum Opportunities, I Have a Dream, etc) which can be examples to use in setting standards which all others can aspire to (with proper support and funding). NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 14
  15. 15. What Does a Tutor/Mentor Program Look Like? There is no single model and there is very little research attempting to differentiate between different models. However, the Tutor/Mentor Connection seeks to encourage the growth of site based programs where mentors from many different career and college backgrounds provide multi-year support to participating youth. On the next few slides, the ideal of what in 1997 we called “Total Quality Mentoring (TQM) would look like is described. NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 15
  16. 16. Map of Chicago Copyright 2011, Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC Chicago, Il. Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.net NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 16
  17. 17. Copyright 2011, Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC Chicago, Il. Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.net NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 17
  18. 18. Map of Chicago Copyright 2011, Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC Chicago, Il. Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.net 19
  19. 19. Map of Chicago Copyright 2011, Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC Chicago, Il. Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.net 19
  20. 20. Map of Chicago Copyright 2011, Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC Chicago, Il. Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.net 20
  21. 21. Map of Chicago Copyright 2011, Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC Chicago, Il. Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.net 21
  22. 22. Map of Chicago Copyright 2011, Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC Chicago, Il. Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.net 22
  23. 23. Map of Chicago Copyright 2011, Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC Chicago, Il. Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.net 23
  24. 24. Map of Chicago Copyright 2011, Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC Chicago, Il. Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.net 24
  25. 25. Map of Chicago Copyright 2011, Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC Chicago, Il. Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.net NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 25
  26. 26. While newspapers and media do headlines of negative events, with rising and falling levels of indignation, NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 26
  27. 27. It is our commitment to turn media outrage into positive action, creating public awareness even when the media has moved on to other stories, NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 27
  28. 28. with a focus on individual programs in EVERY neighborhood of Chicago, not just those with the most notoriety, or a celebrity spokesperson, NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 28
  29. 29. that separates the Tutor/Mentor Connection from any other non-profit or government agency in America. In 2011 the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC was created to continue this vision. NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 29
  30. 30. Public Awareness, Marketing: The Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) was created with a goal of helping existing non-school, volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs in Chicago get the resources each needs to grow and expand, while helping new programs start in areas which are underserved. T/MC creates events which draw attention to existing programs, while providing training, recruiting volunteers, or raising dollars. And we provide “rest of the story” reports for the media to use as follow-up to “negative headlines”. The goal of our follow up is to show the need of a neighborhood where the “news” occurred. The example on the following page shows * Degree of poverty in area where shooting took place * Public Schools on state warning list for poor performance * Locations of any existing non-school tutor and/or mentor programs in the area (if any) Map stories also add information showing businesses, churches, hospitals and/or universities in the areas who are assets that should be involved helping tutor/mentor programs grow in the area. Maps also show expressways that pass through or near the map area, providing access routes for potential volunteers and leaders who pass through the neighborhood each day. In most cases, there are not enough programs in a map-area, the existing programs don't serve every age group, and/or only reach a small number of children, and the programs are not all as good as they need to be in helping children move from the streets to a job and career. While T/MC sends these maps to editorial writers, none has yet been published. While we send them to some of the business leaders of companies in the map area, non has yet resulted in a new involvement strategy (that we know of). T/MC has not had cheerleaders with enough clout to get our message published. We have not had the financial support needed to create professional looking, full-color, materials that might motivate more leaders to spend more time trying to understand our message. With your help we will overcome this hurdle. We will integrate these maps into videos our students produce and put them on public TV and into training videos like this, which you can use to advocate in your business or professional circle. Furthermore, we will put them on an Internet web site, which will allow millions of people to go directly to us for “the rest of the story”. NOTE: This is from a 1998 Tutor/Mentor Connection video script. It is being shared in 2015 to show a vision that still needs to be adopted In Chicago and in other metropolitan areas of the US. Visit http://www.tutormentorexchange.net to learn more. 30
  31. 31. NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 31
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  33. 33. This 1992 front page is a constant reminder of the on-going work of supporting kids that a city needs to do, but does not do very well. NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 33
  34. 34. NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 34
  35. 35. NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 35
  36. 36. NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 36
  37. 37. NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 37
  38. 38. NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 38
  39. 39. NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 39
  40. 40. Both of these stories focus on the same Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago Neither showed assets who could be working together to make youth tutoring, mentoring and jobs programs available that could reduce the problem the story was focused on. See “Rest of the Story” on following slides. These illustrate Tutor/Mentor Connection’s map-based media strategy: NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 40
  41. 41. NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners To develop this since then. NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 41
  42. 42. Map View Shows Assets in Area Every news story could be followed with information like this. NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 42
  43. 43. T/MC Training Strategy While T/MC marketing and resource building intend to bring reinforcements to tutor/mentor programs, our training is intended to help these programs keep their volunteers and do a better job each year of moving children toward a career. Very simply, training is a product of on-going market research, intended to learn who does it well and how they do it, then to create forums where others can be motivated to learn from those examples. NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 43
  44. 44. Creating a Learning Community Chicago Tribune, 11-24-96 NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 44 Tutor/Mentor Connection has created a May and November conference where leaders of programs can gather to share best practices and learn from experts how to better manage and market their efforts and where training can be provided to volunteers. We have established a Library at our Montgomery Ward headquarters*. We include this information in a newsletter we publish quarterly. However, we are no where close to where we need to be. We must find ways to capture more information and package it via conferences and the Internet so more groups can use it more efficiently. The goal of the T/MC is not to franchise our own program or any other single model. It is to create entrepreneurs who can use the information and technology we provide to do the best work possible. As Robert Taggart said in his review of Quantum Opportunities Program, you cannot “franchise” hugs and understanding, but you can provide the infrastructure so that “high-tech” and “high-touch” are combined. While technology can do wonders to help programs find information, it cannot replace the hands-on touch of a person. While kids need mentoring, so do programs. And while many programs will come to conferences which constantly improve in quality and appeal, we must build a training corps of experienced volunteers who have business experience who can serve as an “inner city tutor training corps” for one or two year sabbaticals to reach out and touch every single program in each city, making sure that no program isn’t aware of the hand the T/MC is extending to help them, and being available to serve as speakers and trainers of volunteers when-ever and where-ever any program needs them. Such volunteers will not only provide a tremendous outreach and connecting service to any city’s programs, they will become a source of trained and motivated leadership to fill the huge need of additional programs throughout Chicago and America. * this library is now (2015) on the internet at http://www.tutormentorexchange.net
  45. 45. RESOURCE BUILDING While T/MC events have put our messages in front of the media over and over since 1994 (see stores on previous pages), our goal is that these events provide immediate support to every program in the city, in the form of volunteers, dollars, training, visibility, etc. However, they are also intended to draw partners to us who can build a strategy from within their own organizations which supports schools and afterschool programs in neighborhoods where they are already invested. This is an ADOPT A NEIGHBORHOOD STRATEGY. In order to show business locations in neighborhoods where a shooting took place, we’ve used the yellow-pages to create a data-base of multiple site corporations. While we know there are business directories available, we haven’t yet had the funds to use these resources. With out business database we can not only do a neighborhood analysis, we can do an organizational analysis. We’ve created maps showing major corporations, such as McDonald’s State Farm, Citibank, Burger King, etc. We send these maps to the CEOs and marketing executives of these companies asking them to develop a strategy that supports neighborhoods within a one-mile radius of any of their business sites. If they don’t have neighborhood sites, we suggest a zip code sort of employees, which would target groups living North, West or South of the city, who pass through high poverty neighborhoods every day coming and going to work. We follow up news stories to show reasons for companies to focus their strategy on tutor/mentor programs. As General Powell has given 6-month reports following the Summit, he’s been criticized for not naming names. Our goal is to have a fall business lunch each year, using maps to show where there is a need, and to highlight corporate potential to serve different areas in the city. Each spring we plan to hold a second lunch to show which corporations took action, and which did not. As companies look to develop a strategy, we will work with them to fine tune and focus their efforts, drawing from our research of best practices in their industry and in other industries, both in Chicago, and throughout the world. The Chicago Bar Association/Foundation, to date (1997) has the most comprehensive strategy (see next page). NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 45
  46. 46. The Lend a Had Program at the Chicago Bar Foundation/Association is using its own media (this is an example) to recruit volunteers and raise dollars. They have set up a Lend A Hand Fund to raise and allocate dollars to fund tutor/mentor programs in Chicago, partnering with the Tutor/Mentor Connection to host an annual Tutor/Mentor Week in November. They have established a Law Bridges program with teams of judges and lawyers making once-a-month commitments to do presentations at tutor/mentor sites in the city. This map shows a distribution of Law Bridges visits. It also shows the challenge of how many more teams are needed and how other law associations could join this effort. Ultimately, every tutor/mentor program in the city should have law bridges, just as every program should also have a health connection, technology connection, arts, science/engineering connections, etc. led by teams of business and professional volunteer from each industry. NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 46
  47. 47. This is NOT just a strategy for Chicago The Map of America shows more than 50 cities with needs similar to Chicago. In Chicago, Detroit New York and many other cities, youth are killing each Other at an alarming pace. More than 150 cities gathered in Philadelphia in April 1997 to hear five living Presidents of the United States issue a call to action. None of these has yet developed an action plan Anywhere close to the scope of the Tutor/Mentor Connection, yet each city needs such a plan. NOTE: This document was created in 1998. As of 2015 this strategy still is not in place in any city. Visit http://www.tutormentorexchange.net. Bring this strategy to life in your city so we don't lose 2 more decades of young lives. 47
  48. 48. Our Appeal Any organization can adopt the Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) strategy serving as a “buck stops here” leader in the crusade to keep America's Promise. The more leaders who take this challenge, the better. The silver bullet has not yet been invented which raises anyone's child, yours, mine, or a child born in poverty. Every initiative has the potential to be the best one ever, serving as a model for every other group to duplicate. Through the T/MC your organization can be a leader, not only in Chicago, but in any city where your organization does business, or is represented. As a leader, you only need to convene a panel of your peers to launch the T/MC in any city, drawing from our planning web site, joining in events which recruit, train and raise dollars in Chicago, which could also do the same, on the same dates, in any other city in America. NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. It's now 2015 and still seek partners who will share ownership of this strategy. These ideas can be adopted by a university, a trade association, political leadership, a philanthropic leader, or a network of youth serving organization. 48
  49. 49. BE A PARTNER: HELP THE T/MC. LET THE T/MC HELP YOU. Money: Each part of the T/MC is under funded and will only grow with financial reinforcements Brains/People: Your company has expertise in each of the areas outlined in this report. In some cases your company may be the industry leader, or may see an opportunity to demonstrate a new product, such as Group Systems, the Internet, GIS information, through a partnership with the T/MC Marketing/Event Sponsors and Hosts – Provide dollars and advertising to draw more resources to tutor/mentor programs in Chicago and the nation. Include the T/MC web site address in your ads, and hot link your web site to the T/MC web site. Host volunteer fairs in your facility. Use your corporate media to promote the need for tutor/mentor programs Adopt a Neighborhood – work with the T/MC to do a neighborhood analysis of your locations, your business partners, where your employees live, non-profits you already support, etc. Begin a strategy which devotes a slice of your resources each year, for the next 20 years, to a growing number of neighborhoods where you have operations. Be a Cheerleader – be proud of your involvement. (Show Colin Powell.) Boast about it in your media. Encourage your friends to be involved. Challenge your competitors to be involved. Work with the T/MC to develop a Fall Challenge Lunch and a Spring Recognition Lunch that will raise dollars, visibility and the challenge that leads to more and better involvements from every organization, in a way that improves quality and quantity of youth tutor/mentor programs in different neighborhoods, each succeeding year. Listen to the kids who say “thanks, I'd probably be on the streets without your help.” NOTE: This page was created in 1998 showing T/MC goals. We have continued to seek partners who adopt these recommendations. 49
  50. 50. From 1998 through 2015, Dan Bassill and Tutor/Mentor Connection continued to develop the ideas shown in this proposal. Due to a number of factors consistent investment has never been available, and funds to do this work did not grow from a peak level reached in 2000, the year our major corporate sponsor, Montgomery Ward, went out of business. In 2011 the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC was created to support the continued operation of Tutor/Mentor Connection in Chicago, and to help similar intermediary projects grow in other cities. While these ideas were given birth in Chicago over 20 years ago, they could be a brand new MASTER PLAN FOR SAVING YOUTH launched by civic leaders in any other city in the country. You don’t need to start from scratch. Start by building from the base of ideas launched by the Tutor/Mentor Connection in 1993. Let Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC and Dan Bassill help you. Visit http://www.tutormentorexchange.net to learn more. Tutor/Mentor Connection, Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il 60654 tutormentor1@gmail.com 50

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