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Role of Faith Networks In Building Support for Youth Tutor/Mentor Programs

Congregations of different faiths are distributed throughout the Chicago region. What if there were study and planning groups in each congregation working to help youth tutor/mentor programs grow in all high poverty areas of the region. This strategy applies to any city. Leaders are needed to bring it to life.

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Role of Faith Networks In Building Support for Youth Tutor/Mentor Programs

  1. 1. NETWORK BUILDER: Tutor/Mentor Connection T/MC Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC CONNECTING Those Who Need help Strategies Faith Communities Can Use to Support Growth of Tutor/Mentor Programs in High Poverty areas. YOU… and youth in your church Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303,Chicago, IL 60654 – contact tutormentor2@earthlink.net Pg 1 Those Who can help
  2. 2.   Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection, tutormentor2@earthlink.net HOW FAITH COMMUNITIES CAN LEAD VOLUNTEER MOBILIZATION FOR TUTOR/MENTOR PROGRAMS  A strategy of the Tutor/Mentor Connection, www.tutormentorconnection.org  ”One person trained twelve human beings who went on to so influence the world that time itself is now recorded as being before (B.C.) or after (A.D.) his existence.” This quote was taken from the introduction of the book "Jesus, CEO: Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership", written by Laurie Beth Jones and published by Hyperion. It shows how much power one person has to change the world. We hope it inspires church leaders to use there communications systems to change the future for millions of at-risk youth throughout America, and the world. Read and share the ideas in the following pages to see how faith communities can help transform the lives of youth living in big city poverty neighborhoods. Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303,Chicago, IL 60654 – contact tutormentor2@earthlink.net Pg 2
  3. 3. Tangela joined CC in 1993, after being part of the MW/Cabrini Green Tutoring Program when in elementary school. School-Time Programs 3-5 PM Non-School Programs Pre-K K - 5th 5th - 6th 6th - 8th High School Career Track After 5 PM and Weekend Programs If the goal is to help kids living in high poverty neighborhoods be starting jobs/careers by their mid-twenties…. How do we help tutor/mentor programs connect with youth when they are young, and stay connected to those kids from when we first meet them, to when they need our help as adults?…. We are still connected, via the Internet, 16 years later. --- 16 years later. Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC – contact tutormentor2@earthlink.net Pg 3
  4. 4. Imagine a city with K-12 tutor and/or mentor programs operating in every neighborhood. Communicate this idea with sermons, graphics, videos Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC – contact tutormentor2@earthlink.net Pg 4
  5. 5. If we want mentor-rich programs in more places, we much influence resource flow. To keep kids and volunteers connected, we need these resources every day at every tutor/mentor program in Chicago. * volunteers * public visibility * operating dollars * technology * training/learning * leadership Chicago area The shaded areas of this map of Chicago are the areas of most concentrated poverty. Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, Chicago, Il. Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.net This map could be any major city in the world where youth live in high concentrations of poverty. Pg 5
  6. 6. Maps show locations of faith congregations throughout Chicago region. Strategies from EACH congregation could be supporting growth of tutor/mentor programs in different areas. See more faith maps in the Map Gallery at http://www.tutormentorprogramlocator.net/mapgallery.html Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC – contact tutormentor2@earthlink.net Pg 6 Maps can be created to show every faith denomination in the Chicago region.
  7. 7. 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 Every congregation represents a Network of People with connections to every other sector in the region. Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC and T/MC seek business & faith leaders to help in PULLING youth To careers from tutor/mentor programs in many locations Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC – contact tutormentor2@earthlink.net Pg 7
  8. 8. The World’s Largest Ping Pong ball table. Every intentional action of a faith leader, volunteer or network-builder causes a chain reaction that moves every other ball. What you say can reach people around the world. FAITH LEADERS HAVE BEEN PRACTICING THIS FOR OVER 2000 YEARS! Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, , Chicago, Il. Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.net Pg 8
  9. 9. When a faith leader, or youth minister, communicates, many listen. Many follow. Use personal and organizational leadership, web site and communications to connect members of your network to Tutor Mentor programs in all parts of Chicago on a consistent, on- going basis, using Internet directories such as www.tutormentorconnection.org as resource for finding programs. Elected leader college you faith business media Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, , Chicago, Il Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.net others This city needs leaders in every sector who take this role, not one or two high profile people. volunteers dollars Talent & technology Pg 9
  10. 10. OUTREACH STRATEGY: We want faith groups in affluent suburban areas, as well as in inner city areas, to be delivering sermons on a regular basis, that tie scripture and service, and point members to tutor/mentor programs that already exist, or to neighborhoods, where new programs need to be created. In this graphic, we illustrate how one faith leader (Rev. Hall), can use his/her blog, sermon, radio show and web site, to reach out to members of the congregation, and provide information they can share with people in their own networks. We also show how these faith leaders can host networking sessions at the November and May Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference, in Chicago* (see www.tutormentorconference.org ) and how they can host events at different church, mosque and temple locations, during January and August, to draw attention to tutor/mentor programs in their own neighborhood, or in neighborhoods that they have adopted. * the conference has not been held since May 2015 Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC – contact tutormentor2@earthlink.net Pg 10
  11. 11. 12-months from now 9-months from now 6-months from now 3-months from now Immediate Impact Growth of volunteers & $$ and corporate leaders involved $$ With every action have a purpose. Every message is intended to draw needed resources to one or more tutor/mentor programs in Chicago. Teach others to communicate with a purpose. The result will be a more consistent flow of talent & resources to all youth programs in the region. Deliver strategic messages four times each year to increase resource flow. Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC – contact tutormentor2@earthlink.net $$$$$$ Pg 11
  12. 12. STRATEGIC TIME FRAMES TO DELIVER THIS MESSAGE: IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE WHEN YOU COMMUNICATE AND WHAT MESSAGE YOU COMMUNICATE 1) late August (with a "be a volunteer" message to support Back- to-School volunteer recruitment); 2) first Sunday in November (Tutor/Mentor Week - give recognition to students, volunteers and leaders who have joined such programs); 3) mid February - ( profile volunteers, tell of success stories, the need for volunteers to be leaders, the need for reinforcements, etc.); 4) late April (encourage participation in events like the Tutor/Mentor Conference held from 1994-2015); give praise for the work volunteers, students and programs have done over the past year, talk about the need for continuing this work during the next year. In each of these messages, include the T/MC web site of www.tutormentorconnection.org, because that is where their members can go for more information of what it takes to build and sustain a great mentoring program. Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC – contact tutormentor2@earthlink.net Pg 12
  13. 13. Youth in faith sponsored organizations, schools, etc. can create visualizations that share this thinking. The graphic at the right is from an animation done by an intern who converted the concept map into a flash animation which can be viewed in this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=pRipJPgenFc These graphics were created by interns. This one shows use of concept map Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC – contact tutormentor2@earthlink.net Pg 13 View at http://tinyurl.com/tmc-strategy-map
  14. 14. Examples of information visualization created by interns. This graphic at the right shows how intern converted this to flash animation. View this at http://www.tutormentorexchange.net/ chicagoland-volunteer-recruitment/177- volunteersleaders The graphic above shows how idea was first visualized in power point and posted on the Tutor/Mentor blog. See more work by interns: http://www.tutormentorexchange.net/definition-of-issues/ideasanimation Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC – contact tutormentor2@earthlink.net Pg 14 Young people in faith groups and neighborhood youth programs, as well as in public schools, can create videos that share these ideas and mobilize volunteers and donors for tutor/mentor programs in neighborhoods where they live.
  15. 15. Network Grows OVER TIME Friends Alumni Co-worker Network Vol. Donor Co- worker Network Vol. Donor Co- worker Network Grows OVER TIME Friends Alumni Co-worker Network Vol. Donor Co- worker Network Vol. Donor Co- worker Network Grows OVER TIME Friends Alumni Co-worker Network Vol. Donor Co- worker Network Vol. Donor Co- worker Expanding network of people supporting youth tutor/mentor programs borrows lessons from how faith communities have grown to include more people, from more places. IDEA One Person This map shows visitors to www.tutormentorconnection.org Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Pg. 15
  16. 16. x x x x x x EVANGELIZE THIS! This map shows Methodist Church locations in the Chicago region. Similar maps for other denominations can be found at http://mappingforjustice.blogspot.com and can be created using the Tutor/Mentor Program Locator at http://www.tutormentorlocator.net x Imagine if someone in a Methodist Youth organization were building a map with X overlays indicating congregations who were implementing the ideas in this presentation. Such groups could be sharing ideas at spring and fall Tutor/Mentor Conferences, and on social media, to help others learn from them so the number of X s on the map grow each year. Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Pg. 16
  17. 17. Share your sermons. Share your strategy. Show these maps to others! Faith communities can build libraries of sermons that can be used by others each year to create and deliver their own messages. Faith communities can host workshops at spring and fall Tutor/Mentor Conferences in Chicago, or at events where faith leaders from many denominations are connecting. Faith communities can build on-line communities where these ideas can be shared. The Chicago conference has not been held since May 2005. One or more faith groups could re-start these in Chicago and in other cities. The conference web site provides a template: http://www.tutormentorconference.org Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654 Pg. 17 Read more at http://tinyurl.com/TMI-FaithLeadersPDF and at http://www.tutormentor.blogspot.com/search/label/faith%20groups
  18. 18. PRACTICE THESE IDEAS. MAKE THEM HAPPEN! These are concepts intended to encourage youth and adults to think, learn and innovate new ways to support the growth and operations of needed youth support services throughout the Chicago metropolitan region. At the following Tutor/Mentor Institute and Tutor/Mentor Connection web sites you can see how we put these ideas to practice every day in our effort to support our goals. http://www.tutormentorexchange.net http://www.tutormentorconnection.org http://tutormentor.blogspot.com http://mappingforjustice.blogspot.com http://www.twitter.com/tutormentorteam Become a volunteer, intern, or research partner. Email tutormentor2@earthlink.net Property of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Chicago, Il. Email for permission to use: tutormentor2@earthlink.net Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, Tutor/Mentor Connection Merchandise Mart PO Box 3303, Chicago, Il. 60654

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