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"Thank You. Dan Card (1989-90) From Students and Volunteers


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From 1975 to 1992 I led a volunteer-based tutor/mentor program serving 2nd to 6th grade youth at the Montgomery Ward Corporate Headquarters in Chicago. I did this as a volunteer for the first 15 years. I then created and led another program serving inner-city teens, from 1993 till 2011. From these experiences I created the Tutor/Mentor Connection in 1993, to help similar programs grow in all high poverty neighborhoods of Chicago and other cities.

This presentation shares a "thank you" card given to me during the 1989-90 school year, signed by dozens of students and volunteers. Their messages are representative of many I've received over the many years of doing this work.

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"Thank You. Dan Card (1989-90) From Students and Volunteers

  1. 1. Thank You from 1989-90 students and volunteers of Montgomery Ward- Cabrini Green Tutoring Program Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC @tutormentorteam
  2. 2. I'm not sure what the occasion was, but during the end of the 1989-90 school year students and volunteers at the tutoring program I had led since 1975, as a volunteer while holding full time retail advertising jobs with the Montgomery Ward Corporation, created a huge 22x28” thank you card for me. The first page is shown on the previous slide. Below is page 2 of the card. Zoom in to view signatures and messages. Page 2
  3. 3. This is page 3 of 4 - Zoom in to view messages. Page 3
  4. 4. This is from page 3 This is my wife Emily, with the student she mentored, at our year- end graduation from 6th grade ceremony. Page 4
  5. 5. This is also from page 3 Page 5
  6. 6. This is from page 4 Page 6
  7. 7. This is page 4 of 4 - Zoom in to view messages. Page7
  8. 8. This is from page 4 Page 8
  9. 9. This is from page 4 Page9
  10. 10. This is from page 4 Page 10
  11. 11. This is also from page 4 Page 11
  12. 12. This is also from page 4 Page 12
  13. 13. This is also from page 4 Page 13
  14. 14. This certificate of appreciation was given to every student and volunteer at the end of each school year. The best awards are the people I have met through leading the tutor/mentor programs. Page14
  15. 15. The goal of tutor/mentor programs I've led has been to expand network of adults helping kids move through school and into adult lives and careers. I'm still connected to many students and volunteers from the 1970s-2000s via Facebook, LinkedIN and other social media. I keep hoping that others from the past will find me and re-connect, and will help me continue my efforts far into the future. Visit to find links to the resources I share and my social media spaces.