Background And Invitation To Participate

Add Your Talent. Help Grow the Network


This graphic illustrates the need for many people, from many sectors, to be involved in helping kids in poverty areas move through school and into adult lives and jobs. When I created Cabrini Connections, Tutor/Mentor Connection in 1993 we only had seven volunteers, but between then and 2011 many volunteers and organizations provided help. This timeline shows work I've done since 1975 to help tutor/mentor programs grow in Chicago.

In this wiki I share work I've been doing, and work that still needs to be done. This cannot all be done by a single organization. It needs to be work that is adopted and led by many people and organizations. My goal is to help this happen, and generate revenue to support the information platforms that I describe in the work pages on this site.

This concept map that illustrates the range of talents I need, and points to groups where I'm connected to people with that talent, as well as to some people who have stepped forward a bit to help me recently. One of the most important talent areas is that of PROJECT MANAGER, meaning people who can take ownership of a piece of this strategy and grow it over the next few years.

What I've not been able to do is show the growth of this network, nor show what people and organizations have helped in the past, or are helping now. This article is a list of people and organizations who helped in the 1990s. This link points to list of interns who helped between 2006 and 2015.

In July 2011 I created the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, using the ideas we've been sharing on this site for over 12 years. Through the Tutor/Mentor Institute I'll continue to fund the web sites that support the Tutor/Mentor Connection and I'll continue to host conferences, one-on-one consultations, and on-line meetings and forums. My goal is to attract revenue from more than philanthropy so that the tools and services we build can have greater impact on the growth of tutor/mentor programs than we have been able to provide in the past due to lack of revenue and leadership support.

This concept map visualizes the four-part strategy needed to help volunteer-based, mentor-rich programs reach youth in more high poverty neighborhoods of Chicago and other urban areas. It show many needs and opportunities. The nodes point to pages on this wiki where each idea is intended to be further developed by volunteers and partners.

While many people have offered encouragement and some are more involved in helping me with this transition, I don't have a good way to visualize this, or to connect the people who are helping to each other.


I've been using concept maps to illustrate the range of people and organizations who need to take ownership of the ideas I've been sharing and how I've created the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC to support the growth of the Tutor/Mentor Connection in Chicago as well as similar groups in other cities.

This map is my first effort at showing the goals of the Tutor/Mentor Institute.

This PDF is an outline of the goals of the Tutor/Mentor Institute. This PDF illustrates the value offered by Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC. Each section in this wiki will ultimately focus on one of the four strategy sectors and on sub-projects within each sector. In total this will become an open source operating system that can be used by anyone in the world to build and sustain tutor/mentor programs in multiple high-poverty locations of the same geographic area.

One section of this wiki is focused on volunteers and who are helping and IMMEDIATE NEEDS. I need to know who is actually working with me and need to share this so you can all work with each other.

If you've been helping me already your name may show up in the list of volunteers or one of the nodes on this chart. If it's not there and you want to add it, just join one of the groups on the Tutor/Mentor Connection forum and take an active role, or join the Tutor/Mentor Institute Facebook group.

There is much to do and too many holes not yet filled on the talent chart. If you share the vision and want to take some ownership, please connect with me.

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