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.

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 since 2005 to illustrate the strategies, goals and resources of the Tutor/Mentor Connection and Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC.

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.

This wiki article titled Creating a new Tutor/Mentor Connection and Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, shows six functional areas that need to be filled with volunteer and/or funded talent, to re-establish the T/MC in Chicago. All of these are needed since the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC currently only consist of Daniel F. Bassill, who has not drawn a salary since 2011.

This wiki article titled Tutor Mentor Learning Network shows these functional roles in a slightly different format. Anyone trying to communicate the goals of the T/MC or T/MI or seek funding to rebuild the organization should read both of these and clearly understand them.

It is critically important that people understand that the T/MC goal has always been to pull resources through its library and directly to the various youth tutor/mentor programs operating in the Chicago region. While we've always needed money to support our operations, what differentiates the T/MC from almost all other intermediaries, such as collective impact efforts, is our intent to draw operating dollars to programs in the city, not just to ourselves. Read this wiki article to learn about how we could do that as part of a fully funded strategy.

This map is my 2011 effort at showing the goals of the Tutor/Mentor Institute,LLC.

This PDF is an outline of the goals of the Tutor/Mentor Institute. This PDF focuses only on the value offered by Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC. These goals are further described on this wiki page.

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 challenge I face is the complex nature of the Tutor/Mentor Connection and Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC. We are not starting a new organization, building from scratch. We are building on work that has been done over the past 25 years. This wiki has more than 20 pages, with links to dozens of concept maps and articles showing work that's been done in the past and needs to be updated now and showing ideas that were on the drawing boards, but could never be implemented. Few people will dedicate the time to read through this, thus they will come to me with an incomplete understanding of T/MC strategies and goals, and ways they and others can help. Yet, the information is here. If you share the vision and want to take some ownership, please start reading, then connect with me.**

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