Tutor Mentor Institute Goals

We want to identify leaders in every industry, faith group, college, entertainment and political sector who have a version of this strategy map on their web site, illustrating their commitment to the strategy and to helping kids born in poverty move through school and into jobs.


We want Chicago and every other major city in the country to have a Program Locator that shows k-12 volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs serving every age groups, operating in every high poverty neighborhood. Program locators will have layers of information showing the distribution of arts, STEM, writing, entrepreneurship, etc. programs in every neighborhood, reaching every age group.

We want to create an organization with the leadership, funding, partnership and talent needed to achieve this goal. View this page to see expanded goal for the Tutor/Mentor Program Locator, of collecting donations for individual tutor/mentor programs in Chicago and other cities.

Convergence strategies in fragmented market
There are thousands of social service organizations competing for attention and resources. There are also thousands of places where people are able to get information. The ideas demonstrated in this wiki focus on intermediary and leadership strategies that can focus attention and resources on an entire sector of social-purpose organizations focused on a common goal but operating in different locations. If we can build a team of leaders who understand this concept and will work with us to develop products and services and training programs to apply the ideas, we can develop a successful business and have a quantum impact on youth serving organizations, as well as every other social service sector.

The graphics on this page are intended to help people understand the many different components of the Tutor/Mentor Institute and Tutor/Mentor Connection.

View this PDF to see an overview of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC goals and strategies.

Some people say "too much" or "too complex" but no one says this when looking at the blueprints for building a hotel or factory, or looking at the course selection for getting a 4-year college degree. Maybe people say this because of who we are.These ideas originated from a single person leading a volunteer-based tutor/mentor program in Chicago since 1974. If they were on the web site of the Mayor of Chicago, a corporate CEO, or a big foundation where people are expected to have "big ideas" we think more people would try to understand and implement them.

So….we invite you to use them. Help us develop the ideas. Put them on your own web site. Incorporate them in your own leadership.

This 4-Part Strategy map -shows four steps happening concurrently within the Tutor/Mentor Connection. See this map on web. Below is a version of the 4-part strategy map showing work that needs to be done at each step. A re-built Tutor/Mentor Connection would have the manpower and funds to make this happen.

Each strategy includes many components. Some we've been developing for many years with limited resources. Others are ideas we've had on the drawing boards but without a structure or resources to develop them. Combined they represent a collection of ideas and efforts intended to help constantly improving, mentor rich and career focused, non-school volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs reach youth in more poverty areas of Chicago and other urban markets. See concept map version.

There's much work needed to maintain what has been built since 1994, while enhancing it using new ideas and new technologies, while dramatically increasing the number of people who view and use the information, and the number who adopt and lead it. The image below shows work to be done.

4-PartStrategy-Growth-youthinvolved.jpg See this map at this link.

Through the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC we will seek investment and partners to develop the technology, host events and training, and support the growth of a Tutor/Mentor Connection in Chicago and similar structures in other cities. Help develop this strategy via the Groups on the Tutor/Mentor Connection forum.

Through the rest of this wiki we need to flesh out each of these ideas, recruit volunteers, staff, sponsors and investors to develop them, and continually update this as a training and learning resource. At this time writers, editors, thinkers, planners and business developers are needed.

Dan Bassill, founder of the Tutor/Mentor Institute and Tutor/Mentor Connection is age 74 (as of December 2020). While he hopes to remain in a leading and innovating position for many more years he also realizes that these ideas need to be passed on and owned by a younger generation of leaders and by many institutions. Thus, this is an opportunity for many people to create a new career for themselves and make a difference in the world.

The more time and talent you invest, the more ownership you will earn in return.

Introduce yourself on the groups or connect on Twitter, Facebook or Skype.

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