Tutor Mentor Institute Library

This page was created around 2000-2001 to outline the range of information we were trying to collect and host on different web sites. Much of this now is hosted on the Tutor/Mentor Institute web site with links to other web sites we also host. Thus, we may not need this page at all.

Tutor/Mentor Institute Library - Vision
The mission of the Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) is to gather and organize all that is known about successful non-school tutoring/mentoring programs and apply that knowledge to expand the availability and enhance the effectiveness of these services to children throughout the Chicago region.

This is one of many graphics that we've created to try to communicate the range of information being collected and how we were using advertising principles to increase the number of people who view the information.

The organization recognizes that its strategy is "out of the box" for most people and seems like "too much information" for others. With limited resources its not been able to present as clear a definition of goals and actions as is needed. Thus, we pursue two strategies to help build the organization.

1) we have created this wiki and share our ideas on many web sites so that anyone can join us in building this Tutor/Mentor Connection strategy

2) we continue to work on an "if we build it they will come" mentality, doing all we can to collect and share information and to draw more users to this information every day. This four-part strategy shows what we do every day to help tutor/mentor programs grow in more places.

However, it also keeps pursuing this "clarity of mission" goal. This page represents the "next step". This table of contents is the outline of a "web book" and "tutor/mentor university" that have yet to be developed. Each section of this outline represents a body of knowledge that needs to be understood by public leaders as well as tutor/mentor program leaders.

Our first step of fleshing this out has been to provide illustrated PDF presentations of some sections. These are now used extensively in the Tutor/Mentor Institute web site.


In addition to creating essays that share our ideas we've mapped the library we host on the Tutor/Mentor Connection site. This provides another form of organization for the information we share.

Over the coming years we will develop similar presentations for each section. Some will develop because researchers, writers and IT people learn from the first presentations the power of our vision and volunteer to help us build the rest of the book.

If we were writing a book this would be the Table of Contents.
With help from partners, researchers, writers and interns this can become an on-line and/or printed book in the future, and a curriculum used by many colleges to support on-going learning by students, alumni and members of the communities surrounding many universities.

Definition of the Problem

Education inequities
High School Drop Out Crisis
Social Capital differences
Lack of time for key players to connect and converge

Different meaning for common terms, such as "tutoring" and "mentoring." We seek to create strategies and collaborations that focus on work and careers. as the ultimate goal. This chart illustrates that to work concept.

Economic and social divide separates those who could help with those who might help
Lack of leadership, lack of consistent attention to this issue

eLearning, Innovation, Collaboration as a Process -
T/MC seeks to create a learning and knowledge network, consisting of partners/Hubs from around the world that are already collecting and sharing some of the information that others could use to innovate better solutions in their own community. Read our Theory Of Change.pdf .

This can lead to identifying Tipping Points, that would be actions which influence the growth of volunteer based tutor/mentor programs in thousands of locations.

Mentoring as a solution
Mentoring is a form of Service-Learning that can enlarge the number of adults and organizations involved with helping youth move from poverty to careers

Existing research Mentoring vs tutoring vs education to careers Impact on diversity, public health, juvenile and poverty justice, workforce development & civic engagement Needs of youth in poverty different than needs of youth in other areas Needs of youth with English as second language also different; compounded by poverty Lack of resources (volunteers, funding, media attention, technology, etc.)

Neighborhood Analysis power point

Total Quality Mentoring - this is a concept of constant improvement, borrowed from the business term, Total Quality Management (TQM ). It's used to describe a comprehensive volunteer-based tutor/mentor program in which the long term goal is that youth are starting jobs/careers by their mid-twenties, and that volunteers are the leaders and networkers who help make this possible.

Success Steps Strategy - actions that support a youth's long-term growth in a Total Quality Mentoring program. The Cabrini Connection plan.

T/MC Research Model and Findings T/MC survey T/MC Database - program locator T/MC GIS maps-a unique strategy to understand needs and distribute resources T/MC Directory, model programs,

Backward mapping, planning trees, knowledge mapping, group systems (decision support)

T/MC Public Awareness Model and Progress Message: Total Quality Mentoring; Career Ladder Strategy: Reach and frequency at a low cost

Role of leaders - This essay describes actions leaders in business, hospitals, faith groups and universities might take to engage their members in actions that mentor kids from poverty to jobs and career.

Benefit to Business of Volunteer Invovement,
Business Case for Corporate Social Involvement
Invest in Kids, Workforce Development Strategy

Below are essays that show how this might happen in specific industries:

Faith group
Hospital strategy, Why Hospitals Should Get Involved Link
University connection, Universities as Agents of Change
[community], Saving Futures, Saving Dollars Link, Diversity Pipeline In Legal Community Link

Events (Chicagoland Tutor/Mentor Volunteer Recruitment Campaign , Leadership Conference, Golf Benefit, etc.) Public Relations - intended to draw volunteers and donors to programs, using the Program Locator feature Media Campaign Internet Strategy and use of GIS maps

Resource Development T/MC Calendar of sequenced Events/Leveraging National Events Integration of Kids’ Connection events (and those of other tutor/mentor programs) Fund Raising Strategies, such as SunTimes Marovitz Lend A Hand Program of Chicago Bar Association/Foundation Adoption of T/MC strategy by business, Faith group, Hospital strategy, University connection, Legal community

Training, Networking and information sharing Tutor/Mentor Learning Network strategy Internet strategy Conferences Newsletter Tutor/Mentor University and Tutor/Mentor Inner-city Leader Corps One-on-one consulting
Collaboration Goals

Strategies for building and sustaining tutor/mentor programs
Steps for Starting a Tutor/Mentor Program
Success Steps Strategy - actions that support a youth's long-term growth in a Total Quality Mentoring program.
The Cabrini Connection plan.
Operating Principles
Annual Planning Calendar

Outcomes and progress T/MC Networking Pyramid
Organizational History and Tracking System (OHATS) (evaluation of a network such as the Tutor/Mentor Connection)
Student/Volunteer History and Tracking System (SV-HATS) (evaluation of a single tutor/mentor program)

Recognition Funding success and challenges - Articles that illustrate challenges faced by non profits in finding consistent funding for constant process improvement.

The Future: Opportunities, Challenges, Treats Cabrini Connections history and organizational structure Credits:** profile of key volunteers and organizations that have contributed to Cabrini Connections and T/MC growth