Virtual Volunteering With Tutor Mentor Institute Llc

I created Tutor/Mentor Connection in 1993, then Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC in 2011, to collect and share information that anyone could use to help volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs reach k-12 youth in high poverty areas of Chicago, and help each program get ideas and resources that would help them constantly improve.

I borrowed much of my thinking from my 17 years in corporate retail advertising with the Montgomery Ward corporation where teams in the corporate office supported stores all over the country.

Since 1993 I've created a huge web library, which includes a list of nearly 200 Chicago area youth programs that offer various forms of tutoring and/or mentoring.

I point to that library in blog articles, social media, newsletters, web sites, etc. and constantly look for ways to teach others to use it. This information and challenges I face are described in other parts of this wiki.


Here's a blog article with links pointing to many different sections of the library.

In a virtual volunteer project volunteers would spend 2-4 hours, or a full day, opening and closing links to a) make sure they work; b) update broken links; c) learn about the information in the library; and d) share what they are learning with others via social media posts.

The value to the employee is that they gain new skills and new information. The value to the company is that as employees learn new information they are sharing it with others in the company who might use this to support their own efforts to help kids in poverty move through school and into jobs.

Another value is that it's a way to engage employees who for many different reasons don't get involved in the traditional day of service activities.

What I'm suggesting mirrors work I had interns do between 2006 and 2015, which you can read about in this article.

I'd be happy to discuss this with any one, or with a leader of one or more employee engagement teams at different companies in Chicago, the USA, or around the world.