Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Engaging Student Talent to Solve Social Problems

During the spring 2008 school year term, two students from an Information Visualization class at the University of Indiana took on a project for the Tutor/Mentor Connection. The goal was to visualize the call to action that the T/MC is communicating via pdf presentations so that it would resonate with leaders in businesses, universities, churches, who then would apply these ideas to helping draw needed resources to volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs in all high poverty neighborhoods of big cities like Chicago.

Click here to view the project.

This is not a completed project, but it is a step toward what we're trying to communicate. It shows how students in universities can use their talent, and their learning, to do real-world work that helps non profits achive their important social missions. It also shows where poverty and poorly performing schools are located and this is where tutor/mentor programs are most needed. If you're a volunteer, or donor, or potential university or faith partner, you can click on the map in the Tutor/Mentor Program Locator, and learn what organizations are in this area, and what forms of tutoring and/or mentoring they do.

Learn more about ways university and high school students might use their time and talent to support the T/MC or other social benefit organizations. Click here and here.

If you'd like to volunteer to work on these projects please email or call 312-492-9614

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