Saturday, May 02, 2009
The book "Forces for Good: The 6 Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits" argues that successful organizations "create ways for many people to engage with their organization...and convert them into evangelists who will spread the word among their social networks."
Chris Warren's article on social networking shows how important it is for volunteers, students and others who know Cabrini Connections, or the Tutor/Mentor Connection, to reach out to invite people in their own networks to get involved.
Mike Trakan shows how the media can take an expanded role in drawing volunteers and donors to neighborhoods they focus on in "negative news" stories.
El Da'Sheon Nix shows how he is reaching out to his network of former college and pro football players to enlist their support for tutoring/mentoring.
Nicole White is using her blog articles, to draw attention to other tutor/mentor programs in Chicago, showing how members of a network can support each other.
The May 28 and 29 Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference, and our Ning on-line forum are places where any member of this constantly expanding network can meet to share ideas, learn, and expand their own network.
My role as leader of Cabrini Connections, Tutor/Mentor Connection, is to do anything I can to help other people take on their own roles as leaders and network builders in support of tutor/mentor programs in Chicago and beyond.
If I'm willing to stand on my head to do this, what level of commitment can we enlist from thousands of others. Raising kids is a 20 year process. Mentoring kids through school to jobs is a 10 to 15 year process. We need to ask for dollars every day since the kids and families don't have the money to pay for this process. That means we need the help of many, many people, if we're to reach the number of potential donors we need to reach, and if we're to simulate a commitment to give that provides the dollars we and other tutor/mentor programs need to operate.