Thursday, September 03, 2009

CPS plans to spend $30 million on helping kids at risk. Why not help tutor/mentor programs do that work?

I encourage you to read Nicole White's (T/MC employee) blog about today's story in the Chicago Tribune about Chicago Public Schools' plan to spend $30 million to help at-risk students.

It would be great if the CPS had a strategy like the T/MC to engage business and professional volunteers to help tutor/mentor programs all over the Chicago area. It would be even greater if they would use the information on the T/MC web site to build their strategy, or if they would invite us to be part of their planning.

Our strategy has been on the web site for a few years, and we have many CPS employees on our email list. We've not charged them a fee to look at this.

It would be even greater if they provided some money, or helped us find money, to help tutor/mentor programs grow in all parts of the city. Or if they encouraged business and professional people to build strategies that encourage employees to volunteer time, talent and money to non-school tutor/mentor programs in different parts of the city, using the information on the T/MC library as resources to support such involvement.

That might be too much to ask. We're only talking about the future of our kids.

If they want to use this resource, they better do it soon. We don't have much money to keep this service in place for much longer. Someone from the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago once wrote, "what would a Chicago without the Tutor/Mentor Connection be like".

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