Friday, October 23, 2009

More Statistics about negative impact of dropping out of school

Here's a news report with the headline of New report says black male Dropouts lead nation in incarceration

This report was created by The Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University. It can be found in a list of publications, which show the consequences of dropping out of school.

We host a conference every May and November to bring together people who are reading this research, and concerned with these issues, so they will take strategic roles in helping volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs reach kids who are at high risk of dropping out, starting as early as elementary school.

What if someone were mapping all of the departments of a university where students and faculty and alumni might be doing work related to this topic? If this were happening, the map and list of contacts, could be used to invite representatives of those groups to our conference, and to on-line forums, so that they begin to work together to help volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs grow in the area around the university, and in cities where alumni live, or where they want to recruit students.

Here's a map of groups at Northwestern University who might be interested in attending the conference in November. Since we're hosting this on NU's campus, I hope that some of the faculty and students on this chart will attend. See the blog article that describes this map.

Do you have a map like this for your own university? If you do, can you invite the people on your map to the T/MC conference, or to one you might host, and point them to ideas they can use to help tutor/mentor programs grow in cities where there are high drop out rates?


aha moments said...

This is really important stuff. Thanks for posting.
Role models, tutors, mentors, etc. - these can all be such a huge presence in kids' lives.
And if I may I'd like to add a quick note of my own, plus a link to a video. It's a story by Joseph about how he observed a group of kids and suddenly realized that one of them could be the "next Einstein". He decided right then and there to use his talents to help inspire kids.
Great story. Here's the link, hope you enjoy it.

Centenial College said...

This is nice post !

Thanks sharing such useful information with us !

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Tutor Mentor Connections said...

Centennial College is in Ontario, Canada, where there are some great social enterprise programs growing. I'd love to get students/faculty from the college directly involved with the Tutor/Mentor Connection. If you're from the college, join us on our Ning group at