Sunday, November 22, 2009
One workshop at the Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference was hosted by students from a first-year class at DePaul University. A group of about 30 freshmen was divided into teams, and each team researched a different section of Chicago using the Tutor/Mentor Program Locator and other resources at their disposal.
As they did their research they wrote blog articles to show what they were learning. The final assignment was to draw conclusions and provide recommendations for how another group of students could continue the project.
I read the blog articles and conclusions this morning. I've been posting comments and coaching the group since September 09 when the project started. The cartoon above was posted on one of the blogs.
I encourage followers of the Tutor/Mentor blog to visit and read these stories yourself. They are calling on others to be involved, to help tutor/mentor programs serve inner city youth in more places. Post your own comments and feedback to the group, on their blogs, and you can add to this understanding.
They are demonstrating a form of leadership that could be coming from youth groups in high schools and colleges all over the country. If you have a project like this going on right now, or in the future, please share your link with us, and come to a future conference to share your story.