Friday, February 19, 2010

Give us this day our daily ... attention!

As a non profit leader I need to find ways to reach more people every day, with ideas that motivate them to support my organization with time, talent and dollars. However, my cause is not the only social issue on the minds of potential volunteers and donors. Everyone has many issues, ranging from family, job, health, politics, etc. that they are concerned about.

Thus, we need to constantly innovate ways to draw attention to all tutor/mentor programs, as a way to draw attention and resources to our Cabrini Connections program. If you read some of the 500 or so articles I've posted on this blog, you'll see that they almost all focus on this challenge.

Since my organization is smaller than a five-man basketball team, my job is to recruit volunteers and other people who will take a role in this huge vision. I have done that consistently for the past 35 years, and I keep looking for new help every day.

One source of help are interns who come to me from various colleges, and various countries. Eunsoo Lee and Jawon Koo are college students from Korea who have spent five months at Illinois Institute of Technology, and the past six weeks at Cabrini Connections, Tutor/Mentor Connection.

I asked them to try to convert this pdf essay on collaboration into an animated presentation that more people might look at and respond to.

This is the result. It's a flash animation. It's in two parts. Eunsoo Lee did the first part and Jawon Koo did the second part, which you can see here.

I hope you'll look at these, and share them with people where you work, worship, socialize, and study. Not only can you implement these ideas, you can even start a student project where you create your own versions of these presentations. As more and more groups work to create new ways to share these ideas, we'll attract a growing number of leaders who help tutor/mentor programs find the dollars, volunteers, technology and other resources needed to connect youth and volunteers and keep them connected for many years.

This is a way of giving each of us the daily attention we need in a very cluttered communications environment.

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