Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Message to Cabrini Connections Volunteers

Every week we send an email newsletter to the volunteers and alumni of Cabrini Connections. Below is what I had intended to include in this week's mailing. However, since we've learned that two of our students were in a weekend fire, and that one lost her life, I've changed what I was intending to say. You can read the newsletter here.

However, it's important that we continue to move forward. Thus I hope some of our volunteers and friends will read this message and respond to our "mobilization" of new talent to help us move into the 2010-11 school year.


~Tutor/Mentor Tip of the Week~
“The summer months is a great time to do more mentoring than tutoring and a great opportunity to plan and come up with goals heading into the 2010-2011 school year.  Begin using time inside and maybe outside of the tutoring sessions with students to discuss communication and interaction plans for the summer months…”


The summer is also when Cabrini Connections rebuilds the program and volunteer staff for the following school year. Just like the NFL holds its player draft each spring, we're also looking for new talent to support the work that makes Cabrini Connections available, and keeps us innovating new ways to strengthen bonds between students and volunteers.

Cabrini Connections is a "learning organization". That means that on our web sites we post our mission, vision, strategy, and we post links to hundreds of other youth organizations. Our aim is that our volunteers and donors and students and staff are all spending a few hours each month reading some of this information, and using it to innovate ways that Cabrini Connections can be the best organization in the entire world in connecting inner city youth with volunteers, information and resources that help them move through high school, college and into jobs and careers.

We cannot do that without help from volunteers. And we need new volunteers to step forward each year to fill the ranks where veteran volunteers have had to move on to other life commitments.

This animation illustrates our vision that volunteers, and our students, grow more and more involved each year they repeat with Cabrini Connections. http://www.tutormentorexchange.net/images/flash/vol_leadership.swf

We have a list of volunteer opportunities at http://www.cabriniconnections.net/volunteers/be-a-tutormentor/volopportunities

However, we really need people to take responsible roles as organizers and communicators.

We need new people to step forward to lead the Art, Video and Technology groups, and to act as coordinators for the Wednesday and Thursday sessions. We also need more people to help with the web site activities, such as writing stories for this weekly newsletter and our blogs. And, we need people to help us raise dollars to pay the costs of having a Cabrini Connections.

Read El's blog about building the team. http://cabriniblog.blogspot.com/2010/04/who-really-wants-to-be-1.html

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