Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Connecting the Network

The image below shows the range of different organizations who connected to each other at the May 2010 Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference held at Loyola. This was the 16th year we've offered a May conference. It's only possible because so many people volunteer to be speakers and because we've been able to scrape together a few dollars to organize these.

One participant was Charles Cameron, who hosts discussions on the Social Edge forum. This week, Charles has taken the discussion from the Conference in Chicago, back to the Social Edge web site, where it is connecting our network with people from throughout the world who might use our ideas to help kids in their own community, or who might add their time, talent, or dollars, to help us provide these services in Chicago.

Join in and see how we're connecting networks. Then visit the Social Network Analysis group on our Ning site, and learn how we're trying to map network growth, showing the role of an intermediary like T/MC in helping connect people from around the city, and the world, with each other. As you browse this group, you can also see how we're trying to show how a tutor/mentor program expands the network for youth, and adults.

This article says "it's who you know, not just what you know". We agree, and we hope that investors will also agree, and provide the dollars that each tutor/mentor program needs to build and sustain this type of network surrounding inner city kids.

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