Thursday, October 07, 2010

Poverty grows in suburbs. New report.

"Analyses by the Brookings Institution paint a bleak economic picture for the 100 largest metropolitan areas". That's the breaking news from WGN/CLTV/ChicagoTribune news center.

The Tutor/Mentor Connection has been using maps to illustrate this point for several years. Our aim is to mobilize leaders, volunteers, donors, etc. to help support existing tutor/mentor programs in all high poverty areas, and help new programs grow where maps show that none now exist.

On Nov. 17 we will be hosting a Mapping Solutions event at Webster Wine Bar in Chicago to demonstrate this use of maps and enlist more business leaders to support our efforts, and adopt these into their own efforts.

Right now we don't have good information on tutor/mentor programs in the suburbs. Thus, if you know of programs that are not listed on our maps, just contact the T/MC so we can add them. The better the information, the more people will use these to support the growth of needed services in areas where poverty is expanding.

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