Thursday, November 01, 2012

Special Events of Tutor/Mentor Conference

Here are some special features of the November 19 Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference being held in Chicago.

Twitter Chat - Nov. 7 - Pre-Conference Twitter discussion. Alyssa VandeLeest, president of ProsperPR will host a workshop at the conference. Alyssa (Twitter handle @alyssaLvan) will also host a live Twitter chat prior to the conference at 1:30-2:30 CST on November 7, 2012 . To submit a question for Alyssa to answer during the chat, email prior to the chat or Tweet them to @alyssaLvan. She'll pick the top three. To join in on the discussion, simply tweet with and follow the hashtag #tmconf_chi during the chat time.

Don't wait. You can post a Tweet today to show your participation. Just use hashtag #tmconf_chi

One-on-One Publicity/Marketing consultation 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 19
Ever wish you could just pick up the phone and call a consultant when you're stumped about something, get the advice, but not an invoice to go with it? Here's your chance. Mary Gerace specializes in marketing, publicity, special events and fund raising for community-focused nonprofit organizations and local small businesses. During the conference on November 19 you will be able to meet with Ms. Gerace for a free half-hour meeting. Bring any questions or problems you'd like to discuss. Read more about this opportunity at

Panel Discussion in formation for Noon Time Frame
A Panel Discussion titled "How do Community Organization Leaders, Community School Officials, Clergy, Congressional {Local, County, State and Federal} Leaders and Community Federal Agencies invest in tutor/mentor programs operating in their own neighborhood and/or in neighborhoods with schools and school districts not meeting State or Federal requirement for Academic Progress" will be held during the mid-day break.

Moderator, Rev. Terry Weston, TW's Ministry

Panel Members (invited):

* Maria A. "Toni" Berrios, Illinois State Representative 39th District
* Scott McFarland, ServeIllinois Commission,
* Sheila Wesonga, Grassroots Community Organizer/Education Activist
* Yvette Moyo-Gillard, Founder, Real Men Cook,
* Rev. Dr. Janette C. Wilson, Assistant Pastor of the Metropolitan Apostolic Community Church
* Michael Levesque, Leap Learning Systems

See photos from past conferences

Find more photos like this on Tutor/Mentor Connection

One of the goals of the conference is to increase media attention and public understanding of volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs in the Chicago region. Over the past 18 years many news reports were done that focused on the conferences and other events organized by Tutor/Mentor Connection. See this and other media stories from past conferences. Click here.
As we approach this conference and move through December we encourage any organization working with youth to work with local media to get their story told. However, while you are building attention for your own organization, provide a final line pointing to the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC and saying "Learn more about the need for tutor/mentor programs in the Chicago region and about other programs that also need your support."

See conference goals. Register here.

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