Sunday, July 12, 2015
The goal is good (well organized, constantly improving, consistently funded) programs reaching youth in more high poverty neighborhoods, and helping more of the kids they reach move successfully through school and into adult roles and responsibilities.
In the essay below I show how cities need to draw talent and resources from the business community, colleges and a wide range of assets, who would serve as a "virtual corporate office" supporting the growth of programs the way businesses support the growth of multiple stores in Chicago and around the country.
intermediary organizations operating in the Chicago region.
Visit their web sites. See if you can find maps, visualizations and strategy essays like I show on this blog and the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC site, that would show how they are trying to fill all high poverty neighborhoods with a wide range of needed programs helping kids through school and into jobs.
My goal is twofold:
a) find a few investors and supporters who will provide the dollars and talent to enable me to continue to share these ideas, and to build and sustain tools that support the work of many people helping many programs grow.
b) find ways to encourage others to fully adopt the Tutor/Mentor Connection strategy, and bring it into their organization, with my coaching over the next few years, or until they understand it and can lead it better than I do.
Since every major city in the country (and the world) has pockets of concentrated poverty, similar to Chicago, I feel that the Tutor/Mentor Connection* strategy could be adopted by leaders in many cities.
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*What is difference between Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC), and Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC? The T/MC was created in 1993 to help tutor/mentor programs grow in all high poverty neighborhoods and operated under a non-profit umbrella until 2011 when the strategy was discontinued by the founding organization. I created Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC to provide a structure and source of revenue to keep operating the T/MC in Chicago and to help similar structures grow in other cities. I'm still trying to find a way to make this work.