I found this letter, written to a member of one of Chicago's wealthy families, in 1999. The issues I describe are highlighted. They still persist today, in 2016. They may still be with us in 2036 if we can't build high level financial and civic support for a strategy like the Tutor/Mentor Connection.
Here's the letter:
(Writer Note: I wrote this letter in 1999 while I was still leading the Cabrini Connections program. While this program still operates in Chicago, I've not been involved since 2011, when I created the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC to support the continued work of the T/MC in Chicago and to help similar intermediaries grow in other cities. The information shown below describes the Cabrini Connections program as it was in 1999.)
The Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC)
Editor Note: This proposal is now archived (here) in a Planning Wiki at http://tutormentorinstitute.wikidot.com/home, that outlines goals, challenges, and work that needs to be done to re-energize the T/MC, while also adding features that do more to connect people and ideas and help youth serving programs grow in all high poverty neighborhoods where they are most needed.)