Sunday, September 24, 2017

Resources for Volunteer Tutors and Mentors

School started a few weeks ago and volunteer-based non-school tutoring, mentoring and learning programs have been recruiting, screening, training and preparing matches as they start their programs for the 2017-18 school year.

In most site based programs there will be one or more computers and almost all volunteers will  have their own phones, and perhaps laptops, too.  That means that all of the information on the Internet is available to support what volunteers and students do every week.

I've been building a web library to support tutors and mentors since 1998, which I started in the 1970s when I was leading a site based program in Chicago. Below is a concept map showing the homework help sections of the web library.

I created the short video below to guide you through this concept map and to encourage you to use it to find resources that tutors, mentors, students, parents and educators can use on an on-going basis.

Toward the end of this video I encourage youth and volunteers to use blogs to write about the on-line resources they use, showing what they like and how they were used. This is a great way to reinforce the habit of learning and sharing what you learn. It also reinforces what is being learned.

I created this concept map, and this blog article, to show how schools and youth organizations should focus on building student and volunteer habits of visiting web sites continually to get and give information.

This is not only important now, as students are in school, and connected to a volunteer tutor/mentor, but it is important for the future. Programs who can attract alumni to their web sites in future years can collect information that shows long-term impact, and can draw alumni into efforts that support the program, and support youth who will still need tutor/mentor program support in future years.

These resources are constantly updated. If you see broken links let me know. If you find new resources that should be added, let me know. If you write about these on your blog, I want to add your blog to the list that I follow.

Finally, if you want to provide some financial support to help me continue to keep this resource on-line, click here and add your support.

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