Tuesday, June 07, 2022

Show the love of mentoring bonds

It's the end of another school year and celebrations of tutoring and mentoring are being held all over the country.  In most of them there will be many testimonies of the "love" that forms during the year-long, often multi-year, cycle of weekly meetings.  

That reminded me of two projects created by interns in 2012.

The graphic shown above is from an animation created by Song Mi Lee.  She used photographs of students and volunteers from the Cabrini Connections program that I had led until 2011 to create this image. Can you find me in the group? 

The video below shows how Song Mi integrated some of the photos from the heart graphic into a video on her final day with us.

Another heart shape project was created by Song Mee Lee and Sung Hee Jung, and is described in this article. This was animated, and you can find it in this video.

The work space for these projects is in the Tutor/Mentor Connection forum. Visit and you can see how the forum was used to coach interns and engage others.

Our interns were part of a partnership with Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago that lasted from 2007 to 2015. Students came to IIT from South Korea and China for a semester and spent the last six weeks in an internship with a local business or non profit.  During this period we also had student intern volunteers from Hong Kong Baptist University, the University of Michigan, Loyola Chicago, DePaul and Northwestern.

This wiki page describes our goal of recruiting students from many high schools and colleges to do this work. This page shows how students doing this work can be acting as the research team for universities trying to build a better understanding of the Tutor/Mentor Connection and Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC.

On this page of the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC web site I post a list of interns from 2006 till 2015, with links to articles they wrote to introduce themselves at the start of their internship, and then links to final reflection articles.  Some provide more information than others, but all show an intent that the intern learn new ideas and new skills from working on their projects.

As I interviewed students for these internships I emphasized that one of my goals is that these students continue to stay connected to the Tutor/Mentor Connection library of ideas and to each other, so that in future years they become a community of people who help each other, and who apply these ideas to making the world a better place.  I'm still connected to many through LinkedIn and Facebook.

I created this presentation to show a goal of having student-led Tutor/Mentor Connection-type teams growing on high school and college campuses throughout the US and the world.  Anyone who takes a few moments to view my blogs and then shares what I'm writing about, as Simon Ensor has done on his 2016 blog article, is providing inspiration and motivation for one or many people to take this roll.

I'm still waiting for the first university or high school to adopt this strategy, and for the first corporation or benefactor to endow it with 10 years of funding, but as they say "Rome was not built in a day."   

I created this concept map to illustrate this vision. If you start writing about my ideas and/or creating your own visualizations, share the link in the comment box and I'll add you to this map.

Better yet, create your own map, and add my blog articles to it.  

Through the collective effort of many, we'll gather the bricks needed to build the "Rome" of this vision.  Thank you to Song Mi and Sung Hee and all the other interns who helped share ideas and strategies during the time they spent with us in Chicago.

If you'd like to become involved just join the Tutor/Mentor Connection forum and introduce yourself.

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