Monday, April 17, 2023

National Volunteer Week - April 16 to 22

National Volunteer Week, April 16 to 22, is an annual celebration of the countless individuals who selflessly donate their time and effort to make a difference in their communities. This week serves as an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers for their contributions, while also encouraging others to get involved and make a positive impact.

As we journey through National Volunteer Week this year, there is no better time to shine a light on the importance of youth tutor mentor programs in Chicago and other cities across the country, and to encourage more volunteers to get involved in these initiatives.

Youth tutor mentor programs play a vital role in the development and success of young people, particularly those who come from underprivileged or disadvantaged backgrounds. These programs provide students with the resources and support they need to succeed academically and build important life skills. By volunteering with a youth tutor mentor program, you can help to provide young people with the tools and guidance they need to reach their full potential.

In Chicago and other cities, there are many different youth tutor mentor programs that are in need of dedicated and passionate volunteers. I maintain lists of Chicago youth serving programs, and point to directories that can help you find similar programs in other cities.

Whether you have experience working with children or not, there is a place for you to make a difference. By volunteering just a few hours a week, you can help to create a brighter future for young people in your community.

So as we celebrate National Volunteer Week this year, let's remember the importance of supporting youth tutor mentor programs, and let's encourage more volunteers to get involved. By working together, we can help to ensure that every young person has the resources and support they need to succeed, both in school and in life.

Disclaimer.  Most of this article was written using ChatGPT, an Artificial Intelligence tool.  I entered a prompt asking it to "Write introduction to article about national volunteer week with encouragement of volunteers to support youth tutor mentor programs in Chicago and other cities."  I've edited the response to what you read above.

Learn about these tools.    

Visit the #ETMOOC2 website and browse the resources, read the blog articles, and join the conversation. 

While you can get directly involved with a youth tutor, mentor and learning program you can become involved at a different level, to help make such programs available to k-12 kids in every high poverty area of Chicago and other cities.

This graphic is one of many on this blog and the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC website that visualizes the role different industries can take to distribute their skills and career opportunities through school and non-school programs so they reach kids in every high poverty area of Chicago and other places (along with non-poverty areas, too.)

Create your own blog to tell these stories.  Borrow from articles I've posted since 2005 and ask ChatGPT and other AI tools to help you create stories.  Teach young people to use these tools and you open vast new career options.

Thanks for reading.  You can connect with me an the #ETMOOC2 community on Twitter and other platforms.  That's a quick way to get involved.

I could not keep spreading these ideas if not for the continuing contributions of a small group of donors. If you can help, visit this page and send a contribution. 

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