Monday, October 17, 2011

Tutor/Mentor Conference in Chicago on November 4 - Spread the Word

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Date: Oct 17, 2011 10:35 AM
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Conference in Three Weeks! Help Spread the word!

Register now for Tutor/Mentor Leadership & Networking Conference, Friday, November 4, 2011 at Metcalfe Federal Building in Chicago 
Conference Agenda now at

The goal of the Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference is to draw together leaders across many sectors who we meet in on-line networking and learning so they connect and form relationships with each other.  The Conference enables these leaders to network and collaborate toward helping existing tutor/mentor programs get the volunteers, dollars, and ongoing leadership they need to connect with kids in throughout the city where tutoring and/or mentoring programs are needed, while also helping new programs form where none exist.

Please use your own social media to let people know about the conference and to encourage them to register. If you are a speaker please use the registration form and add your name to the on-line attendee list. This can show others who is attending and motivate them to sign up also. You can look at attendee lists as far back as 2007.


Speaker Information - Bring your own PC
The conference facility has LCD projectors and internet access. You need to bring your own PC to host your presentation.  Will have one back-up PD.  At the National Dropout Prevention Conference where I did a workshop last week every workshop presenter brought their own PC.

Rates too high? Ask for the $20 scholarship rate when you fill in the registration form. It's automatic.

Group Rates? E-mail to discuss rates for groups of 3 or more.


Write about your workshop or your participation in a Blog Article.    
I encourage workshop presenters (and participants) to write at least one blog or social media article in October talking of your own efforts and pointing to collective efforts like the Tutor/Mentor Conference. If you write a story on your blog send a link to so it can be shared.

Here's a blog article written by a peer in the UK explaining our work to others.

Together our stories about volunteer-based mentoring and tutoring and how others can help can attract the attention of new donors and volunteers who support many different organizations offering various forms of volunteer-based tutoring and/or mentoring.


Why are we doing this?

Every 26 seconds a young person drops out of school in America. 
This deeply affects the future potential earnings and quality of life for the young person and his/her family. The Alliance for Excellent Education estimates that high school dropouts from the Class of 2006-07 will cost the U.S. more than $329 billion in lost wages, taxes, and productivity over their lifetimes. Experts say that those who drop out are more likely to be incarcerated, rely on public programs and social services, and go without health insurance than those who graduate from high school. See

During the Dropout Prevention Conference mentoring was often mentioned as a strategy for helping young people build resiliency and stay in school.  See map I created showing people and resources I connected with at the Dropout Conference.

Volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs that connect volunteers from the workplace and from beyond poverty with inner city kids, and keep them connected for multiple years, are a strategy for expanding social capital and learning experiences.

However, for such programs to exist they must have a more consistent flow of operating dollars to support their efforts. The conference encourages sharing of ideas to build more effective programs. It also aims to build greater public visibility for mentoring strategies and programs and motivate more donors to support them.That's been the focus of the Tutor/Mentor Connection and the reason we've offered this conference every year since 1994. 


Want to interact on line? Join the forum at or our Facebook page at

Connect on Twitter. I'm @tutormentorteam. The Conference hash tag is #tmconf_Chi. Write about your participation. Encourage others to join in.

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Daniel F. Bassill
Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC
Tutor/Mentor Connection
Tutor/Mentor Connection | 833 Florence | Park Ridge | IL | 60068

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