Thursday, October 27, 2011

Tutor/Mentor Conference - One Week Away - Spread the Word

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Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference Next Week in Chicago! Help Spread the word!

38th Tutor/Mentor Leadership & Networking Conference since May 1994 will be held on Friday, November 4, 2011 at Metcalfe Federal Building in Chicago 
Help increase attendance.  Group and scholarship rates available. Encourage others to Register Conference Agenda now at

Here's a message sent by John Hosteny to his National Service Network:

"On November 04, the Tutor Mentor Connection will host its fall Leadership and Networking Conference in downtown Chicago. Since 1994, this conference has attracted an incredible array of practitioners and leaders as part of an ongoing effort to support tutor/mentor programs. I hope you can join us for a full-day of intensive workshops, discussion and sharing.

The conference will be held at the Metcalfe Federal Building, on the 3rd floor of our building.   .

The good news is you still have time to register! Just visit to learn more about the conference and register online.

Why am I sending this message to our service partners outside of Chicago? The reason is simple: other cities and communities face the same challenges as Chicago. Your strategies to engage volunteers, your work developing education-to-career programs and all of the things you do need to be heard. Representatives from all corners of Illinois are encouraged to participate and learn. I hope you share this information with all of your partners.

Thanks everyone."

Can you send a message like this to members of your own network?  Please use your own email network and social media to let people know about the conference and to encourage them to register.

If you are a workshop presenter, panelist or speaker for next week's conference, please use the on-line registration form to add your name to the on-line attendee list. Also, please check the speaker bio page. If we don't have your bio, send it today! 

To register, just fill out this form -

Workshop & Speaker Updates. 

Welcome from MENTOR, The National Mentoring Partnership, 9am.  Linda Stewart, MENTOR's Senior Director of Outreach.

A panel discussion of Executive Directors from Working In the Schools, East Village Youth Program, Becoming We the People and The Black Star Project will be in the first round of workshops on Friday morning.

Tramaine Montel Ford, American actor, comedian, dancer, singer, songwriter, choreographer, producer, model, and voice-over artist from Chicago, IL. Alumni of tutor/mentor program in Chicago will speak during noon hour.

Dan Cotter, Chair of the Board of the Lawyers Lend A Hand to Youth in Chicago will also speak during the noon hour.

Dr. Clara Carter, former Director of Training for the Maryland Mentoring Partnership, and a training representative for MENTOR, The National Mentoring Partnership, will do a workshop at 1:40 pm titled: Understanding and Applying Elements of Effective Practice of MENTOR, the National Mentoring Partnership

A Positive Approach to Mentoring Urban Youth workshop will be presented at 3pm by Guillermo Gutierrez, B.U.I.L.D, Inc.

See full agenda at


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.   

Rates too high? Ask for group rate or the $20 scholarship rate when you fill in the registration form. It's automatic. E-mail to discuss rates for groups of 3 or more.


Write about your workshop or your participation in a Blog Article.    
Here's blog article I wrote this week. 

Can you write an article showing youth in your organization who are now adults in productive jobs and careers due to your influence? Share these and point to the conference so others can network and learn from you.  


What happens after the Conference?

This presentation shows the  year-round event strategy of the Tutor/Mentor Connection and the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC  -

For the next 8 weeks after the Nov. 4 conference our collective goal should be to motivate more holiday and year-end donors to choose one, or more, volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs to receive their support.  I will be writing about this, but hope others will to.  I will point to the list of programs on the Conference Speaker Agenda and in the Tutor/Mentor Program Locator Directory.

January 2012 National Mentoring Month - celebrate what donors have done to support your program during November and December!  Create local events that not only recognize volunteers but recognize donors and leaders for the support they provide tutoring and mentoring programs.  Learn more of the events planned by MENTOR, The National Mentoring Month. Visit

August 2012 - all of the school based tutor/mentor programs will be staring their volunteer and student recruitment for the 2012-13 school year.  If the networking we do in November, January and at the May 2012 Tutor/Mentor Conference builds collective strategies that help programs attract more volunteers and donors many programs will be able to recruit more volunteers and serve youth more effectively and some new programs will have launched in places where none now exist.

This is the year-round thinking that the Conference and other work of the Tutor/Mentor Institute seeks to stimulate.  Planning ahead can build more impact and this can grow from year-to-year. I look forward to discussing these ideas with you next week at the Conference or in on-line forums. Email me if you'd like to schedule a meeting.



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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