This is a cycle that repeats from year to year. As the volunteer grows his understanding and commitment, he does more to engage the people he knows as volunteers, donors, leaders. This not only can help a single program grow, it can help all of the programs serving a single city grow.
My hope is that Li Li can create an animation, such as this, that illustrates this idea in ways that make it easier for volunteers, business leaders and donors to understand, and respond to.
We'll post the finished project on the Tutor/Mentor Institute, and the Tutor/Mentor Conference, and on our blogs, so that more people will see it. Hopefully some people will respond by attending the May 27 and 28 and future conferences, to learn how they can apply this strategy in their own tutor/mentor program, or from their own business and professional group.
I've not discussed this with Li Li yet, so as she reads this she will begin to think of ways to interpret it visually. She may also have other project ideas in mind, based on the other articles she has reviewed on our web sites.
Watch this space over the next few weeks and you can see how we take an idea, add an intern, and create something new that can be used by people all over the world.
If you're at a university, high school or business and you want to create visualizations for the Tutor/Mentor Connection, join in the discussion. More than one person can interpret the same ideas. The result can be many perspectives of the same concept, leading to better understanding and response by more people.
That is a good thing.
I recorded the animation created by LiLi in 2010 and published it on YouTube so more people would see it and use it. I hope that future volunteers will create more professional versions of this and other animations that have been created by past interns. In addition, I hope you'll share this in your network so more people build a volunteer-support system into their programs that transforms more volunteers into leaders.