This map shows where poverty is concentrated in Chicago, which is where we are trying to help volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs grow. The map also shows locations who had representatives at the May 2008 conference. Look here
for maps for the Nov. 08 conference. And here
to learn how maps can be used to build networks of support for tutor/mentor programs in different parts of Chicago.
The aim of this planning group is to encourage people who attended past conference to return for future conferences, and to share what they have learned as a result of this networking, and the work they do in their own organizations.
At the same time, the goal is to encourage participation of Executive
Directors, Development Managers, volunteer leaders, etc. from these,
and from many other programs. The map created after the May 2009
conference should show dots in all poverty neighborhoods, not just a
few on the West and North parts of the city.
We also have a national version of this map, showing that people come
from other cities where they need the same type of infrastructure and
networking to support tutor/mentor programs in their own area.
As leaders plan the Chicago conference it's important to keep in mind that ideas can come from many places, and that when we do workshops focused on Chicago we need to help people understand how they can apply what we do in Chicago to what they do in other cities.
That's the purpose of the Ning site. We cannot stay connected to each other without using the Internet and we cannot connect with partners and good ideas beyond Chicago without using the Internet.
Thus, I hope more people will include this group as part of their role in planning the May 2009 and future conferences, and as part of their own work in building great tutoring/mentoring in their own organizations.