The November 4, 2011 conference will be held at the Metcalfe Federal Building in Chicago. Information below relates to the planning for the November 2010 conference.
Karina Walker has posted a report showing participation and feedback from the November 19 Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference.
In this she posted a message received from Toinette Gunn, Executive Director of Partnership to Educate & Advance Kids (PEAK), who led a workshop entitled "Parental Power: Unlocking the Key to Successful Program Outcomes". She said in her email, "I just wanted to let you know that I’ve had 4-5 people reach out to me since the presentation to ask to meet with me or get more information."
Read the full report on Karina's blog
What I want people to think about is "where can we find donors/sponsors to cover the full costs of hosting the May and November Conferences" which is close to $25,000 each. This includes staff time during the months preceding each conference to maintain the database and network of tutor/mentor programs as well as the work of finding a location, recruiting speakers, hosting the web site, marketing the event, etc. The raw cost of the space and food for the event is also included.
Fees don't even cover the raw cost, let alone the total costs.
Thus, unless T/MC can find at least $25,000 by mid January, we will not host a face-to-face tutor/mentor conference in Chicago in May 2011.
In spring 2010 a group of Net Impact Chicago volunteers did a survey to compare the Chicago T/MC with mentoring partnerships in other cities. You can see the preliminary report. This shows that while the Chicago region population of over 7 million is larger than the total population served by the other partnerships, the T/MC is operating on far less revenue. T/MC has never had more than $225,000 in a single year for everything it does. Mentoring partnerships elsewhere have revenue that ranges from $300,000 to $1.5 million per year.
Thus for the T/MC to have a greater impact in Chicago, it needs leaders from business and philanthropy and government to step forward and take ownership, as these articles encourage.
We do not have a fund raising/development staff and thus we depend on our networking with peers and supporters to help find these leaders and gain their support. If you want to see the conferences continue, and want to see the T/MC continue, please introduce us to benefactors and sponsors who will help pay the bills.
I can be reached at 312-492-9614 or at tutormentor 2 at earthlink dot net.
John Hostiny of the Corporation for National Service has helped us secure the Metcalfe Building at 77 W. Jackson Boulevard in Chicago for a November 4, 2011 one-day conference. We have one main room and four smaller breakout rooms. We will have room for registration and handouts but not for display tables.
Please begin to offer your ideas for speakers and workshops. I am hoping to have a major involvement from MENTOR, the National Mentoring Partnership.