Thanks for your appreciation. By hosting this forum I hope to enlist leaders from many other places to take ownership of the ideas in future years while helping me build and share the tools now in the near future. Owners and partners can come from any place in the world where there is a need for extra support systems to help disadvantaged young people through school and into jobs.
Here's some articles I wrote about benchmarking that I encourage you to view. http://tutormentor.blogspot.com/search/label/benchmarking . When I talk to people who want to start a new program the first think I suggest is that the spend time looking at the web sites of existing programs. Make a list of those who you think do good work and that you'd like to copy in your own efforts. Over time that list becomes that starting point that you and your fellow leaders would use to define the vision, mission and strategy of your own program.
Hi Ed, welcome to the group. I hope you'll add yourself to the Member map and browse the blogs, forums and groups to see information you can use and ways you can share this with others from your community.