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10 Things to do in January

As I'm sure you all already know, this month is National Mentoring Month and if you didn't know, you do now. So, what should you do? Listed below is a list of 10 things you can do for National Mentoring Month.

Dig in!

1.Become a mentor in your community.

2.Learn more about mentoring.

3.Partner with a… Continue

Added by Jordan Merlo on January 8, 2010 at 2:10pm — No Comments

Volunteering and your Health

Could it be? Could volunteering really benefit your health? Well, according to Mayo Clinic, Stephen Post, director of the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, and The Corporation for National and Community… Continue

Added by Jordan Merlo on January 8, 2010 at 1:19pm — 1 Comment

Making the Connection

What are our roles as leaders in the tutor mentor connection? That was one of the questions on task yesterday during a meeting with stakeholders at Cabrini. Today, I want to pose this same question to you, reader.

I learned in this meeting that the T/MC web portal provides an outlet to share information, communicate, and build knowledge. T/MC maps networks to see the overall correlation in how groups and ideas develop across the spectrum of youth programming. There are number of ways… Continue

Added by E Wilson on January 7, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Finding places to volunteer

Having trouble finding places to volunteer that fit your needs and interests? Below are a few sites that can help you in your journey.






Added by Jordan Merlo on January 6, 2010 at 12:43pm — No Comments

Volunteering: Good for the Heart and Good for the Soul.

Since it is the beginning of the new year I have decided as my New Years resolution to get more people interested in volunteering. I feel that volunteering is an amazing, life altering experience that not only helps others but makes a difference, allows you to expand your horizons, and connect with your community. There is no other activity in life that could give you more of a natural high afterwards. I personally love to volunteer because I always meet new, interesting, genuine people who I… Continue

Added by Jordan Merlo on January 6, 2010 at 11:45am — 1 Comment

First Day at Cabrini Connections

Wow, I'm here....

I happily joined the team today taking on a new internship that not only encompasses successful youth tutoring and mentoring, but also new forms of community outreach. I feel this profound sense of urgency that floats somewhere in between being nervous and excited, yet I feel that life experiences and chance has prepared me for this step.

I'm ready!

Everyone shares the common experience living in a neighborhood where it seems like there were… Continue

Added by E Wilson on January 6, 2010 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

Tis the Season to Give!

While sitting in my apartment, sipping tea and watching the snow fall I begin to wonder how those who are less fortunate survive the winter. As I look out to the West at any point during the day or night I can see the three buildings Cabrini-Green has to offer. Cabrini-Green housing projects are the most infamous in the country. Decades of poverty and violence have rendered them near inhabitable. They are currently being demolished and the residents are being relocated. Some will move near-by… Continue

Added by Jordan Merlo on January 4, 2010 at 10:34am — No Comments

Open Source Software Education

One of the ways that kids can increase their chances of succeeding is computer knowledge. One great way to expose kids to the intricacies of operating systems is open source, Linux software. Simply installing Linux in VM Ware is a great way to get started. With a Satellite Internet, DSL or cable connection, kids can play with all… Continue

Added by Cindy Fallsen on January 3, 2010 at 7:25pm — 1 Comment

Happy Holidays and May we all Connect in Purposeful Ways in 2010

This is a graphic of the Strategy used by the Tutor/Mentor Connection.

It's the reason we are all connected on this web site. Sites like this bring people together who can share ideas, build relationships, and work together to overcome common obstacles. If no one creates and hosts the… Continue

Added by Daniel Bassill on December 31, 2009 at 12:57pm — No Comments

Finding the Right Fit with your Student

Finding the Right Fit

We all know the research. Reading is important. But sometimes getting a child or teen hooked seems like an impossible task. One of the biggest struggles with high-risk kids is when their reading levels don’t coincide with their developmental levels. I mean, your sixth grade student reading on a third grade level will probably not be happy with Magic Tree House books. Yet, here is the quandary. How do we get better at reading? Repetition. We just have to do it… Continue

Added by Maria Murphy on December 30, 2009 at 2:02pm — No Comments

A mothers pursuit for her son's well-being!

The article, "Saving Michael" from the Chicago Tribune is a heartening story about a mother trying to better her son by figuring out ways in which to fix his behavioral problems and his grades. Living in a low income neighborhood such as Woodlawn, Chicago, Delaine, Michael's mother, understands that their are additional hurdles to face. But though her neighborhood has… Continue

Added by Jordan Merlo on December 18, 2009 at 12:15pm — 1 Comment

Disrupting Philanthropy 2.0 Part 2.

Hello again and welcome to Disrupting Philanthropy 2.0 Part 2. I hope you took some time to read Disrupting Philanthropy 2.0, if not that's ok because for my next couple of blogs I will be picking apart the text discussing what I believe to be the highlights of the article. In this blog in particular I will be discussing the two categories that make up philanthropy which are capital and the enterprises.… Continue

Added by Jordan Merlo on December 16, 2009 at 11:51am — No Comments

Disrupting Philanthropy 2.0 Part 1.

Today I started reading "Disrupting Philanthropy 2.0" it's an article which offers a broad view of how philanthropy and the organizations supported by it, will change in the coming years. Since this is a dense article consisting of 55 pages I will post my thoughts in sections. The next few blogs that I will post about the article "Disrupting Philanthropy 2.0" are my interpretations of what the author is… Continue

Added by Jordan Merlo on December 16, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

What are the differences between Tutor/Mentor Connections and Cabrini Connections?

As this is my 2nd day as an intern at Cabrini Connections you can probably imagine how confused I am. Before accepting this internship I thought that Cabrini Connections and Tutor Mentor Connections were the same. Though after I buried myself further in the Cabrini Connections websites I started to notice that Cabrini Connections and Tutor/Mentor Connections were not the same program. But what exactly makes the two different from each other?

From reading the Cabrini Connections… Continue

Added by Jordan Merlo on December 10, 2009 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

First day of internship at Cabrini Connections!

Hello all,

I would first off like to thank Dan Bassill for giving me the opportunity to help be apart of the solution here at Cabrini Connections. I am looking forward to interning at a non-for-profit organization such as this where everyone takes such pride in fulfilling the mission of the organization. I believe that this internship position will give me great insight into how non-for-profits work and how they get there funding. I am excited to learn more about the organization as… Continue

Added by Jordan Merlo on December 8, 2009 at 3:02pm — 1 Comment

Support a US charity by voting on FACEBOOK today

The CHASE corporation has announced a program on Facebook that encourages people to vote for their favorite charity. The top vote getter could win $1 million and the runner up programs could each win $25,000.

You can vote for Cabrini Connections Tutor/Mentor Connection at http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/charities/1184283

If you are listed in the charity search… Continue

Added by Daniel Bassill on December 2, 2009 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Tips for Tutors

What a great place to connect with others who are helping children (and adults) in many areas of learning. My area of expertise is literacy (children's and family). Feel free to visit my blog for families which alternates between the "snuggle and cuddle stage" and supporting independent readers. I'd love to have you follow and contribute!

Also, there are some great articles for tutors on one of my… Continue

Added by Cathy Puett Miller on November 12, 2009 at 5:46pm — 1 Comment

There are many on this forum who work directly with youth. How can we combine our message to draw more resources?

During the next six weeks people in the US and the world will be more generous than they are at any other part of the year. How can we combine our messages on this and other forums, so more donors are choosing non profits represented by members of this forum?

One way is to write a blog talking about what you do, and where you communicate your own message to the public. If you link to this forum on those blogs and Facebook pages, then the people you talk to in other forums will come… Continue

Added by Daniel Bassill on November 10, 2009 at 10:16am — No Comments

Help Tutor/Mentor Connection win donations in America's Giving Challenge

Can you make a $10 donation to help us keep hosting this web site, and the other resources of the Tutor/Mentor Connection? Can you encourage 10 people you know to also make a $10 donation, and to encourage 10 people they know to do so?

We're competing in the America's Giving Challenge on Facebook, where the non profit getting the most donors by Nov. 6 wins $50,000 in addition to the money from those donors.

There are daily prizes of… Continue

Added by Daniel Bassill on October 15, 2009 at 10:27am — No Comments

Programs for at-risk students in Chicago, including matching with jobs, mentors, and counseling

There's funding for programs to mentor and get students off the streets into more supportive environments.

Excerpts from the Wall Street Journal:

"In response to the violence, Chief Executive Officer of Chicago Public Schools Ron Huberman last month announced a safety and security strategy that will target nearly 10,000 high-school students identified as at risk of becoming shooting victims. The project will connect some of them with mentors and part-time jobs in hopes of… Continue

Added by Lara B Colvin on October 10, 2009 at 10:59am — 1 Comment

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