This is a graphic that I include in many articles I write, illustrating the role individuals can take in reaching out to people they know to draw them to information we share on our web sites and to tutor/mentor program locations where they can be volunteers, leaders, donors, etc. I am speaking to a group of students from Governors State University tonight (4/5/2011) and at Loyola University on Thursday (4/8/2011) and created this pdf essayto try to illustrate the ways they and others can help tutor/mentor programs grow.
While my mission and focus is on tutor/mentor program growth, these ideas can be applied to build more consistent and long-term support of organizations involved in any form of social problem solving where resources need to be consistently available in order for organizations to build the strength and knowledge to begin to have an impact on those issues.
I encourage anyone who reads this to share it. I also encourage you to create your own leadership essays so you can share your own thinking on these topics. If you want to volunteer time and talent to help convert this idea to a video or a graphic animation we welcome your involvement.