Hi Dan, I've just scanned the website of Tutor/Mentor Jam, I would like to work on this project. and I watched Michael's video and get the main point what you're doing. I'm really happy that I can join your company and do something meaningful.
It was great talking with you. I learned a lot about the Tutor/Mentor Program and there are a number of ways that GIS can be used to help continue all the great work you and your staff have done. I look forward to looking at the information in more detail. I'll keep you posted on what I hear about GIS day and submission of social GIS posters.
yes, I started it about 3 weeks ago for the students at cabrini who are tech savvy and also for donors to see the work we have been doing. The links to all cabrini blogs are up on the page to the right
Hi Daniel, i apologize for putting Washington DC; that is my birthplace and i now live in Peachtree City, GA. This is a community about 30 miles southwest of Atlanta. I found your website through a literacy website, called literacyconnections, headed by Cathy Puett Miller, also a member of this site. SO i came here in a very convoluted way, but am happy that i did! . I did see some members who live in Georgia, so i may connect with them. This is a great resource! You do a lot of wonderful things in Chicago.....my organization also sponsors a grief and loss camp for children who are being raised by their grandparents, and i believe there is a camp in Chicago, as well. It is associated with a university there.
I was a Field Artillery Officer - 1st Infantry Division over in Germany. Then I did a Brigade S4 (Logistics) job to end my career which I really enjoyed.
I like your ideas...great stuff. We have about 100+ volunteers and about 120+ Teenage Youth weekly at our programs, right now our programs are run out of the Solheim Center at Oak and Wells on Moody Bible's campus. They give us the Gyms most of Monday night. Our program starts at 6:30PM with kids having to be in the door by 7:00PM and goes to 9:00PM. We do it most every Monday night.
In the summer, we have more of a relaxed version of our programing at Beckman field also on that same corner.
We try to get to a 1 to 1 mentorship connection with the youth, and to volunteer with your program, you have to be there each Monday evening, for a year minimum. A big commitment, but we have a great group.
We also require and train them to meet up with the youth "outside the walls" we call it, at least 1-2 hours a week, to build a real life relationship at school, in the neighborhoods, and outside of our programming.
I discussed with my staff yesterday and we came up with a list of desired topics that would be helpful to cover:
-Improving parent involvemnet
-How to motivate students that are struggling in every subject/are not serious about their education
-Dealing with students that exhibit anger management issues and violent behavior
-Being a better partner with the schools
I hope this helps. Thank you for your consideration.
Yes I am a part of Firman Community Services. In fact, our L.E.A.P. staff attended the conference in November. We are planning to attend the next one in May as well.
I have been looking for additional tutor/mentor workshops and professional development opportunities for my staff in the Chicago area, but I have been somewhat unsuccessful so far.
Can anyone offer any insight on how to tap into such opportunities? or
Are there any programs that are having trainings that our program can collaborate to attend?
It would be great to get the Cornell group involved on this site, as well as any others who are interested. If you visit the groups section you'll see one for Acacia Fraternity. The goal of this is to recruit members and alumni from different Acacia chapters to the site so they can learn from me and apply what they learn to help build volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs in the towns where their chapters are located. This concept can repeated in many, many ways. It just takes one or two people from each place to understand their power to make things happen.
I will reach out to the alumni office and see if they can connect me with Chicago alums. I would also like to connect you with faculty at Cornell Cornell where I did my undergraduate work. They have a Chicago experience as well as a new civic engagement program that was started in honor of two of my mentors who retired recently. Dr. Richard Peterson and Dr. Chris Carlson. Dr. Carlson is now working as Dean of the college. Also, I did my Masters of Arts at UIC. Dr. Dennis Rosenbaum was my mentor there. He's very active in safety work in Chicago. I was teaching today and doing a hundred other miscellaneous tasks so I didn't get a chance to send out a mass invite. As soon as deadlines are met I will get on it. thanks.
hello daniel, this is so interesting and would be wonderful to carry out. i believe working with you will do a lot of good too. it's really a welcoming idea and i believe it is possible. but i would need you to guide me alot more. i know that we can make a difference in the world.
Daniel... Thanx for the warm welcome to the group and community. Indeed, we are all blessed with the ability, enthusiasm, and insight to assist others in achieving goals that they have yet to set! Let's DO something with our abilities, enthusiasm, and insight. Collectively, we can move the clouds that only serve to hide the sunnier side of how great life can TRULY be!