When you get a chance, check out the Cabrini Connections Alumni ning at: http://cabriniconnectionsalumni.ning.com/ . Let me know if you want me to make changes or do something differently. I posted comments on CC, TMC FB pages but I'd like to look into sending messages now and starting to contact people off the list. Also, when you get a chance, let me know what photos I can scan for the ning site.
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.
Hi Dan, I was wondering if I could start a Cabrini Connections Student and Volunteer Alumni Group on the ning site. In addition, I wanted to compose a message that could be posted on the CC fan site and group site on FB directing people to the ning site to join the group so we can stat communicating. What do you think?
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!
Thank you Daniel for checking out the site and sharing your work here. The Beyond the Bricks project was conceived with the goal of promoting the much needed conversation around solutions to helping young people get more engaged in their education, and as you know, this really does take the village. We are presently raising funds and preparing a tour of the film, which will be accompanied by some of the participants in the film and others to speak to diverse audiences about what the issues are and innovative, practical ideas to address this very critical and long standing problem. I have uploaded the trailer for the film, hope to get more folks involved.
Yes, daniel, we did in the past for 1-2 yrs then the local burmese pastors convinced the vol. staff to not push our mentoring approach since they wanted them to work right away without taking any responsibility so they could get their 10% tithe plus a job finders fee. This led me to believe that having volunteers was not the only way to proceed and we will be looking for funding soon to have better control over the organization's direction.
Thanks for your comment Dan..
Thanks Dan. I'd love to use this forum to keep you and others up-to-speed as I develop ideas on Mapping for Justice. Hopefully I'll have something to share by the end of the weekend as I poke around for research and see where I can get people involved.
By the way, I'm very curious to find out how the Golf Benefit turned out -- looks like it was an overall success! Anything you would've done differently? We can connect later -- can't wait to see the pics!
Just wanted to let you know that in the next few days, I will be wrapping up my service as an AmeriCorps*VISTA and will be moving on. I would like to thank you and the Tutor Mentor Connections in being supportive over the last year and helping Mentor Kenosha & Racine grow. I would still like to be active in the Tutor Mentor Connections. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to keep in contact with me.
Also, even though I am moving on, Mentor Kenosha & Racine will still be very active with your program. Michelle, the new VISTA will be in contact with you and your program.