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30 year reflection

I created this Ning forum in 2007 to support the growth of intermediaries who would help volunteer-based youth tutor/mentor programs reach more kids in high poverty areas of Chicago and other places with long-term support that helped those kids through school and into adult lives.

The site shares a strategy that I started in 1993, and named, Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC).   In 2011 I created the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC to continue the T/MC in Chicago and help it grow in other…


Added by Daniel Bassill on January 23, 2024 at 1:14pm — No Comments


When, in 2018, then presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) said, in the second round of elections, that he would “put an end to all activism in Brazil”, civil society organizations and social movements collectively signed a declaration of repudiation which cited a study carried out by IPEA (Instituto de Pesquisas Econômicas), in 2017, reporting the existence of 820,000 NGOs. Also according to the signatory organizations, it was a volunteer network at around millions of…


Added by Daniel Galvão Rosa Delmanto on January 25, 2022 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Some considerations on social services reform based on the vision of the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago

In 1991, four researchers from the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago presented to the city, faced with rising poverty and violence, particularly among young people, an alternative vision of reforming the social services system, with a focus on social services to support youth and families. With funding from an intermediary, the Chicago Community Trust, worth $30 million - $65 million in current values - this proposal was initially tested in 7 low-income…


Added by Daniel Galvão Rosa Delmanto on October 4, 2021 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Algumas considerações sobre reformas dos serviços sociais com base na visão do Centro para Crianças da Universidade de Chicago.

Em 1991, quatro pesquisadores de um centro para crianças chamado Chapin Hall Center for Children, na Universidade de Chicago, apresentaram à cidade confrontada pelo aumento da pobreza e da violência, principalmente entre jovens, uma visão alternativa de reforma do sistema de serviços sociais, tendo como foco os serviços sociais de apoio às juventudes e às famílias. Com o financiamento de uma intermediária, a Chicago Community Trust, no valor de $ 30 milhões – $ 65 milhões em valores atuais…


Added by Daniel Galvão Rosa Delmanto on October 4, 2021 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Facilitated meetings - much changed since 1990s

 In the early 1990s I became aware of something called Group Systems, which was a meeting facilitation aid, where everyone used computers to brainstorm ideas, then to organize and vote on them.  In this Feb 2020 blog article I include a quote from a 2000 article about group systems. 

Much has changed since the 1990s. Today I participated in a webinar…


Added by Daniel Bassill on July 8, 2021 at 2:45pm — No Comments

Archive of Twitter posts using Wakelet

 I post messages daily intended to draw visitors to my blogs and use hashtags like #tutor #mentor #learning to narrow the focus.

This week I learned about Wakelet which is a platform to archive and share collections of Tweets, based on specific #hashtags.

This graphic shows five collections on my page that I created in just a few minutes. 

See this…


Added by Daniel Bassill on February 7, 2018 at 5:41pm — No Comments

Think of idea sharing as exploding fireworks

I started this forum in 2007 when platforms like Ning were a new way to meet, connect and share ideas.  While a few people still join every year the forum has not been very active for a few years.

However, I still use it to archive work done in the past and to maintain connections for those who did join.

I created this graphic recently to show how an…


Added by Daniel Bassill on September 22, 2017 at 1:36pm — No Comments

Holiday Appeal from Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC

I created the Tutor/Mentor Connection in 1993 as part of a non-profit organization that also was creating a site-based tutor/mentor program serving teens in the Cabrini-Green neighborhood of Chicago.  I created the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC in 2011 to keep the T/MC strategy going in Chicago and share it with other cities after support for the strategy was discontinued in…


Added by Daniel Bassill on December 12, 2016 at 1:08pm — No Comments

Are you using annotation to support student, volunteer and staff learning?

Here'sblog article showing three annotation tools.

In addition, here'sarticle I wrote in Jan 2016 to introduce annotation. In the comments section of the blog I've added updates. Are any of you using these tools?

If so, post a comment and link showing how you are using…


Added by Daniel Bassill on December 4, 2016 at 11:46am — No Comments

Follow this "Learning Path" through the ideas of the Tutor/Mentor Connection

I've hosted this Ning site since 2007 with the goal that teams from colleges, faith groups, businesses, etc. in Chicago and other cities would use the information and ideas to build strategies that make mentor-rich youth programs available in all  high poverty neighborhoods, and help each get the on-going flow of talent and operating dollars needed to constantly move from…


Added by Daniel Bassill on April 27, 2016 at 2:14pm — No Comments

Project: Exploring the Tutor/Mentor Connection

Hello everybody, I created this project project%20TMC%20DGRD.docx whose aim is to dig into the Tutor/Mentor´s sites with students from Brazil, and which I am presenting to schools, with no perspective, untill now, due to an utilitarian and short-sighted approach of education that presents itself during conversations with principals.




Added by Daniel Galvão Rosa Delmanto on April 4, 2016 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

View library of illustrated essays on Scribd.com and Slideshare

Since the mid 1990s I've tried to visualize my ideas and strategies using PowerPoint and other drawing tools. I've been uploading these to slide share and other platforms for past few years. Here's one example.…


Added by Daniel Bassill on September 29, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Use Concept Maps to Visualize Strategies and Show Networks

This is one of many concept maps I've created to visualize the commitment I and other leaders need to make to help youth in all high poverty neighborhoods of a city get the support systems they need to more successfully move through school and into careers.  While you can click through the nodes on this map, to other maps, I created this library of concept maps, to show the wide variety that…


Added by Daniel Bassill on May 24, 2015 at 12:06pm — No Comments

Experimenting with webinars. Join me on April 21, 2015

I'm hosting a webinar focused on volunteer recruitment for tutor/mkentor programs at 2pm EST on April 21.  You can sign up…


Added by Daniel Bassill on April 19, 2015 at 8:03pm — No Comments

Reflection essay

Reflection essay

2015 Feb-Jan Intern

Wona Chang


Hi my name is Wona Chang. I am from South Korea and I studied at Illinois Institute of Technology. I worked at Tutor/Mentor Institute as an intern and I had a great time in here. Time flied so fast and I am now going back to Korea soon.

At first, the reason I wanted to work for Tutor/Mentor Institute was that I am concerned about public problems and issues. I am majoring in Public Administration and what I…


Added by dkdkdk on February 18, 2015 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

2 videos based on prezi

I created 2 videos using prezi materials that I created before.

I hope it will be helpful to understand about Tutor/Mentor Institute more.

1) Learning path


2) Organization info


Please press HD before you watch.



Added by dkdkdk on February 12, 2015 at 12:15am — 1 Comment

Organization of info on Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC


This is the organization information of  Tutor/Mentor Institute.

It is the guide for browsing Tutor mentor Institute Website 

I worked on it by prezi. There are two versions.

Please take a look at them.

Organization of info on Tutor/Mentor Institute,…


Added by dkdkdk on February 10, 2015 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

5th week reflection


This is my 5th week. 1 month has passed.

When I first came here I did not know much about Tutor/Mentor Connections.

Now I can explain to my friends and family about T/MC.

I think I gained a deep thought about people around me.

All information I got from the site was so impressive. 

There are works that other interns did, so I also looked at that.

When I first came here I was really surprised with some works that they had…


Added by dkdkdk on February 3, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Archive of Presentations Created by Interns since 2006 with visit count as of 4/25/2017

Interns have been creating visualizations for Tutor/Mentor Connection since 2006. Some are created in formats that we're not able to track visit count. However, some that have been posted to Prezi or YouTube, can provide a history of visits.  Wona Chang has started this archive. It will be updated annually, with new presentations added. (intro added by Dan Bassill, Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC)

Note: Pojects created using Adobe Flash are no longer supported on most browsers (as…


Added by dkdkdk on January 27, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

My second prezi


I finally finished my second prezi.  It is about T/MC's learning path. 

English Version

Korean Version (Only voice recording is in Korean)

However I am not really proud of my…


Added by dkdkdk on January 23, 2015 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

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