Monday, April 24, 2017

Work by Interns Since 2006

Since 2005 more than 30 interns from colleges in the Chicago region, and from countries like South Korea, China, and India, have spent time with the Tutor/Mentor Connection, ranging from one week to a full year.

Each has been asked to review ideas shared on Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) and Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC web sites, then write a blog article, or create a visualization, that shares their interpretation of what they are reading and what this means to other people.

If you scroll back through articles on this blog, all the way to 2006, when Michal Tam wrote this introduction, you can see work that has been done.  For archive purposes, I'm listing below some of the visualizations that were created.  Visit this page to learn more about interns who have worked with us. Visit this page to see projects that have been done.  Visit this group on Ning to see how Interns have been supported in doing this work.

The work these students have done  has been invaluable. Yet, it's greatest potential is to inspire other students from cities around the world, to create their own versions of the same projects or to interpret other ideas shared on the Tutor/Mentor Blog or Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC web sites. Through such efforts more adults might be reached, who will actually adopt and implement these strategies in locations throughout the world.

Note: Pojects created using Adobe Flash are no longer supported on most browsers (as of 2017). You can download a swfplayer, from sites like, to view them in their original format. You can also view videos that have been created to show the animations. Links included below.

a)  Introduction of Tutor/Mentor Connection Interns 
Created by Kyungryul Kim on June 2013.     139 views.

b) Meet interns making differences!    Created by Byeonghui Kim on July 2013.     530 views.

c) Interns can make a difference!    Created by Sunjoong Yoo on September 2014.     186 views.
2. Introduction of Tutor/Mentor Connection and its services
a) Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC Learning Path Video Created by Wona Chang, Jan/Feb 2015.  YouTube version, click here. 104 views.

b) Guide to Tutor/Mentor Institute Web Site video.  Created by Wona Chang, Jan/Feb 2015.   YouTube version, click here, 89 views

c) Tutor/Mentor Connection Strategy Map/Goal-Animated Concept Map - Video version (2017)  

d) T/MC Program locator Introduction animation  Created by Taeho Ko. 2008

e) Tutor/Mentor Connection Introduction -  (T/MC) Intro.
Created by Mina Song on June 2012.   1340 views. (Look below to see 4 more strategy Prezi's by Mina)

g) Tutor/Mentor Service Learning Network Revised version :  YouTube video. click here.

Original Flash Animation:  Created by Inee Choi in 2011. Video created 2017.

h) Tutor/mentor Connection Year Round Strategy to build support for tutor/mentor programs.  See 2011 video. Click here.  See 2017 video showing full animation.

Original Flash animation created by Eunsoo Lee on February 24, 2010. Adobe Flash version:  

i)  Animation showing Push Pull Strategy of Tutor/Mentor Connection.  2017 YouTube Video version.  

Original Animation: Click here.  Created by Jawon Koo on February 24, 2010  Narration by Bradley Troast, Northwestern University

j) Animation showing goal of supporting tutor/mentor programs in all parts of Chicago. 2017 Video version TC.

Click here to view  original Flash animation. Created by Jawon Koo, Intern from IIT. Narration by Bradley Troast, Northwestern University.   

k) Volunteer Recruitment Campaign video (click here) Creative by Minsub Lee in 2011.     45 views.

l) Infrastructure needed to build and sustain a tutor/mentor program. View 2017 YouTube video version.

To view animation, Click here.  Created by Sam Lee, Intern from IIT, 2011.
3.  Visualizations of Tutor/Mentor Connection Concepts

a)  How You Can Make A Difference video.  Created by Kyungryul Kim on January 2013.      142 views.

b) War on Poverty video  Created by Kyungryul Kim on January 2013.      150 views

c) The Power of Small Change video  Created by Sunjoong Yoo, January 2014.     294 views

d) Enough is Enough animation. View in this blog article.   Created by July 2010

e) Resources on Tutor/Mentor Connection web sites. Video version (2017).

Flash Animation, created in 2009 by IIT interns. Narration by Chris Warren, Northwestern University.

f) Transforming Adults Involved in Volunteer-Based Tutor/Mentor Programs. YouTube Video 2011-495 views

Flash Animation by LiLi, University of Michigan, 2010:

5. Visualizations of Tutor/Mentor Connection strategies

a) Creating Network of Purpose. Tutor/Mentor Connection Strategy. Prezi created  by Byeonghui Kim on June 2013.    585 views. Shown in blog article at

b) Step 1 of 4-Part Tutor/Mentor Connection Strategy.  Created by Mina Song on June 2012.   998 views.

c) Step 2 of 4-Part Tutor/Mentor Connection Strategy - Created by Mina Song on June 2012.   760 views.

d) Step 3 of 4-Part Tutor/Mentor Connection Strategy - Created by Mina Song on June 2012.   733 views.

e) Step 4 of 4-Part Tutor/Mentor Connection Strategy - Created by Mina Song on June 2012.   880 views.

f) 4-Part Problem Solving Strategy of Tutor/Mentor Connection -  Created by Byeonghu Kim on June 2013   776 views.
6. More Work done by interns

a) Introduction of Cabrini Connections and Tutor/Mentor Connection, in Korean. By Minsang Lee, 2010.  Click hereb)

b) Introduction of Tutor/Mentor Connection, in Chinese. 2010. Click here.  By Willow  Yang, 2010. 115 views.

c) Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference video, 2010, by MinSang Lee.  Click here

d)  Graphic of Valentine shaped heart showing warmth of tutor/mentor bond. Click here.  Created by SungHee Jung in Feburary 2012.    

e) Video showing "Hope & Love" of Tutor/Mentor bond.  Click here. Created by Sung Hee Jung, Feb. 2012. 136 views.

f) Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference (2008) video. Click here  Created by by SEUNG JUNG LEE, June 2008.  296 views

g)  Animation introducing Tutor/Mentor Connection:   Created on June 2011 39 views

h) Template for Tutor/Mentor Connection newsletter - 2011 pdf by Sam Lee. 

Many thanks to every intern who worked on these projects and to everyone who views them and shares them with others.

Monday, April 17, 2017

New Videos Show Animation Work Done by Past Interns

A few days ago I posted an article telling that the Flash Animation projects done by interns between 2007 and 2011 were no longer view-able because browsers no longer support that technology.

I found a way to view them, by downloading a swfplayer and opening the projects that way. It works, but I doubt many will do this.

So I also innovated a way to create videos, using my phone's camera, and a $10 tripod, to show what's in these projects. Below is one that I created today that shows the resources in the Tutor/Mentor Connection library.

If you visit this page you will see a video link to other Flash Animation projects.

While this will show the work that was done, and hopefully inspire other students and volunteers to create their own visualizations showing the same projects that past interns have worked on, the fact that these were created before 2011 creates other problems.

Mainly, many links are broken.  

Thus, if you do use the swfplayer to view the project, nearly half the links no longer point to the specific page they are intended to show. I'd love to find a way to go into the programming for these and update the links, but I'm not sure how much benefit that will offer.

For now, this is a work-around solution. I'm sure if you're looking at the videos I've created or the blog article I write at the Tutor/Mentor blog site, you might say "I can do that better."  That's true. And that's an invitation to you and others to do this work yourself.

If you're a student, educator or someone else concerned with problems in your community, and see the need to create greater public involvement in learning about problems and potential solutions, enlisting young people to help attract those who could help would be a good way to start.

That's what I've been trying to do.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Flash Animations by Interns No Longer Easy to View - Workaround Needed

If you browse articles on this blog, dating back to 2007, you'll see a variety of visualizations, like this one, that use Flash animation to communicate a strategy of the Tutor/Mentor Connection (and since 2011 the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC).

Unfortunately, as time goes on older technologies are no longer supported and that includes Adobe Flash.  To view these in the format they were created you need to download a swfplayer which you can find at this link.

I've created a video, which you can see below, to show the project for those who don't want to download the swfplayer. I've also added some comments updating status of Tutor/Mentor Connection.  To see the project shown above, and others, visit this page.

Over the next couple of weeks I plan to record all of the projects created with Flash animation so they remain available to help people understand the strategies I launched in 1994 to help volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs reach youth in all high poverty neighborhoods of a city like Chicago, and to help each program get on-going resources that help them build mentor-rich strategies that help kids who start in these programs when in elementary school, be starting jobs and careers with the help of people they met on their journey through school.

Thank You! to Interns
At the same time, I'm trying to show that students and volunteers from middle school, high school, college and non-school programs in Chicago and other cities could be creating their own visualizations of Tutor/Mentor Connection strategies and share them with leaders in their own communities who need to provide the time, talent and dollars to make mentor-rich programs available.

I've coached interns using this on-line forum on  I invite you to look at the conversations and work done over past years.  As with the changes in technology, Ning moved from being a free site, to a moderate-cost site to a more expensive site over the past few years.  I've not been able to generate consistent revenue to support the Tutor/Mentor Connection via my current Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC structure, so don't know if I will be able to continue the Ning site past this coming year.  The annual fee for 2017-18 is $600. If you'd like to help pay that fee, use the PayPal button on my personal "gofundme" page to send a contribution.

If you're a student, volunteer or educator who might want to help with this work, introduce yourselve via the comment box or connect with me on Twitter or Facebook.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Take a learning journey through Tutor/Mentor web library

In 2010 a volunteer who was looking at the resources of the Tutor/Mentor Connection wrote a blog article titled "Thinking like Google", in which he compared the T/MC to Google. He wrote,

It occurred to me that this forum is essentially modeled on a similar format as Google's. a) looks for information, or content, and people relevant to the cause of tutoring and mentoring; b) organizes, analyzes, and archives that information for future reference; and c) utilizes those references for targeted advertising campaigns, social networking, grant-writing, and the like. Even more to the point, this forum is a way of attempting to grow the idea of tutoring and mentoring to scale, or to a point where it "tips".

I've built a huge web library and I've created a variety of PDF essays over the past 20 years that are intended to help people learn ways to support the growth of volunteer-based tutoring, mentoring and learning programs in high poverty neighborhoods. While I point to these via email newsletters and social media, I've been looking for new ways to introduce these concepts.

How about a WebQuest?  How might I motivate students and adults to take Michael's advice and begin to journey through my web library, and as they do, share what they are learning with people in their own network, so they begin their own journey through this information.

Several years ago I began to learn about WebQuest and I created an animation to introduce this concept. You can view it on YouTube

Here are a couple of other animations introducing students to a web quest.

Making a map, class assignment, animation.

Doing a web quest.

Interns were on this journey for short bursts of time every year between 2006 and 2015.  Here's a page that shows work interns have done in the past to guide people through this information.

I've been updating the links on the web library so all are working, and I keep adding new links. I also keep adding new blog articles here, here and here. Some of the articles written 10 years ago are as relevant today as they were then, so while it's important that you subscribe and follow new articles, it's also important that you visit the past and read some of those articles.

Here's a visualization done by one of our past interns that illustrates the goal of supporting groups of learners in many sectors, who each look at maps to determine where youth and families need more help, and what programs are already operating in those areas.....who need constant support to constantly improve and stay available.

The links in the web library point to more than 200 youth serving programs in Chicago and others around the country. They point to research articles and to business and foundation web sites.  They represent a large ocean of ideas you can use to help programs grow, by borrowing good ideas already working in different places, rather than by starting from scratch on an on-going basis.

Students could be looking at the web library and could be creating their own presentations to draw adults and other students from their own community into this information, and into actions that lead to the growth of more programs in more places that help kids move through school and into careers.

If you're doing this, please share your links so others can learn from you. If you're interested in exploring this idea with me, let's connect on Twitter, Facebook or Linkedin.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Share the Love. Change the World. Make it Better for All.

This graphic was created by two interns from South Korea during a a seven week internship in 2012.  I wrote about it and included a link to the animation in this article.

I was prompted to write today's article because Sunday will be Valentine's Day.  This article from the DePaul University Center for Writing-Based Learning includes it's own message of Love heading into this weekend.  Another article, by Simon Ensor, a professor in France, communicates the same idea and points to ideas I've been sharing at the Tutor/Mentor Blog.

Here's another graphic, also created by the 2012 intern team. Song Me Lee wrote this article, to show how the graphic was created, and to show what she'd been learning during her internship.  I encourage you to look at all of the messages posted by Song Me during her internship.  

On this page of the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC web site I post a list of interns from 2006 till 2014, with links to articles they wrote to introduce themselves at the start of their internship, and then links to final reflection articles.  Some provide more information than others, but all show an intent that the intern learn new ideas and new skills from working on their projects.

As I've interviewed students for these internships I've emphasized that one of my goals is that these students continue to stay connected to the Tutor/Mentor Connection library of ideas and to each other, so that in future years they become a community of people who help each other, and who apply these ideas to making the world a better place.

I created this presentation to show a goal of having student-led Tutor/Mentor Connection-type teams growing on high school and college campuses throughout the US and the world.  Anyone who takes a few moments to view my blogs and then shares what I'm writing about, as Simon Ensor has done on his blog, is providing inspiration and motivation for one or many people to take this roll.

I'm still waiting for the first university or high school to adopt this strategy, and for the first corporation or benefactor to endow it with 10 years of funding, but as they say "Rome was not built in a day."   

I created this concept map to illustrate this vision. If you start writing about my ideas and/or creating your own visualizations, share the link in the comment box and I'll add you to this map.

Better yet, create your own map, and add my blog articles to it.  

Through the collective effort of many, we'll gather the bricks needed to build the "Rome" of this vision.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Many Ways for Young People to Tell Stories

For the past 10 years I've hosted interns via the Tutor/Mentor Connection and Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC, based in Chicago. If you browse through the articles on this blog you can see work they have done, and find places where I'm encouraging educators at the K-12 level and in colleges, as well as leaders and volunteers in non-school youth programs, to engage their own students in creating visualizations for the same purpose.

For the past couple of months I've been following a series of cartoon comics, created by Kevin Hodgson, a 6th grade teacher in Western Massachusetts.  Below is one.

Visit this link and see the entire series.  There are so many different ways for young people to communicate ideas. I look forward to connecting with youth and educators who get involved doing this work.

Here's a link to a site Kevin shared earlier this week that students and adults can use to create their own comic strips.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Visualizing New Ways To Solve Social Problems

The graphic below is from this animation, created by interns from IIT in Chicago during 2008-09 internships. (Note: the animation can now be seen in this video). The goal was to share the vision and four-part strategy piloted by the Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) since it was launched in 1993.
Since 2005 a number of interns have worked with T/MC. They've all been challenged to find new way to visualize and communicate ideas originated in Tutor/Mentor Connection blogs, aiming to increase the number of people working to help programs grow in high poverty neighborhoods that expanded the network of adults helping kids move through school and into jobs and careers. This page shows projects that have been done.

Yesterday I was encouraged to view a TED talk by Bret Victor, a technology visionary who has helped develop some of the tools we use today. I was awed by the work he has done and his vision of the future. Below is a video from his bio page, that shows creative ways to represent ideas.

My goal is that youth in k-12 schools, colleges and non-school programs look at the work interns have done with me in the past, and the ideas I keep adding the MappingforJustice blog and Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC* blog, then challenge themselves to find new ways to communicate these ideas to the people in their own family/community network. The result will do the following: a) increase the number of people looking at these ideas

b) increase the range and number of people giving time, talent and dollars to help high quality, mentor-rich, programs reach youth in under-served areas with supports that help those youth move through school and into 22nd century careers

c) increase understanding of youth who work on these projects of the infrastructure needed to build and sustain long-term programs, and the ways volunteers, donors, youth and others can proactively support such programs in all parts of a geographic area

d) expand youth understanding of spatial mapping and dynamic communications tools

e) expand growth of information-based intermediaries like T/MC in other cities of the world, and apply this problem solving strategy to other social/environmental issues

f) create a future generation of leaders who use information and networked-learning consistently to innovate solutions to problems and use dynamic communications to share solutions in ways that build and sustain support from a wide sector of people for these solutions.

On this wiki page I describe how this might become a competition that involves a growing number of young people and volunteers.

As more youth become involved in this work, and learn from people like Bret Vector, we'll create a future generation of leaders who apply these tools to visualizing and shaping a brighter future for the world they will inherit.

*The Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC was created in 2011 to continue the work of the Tutor/Mentor Connection in Chicago, while helping similar intermediaries grow in other cities.