Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Follow this Learning Path to Understand Tutor/Mentor Connection strategies

For the past 9 years interns from South Korea, China, India and US universities have spent time with Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) in Chicago working on projects that help communicate the ideas and strategies T/MC has developed over the past 40 years. The January 2015 intern is Wona Chang,from South Korea. Below is a presentation she created over the past two weeks, to provide a different guide to this concept map.

In this page you can see other projects which were also done using Prezi. However, Wona is the first intern to figure out how to create a sound track, where she guides visitors through the presentation. She also put in web links pointing to some of the same sites the original concept map points to.

In addition to creating an English language version, Wona created a Korean language version. Since every major city in the world has areas of concentrated poverty where people live more isolated from the rest of the community and its resources, the T/MC strategy could be duplicated in many countries. Thus, finding ways to creating versions of the blog articles and web presentations in different languages will help leaders in other countries find and adopt these ideas.

Wona and I share ideas in this on-line forum. If you'd like to work on one of the T/MC visualizations, join in.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

New Intern helps launch 2015

Since 2006 interns from various universities have spent time helping communicate ideas and strategies of Tutor/Mentor Connection and Tutor/Mentor Institute.

Each intern starts with an introduction. You can see many from past interns on this page.

Our newest intern is Wona Chang, from South Korea. She created this Prezi presentation to introduce herself. She said "It was the first time that I work on prezi, so what I first did was learn how to use it. I had a lot of fun learning new skills."

Thanks one goal of this internship. Students should learn new skills and have fun doing it. While Wona works with me in Chicago, others are invited to join our Tutor/Mentor Group and do similar projects from where ever you are.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Intern Visualizations help communicate ideas

In this post on the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC blog I showed how I scratch out ideas during meetings, then later convert them into visualizations. In the article I illustrate how interns have taken the graphics I first launch as a blog article or a power point visualization, and create new interpretations using their own talent. Here's an example.

This is an image I created many years ago to illustrate the need to support youth from first grade through high school and into jobs. It show three time frames in the day, including after 5pm when workplace volunteers would be more readily available for weekly involvement in non-school tutor/mentor programs. It shows that while parents, teachers, mentors and tutors are "pushing" youth to make decisions that have a positive influence on their lives, the business community could be "pulling" youth through school through the involvement of volunteers as mentors, and their workplace as opportunities for job shadowing, apprentice programs, part time jobs, and entry points to careers.

This graphic is from an animation created by an intern from South Korea (via IIT) that communicates this idea in a new way.

At this link you can see a wide range of visualizations done since 2006. If you'd like to do work like this introduce yourself on Twitter or join the Tutor/Mentor Connection Forum and introduce yourself.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

See work done by past interns. Duplicate this in your school.

Since 2005 interns from a variety of colleges have spent time creating new interpretations of the ideas I've posted on various Tutor/Mentor Connection and Tutor/Mentor Institute web sites. Last year I asked interns from IIT to create some new presentations that gave attention to work done by others. In this visualization the intern used Prezi.

A second intern, Kyungryul Kim, developed a video, posted on YouTube, introducing the same interns, but using a different form of communications.

Since 2005 several dozen interns from colleges in the US, South Korea and China have spent time creating new interpretations of the strategies I've been creating for over 40 years. Hopefully some of these interns will continue to work with these strategies in future years, or some of the people looking at them will adopt them in their own efforts.

I support this work in a sub group at http://tutormentorconnection.ning.com and I invite students from junior high, high school and colleges around the world to join the group and create your own interpretations of this information. This could also be project based learning for youth and volunteers in non school tutor/mentor programs.

I've posted work done by interns and fellow in these following locations:

Strategy presentation pages on Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC site. Be sure to view all three pages.

Videos by 2005-2012 interns are posted on Tutor/Mentor Conference site. On this page you can see 2013 projects.

Graphics by past interns, on Pinterest.

Find an tntroduction of of many of our past interns, on the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC site This represents a vast library of work. I encourage you to browse through some of the projects and use your social media to encourage people to look at them. As long as there are youth living in high pockets of poverty with fewer opportunities for learning and career development in a city, there will be a need for leaders to build strategies that support the growth of a wide range of youth tutoring, mentoring and learning programs in these areas. Thus, these ideas are timeless. They need to be re-circulated in Chicago, and in other cities, so more people view them and consider which to adopt as part of their own leadership. There is work for many. Please get involved.

Friday, April 18, 2014

South Korean Ferry Disaster affects many who have been interns since 2006

It is with great sadness that I follow the daily news stories of the sinking of a ferry boat off the coast of South Korea. Since 2006 many students from South Korea have been interns with the Tutor/Mentor Connection and many may have friends and family directly involved in this tragedy. I hope for the best possible outcome over the next few days for each of you and those who are on board the ferry.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Simplifying Complex Ideas - Role of Interns

This is a graphic introduced a few months ago on the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC blog via this article. Most people looking at this will be overwhelmed and won't dig deeper to understand how it relates to their own involvement with helping youth through school and into jobs.

Since 2005 interns from Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Hong Kong Baptist, Northwestern, Loyola and many other universities have been spending time reading articles like this, then creating their own interpretations, in an effort to help more people view, understand, then apply the ideas.

The video below was launched today. It was created by SUNJOONG YOO, who is one of two students from South Korea working with the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC since Jan 20.

Once you've looked at the video do you understand it's message better than before? If so, please share it with leaders in business, colleges, politics, etc. so others will understand and apply the ideas. Youth from many schools, youth organizations and cities could be creating visualizations like this as part of a citywide effort to transform the way youth are supported. If you'd like to help make this happen we'd like to hear from you.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Interns make a difference!

I've introduced Byungkwan Jang (left in picture) and Sunjoong Yoo in previous posts. They are interns from Illinois Institute of Technology and universities in South Korea who have been with me for the past four weeks.

This week Byungkwan Jang completed a revision of the banks section of the Tutor/Mentor Program Locator's Asset Maps. This is work that has been needed since 2009, but I've not had money to hire anyone to do it, nor have I found a volunteer with the skill and experience to do it. Thus, I'm thrilled that Byungkwan volunteered to take on this role.

Visit this page to see his report on updating the asset maps. Read more about this on the Mapping for Justice Blog and the Tutor/Mentor Institute blogs.