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.

Monday, February 03, 2014

New PSA for Tutor/Mentor

This is one of four short videos created by SUNJOONG YOO, and intern from South Korea and IIT, to encourage more viewers to look at ideas shared on Tutor/Mentor Connection and Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC web sites. Take a look!

Friday, January 24, 2014

The Power of Small Change

This video was created over the past two weeks by SunjoongYoo, who is a winter 2014 intern of Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC in Chicago.

This is one of many visualizations created by interns since 2005. It's also an example of the type of project students from many place could be doing in an on-going effort to create more and better non-school learning, mentoring and job training opportunities for youth living in high poverty neighborhoods.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Interns from South Korea focusing on mentoring strategies in US

View this animation and meet Byungkwan Jang, our second winter 2014 intern from South Korea and Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. This graphic is part of a Prezi presentation that shows the network of people Byungkwan is connected to, whom he might send notices to read and share the articles he writes while he is an intern.

This intern program has been active since 2005. In this page you can see introductions and learning paths for many of the students from Chicago area universities, as well as from South Korea, China, and India.

In this second Prezi Byungkwan introduces himself. In each internship the first week is spent creating these introductions and network maps. It helps me get to know each student, and helps them show the talents they have. It also helps them understand how important the work is that they will do over the next six weeks. I hope you'll follow them and share this with youth and volunteers in your own network.

Monday, January 13, 2014

New Interns at Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC

Two new interns from South Korea, via a partnership with Illinois Institute of Technology, started working with me last week.

This is part of a program that has been on-going since 2005. Interns spend from a week to a year with me. During their time they read articles posted on the Tutor/Mentor Blog,, Pinterest, and the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC home page. Then they create new visualizations to provide their own interpretation of those ideas.
The network map helps them identify people in their own family, work, college and/or military network who may be interested in these ideas and who may pass them on to others.

The graphic above is a network map created by Sunjoong Yoo This link points to an self-introduction he created on Prezi.