In this blog, the Tutor/Mentor blog and the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC web site I've included maps and visualizations that are intended to support the decisions and actions of thousands of leaders in Chicago and other cities who want to reduce poverty, violence, inequality and health disparities by increasing the number of opportunities and supports that are available to kids living in high poverty areas from when they are born, to when they are launched 25 or 30 years later in jobs and careers.
In this article I include the concept map shown above and explain the four parts of a problem solving strategy that I've piloted, since 1975 when I first began leading a tutor/mentor program, and other can adopt. I've added elements to the map that show work that needs to be done to not only sustain what I've been doing since 1994, but to enhance it and pass on leadership to youth in many locations.
I encourage readers to dig through this information and build your own understanding. Use it to support the growth of mentor-rich programs in Chicago and other cities.
If a few of you share these articles with others, with your own interpretation, and they share them with people in their own networks, we eventually can reach one or a few benefactors and/or leaders who can make the $25 to $50 million dollar long-term investments that make this an Institute on a college campus, or make it a stand-alone institution that can have far greater impact than it has had over the past 20 years.
If you'd like a guided tour of the information on the web sites just connect with me on Twitter, Facebook or Linkedin, or leave contact information in the comment section. If you're in Chicago we can meet face-to-face. If you're in another city we can meet on Skype of a Google hangout.