Monday, July 19, 2010

Benefit Concert for Tutor/Mentor Programs... Mapping For Justice Involved

My role with Tutor/Mentor Connection is always exciting - I get to wear many hats and utilize my diverse personal skillset every day: Mapmaker, Public Speaker, Marketing/PR, Web/Tech guy, and graphic designer. I get to meet politicians and business leaders... and I get to work weekly as an educator (I'm an M.Ed.), with the kids who attend Cabrini Connections Tech Club on nights when their peers might be on the streets.

I've shared on this blog how our political and business and other community leaders need to step up to the plate to ensure programs like Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) can continue to serve our students and ultimately you and me. These are programs our leadership often cite as necessary in the fights against crime, escalating taxes, and the drop-out crisis. I make maps to help people like them and people like you visualize the problem, create strategies, and take action.

Now I'm taking new direct action myself... and putting on two more hats...

I'm picking up my guitar and am making a direct call to you to join me... at a benefit concert I'm producing at Darkroom in Chicago on Sunday August 29 at 6pm on behalf of the T/MC and Mapping For Justice. (Come at 5pm for FREE BarBQue!!!)


* DONATE to help if you can't make it.

More details?....

(This show is for adults, 21 years of age and older.)

WHAT? Tutor/Mentor Jam 2010, a Back To School Benefit for Tutor/Mentor Programs, programs that aid public school students.

WHEN? Sunday, August 29, 2010... 5pm = doors & FREE FOOD (cash bar)... Shows starts at 6pm.

WHERE? Darkroom, a music venue situated in the heart of Chicago's West Town Neighborhood, just west of Cabrini Green.

HOW? PURCHASE TICKETS NOW! $10 Advance July only ($15 in August, $20 door).

WHY? This coming-together of bands, entertainers, and the local business community represents a village, coming together to draw public attention and support toward volunteer-based, non-school tutor/mentor programs in high-poverty/high-crime neighborhoods throughout the Chicago region.

Such programs provide safe places where youth can connect with caring adult tutors, mentors, and career coaches who volunteer to help at-risk youth gain the academic and decision making edge that just might be the difference in a few years, when that child is deciding between a book and a gun.

* Official Website: Tutor/Mentor Jam 2010

* Darkroom, 2210 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60622

* Sunday, August 29, 2010; PURCHASE TICKETS NOW!