Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Maps Make Elected Leaders More Effective

Helping Local Politicians Support Tutor/Mentor Programs

"All adults share this responsibility, whether it's teaching...lessons to their own children or someone else's. It starts with parents but it continues with others: teachers, coaches, mentors and friends." - Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education

(Part 4 of T/MC's 2010 "Mapping Solutions" online gallery)

The last couple blogs in this series have focused on how faith-based leaders can point members of their congregations to programs that supplement the work parents and schools do to help students make better life decisions, get better grades, and ultimately contribute to our economy and society in positive ways.

Maps can also be used by elected leaders to help quality youth programs grow in all parts of their districts. Today's map shows an overview of Chicago's wards and incumbant aldermen. (Click on the map to find your ward and the alderman that represents you!)

Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) has the mapping technology to zoom in on any of these districts, to provide a detailed birds-eye view of business, faith, and other community resources like colleges and hospitals, that can rally together to provide a little extra help for local students.

With a T/MC map in hand (we can customize map views for any political district, zip code, neighborhood, etc.) and ready-to-use T/MC strategies to serve as a starting point, political leaders with a vested interest in building new support for our kids can take a more focused and organized lead in supporting tutor/mentor programs in their districts.

Check back tomorrow to see an example of how T/MC maps can zoom into political districts to reveal what's inside!

And if you feel this technology is important...


We at Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) have spent the past several years using maps to identify and analyze areas of our city where support for at-risk youth needs to grow, in order to make our students brighter, our workforce stronger, and our streets safer.

We operate on a non-profit budget and rely on donations and charity to continue our work, using state-of-the-art GIS technologies in support of our community-based mission.

Please consider a small tax-deductible donation to this important charity this holiday season.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

One of our elected officials recently asked the following. "In a perfect world could I have an IPhone application that would beep every time I enter or leave my district." Due to gerrymandering it is so hard for these folks even to know where their district lies. That kind of app would make a leader more effective, especially in areas where gerrymandering has occurred to the extreme.