I've not had the money or volunteer talent to update the Program Locator and create map views using ArcGIS software since 2011 , so I point to data platforms hosted by others, which can be used as base-level maps* for stories that intend to mobilize attention and resources to support youth tutor/mentor programs in throughout the Chicago region.
One of those is the Community Commons site. Below is a map view that I created today to show youth in poverty in the Chicago region.
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The Tutor/Mentor Connection started building a resource library in 1993 and that has continued under Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC since 2011. Below is a concept map showing various data platforms that can also be used to create map stories. Links to these platforms is just a small part of the Tutor/Mentor web library. Open the map, then open the links under each node to find a direct link to each resource.
As you look at them, see if they have a section of stories, similar to the Community Commons site. It would be great if every one of these sites where doing that.
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*What do I mean by "base level maps"? None of the platforms I point to has been building a database of non-school tutor/mentor and learning programs, with sort features for age group served and type of program, they way Tutor/Mentor Connection started doing in 1994. Visit this page and see how the T/MC list of programs can be searched, by these sub-categories.
Thus, to support the growth of these programs in Chicago or any other city, someone needs to be doing the on-going research to identify existing programs. While the Program Locator is not updated, I continue to update the list of Chicago programs and show them on a map, which you can see in this article. Unfortunately, this is not as robust as the original Program Locator.
Anyone can be the YOU shown on this graphic, who creates map stories and shares them via social media, blogs, church sermons, newspaper stories, and one-on-one conversations with these goals in mind.
Anyone can browse the stories on this blog, and on the Tutor/Mentor Blog and then share those, in your own words, videos and graphics, with people you know.
Anyone can help find a partner/investor/university who would help rebuild the Tutor/Mentor Connection and it's mapping capacity, and apply it to cities across the world.
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