There are many ways that tutor/mentor programs can be successful or unsuccessful. What makes them a success is the people who come to volunteer from the community. If it were not for those people the tutor/mentor programs would not exist. Creating a partnership is also part of their success along with citizens having respect for the program. Without all of these things tutor/mentor programs would be unsuccessful. There are certain things that could make them better resources: technology and books. Also, more of an open schedule from the volunteers and a equal student to mentor ratio would create a strong learning environment and bonds between students and tutors. It would also create strong teaching habits to accomodate the student. For example the Cluster Tutoring Program in Austin, Chicago, matches each student with a volunteer tutor and they work together for the entire school year. This allows the children to create a bond with their tutor/mentor and makes them want to return the following year.
The Cluster Tutoring Program is a success because of their student/ tutor ratio. It is also a success because it provides free one-on-one tutoring. They are also known for building strong relationships with their students. The amount of kids that return the following year is 75-95%. This shows us that the children find the program very success and they obviously improved their grades at school. The only thing we feel can improve the program is perhaps meeting more than once a week. This can create even a stronger bond between tutors and students and maybe even raise their grades a little bit higher. This program is specifically a tutor/mentor program.
In North Lawndale a program called the LCDC, or Lawndale Christian Developement Corporation, was founded in 1987. This program was founded by a very caring, local church that intended to improve the community’s education and housing. LCDC effectively partners with specific organizations that sponsor, and help the program. These programs are Lawndale Community Church, Lawndale Christian Health Center, and the Freddie Mac Foundation. Partnering with other programs allows a developing program to be successful because it can give them the extra money and support they need to create an effective tutor/mentoring program. On the flip side, an organization that is not located close to any local schools could be bad. Maybe branching out and creating a small program closer to the schools will persuade children to get the help they need instead of walking across town to get the resources they should be able to access easier. This program is specifically a tutor program.
Chicago High School for the Arts is a high school that also offers after school programs for students to learn dance, music, visual arts, theatre, and academics. This program is located in Pilson and is funded by the Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust and the Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust. The program has been a huge success and it continues to draw the attention of students in the area. It also makes many jobs available in that area. In order to become a student in this school you must apply and be accepted. It could be more of a success if they accepted people that needed help even if they didn’t come to school. This program is specifically tutor/mentor.
There does not seem to be any tutoring/ mentoring programs in Little Village. A student would need to go out of the area to find somewhere to get any help, which may not be possible because it is out of the way. After a Google search of “tutor/mentor programs in little village, Chicago” I was redirected to many different aid centers. However, none of them were located in the neighborhood. The lack of help offered to students can mean one of two things, either the schools are exceptional and the students don’t need help, or that the region has been disturbingly overlooked in terms of education advancements.
The goal of Breakthrough Urban Ministries is to provide services to unfortunate neighborhoods through the influence of people in the neighborhood to overcome addiction, poverty, and isolation. Breakthrough Ministries started on Chicago’s North Side as an aid for homeless people in the Edgewater and Uptown neighborhoods. The program has now stretched its wings to the Chicago’s Westside in the East Garfield Park Community. The organization offers programs such as tutor-mentor programs, homeless centers and services for men and women, outreach to women involved in prostitution, and an outreach program for children and their families. The programs available for children include summer education programs, after-school programs, bible studies programs, year round sports leagues, and technology centers. This program is a tutor/mentor program.
In conclusion, successful and unsuccessful tutor/mentoring programs share many of the same qualities. These include partnership, volunteering, support from the community, and good scheduling on the staff’s part.