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How To Create A Strong Tutor/Mentoring Program October 12, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — jhickey50 @ 9:20 pm

   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.


12 Responses to “How To Create A Strong Tutor/Mentoring Program”

  1. jhickey50 Says:

    Your group is very informative. You all do a good job of explaining how tutor/mentor programs are successful or unsuccessful. You were all very descriptive when talking about your separate neighborhoods. You indicated whether there were successful programs in your areas or not. Great Work!-Julianna

  2. jhickey50 Says:

    I really like how your group gives out specific information and guidelines about what make a good tutor/mentor program, or not. In addition, all the information you post really supports the main point of the project. I also like how each one described one program, and show what they have to offer.
    However, I thought it was important how you guys mention that Little Village, doesn’t have many programs offered to children. Simply because, that show how certain areas lack on helping children in school. Just comes to show that there are areas that really do need the attention in order for them to get education advancements.

    I really like your layout!


  3. jhickey50 Says:

    Your group did a really good job of finding common themes between all your neighborhoods and tutoring programs. It is really well organized and you are employing an argumentative tone which is effective for your audience considering helping a tutoring/mentoring program.

    Do you think you could think of reasons why Little Village does not have tutor/mentoring programs?


  4. As you talk about what programs are available, and what neighborhoods don’t have programs, I encourage you to point to the Tutor/Mentor Program Locator at http://www.tutormentorprogramlocator.net, which readers can use do do their own analysis of the neighborhoods you are writing about, or other parts of the city.

    There are a couple of tutorials with the program locator that show people how to use it, and that show people who operate programs how to add their own program, if it is not listed, or to edit information if it needs to be changed.

    Finally, you may discover that some programs that are listed no longer operate. If you do, email the T/MC at tutormentor2@earthlink.net and give us that information so we can update the database.

    With the help of many people we can keep the information accurate, and help more people find and support tutor/mentor programs in different places.

  5. jhickey50 Says:

    Hey group 3! First of all, I’d like to say that your blog page is very inviting because of the layout/theme you chose-good choice! I also liked how you started out the post with answering what makes a successful tutor/mentor program. It seems like such a simple and well-known answer but it is important that you pointed it out. I thought the amount of information you gave on each neighborhood’s programs were immense and very well thought out! Overall, I enjoyed reading this post as well as your overall blog. To improve, I agree you should find out more about why Little Village does not have specific tutor/mentoring programs, or even establish those “aid” programs that are available.

    Great job! 🙂
    – Brianna

  6. jhickey50 Says:

    Hi everyone,

    What a great blog you have! I particularly enjoyed how you introduced the subject of this blog to your audiance. I think your suggestion of having “branches” of LCDC closer to schools is a brilliant idea. I also believe it is beneficial for students to act as tutors/mentors to others. I found it intresting to learn that there is a ‘High School for the Arts’ in Chicago – sounds wonderful! It is a pity there are no programs in Little Villiage. Good job for identifying there is need for programs there.

    Thank-you for all the insight….


  7. jhickey50 Says:

    Good evaluations guys! there is good evidence to back up a lot of the claims made under examination. I find it interesting that there are no tutor/mentor programs in Little Village, you allude to possible causes for the lack of these programs — I would like to find out for sure, if their schools really are exceptional or are they just being neglected? thats an important question.
    I am very much for the idea of a fine and performing arts high school in chicago. Those kids with the very best talent can go far being educated in that environment than the traditional environment.
    I like the idea of a program offered through the church, my area doesn’t have too many of those, if any, and it seems like something of the sort could be very beneficial.
    keep up the good work!

    Harrison W.

  8. jhickey50 Says:

    I like the detailed information that you give the reader. The format is great, but the italics caught me off guard at first. It can be a little difficult to read, but it gives an individual touch to what you are blogging.

    In relation to what others have been stating, why do YOU think that Little Village doesn’t have as many programs?

    Good luck with the future blogging 😉
    Jessica N

  9. jhickey50 Says:

    Very nice job on the explanation of the area of little village and its demographics. I found it easy to follow the outline and understand the point of the blog. I was surprised to see and read in the other comments as well as the blog that there are not that many tutor-mentoring program facilities in the area.

  10. jhickey50 Says:

    sorry, I forgot to write my name, Elliott

  11. jhickey50 Says:

    I never really realized how important these types of programs were to communities. By reading this blog I saw how tutor and mentor programs can be successful and unsuccessful. These blogs made me think that maybe in the future when I am done with school I could help out at program and make a difference in other peoples lives. I think that not only in these neighborhoods, but in every neighborhood everywhere, children could really use these types of programs. I hope this insight helps your project!
    Samantha H. writing for Nicole F.

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