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May 14, 2007


Dan Bassill

Those of us who are using the Internet to collect and organize information are already connecting the dots. At http://www.tutormentorconnection.org you can find many reports like the one from last week's meeting. You can also find maps showing where poverty is most concentrated and you can find a database that identifies non-school tutoring/mentoring programs which are already reaching out to youth who are at risk of dropping out.

What we need are leaders of foundations, and corporations, and faith networks, to link their dots to ours because the people already working with these kids can't do this work as well as we need with the inconsistent streams of funding that are needed to reach youth, inspire youth, and help them move through school.

This Thursday and Friday we'll be hosting a Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference (http://www.tutormentorconference.org ) in Chicago where more than 170 people have already registered to attend and share their own experiences. If business and foundation leaders want to solve this problem, I encourage them to make time to participate in this learning so you don't reinvent the wheel, but innovate improvements based on what is already being done.

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