Model Program

Tutor/Mentor Connection

800 W. Huron
Chicago, IL 60642

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Contact Information:
Dr. Daniel F. Bassill
President, CEO

Program Specification:






Limited Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

All Ages

Inner City



Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

focus on students living in low income neighborhoods


The mission of the Tutor/Mentor Connection (T/MC) is to provide an organized framework that empowers and encourages adult volunteers to contribute their time, effort, ideas and advocacy toward creating life-changing solutions for children in educationally and economically disadvantaged areas. This mission is accomplished through a four part strategy. 1) Collect knowledge from key stakeholders about volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs: how programs succeed, where programs are located, and where more programs and resources are needed. 2) Aggressively share this knowledge through marketing and public awareness campaigns, capitalizing on the Internet as a chief vehicle of communication. 3) Facilitate understanding and collaboration among stakeholders to develop the long-term, integrated actions needed to help youths move from birth in poverty to a job or career by age 25. 4) Strengthen involvement of community and industry leaders to increase essential resources to tutor/mentor programs. The Tutor/Mentor Connection maintains a data base consisting of more than 200 Chicago area non-school tutoring and/or mentoring programs.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Career Education, Community Collaboration, Study Skills, Life Skills Training

Starting Date: 1993
Students Served Per Year: 500+
Last Verified: 2010

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • High-risk peer group

Family factors

  • Low socioeconomic status
  • High family mobility
  • Low education level of parents
  • Large number of siblings
  • Not living with both natural parents
  • Family disruption
  • Low educational expectations
  • Sibling(s) has dropped out
  • Low contact with school
  • Lack of conversations about school

School factors

  • Race/ethnicity
  • Teacher expectations

Community factors

  • Family composition/socioeconomic status
  • Local labor market/neighborhood stability
  • Youth social attitudes

Program promotes the following:


  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Involvement with positive peer activities
  • Perception of support from adults and peers


  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards
  • Positive/resilient temperament


  • Social competencies
  • Self efficacy


  • Problem-solving skills
  • Flexibility


  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self
  • Optimistic

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is $200,000 - $500,000 or less than $500 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:



Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Computer/Internet Based


Evaluation Information:

The Tutor/Mentor Connection is an on-line resource similar to this prevention web site. We measure impact by a) our ability to maintain information about more than 200 Chicago are tutoring and/or mentoring programs; b) our ability to maintain an extensive library of links; c) our ability to attract 125-175 people to May and November conferences each year; and d) measures of visits and hits on our web sites by potential users of the information we collect and share.

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level