Monday, August 2, 2010


We're jammin
I wanna jam it with you,
We're jammin, jammin

And I hope you like jammin too

-Bob Marley

Tutor/Mentor Jam is a benefit concert for Tutor/Mentor Connection to be held on Sunday, August 29th, at Darkroom on West Chicago Avenue (map). This coming-together of bands, entertainers, and the local business community represents a village, coming together to draw public attention and support toward volunteer-based, non-school tutor/mentor programs in high-poverty neighborhoods throughout the Chicago region.

Co-Producer of the event is our very own GIS Mapping Coordinator Mike Trakan, who will also perform with his band Trakan. At Tutor/Mentor Connection, Mike creates maps that look at the relationship among poverty, community resources, school performance, and locations of non-school tutoring/mentoring facilities for K-12 students.

In order to fulfill our mission, T/MC uses a four-part strategy which includes the raising of public awareness. An event like Tutor/Mentor Jam is meant to bring attention and dollars to tutor/mentor programs in this critical volunteer recruitment period just before the start of the academic year. Thus, I hope you see this not just as an opportunity to enjoy great music (check out the bands!), but as an opportunity to make a long-term commitment to support tutoring and mentoring as a volunteer or donor.

If you would like to attend Tutor/Mentor Jam, please click here to purchase tickets. They are $10 through August 10th, $15 till August 29th, and $20 at the door.

If you cannot attend Tutor/Mentor Jam, please spread the word and considering making a donation to our GiveForward page here. Thank you!

1 comment:

  1. The Jam also has a page where local tutor/mentor programs can buy "squares" for $50 each. We'll post the logo, or a screen shot of the home page, with a web link, in each square. Thus, the event will help programs attract more attention to their own sites, and it will demonstrate support by area programs for the T/MC. The Volunteer page is at