Learning is more than school. And solving society’s biggest challenges (notably, the self-perpetuating cycle of poverty that prevents many from experiencing the benefits of an education) occurs through small groups and networks of passionate volunteers. “A way of being” can be more effective than large government or foundation dollars. One such organization is Tutor/Mentor Connection (have a look at a concept map of the organization, it’s goals, and volunteer structure). From their site: “We believe volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs are the bridges that connect volunteers, donors and business leaders with the children, families and schools on the other side of the socioeconomic divide.”
According to Dan Bassill “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.”
Individuals like Dan and those within T/MC offer a hope, and rare glimpse, of a learning society that is based on equality, volunteerism, and contributions from those who are able to give time and expertise.