Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Year End Dinner Celebrates Community of Youth and Adults at Cabrini Connections

On June 12th Cabrini Connections celebrated the 2007-08 school year with a dinner and awards ceremony. We recognized the work of 75-80 teens and nearly 100 volunteers who met weekly for one-on-one tutoring/mentoring and/or group learning. Four of our students were high school graduates. Most will be in 8th through 12th grade next year and will continue to need our help, and support from our donors.

When we say "tutor/mentor" most people might think of an image of a youth and volunteer sitting together. How many think of a diagram like the one posted here.

If our aim is to help our 7th graders be starting jobs and careers by age 25, what are the actions that need to happen each week and every year? What are the roles of kids, volunteers, parents, donors and others who need to be involved?

The goal of our elearning strategy is to create an on-line community which includes all of our stakeholders, who each spend time thinking about this goal, and their role in helping us achieve it, and then share what they know with others, via on-line collaboration communities. We've created a technology wiki for people to participate in this process. If you'd like to add your talent to help with planning, marketing, or to be a project manager in one of our technology activities, please introduce yourself.

We've also created a library of ideas and technology tools that our kids and volunteers can learn from. As more and more people visit these sites we hope they will gather in forums like Classroom2.0 to share and learn with others from around the world who are using technology for learning.