Posted by: jhickey50 | September 28, 2009

DePaul University Explore Chicago: Growing Up in Chicago

This quarter, our Explore Chicago: Growing Up in Chicago class will be researching, analyzing and projecting the need for Tutoring/Mentoring services in various areas of the city. We are working closely with Cabrini Connections, a tutoring/mentoring program that serves the children who live in Cabrini Green, a Chicago Housing Authority complex located near the corner of Halsted St. and Chicago Ave. The students will also be writing narratives about their work in the hopes of sharing information about tutoring/mentoring programs in Chicago with other interested people.  Watch for the students’ weekly posts and follow the progress of their research.



  1. Posted by Dan Bassill. Tutor/Mentor Connection

    Janet, the articles written by your students are great. It shows that they are digging into the research and maps and building a much more sophisticated understanding of the Chicago that they will make home for the next four or more years.

    Can you create a links section on your home page and post a link to each of the different blogs? That way a visitor to your page can link to each of the student blogs and read what they are writing.

    Thank you for taking on this project.

  2. Posted by Dan Bassill, Tutor/Mentor Connection

    It is great to see what your students are learning, and how they are talking to each other on the various blogs. I’ve posted comments on each which I hope they will share from group to group, since the ideas really apply to all of them.

    In various posts, students talk about the “effectiveness” of programs. At Cabrini Connections we show our theory of change/success steps at

    In looking at the different programs, and their web sites, I encourage students to discuss how a program shows it’s “theory of change” and how it shows what it does to achieve that. What can they learn from this?

    What role does consistent donor involvement, meaning that a program has adequate funding from year to year, have on how well a program can succeed in implementing its theory of change?

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