building programs that have a focus on developing community minded
individuals CBT acknowledges that people with a wealth of experience
and knowledge must be used as a resource. For that reason CBT has
created the CDTF whose mission is to support the tutoring programs
established by CBT through the creation and monitoring of the community
focused curriculum, development and oversight of the tutor recruitment
and orientation process, and delivery of ongoing feedback and support
to the tutors and program coordinators. CBT has sought out young professionals
with a background in teaching or community development to assist the
CDTF in fulfilling its mission.
meets monthly on a weekday evening and is still looking for a few
more dedicated young professionals with a relevant background who
would be interested in participating in our curriculum development
and program oversight process.
CBT supplements the one-on-one or group tutoring with their own unique
curriculum. This curriculum was developed to facilitating a collaborative
project between tutors and students that focuses on increasing community
awareness and spans the 12-week program. The culminating of the project
is a product that can be displayed to parents and friends. An example
of one of our projects involves the tutor-student pair creating a
2 minute video clip about some aspect of their community that they
are most proud of. Our curriculum takes the tutor student pair through
the different steps involved in reaching the desired end product.
To effectively implement this curriculum and ensure that the tutoring
program runs smoothly, CBT has identified site coordinators for each
site. The site coordinators work with the board, the tutors and the
young learners to maintain consistency of attendants and quality of
the tutoring provided.
Joe has been involved with the organization since the fall of 2007 and is currently the coordinator for the Holstein Park program site. He holds degrees in English and Political Science from the University of Notre Dame. He currently works as a GED instructor at a community center in the Humboldt Park neighborhood and has previously worked in youth development and social service administration both Chicago and South Bend, IN.
Suzy joined CBT in the Fall of 2007 as the program coordinator for the Chase Park site. She keeps busy recruiting high school tutors and young learners for the tutoring program, as well as coordinating volunteer events. Suzy is currently working on her master's of English at Depaul University and would like to continue working in the non-profit field.
Jennifer Little is currently a senior at Loyola University. She started as a tutor at Chase Park and now is the Site Coordinator at Willye White Park in Rogers Park. She is an Advertising and Public Relations major and Spanish minor. She enjoys working with kids and the community.
Meghan is a senior at DePaul University and is the site coordinator for our Chase Park tutoring site.