On Saturday October 9th, Cabrini Connections teamed up with the Cabrini Green Tutoring Program and the Chicago Lights program for the 5th annual Tutor Training Conference. This event was filled with a variety of workshops, group discussions, and panel discussions that was geared to provide new, veteran, and prospective volunteers with some tools, tips, and techniques on how to be the best tutor/mentor they can be for their student and their respective tutoring/mentoring program.
In a volunteer based program it is rare that we make any event or activity mandatory, but this one was a must for the volunteers in all programs. We just felt that the information was so important and beneficial to all that attend that it was just a must that all volunteers make an effort to be a part of it. And we definitely did have a positive response from volunteers with this year having more Cabrini Connections' volunteers attend than any of the previous years. Thank You!!!
Volunteers had the opportunity select which workshops they wanted to attend and many carefully selected workshops that related to their individual student or their experience in the program. There were panels led by professionals in the Chicagoland area, their were workshops led by veteran volunteers and students, and their was a panel that was even led by a students and a parent who is also a well known Cabrini Green Community Activist and resident. Overall this was just a very positive and a great opportunity to learn new skills, brush up on old skills, network, and just a opportunity to continue changing the lives of the youth in our respective programs.
Lastly, we'd like to give a very special thanks to all of our students, parents, and volunteers that led workshops this year. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, time, and services with others!