This graphic is from an animation project done in Jan 2011 by a college intern from Korea who was working with the Tutor/Mentor Connection in Chicago. This illustrates the learning that occurs each week as a volunteer does service in a tutor/mentor program. It shows how volunteers share what they learn with people in their personal and work networks, which encourages more people to get involved.
You can see this presentation and other projects that interns have done for us in this blog.
Students in high schools and colleges from all parts of the world could be creating projects like this. As they do this they learn a variety of communications tools and they learn how these can be applied to influence actions of others. They will also learn that solving problems requires a long-term application of time, talent and leadership, which can be influence through the use of these types of communications projects. These are leadership and communications skills that they can apply in their personal life and in their professional life, too.
If any of you would like to explore ways to get your students involved, join the Tutor/Mentor Connection forum. If you're already doing work like this and you're in the Midwest, I encourage you to host a workshop at the May 19 and 20 Tutor/Mentor Leadership and Networking Conference, that will be held in Matteson, Il.