Although striving for similar goals, Tutor/Mentor programs differ in many ways from one another. There are many Tutor/Mentor programs that are fortunate enough to receive significant corporate funding, such as the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago. This program has over twenty-five corporate donors that annually fund the many different missions of the Boys and Girls Club. Along with corporate funding, they receive national media attention through companies such as the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball. Professional sports teams in Chicago such as the Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, and White Sox hold events for the kids on an annual basis. This not only gives the program more attention, but puts the athletes in role model stature for the kids as well.
On the contrary, Tutor/Mentor programs such as Asian Youth Services located in Uptown are less fortunate. With no corporate donors, Asian Youth Services relies 100% on individual donations. However, solely depending on individual donations is not enough to keep such a fantastic program in business with a struggling economy. These programs hope to receive any usable technology that big corporations or individual donors have to offer. Unlike the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Asian Youth Services is limited to a one room children’s center. Problems do not consist of finding a time for a national commercial, but rather gathering enough funds to maintain their one room living space.
It is evident that the Boys and Girls Club has a multitude of resources at their disposal. This allows for a more flexible, and ultimately successful learning environment for the children attending their programs. These corporate donations allow for public media attention, which establishes the program as both successful and opportunistic. Programs like Asian Youth Services do not have the same access to funding via media attention. Thus, word of mouth becomes essential to their future growth. Hopefully as the economy returns to its former standing, a balance can be restored to the opportunities for the funding for all programs, no matter how big or how small.