I lead the Tutor/Mentor Connection, based in Chicago. I encourage you to browse the links library for information that can be used by businesses, volunteers or leaders of non profits operating volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs.
I also encourage you to read some of my blog articles. You'll see that while part of what I do is provide information to help non profits recruit volunteers, my real priority is working with companies to help them build strategies that encourage employees and customers to volunteer time, talent and dollars in tutor/mentor programs near where they live or work.
For companies interested in employee training and workplace diversity (e.g. people from different parts of the company working well together), a volunteer engagement strategy where people from different parts of the company, and different levels, are volunteering on an on-going project, can have many benefits to the employee, the company and the community.
While you're in Sydney, your company is global, meaning people from all over the world could be using the information on my site to connect with high poverty communities where they live and work. If this is supported by elearning and forums like classroom, there can be many benefits.
I hope you'll browse the T/MC web sites and share this idea with others.
Hi Andrew and welcome from a fellow Australian. I am a secondary teacher but have been passionate about the use of web2.0 tools in my classroom over the last year or so. It is great to see the range of members from all sectors of education coming into this great classroom.