I'm connected to many former Cabrini-Green area students on Facebook. Over the past couple of years I've read more and more stories from parents that paint this picture of fear for the lives of their kids.
I am a 69 year old White man who grew up in small Midwest towns. I would not be writing this newsletter, or caring about this problem, if I had not become a volunteer tutor/mentor in 1973, a leader in 1974, and stayed in that role for the past 40 years.
Thus, I focus on how cities can make that path available for more people like me, so more people are connected to former students and volunteers, and to research and articles that dig deep into these problems, and devote significant amounts of time, talent and dollars to innovate solutions.
There are two animations/videos that illustrate this idea.See
* service learning loop -click here
* volunteer-support cycle - click here
* Digital Promise Research Map - One of the resources on this site is a huge library of research and ideas that anyone can use to build better programs to help young people. The site uses innovative visualizations to help people navigate the information on the site. click here