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More than 2000 links are organized into 25 categories.  Browse the categories and sub categories to find links to web sites with information you can use to build and sustain strong organizations helping youth move through school and into jobs and careers.  Some of the links point to older pages on some web sites. Click to the "home" page to find the most current information being shared. Look for social media links and connect with these organizations in social media. Look for the resource pages and visit sites that these organizations point to. This is a huge resource and it keeps growing. As you get to know what's here, by frequent visits,  it will grow in its value to you.

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Learn to code interactively, for free.
I'd like to think youth at the Youth Service Project tech program for introducing this site to me. If you want to teach yourself to code, this is a great site to go to.

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Learn to evaluate what you are reading - article/graphic
This article looks at the wide range of media available to the public and rates them as left (liberal) or right (conservative) or in the middle. Useful tool to understand the bias present in what you are reading.

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Learning to Learn
This article starts with "Academic background or not, technical education doesn’t stop once you get a job. On the contrary: nothing in tech stays in one place, and the single most valuable skill you can possess to remain employable over time is learning how to learn." Then, provides tips for life long learning.

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Legatum Prosperity Index - looks at world indicators
From the web site: "Using the Prosperity Index framework, nations around the world can assess their strengths and weaknesses in order to determine the economic and strategic choices that need to be made to further build inclusive societies, open economies, and empowered people to drive greater levels of prosperity."

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Letters to the next President, 2.0
During 2016 a series of events will encourage youth throughout the US to write letters to the "next president". Read this blog to learn more about the event and you you can get your own students involved.

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Liberate History - African American History lessons
Liberate History is creating "the world's first digital repository curating African American History lessons created by educators for educators."

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Life and Words of Dr. M.L.King, Jr - in a story map
From the web site: "Dr. King, one of the great orators in American history, inspired millions with his words. This story map documents a sampling of his journey and presents fragments of his sermons. His impassioned speeches ring as true today as they did a half-century ago."

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Lifelines for Poor Children - article argues for preK programs
From the web site: "This article in The New York Times on September 15, 2013 was written by James J. Heckman, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago and a Nobel Laureate in economics. ”

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Literacy Chicago
From the web site: "Literacy Chicago is a nonprofit organization that empowers individuals to achieve greater self sufficiency through language and literacy instruction." Classes are generally held, by appointment, at the Harold Washington Library, or at 641 W. Lake Street, Suite 200 Chicago IL 60661.

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LittleSis-mapping connections - free database of who-knows-who
From the website: "LittleSis is a free database detailing the connections between powerful people and organizations. We bring transparency to influential social networks by tracking the key relationships of politicians, business leaders, lobbyists, financiers, and their affiliated institutions. We help answer questions such as:

* Who do the wealthiest Americans donate their money to?
* Where did White House officials work before they were appointed?
* Which lobbyists are married to politicians, and who do they lobby for?

All of this information is public, but scattered. We bring it together in one place. "

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Logic Models & Theory of Change Examples for Mentoring Programs
From the National Mentoring Resource Center web site: "On this page you will find downloadable examples of logic models and theories of change for several types of youth mentoring programs. These examples can help mentoring programs, funders, and policymakers craft more effective mentoring programs for specific youth populations and outcomes. Each set of examples is accompanied by a brief write up that highlights distinctive characteristics of the logic model and theory of change for that type of mentoring program, as well as key supporting research and additional resources."

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Long Term Study Shows Impact of Race in America on Black Boys
This New York Times 2018 report describes findings of a study of 20 million children. The lead paragraph says "Black boys raised in America, even in the wealthiest families and living in some of the most well-to-do neighborhoods, still earn less in adulthood than white boys with similar backgrounds, according to a sweeping new study that traced the lives of millions of children.' The article is full of maps and animated charts that highlight key findings of the research.

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Loomio supports group discussion and descion making
Bringing a group together and facilitating discussion and decision making can be enhanced by on-line facilitation and decision support tools. Loomio looks like a tool that many might use. Try it out.

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Lost in Place - Poverty Growing in US cities
This story starts by saying "Lost in Place: Why the persistence and spread of concentrated poverty–not gentrification–is our biggest urban challenge." Read more. Look at the maps.

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Making Affirmative Action White Again
This New York Timesarticle shows systematic government programs since 1930s that befitted Whites and not Blacks and Latinos.

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Making Sense of Impact Investing
This article addresses the fact that "not everyone agrees on what impact investing is".

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Making Stopmotion Movies
From the web site: "This site is a resource for educators and young people who want to learn more about how to create stopmotion and claymation movies. I hope you get inspired and make your own movies!.'

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Making the Case for Impeachment of Potus45
This web site has three sections. One is a list of impeachable offenses. The second includes a list of criminal activity within the Potus45 administration and family. The third includes motivational and informational videos. Use this site to do your own research.

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Making The Shift from Student Engagement to Student Empowerment
This article offers strategies that teachers, tutors, mentors and parents might use to support student empowerment.

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Making Volunteers: Civic Life after Welfare's End
From the web site: "Volunteering improves inner character, builds community, cures poverty, and prevents crime. We've all heard this kind of empowerment talk from nonprofit and government-sponsored civic programs. But what do these programs really accomplish? In Making Volunteers, Nina Eliasoph offers an in-depth, humorous, wrenching, and at times uplifting look inside youth and adult civic programs. She reveals an urgent need for policy reforms in order to improve these organizations and shows that while volunteers learn important lessons, they are not always the lessons that empowerment programs aim to teach. With short-term funding and a dizzy mix of mandates from multiple sponsors, community programs develop a complex web of intimacy, governance, and civic life. Eliasoph describes the at-risk youth served by such programs, the college-bound volunteers who hope to feel selfless inspiration and plump up their resumés, and what happens when the two groups are expected to bond instantly through short-term projects. She looks at adult "plug-in" volunteers who, working in after school programs and limited by time, hope to become like beloved aunties to youth. Eliasoph indicates that adult volunteers can provide grassroots support but they can also undermine the family-like warmth created by paid organizers. Exploring contradictions between the democratic rhetoric of empowerment programs and the bureaucratic hurdles that volunteers learn to navigate, the book demonstrates that empowerment projects work best with less precarious funding, more careful planning, and mandatory training, reflection, and long-term commitments from volunteers.
Based on participant research inside civic and community organizations, Making Volunteers illustrates what these programs can and cannot achieve, and how to make them more effective. Nina Eliasoph is associate professor of sociology at the University of Southern California. She is the author of Avoiding Politics."

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Managing Alliances with Balanced Scorecard (HBR aricle)
Building ecosystem of government, NGO and business partners is complex work. HBR article says "Ecosystem creation should include an additional design principle: Align multiple stakeholders around the new strategy. This can be achieved through proven tools from the corporate sector, such as a strategy map—a widely used component of the balanced scorecard tool kit for creating organizational alignment around strategy." This link points to article that discusses the Balanced Scorecard. Be sure to open the links in the sidebar to look at visualizations.

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Manifesto 15: ideas, visions for the future of learning
This starts with: "In a world consumed with uncertainty and a growing sense of the obsolescence of our education systems, how can we ensure the success of ourselves as individuals, our communities, and the planet? We need to evolve education. This manifesto represents a snapshot of our ideas, visions for the future, and what we have learned to date about learning and education. This text serves as a reference point to help us understand how we’ve done so far and what actions we need to take next.

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Map a List - visualize your information on Google Map
This site offers "a wizard for creating and managing customized Google maps of address lists". Looks like a useful tool.

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Map Locations of Faith Groups; Find Demographic Data
From the web site: "The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) strives to democratize access to the best data on religion. Founded as the American Religion Data Archive in 1997 and going online in 1998, the initial archive was targeted at researchers interested in American religion. The targeted audience and the data collection have both greatly expanded since 1998, now including American and international collections and developing features for educators, journalists, religious congregations, and researchers. Data included in the ARDA are submitted by the foremost religion scholars and research centers in the world." One section of the site enables visitors to enter a zip code and get a map showing faith groups within a .5 to 5 mile radius. Also includes demographic data for that search area.

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Map of New York City, showing buildings from late 1800s
Students doing research projects might find this map useful, and interesting. More than 8000 photos from the late 1800s are plotted onto a Google map showing where the buildings were located. Introduce this to your students and let them browse the site.

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