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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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Study uses network analysis to predict gunshot violence in Chicago
This study is titled "Modeling Contagion Through Social Networks to Explain and Predict Gunshot Violence in Chicago, 2006 to 2014" and includes a variety of charts and visualizations. Take time to read and reflect.

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Sustaining evidence-based prevention programs: correlates in a large-scale dissemination initiative.
This 2015 research focuses on sustainability of youth tutor, mentor and learning programs, recognizing that without the ability to attract and retain talent and resources beyond start up funding, programs will have limited impact on youth.

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SwingLeft.org helps identify swing districts for 2018 and 2020 election
From the web site: "Swing Districts are places where the winner of the last House of Representatives election was determined by a thin margin. Swing Left helps you find and commit to supporting progressives in your closest Swing District so that you can help ensure we take back the House in 2018 and the Senate in 2020." If you're concerned about ultra-conservative dominance of state and federal government, you need to get involved and help elect progressive representatives in swing districts near you.

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Syllabus: Public Writing in de Tocqueville’s America
In difficult times this writer address the question "how can the liberal arts can be made relevant and important again?" with a recommended college level curriculum. Take a look.

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Systems Thinking and Complexity Mapping Tool - Kumu.io
From the web site: "Kumu makes it easy to organize complex data into relationship maps that are beautiful to look at and a pleasure to us." This is an innovative concept mapping tool. Take a look and add a resource.

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Systems Thinking Tools - a reference guild (pdf)
From the web site, "Whether you are new to systems thinking or merely need a guide to available tools, this collection introduces you to dynamic, structural, and computer-based tools – from stocks and flows to causal loop diagrams and management flight simulators."

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TalentED - using ESRI story maps to help with workforce development
From the web site: "Through TalentED, students can visualize regional workforce needs and available educational opportunities. Counselors can also help others plan out a career path that reflects personal and financial goals.

Alongside the central TalentEd Story Map, industry-level Story Maps give students access to information on careers, colleges, and living costs, all targeted to their specific location.

Within each industry-level Story Map, users can watch short videos on the wide range of jobs associated with each industry. They can also view all companies in Orange County that are involved in a specific industry, and find a community college where they can continue their studies for a job in that field. Further interactive display options allow users to also tailor their experience to their needs, placing themselves on the path to a great career." Take time to browse through the site and the story maps to see what an innovative resource this is.

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Teach Computer Science in Libraries, Youth orgs - Google igniteCS
This Google learning initiative was described in a dmlcentral blog article, saying "In its quest to make computer science education free and accessible to everyone, Google is expanding its igniteCS program. The initiative pairs volunteer computer science undergrads, who serve as mentors, and younger students, who learn from them. Libraries now are being recruited as sites to host the growing program." Take a look. Maybe this could be offered at your local library or youth center.

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Teaching Nineteenth-Century Slave Narratives: Engaging Student Scholars in the Production of Digital Story Maps
Educators and students should read this article to deepen their understanding of the US slave trade and to see how using digital tools like ESRI story maps, build a deeper connection and understanding of the material.

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Teaching Spatial Thinking with Geotechnologies - articles
This is the website of ESRI geographer Joseph Kerski, which contains numerous articles & podcasts.

He introduces his site with "Teaching with Geotechnologies (Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Virtual Globes, and Remote Sensing not only can engage the learner in inquiry-driven, problem-based, project-based investigations of real-world issues, but it is essential for 21st Century sustainability of the planet and the health of its people. If we do not foster spatial thinking about issues such as water quality and availability, energy, sustainable agriculture, land use, urban sprawl, biodiversity loss, human health, natural hazards, and soil erosion, population and migration, at scales from local to global, who will?"

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Teaching Tolerance - apply in classroom, non-school program, home
From the web site: "Founded in 1991 by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance is dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations and supporting equitable school experiences for our nation's children. We provide free educational materials to teachers and other school practitioners in the U.S. and Canada. Our self-titled magazine is sent to 450,000 educators twice annually, and tens of thousands of educators use our free curricular kits. More than 5,000 schools participate in our annual Mix It Up at Lunch Day program."

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Teaching with Graphic Novels - PDF
Introduction from the PDF: "In this article, in what is one of the first-ever journal articles in graphic novel format, educator and graphic novel author Gene Yang makes a case for using graphic novels in classrooms."

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Technology Tools list created via #CLMOOC
This is a list created by participants in the Connected Learning MOOC of 2014. It shows a wide range of technology tools that can unleash creativity of students, volunteers and staff.

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TED Talk by Ashley Judd about on-line abuse and harassment of women and girls
The video is introduced with this statement: "Enough with online hate speech, sexual harassment and threats of violence against women and marginalized groups. It's time to take the global crisis of online abuse seriously. In this searching, powerful talk, Ashley Judd recounts her ongoing experience of being terrorized on social media for her unwavering activism and calls on citizens of the internet, the tech community, law enforcement and legislators to recognize the offline harm of online harassment." The language in this video is raw so may be unsuitable for younger age children.However, the lessons need to be learned at an early age.

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TED Talk Video - We're building a dystopia just to make people click on ads"
As artificial intelligence use grows, it's use to influence behavior of people throughout the world, without their knowing it, is a growing danger. View the entire 24 minute video.

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Tell a story using Story Maps
From the web site: "StoryMapJS is a free tool to help you tell stories on the web that highlight the locations of a series of events." Here's a story created using StoryMap: https://s3.amazonaws.com/uploads.knightlab.com/storymapjs/36b2e13a657d0dff7d3ca18e1dd0dac1/curiouscolab/index.html

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Text Animation Tool - easy to use
This site is a fun, easy tool that can be used to animate short text phrases. Put in your organization name, Twitter handle, etc. and create an image you can share on social media.

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The Academy Group - supports youth from 4th grade through college
This Chicago group describes it's mission with this statement on their web site: "Over a fourteen year journey, we guide students through intense interdisciplinary exploration of business, justice and leadership. Programming at the Academy is rigorous, personalized and cumulative. We reinforce core skills that accelerate academic progress, putting students on track to reach ambitious educational and career milestones." It does this through a mix of five-week summer programs, year-round support, internships, etc. Operates as a social enterprise.

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The Ahlquist Center for Policy, Practice and Innovation at Children's Home & Aid
From the web site: "The Ahlquist Center for Policy, Practice and Innovation aims to:

* Promote effective state and federal public policies and services;
* Improve the quality of services available to vulnerable children and families;
* Incubate innovative practices to improve outcomes and inform public policies."

Download to reports from the site:

* A Fiscal Scan of Illinois Public Investments in Children and Youth, Ages 8-25. (2015 data)

* Are We Keeping Our Commitment to Youth?, 2017 report explores how Illinois youth are faring under state investments identified in 2015 report.

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The Art of Facilitating Change - article with models to learn from
This article shows a few of the "effective and tested ways to facilitate individual and social change processes in communities, organizations, and culture."

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The Atlas of ReUrbanism
From the web site: "The Atlas of ReUrbanism is an evolving and expanding tool, allowing users to explore the built environment of American cities, block by block. Using our maps, you can interact with data on your city's built assets, and click to layer demographic, economic, and environmental data from the U.S. Census, American Community Survey, and more. The maps focus on the Character Score for buildings and blocks across 50 U.S. cities, as established in the Preservation Green Lab’s Older, Smaller, Better report. Individual building and block characteristics are also selectable and viewable."

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The Base - sports and mentoring. Read the blog.
From the web site; "The BASE, founded in 2013, combines exceptional baseball and softball training and competition with academic and career resources to empower student-athletes to achieve their full potential both on and off the field." Operates in Boston, Pittsburgh and Chicago.

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The Benefits of Volunteering and How Seniors Can Get Started
This is article on the Aging in Place, National Council for Aging Care web site. Useful information about volunteering for seniors and others.

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The Black Inventor OnLine Museum
From the web site: "The Black Inventor OnLine Museum is the #1 resource on the web focusing on the ingenuity and accomplishments of the top Black inventors over the last 300 years. Their contributions are chronicled and the inventors are profiled, providing information for students and others interested in these pioneers of Black History."

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The Center for Innovative Research in Cyber Learning
From the web site: "New technologies change what and how people learn. Informed by learning science, cyberlearning is the use of new technology to create effective new learning experiences that were never possible or practical before." Browse the site and do your own learning.

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