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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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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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Ten Things Technology Platforms can do to Safegard 2020 Elections
This article was authored by many with impressive technology company credentials. It includes "10 ideas that the platforms could enact now (Jan 2020) to mitigate damage and the flow of disinformation — without censoring organic content or reversing their current policy of not fact checking political ads. In our collective experience, these recommendations are doable, noncontroversial, and could have meaningful impact."

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Territory - Chicago Urban Planning & Design Program for Youth
From the website: "Through Territory’s design studio programs, young people practice urban design, public art, and community planning in the neighborhoods where they live and learn. Through Territory’s partnerships young people have a seat at the table, working with local organizations and funders to strengthen communities through design. Through Territory’s apprenticeship design team model, young people find their voice and step up to lead, using design as a platform for civic engagement. Through our leadership programs young designers ages 16-21 are using the tools, resources, and power of their practice to transform their neighborhoods and the city."

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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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The Center for Planetary Science
From the web site: "The Center for Planetary Science is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are dedicated to inspiring young children from underserved and low-income communities into becoming the next generation of scientists. Our vision is to bring astronomy to all those who aspire to be future scientists! The Center, moreover, conducts astrophysical research for publication in peer-reviewed journals – including gamma-ray pulsars and black holes."

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The Civic Engagement Research Group (CERG), at the University of California, Riverside
From the web site: "The Civic Engagement Research Group (CERG), at the University of California, Riverside conducts quantitative and qualitative research focused on understanding:

The nature of youth civic engagement.

The impact of civic learning opportunities and digital media participation on young people's civic capacities and commitments.

The quantity, quality, and equality of civic opportunities and outcomes in public schools and other contexts.

The goal is to monitor trends, frame priorities, and develop an evidence base regarding effective civic education practices and policies."

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The Color of Money - roots of racial wealth gap - book by Mehrsa Baradaran
In this book, Mehrsa Baradaran discusses the structural failures of free-market capitalism in mitigating the racial wealth gap.

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The Communication Initiative -
Mission described at "To convene the communication and media development, social and behavioural change community for more effective local, national, and international development action". Look at the activities as they are described on this link. In many ways this organization's goals are similar to those of the Tutor/Mentor Connection, although with a much broader focus and much better funding.

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The Counter Revolution of 1776 and the Construction of Whiteness - video
This is one of six interviews with Gerald Horne, author of the book titled The Counter Revolution of 1776 and the Construction of Whiteness.

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The Difference Engine - pro bono web support for non profits
From the web site: "Our organization works with non-traditional entry level web developers not students and provides them with real life projects over a staggered 17 week program participation model. They work collaboratively within a team environment under the supervision and mentorship of experienced tech professionals. We offer our solutions PRO BONO to qualified nonprofit or social organizations.:

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The Economic Benefits of Closing Educational Achievement Gaps
This article stated "If the United States were able to close the educational achievement gaps between native-born white children and black and Hispanic children, the U.S. economy would be 5.8 percent—or nearly $2.3 trillion—larger in 2050." Read more. Download the full PDF.

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The Eisenhower Foundation - Replicating, Evaluating and Communicating What Works Restoring America’s Promise
From the web site: "The Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation is the international, nonprofit continuation of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (the Kerner Riot Commission, after the big city riots of the 1960s) and the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence (the National Violence Commission, after the assassinations of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and Senator Robert Kennedy). The Foundation identifies, funds, evaluates, builds the capacities of and replicates multiple solution ventures for the inner city, the truly disadvantaged, children, youth and families. Through national policy reports, the Foundation communicates what works (and what doesn't) to citizens, media and decision makers. The Foundation also runs a strategic communications school for nonprofit organization staff and youth to help change political will and create action."

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The Empowered Employee - Forbes 2012 article
This is a look at the future. Companies that support employee engagement in social benefit activities get a more motivate employee as one who has learned new skills and has expanded his/her informal network. Companies that support this involvement with latest communications, collaboration and technology will create learning opportunities outside of the workplace that result in better applications of these tools in the workplace.

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The Essential Clayton Christensen Articles on Innovation - HBR Review
Clayton Christensen, a Harvard University professor, died in early 2020. This is one of many articles that share his thinking and praise his contributions. Another is "What Clayton Christensen Taught Me" which can be found at https://hbr.org/2020/01/what-clayton-christensen-taught-me

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The Evolution of Philanthropy & the Fall of the Fundraising Pyramid
Useful article talks about using philanthropy to "transform the social wellbeing of others through generosity.”

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The Expanding World of Poverty Capitalism
This NY Times article illustrates how the self interest of many works to keep people in prison and in poverty. Share with volunteers and help build awareness of this problem.

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