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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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Understand Graduation Rates when Choosing a College
The EdTalk Project translates education data in to information people can use, such as graduation rate, for different ethnic groups, at over 1000 US universities. Before you choose a college, review this information.

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Understanding context in solving complex problems - article
The title of this article is From an isolated laboratory to a world where "context is everything". The article address three questions: " 1) Why is it so difficult to replicate stories of success? 2) Why is it so difficult to "scale" good solutions when we find them? 3) Why there are no simple recipes for solving today's biggest challenges?

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Understanding Growing Drug Crisis in America
This article on the MappingforJustice blog uses maps to show where the drug crisis is most concentrated and growing in rural America. I'm added links to the article, at the bottom, and in the comment section, to additional articles on this topic.

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Understanding School Funding Inequities - EdBuild maps
This link points to a page with an in-depth analysis of school funding, using interactive maps that enable viewers to zoom into specific districts.

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Understanding school segregation-based on how districts are drawn
The title of this article is We can draw school zones to make classrooms less segregated. This is how well your district does. Is your district drawing borders to reduce or perpetuate racial segregation? This is an in-depth article that looks at how school district maps are drawn, and how this affects segregation in different districts. The article is full of maps and charts.

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Understanding the Racial Wealth Gap - The Asset Value of Whiteness - pdf
From the paper: "This paper explores a number of these popular explanations for the racial wealth gap, looking at individual differences in education, family structure, full- or part-time employment, and consumption habits. In each case, we find that individual choices are not sufficient to erase a century of accumulated wealth: structural racism trumps personal responsibility." Read the full article.

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Understanding wealth gap 1947-2011- infographic
This New York Times infographic shows how prosperity was shared by many Americans from 1947-1979, then mostly by the richest 1% of American's since then.

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Universidad Popular - UP to Youth Initiative
The program serves Little Village youth. Web site description: "The focus of the program includes increasing Little Village youths’ civic engagement, cultivating a positive self-image and healthy living, improving academic performance and achievement, fostering creative problem-solving skills, and expanding parent involvement."

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Unleash a Child's Potential - Thrively.com
From the web site: "Help a child reach their full potential by doing the things that matter to them. Develop their strengths and interests at home and school." Sections for parents, students, educators and business.

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Upswell - a social sector community sponsored by Independent Sector
From the web site: "Upswell is a series of convenings for changemakers of all kinds – community organizers, philanthropists, nonprofit leaders, government officials, corporate responsibility professionals and more. Upswell is a young community, but it has a history stretching back almost 40 years as the Independent Sector Conference. Our gatherings have always been the preeminent meeting ground for grant-seeking and grant-making organizations, but if we’re going to solve our toughest problems, we have to do better than that. We need to convene a broader, more diverse swath of civil society, regardless of affiliation or tax status."

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Urban Gateways - brings arts to Chicago youth
From the web site: "Urban Gateways delivers high-quality, accessible arts experiences to young people in Chicago. From visual arts residencies to live performances and media arts apprenticeships, our programs connect youth with professional artists to encourage self-expression and social change."

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Urban Sanctuaries: Neighborhood Organizations in the Lives and Futures of Inner City Youth
Description from Amazon.com web site: "A comprehensive look at inner-city youth programs. Urban Sanctuaries analyzes the strategies of community leaders and organizations. The author describes how these leaders create and sustain youth programs in spite of enormous challenges."

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Urban School Stigma - article
This article shows advantages of students in suburban and more affluent schools compared to students in urban, largely poverty schools. This is one statement from the article: "discrepancies in test scores indicate more about families and neighborhoods than they do about the work being done in schools. One notable study, for instance, found that the influence of family and neighborhood factors accounts for roughly 60 percent of the variance in student test scores; teachers, by contrast, account for only about 10 percent." Add this to your research when looking to understand differences in support available to kids in high poverty urban schools and those in more affluent areas.

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US Cities - Ranking on UN Global Sustainability Goals - 2018
This report shows how well (or poorly) the largest 100 US metro areas are performing on achieving the United Nation's 2030 Global Sustainability Goals. Includes maps and charts. Should be a resource for every city.

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US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty
From the web site: "The Urban Institute, with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is supporting the US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty. Led by chair David Ellwood and executive director Nisha Patel, the Partnership consists of 24 leading voices representing academia, practice, the faith community, philanthropy, and the private sector.

The Partnership's collective ambition is that all people achieve a reasonable standard of living with the dignity that comes from having power over their lives and being engaged in and valued by their community."

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USC Center for Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII)
From the web site: "The mission of the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII) is to remake the narrative for understanding, and to shape the dialogue, on immigrant integration in America.

CSII intends to identify and evaluate the mutual benefits of immigrant integration for the native-born and immigrants and to study the pace of the ongoing transformation in different locations, not only in the past and present but projected into the future." The Center integrates many interactive maps on its web site. Take a look.

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Use #TAGS to understand Twitter interactions
From the web site: "TAGS is a free Google Sheet template which lets you setup and run automated collection of search results from Twitter."

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Use Wakelet! to archive Twitter #chats
This link points to posts I've made on Twitter, using hashtag #tutor #mentor #learning. I used the Wakelet tool to do this. If you have used Storify in pre 2018 archives, this serves as a replacement.

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Using Business Model Canvas for Non Profits - Planning Tool
This article can be used by non profits or social entrepreneurs to help develop their plans and strategies. Great use of visualization to illustrate ideas.

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Using Case Studies to Explore and Explain Complex Interventions
This is one of many articles on the World Bank web site. It focuses on the complexity of change efforts focused on multiple locations. Worth reading.

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Using data to drive investment and impact
This article shows how a "gap analysis" of youth serving programs in Philadelphia led to investments in supporting expansion of existing programs. This is the way maps created by Tutor/Mentor Connection since 1993 were intended to be used, to draw resources to existing programs, while helping fill gaps where more were needed.

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Using Mapillary in Education - an ESRI GIS mapping tool
This article shows ways students, educators and volunteers can use the ESRI Mapillary tool in a variety of ways. Take a look.

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Using Network Analysis and Social Media for Planning & Analyzing a Conference
This article shows how network analysis, using #nodeXL, was used in planning a conference and in understanding participation after the event. This is one of many related and interesting articles on the #ScottPublicHealth blog.

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Using SenseMaker to Understand Girls' Lives: Lessons Learnt from Girl Hub
From the article: "This 4-page brief discusses how Girl Hub used a story collection research methodology called SenseMaker to help generate girl-centred evidence to inform girls' empowerment interventions. The brief outlines what Sensemaker is, provides examples of Girl Hub's experience in practice, and reflects on future implementation. As stated in the brief, "SenseMaker draws upon anthropology, complexity theory and neuroscience. The methodology involves collecting large numbers of short stories that, together, create a nuanced picture of a given topic, in the same way that many pixels come together to produce a clear image."

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Using Systems Thinking to Explore Amplifying the Voices of Community Members
This is one of a series of article on the Pathways to New Community Paradigms blog which offers a deeper exploration into Collective Impact using blog articles and concept maps. If you're interested in collective impact, community collaboration or related ideas take time to visit the blog and the KUMU maps that are pointed to in each article.

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