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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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Artists Create Together (ACT) - Creative Twinning
From the website:"ACT! which is a two-sided coin, stands for ‘ACTION’; and ‘Artists Create Together’, where everyone is an artist. It is a MasterPeace concept that uses art to transform a local community towards an inclusive society. MasterPeace with its unique concept ACT! will initiate direct public and artists participation on art projects with the aim of creating awareness, desire for change, building knowledge and sustainability. In the 4 countries we will involve all relevant stakeholders; youngsters, role models, local government and business.Our concept has 4 artistic building blocks of music, street art visualization, storytelling and summits with an inclusive approach of involving marginalized groups as an active part of the project."

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Arts Mentoring - UK model
This is mentoring program based in London, where members of arts industry mentor youth age 16-24. This link points to a page with a downloadable PDF impact report.

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As America Changes, Some Anxious Whites Feel Left Behind
This article talks about "Demographic shifts rippling across the nation that are fueling fears among White Americans that their culture and standing are under threat." Important to understand this as the demographic shifts grow over the next 20 years.

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Atlas Obscura site opens wonders of the world to web travelers
I found this site by looking at this article showing a 1940 map of immigration patterns in the US. Social studies teachers might use this to expand the curiosity and world view of their students.

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Austin Area Sustainability Indicators - Education & Children
From the web site: "The Austin Area Sustainability Indicators Project measures sustainability and quality of life in the six county greater Austin region." Browse the different sections of the web site and see how data is used to support problem solving in the Austin region.

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Be A Light for Chicago - Tells Stories of Catholic Youth Serving Orgs
This site was launched in 2019 and tells stories of Catholic organizations like Mercy Home, Big Shoulders Fund, Misericordia and Catholic Charities.

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Benefit Chicago - launched in 2016 aims to provide $100m in social sector investment in Chicago region
From the web site: "Benefit Chicago is a new collaboration (of The Chicago Community Trust, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Calvert Foundation, that aims to mobilize $100 million in impact investments for nonprofits and social enterprises working throughout the Chicago region." Visit the web site and read more.

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Best on-line tutoring services -
This article provides an in-depth review of on line tutoring services, which connect students and their parents to a worldwide network of tutors trained in a variety of subjects and grade levels. This is one of many similar reviews on the site.

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Better Data needed. Forbes article.
This blog article makes a compelling case for better data to support social innovation and problem solving. I've been looking for data-maps showing locations of poorly performing schools on the individual school level, with overlays of poverty, and with indicators for English as second language. Such information could enhance understanding of root causes of youth performance in school, and thus lead to better solutions.

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Between the Great Migration and Growing Exodus: The Future of Black Chicago? IRRPPUIC report
From the website: "Starting in 1980, Chicago’s African American population growth not only halted, but reversed. By 2016, the population of black Chicagoans had decreased by 350,000 from its peak in 1980. These population trends have attracted significant media attention and speculation about why black Chicagoans are leaving the city. Given these trends, IRRPP set out to analyze what the data on population in Chicago can tell us about black migration into and out of the city. In this report, we assess the historical context of shifts taking place over the past 100 years, provide a more detailed analysis of population change across Chicago neighborhoods from 1990 to 2016, and examine where Chicagoans who are leaving the city are going."

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Beyond Literacy Link
This blog article challenges us to help students develop learning habits that enable them to survive and thrive in the future digital world. Read and share with others.

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Beyond Mentoring: Engaging Mentors to Support Recruitment, Fundraising and Beyond (video)
This interactive 2016 National Mentoring Summit workshop by Mentoring Colorado provided participants with an understanding of how mentors can support program needs through fundraising, volunteer recruitment, advocacy and other initiatives.

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BigBurgh - resources for homeless youth in Pittsburgh
This is a comprehensive platform that anyone can use to search for resources to support homeless population in Pittsburgh, PA area. Take some time to get to know it.

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Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100)
From the web site: "BYP100 is a national member-based organization of 18-35 year old activists and organizers creating freedom and justice for all Black people.We do this through building a network focused on transformative leadership development, direct action organizing, advocacy, and political education using a Black queer feminist lens." This link points to the Chicago chapter.

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Black History in USA - more links to look at
In the Homework Help section of this web library are links to web sites that focus on Black History studies.

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Black Star Project Blog - call to action
This blog re-prints information sent out via email newsletters, focusing attention on the racial disparities and injustices in Chicago and America. Great information for those making a case for more support of volunteer-based tutoring/mentoring programs in Chicago and other cities.

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Blogging, Building a Network, Twitter- How to build momentum
This is the first of four articles written by Sheri Edwards, a retired teacher from Washington State. It talks about blogging, using Twitter and provide a wealth of tips and ideas that might inspire others. Take some time to read all four articles, then connect with Sheri and the #clmooc network on Twitter.

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Bolder Advocacy - What Is Advocacy?
From the web site: "Promotes active engagement in democratic processes and institutions by giving nonprofits and foundations the confidence to advocate effectively and by protecting their right to do so." In the link I'm pointing to, advocacy is defined as "Advocacy can take many forms. In simple terms, it means making the case for your cause or mission. When we talk about advocacy for nonprofits, we usually mean making your case in a way that will change public policy to help your cause." Take some time to browse the site.

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Braven - helping students from college to careers
From the web site: "The mission of Braven, founded in 2014, is to empower promising, underrepresented young people—first-generation college students, students from low-income backgrounds, and students of color—with the skills, confidence, experiences and networks necessary to transition from college to strong first jobs, which lead to meaningful careers and lives of impact." Operates in Chicago, Newark and the Bay Area.

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Breaking down barriers to innovation for underrepresented kids - article
This article on Vox is titled Groundbreaking empirical research shows where innovation really comes from
Breaking down barriers for underrepresented kids could quadruple America’s pool of inventors. It show the influence of where you live and who your parents are, on what careers you pursue. In this case the focus is on innovation.

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Bridging and Bonding Social Capital - What is Difference?
This is one of many articles where the difference between "bridging" and "bonding" social capital is discussed.

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Bright Star Community Outreach - Turn Center
From the web site: Bright Star "strategy includes developing impactful community development initiatives aimed at facing our largest societal challenges: violence in our communities, poor economic opportunities, inadequate mental health services, homelessness, child safety, and drug abuse. These efforts are designed to strengthen local families and communities, as well as leverage our key partnerships with organizations and businesses that share our passion for seeing renewal in Chicago."

The Turn Center includes a "Counseling component that is dedicated to providing services that minimize negative factors that cause violence and increasing protective influences that yield positive outcomes."

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Bringing Together Resources Students Need to Learn - blog
This article from the Community Works Institute (CWI) blog talks about the social emotional needs of students and how two researchers are trying to address this.

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Build Initiative - Resource Library - Focus on youngest children
From the web site: "BUILD’s QRIS National Learning Network brings together state implementers, technical assistance providers and national research organizations to advance quality rating and improvement systems in ways that truly meet the needs of our most at-risk child and family populations.

Through the learning community BUILD is able to work with states to articulate cutting edge issues and questions, support pilots that experiment with new strategies, and create practical tools to support sate efforts. By playing a coordinating and leveraging role, BUILD capitalizes on the unique strengths each of the national and state players brings to the work." Browse the Resource Centersection to learn what's available.

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Building a Community Domain - links and questions
This blog article talks about the process and challenges of building an on-line community platform/domain. It's full of links to additional reading.

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