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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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Chicago Debate Commission/Chicago Debate League
From the web site: "with over 60 high schools and middle schools and 1300 students, the CDL has grown to become the largest and most successful of the urban debate leagues around the country." Formed in 1995.

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Chicago Is Still So Segregated Because Aldermen Are Too Powerful, Study Says
From web site: "A new study claims aldermen who have far-reaching powers to block affordable housing in the city are continuing racial segregation in Chicago.

The study, called “A City Fragmented,” was created by the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance and Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. It details the power aldermen have to block — or allow — affordable housing developments and how this has impacted racial divides in Chicago over the decades."

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Chicago Neighborhood ReBuild Program
From the web site: "Through this $6 million pilot program, supported by MB Financial and Rush University Medical Center, 50 vacant homes located in the Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, and Englewood communities will be acquired and rehabbed. The program also provides opportunities for transitional jobs and training for at-risk youths and ex-offenders. CIC will assist in property acquisition efforts and will identify properties that meet the goals of providing affordable housing and building the capacity of local developers." This is not the CityofChicago site for this information, but the web site of one of the program's partners.

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Chicago Neighborhoods 2015 - planning areas map
From the web site: "Chicago Neighborhoods 2015: Assets, Plans and Trends is a research project by The Chicago Community Trust which focuses on Chicago’s built environment—infrastructure, natural features, and physical and institutional assets that define and influence the city’s musculature. The project looks at the entirety of the city, providing data and other pertinent contextual information for every section, identifying major recent investments, mapping assets, and synthesizing ideas from plans current and past that might inform development.." Click on the map and visit pages showing maps and planning for different parts of Chicago.

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Chicago Neighborhoods 2015 - Resource from Chicago Community Trust
From the web site: "Chicago Neighborhoods 2015: Assets, Plans and Trends is a research project by The Chicago Community Trust that focuses on Chicago’s built environment. This includes infrastructure, natural features and physical and institutional assets that define and influence the city's musculature. The project provides data and other pertinent contextual information for every section of the city. It identifies major recent investments, maps assets and synthesizes ideas from Chicago's many excellent local and citywide plans."

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Chicago Peace Hub Map/Directory
You can sort by type of program and population served and map will show organizations in Chicago area fitting that search. Does not single out mentoring or tutoring as a category.

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Chicago Poetry Foundation
From the web site: "The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience."

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Chicago Public Libraries offer free homework help
Since September 2017 Chicago Public Library locations citywide offer the free, drop-in Teacher in the Library program for school aged kids. Live online tutoring is available on CPL's website through Brainfuse. Visit the web site to learn more.


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Chicago Public School Locator - Maps
This link points to the Chicago Public Schools locator map, created in 2016.

The model of this was this site: http://cpstiers.opencityapps.org/
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Chicago Public Schools - data maps and attention on issues
This site is named "Apples to Apples in Chicago Public Schools" and is "Using Data to Increase Parent Engagement in the District", Check out the maps and stories.

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Chicago Public Schools Data - Annual Regional Analysis Reports
Chicago Public Schools is divided into 16 regions. At this link you can find a details analysis of schools in each region (in pdf format). Spend time learning this information and use it in helping build support systems that assure all kids succeed in school.

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Chicago Public Schools Data Sources - Google doc
This Google doc is a listing of resources shared by The Chicago Public Education Fund at at May 2018 Chicago City Data User Group meeting.

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Chicago United for Equity (CUE)
From the web site: "Imagine a Chicago that Works for All of Us. Who we are: We are neighbors who believe in racial justice. We're fighting for a Chicago where all of our children have an equal opportunity to shine. Where zip codes can't predict school resources. Where our voices matter to our leaders. And we're working across race, class, and ward lines to build the Chicago we deserve."

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Chicagoland Cultural Volunteer Programs (CCVP) - Designing Ultimate Volunteer Program
From the web site: "Chicagoland Cultural Volunteer Programs (CCVP) started as a way for volunteer coordinators, managers, recruiters, or anyone who works with volunteers on a daily basis to get together and share best practices.

Currently, CCVP meets on a quarterly basis at cultural institutions around the city. Meeting topics are selected by the group, but include subjects like volunteer recruitment and training, recognizing our volunteers, volunteer opportunities throughout Chicagoland, and more!" CCA presented a workshop at the 2017 ICOVA conference. This link points to information presented.

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Chicagoland Workforce Funder Alliance
From the web site: "The Funder Alliance’s strategic plan sets top-level goals that break down its mission into more specific issues where the Funder Alliance can set clear objectives:

* Increase Employer Investment in the Development of their Current and Future Workforce
* Increase the Effectiveness of the Workforce Development System
* Increase Access to Quality Jobs.

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Chicago's Murder Problem - 5-2016 NYTimes analysis
This article provides an in-depth comparison of Chicago to New York City, including maps and graphs. Add to your reading.

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Chicago's Open Grid data platform - explore and use
From the web site: "OpenGrid can be deployed to enable real-time situational awareness and let your organization access historical events through a simple map-based interface. It is an excellent, low-cost business intelligence tool for governments, non-profits, and corporations. Pair OpenGrid with the open-source, NoSQL MongoDB database behind your firewall for an even more powerful, secure program.'

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ChiCommons Co-op: Cooperative and Solidarity Map
From the web site: "chicommons.coop is a multi-stakeholder cooperative that documents the cooperative and solidarity economies in the Chicago area and produces interesting communications projects in neighborhoods and virtual communities." The list of organizations are shown on a map, organized by categories. Take a look.

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Child Poverty in US (2016) - seven things to know
This article provides information about poverty in the US that needs to be shared, understood and responded to in local, state and national level organizations.

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Child well-being indicators - used in Wisconsin
There are many collective impact efforts around the country, and the world, focused on the well-being of youth. Rather than reinvent the wheel, I think they should be learning and borrowing ideas from each other, which many do. This link points to 48 well-being indicators developed by the Office of Children’s Mental Health in Wisconsin.

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Choosing the Right Social Media Platform for Your Business (2018)
If you're using social media to build attention for your business or organization the tips in this blog article can be useful.

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Chronic School Absence Across the United States - Interactive map
With this interactive resource you can zoom into the state, city and individual school level to see chronic school attendance rates. Use for understanding problem and focusing on solutions.

This article shows how to use the map: https://tinyurl.com/The74-ChronicAttendanceMap

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Circular Design Guide - understand methods and concept
This site focuses on design of products that don't end up on a trash pile, but recycle as other useful products and services.

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CISquared.org - community problem solving platform
From the web site: "How do we build appropriate systems to empower all individuals to become contributing members of society? In a world that loves to entertain the debate, “Broken Person or Broken System?”, our answer is to focus on the process." Browse the site and join their on-line community.

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Citizens Police Data Project (Chicago) - Work of Invisible Institute
From the web site: "Citizens Police Data Project collects and publishes information about police misconduct in Chicago" using map based platform to help users understand patterns in different parts of Chicago.

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