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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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Integrating Arts Into Other Subjects - Adds value to learning
This article illustrates the value of arts in education programs. These ideas could also be part of non-school, volunteer based, tutor/mentor programs.

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"Being Black is not a Risk Factor" - a strengths solutions in Illinois (pdf)
This introduction provided via mentoring email list serve: "In 2013, the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) released its national report, "Being Black Is Not a Risk Factor: A Strengths-Based Look at the State of the Black Child." This report challenged the prevailing discourse about Black children, which overemphasizes limitations and deficits and does not celebrate the considerable strengths, assets and resilience demonstrated by our children, families and communities. Since then, partners at the state level have began developing reports that assess and address the strengths and needs of young Black children and their families where they live. Like the national report, "Being Black Is Not a Risk Factor: Statistics and Strengths-Based Solutions in the State of Illinois," and the materials to follow, will serve as resources for policymakers, practitioners, advocates and parents."

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"DISRUPTION" - a CLIMATE CHANGE film by KELLY NYKS & JARED P. SCOTT
This video provides a wide range of reasons to engage youth and volunteers in efforts to combat climate change in the world.

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"The Architecture of Segregation," - poverty in cities - 2015 report
"The landscape of poverty has grown in American cities, leaving more low-income people living in an expanding number of largely poor neighborhoods." That’s according to a report titled "The Architecture of Segregation," published this month by Paul Jargowsky, a fellow at the nonprofit Century Foundation.

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‘Our Kids,’ by Robert D. Putnam - NY Times Book Review
This is a review of a 2015 book by Robert Putnam, titled “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis” which focuses on the advantages of growing up in affluent families and disadvantages of growing up in poor families, and how these impact lives and social/economic opportunity.

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“Is it really the goal of schools to create college and career ready students?”
The author, Aaron Maurer, posed this question on Twitter and is exploring it on his blog. This is a fundamental question we all should be thinking about as we develop tutoring/mentoring and learning programs.

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National Equity Atlas - innovative data and policy tool
From the web site: "The National Equity Atlas is a first-of-its-kind data and policy tool for the community leaders and policymakers who are working to build a new economy that is equitable, resilient, and prosperous." This is a resource that can be used by community leaders, advocates, capacity builders, etc. Spend time teaching your stakeholders and storytellers to use it.

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2015 Building a Grad Nation Report
This report shows It shows "detailed progress toward the GradNation goal of a national on-time graduation rate of 90 percent by 2020." Use in your own community to support your own drop out prevention and workforce development strategies.

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African Americans in STEM - Wiki site
This site is a growing list of past and living African American heroes in technical fields. (STEM = science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Created as part of a collaborative hack-a-thon organized by the White House in Feb. 2015.

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Alberta (Ca) Mentoring Partnership
Supports mentoring organizations in Alberta, Canada. Browse the site and find ideas to apply in your own program or city.

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America Moving toward Caste Society - Putnam 2014
In this interview Harvard academic Robert Putnam talks about "the death of the American Dream and why being poor in America is no longer a matter of race." Supporters of volunteer-based tutoring/mentoring should use this as further evidence of where and why mentor-rich programs are needed.

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American Panorama - Atlas of US History
From the web site: "American Panorama is an historical atlas of the United States for the twenty-first century. It combines cutting-edge research with innovative interactive mapping techniques, designed to appeal to anyone with an interest in American history or a love of maps."

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America's Public Schools Highly Segregated - see maps
These maps in this article show that America’s public schools are still highly segregated by race and income, with the declining share of white students typically concentrated in schools with other white students and the growing share of Latino students concentrated into low-income public schools with other students of color.

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Analyzing the Social Return on Investment in Youth Mentoring Programs
This 2007 study was Prepared by: Paul A. Anton, Wilder Research Prof. Judy Temple, University of Minnesota and attempts to provide a measurable return on investment of mentoring programs.

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Annenberg Institute for School Reform
From the web site: "What will it take to build an education system that provides high-quality learning and development opportunities for all of a community’s students? AISR believes that all reform efforts must be grounded in equitable access to learning opportunities for our nation’s most under served students. Schools and districts cannot do this work alone. To address persistent achievement gaps and develop sustainable education reform at scale requires the combined commitment, efforts, and investment of an entire community. " Visit the site and learn more.

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Annotation tools for deeper learning, collaboration
I created this blog article in January 2016 to point to several different web sites and blogs that were demonstrating and discussing annotation tools. Take a look and apply this in your classroom or your tutor/mentor program.
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Art of Scenario Thinking for Non Profits: WHAT IF?
This presentation by Diana Scearce, Katherine Fulton, and the Global Business Network community should be a "must read" for any social good organization, as well as intermediaries and resource providers. We all need to constantly improve in order to help create the future we want, with the limited resources we have available.

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Articles show uses of data and technology in government
The articles on this site show innovative uses of technology and data by governing bodies in the US. Share with leaders in your own state to stimulate duplication of best practices.

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Artificial Intelligence - Real Life Applications - 60 Minutes TV
This 60 Minutes TV show from October 2016 shows how Artificial Intelligence is being applied in different settings, and offers a peak into the future.

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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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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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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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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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Billion + Change encouraged Pro Bono involvement
This initiative encourages corporations to support pro bono and talent involvement to help strengthen infrastructure of the non profit sector.

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