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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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"And? It's All Connected," - a Systems Thinking Approach
This site is describe as "a work under development presenting my (Gene Bellinger's) current understanding which has evolved from my four decade journey from systems thinker to storyteller."

if you're interested in solving complex problems visit this link then read through the pages. Purchase a subscription if you choose, but it's not required to build an understanding.

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Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow® (TAG) - HHS.Gov resource
This HHS.Gov resource is extensive library intended to help "all adolescents find guidance on how to improve their health and development during formative years.

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Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities
From the web site: "The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities is an international affiliate organization of universities in large metropolitan areas that share common understandings of their institutional missions and values.

CUMU is dedicated to its member institutions and to the creation and dissemination of knowledge on the issues that face our urban and metropolitan campuses and the communities we serve."

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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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You Cant Be What You Can't See, by Milbrey W. McLaughlin
This is a book showing impact of CYCLE a youth program that operated in the Cabrini Green area of Chicago, which is the same area that the Tutor/Mentor Connection began.

"In the book, McLaughlin, the David Jack Professor Emeritus of Education and Public Policy at Stanford University and founding director of the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, documents what happened to more than seven hundred young people from Chicago's Cabrini-Green public housing project who participated in CYCLE, an out-of-school-time tutoring program started in 1978 in the basement of Cabrini-Green's LaSalle Street Church."

Read one review at : https://philanthropynewsdigest.org/off-the-shelf/you-can-t-be-what-you-can-t-see-the-power-of-opportunity-to-change-young-lives

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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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"Impossible to Justify." A Political Scientist Takes on American Philanthropy
This article is a review of a Dec. 2018 book by Rob Reich, faculty co-director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. Here's one quote from the article apart from other critics, though, is that he’s a political philosopher who brings theoretical rigor to a subject that still receives only sparse attention from academics. That deeper approach is on display in a new book Reich published in November, "Just Giving: Why Philanthropy is Failing Democracy and How It Can Do Better.".

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"Just Mercy" by Bryan Stephenson
From the web site: Just Mercy "presents the story of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), the people we represent, and the importance of confronting injustice. The book “is as gripping as it is disturbing,” wrote Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu, “as if America’s soul has been put on trial.”

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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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The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills
The Death Gap by David A. Ansell, Below is introduction to the book, from its web site:

"We hear plenty about the widening income gap between the rich and the poor in America and about the expanding distance separating the haves and the have-nots. But when detailing the many things that the poor have not, we often overlook the most critical—their health. The poor die sooner. Blacks die sooner. And poor urban blacks die sooner than almost all other Americans. In nearly four decades as a doctor at hospitals serving some of the poorest communities in Chicago, David Ansell has witnessed firsthand the lives behind these devastating statistics. In The Death Gap, he gives a grim survey of these realities, drawn from observations and stories of his patients."

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Trickle Down Norms by Richard Reeves
Add this article to your reading as you try to understand how the growing geographic gaps between rich and poor in America are a disadvantage to poor kids while serving as an advantage to affluent kids.

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1.3 million homeless students in US - 2019 report
From the web site: "This is the latest article in The 74’s ongoing ‘Big Picture’ series, bringing American education into sharper focus through new research and data.

This article shows that More than 1.3 million public school students experienced homelessness during the 2016-17 school year, a 7 percent increase over three years ago and the largest number ever recorded. Over the past decade, the population of students experiencing homelessness has spiked by a startling 70 percent."

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100 years after women got the vote, why is #StillMarching as central as ever to human progress?
2018 article on From Poverty to Power blog shows that much work needs to still be done. Follow the links. There's a wealth of information here.

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101 People, Ideas and Things Changing our World - 2019 BBC
This WorkLife101 site includes many interesting articles. This one is a list of 101 "indispensable things that you need to know about our work-life future."

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13 Steps That Help Define A Quality mentoring Program.
From the Alberta Mentoring Partnership web site: "Quality mentoring is mentoring that produces significant, lasting, positive outcomes for mentees. It is responsible, ethical, effective mentoring. Mentoring programs come in all shapes and sizes but there are some key components that help to ensure quality and that the needs of the mentee, volunteer mentor, organization and community are fulfilled." Take time to review and include these in your program planning and development.

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18F Method Cards - tools to put human-centered design into practice
From the web site: "The 18F Method Cards are a collection of tools that describe how our teams put human-centered design into practice. We’ve gathered them here and created simplified instructions to help other organizations and federal offices adopt human-centered design into their own projects. These cards are focused on design in the context of digital services, but can be adapted to non-technical design projects as well. stage: beta". This is an official website of the United States government.

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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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2016 Interview with Meg Minor of Illinois Wesleyan (Pdf)
This is a transcript of an interview conducted in 2016, asking about my memories of former IWU president Minor Myers, Jr, who was tremendously supportive of the Tutor/Mentor Connection and my work with inner city kids.

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2018 House Election Interactive Map
This site includes map of the United States and details on every congressional race. Use to identify progressive candidates and give them your support and your vote.

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2019 Illinois KIDS COUNT Report - Voices4Illinois Kids
The annual KIDS COUNT report shows continued "significant racial and ethnic disparities in economic status, education, health, and housing for Illinois children." Visit this link and download the full report.

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