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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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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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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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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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Core Knowledge and Competencies for Afterschool Professionals
From the web site: "All professional societies share common characteristics. Among them are a body of knowledge and skills, culture, a code of ethics, and public recognition. The NAA Core Knowledge and Competencies have been developed to enable afterschool and youth development practitioners to demonstrate expertise and gain a higher level of recognition within their communities–particularly from school officials–that has long been sought after."

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Creative Youth Development -
From the web site "The National Guild for Community Arts Education, Massachusetts Cultural Council, The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and Americans for the Arts together have formed the Creative Youth Development National Partnership. This new coalition is collaborating to organize and accelerate the CYD movement through a collective impact strategy with a common agenda, shared systems and activities, cross-sector engagement, and continuous communications." Browse the web site to learn more and get involved.

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Grantmakers and Thought Leaders on Out-of-School Time: Survey &
From the web site: "This report takes a look at the priorities of grantmakers that support afterschool or other expanded learning efforts. It also examines the perspectives of key field leaders, including heads of youth-serving nonprofits and researchers. A survey finds that “improved academic achievement” and “increased student engagement” are the most common outcomes funders hope to see from their afterschool/expanded learning giving. For their part, field leaders offer a number of recommendations, including that funders work to move K-12 reform “toward a broader view” of what learning and growth for young people means. ​​​​​​​​"

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History of the AfterSchool Movement -
The How Kids Learn Foundation created this "1-hour video documentary on the history of afterschool in America. This is broken into 12 chapters suitable for use in staff training. The documentary is accompanied by a brief learning guide. These materials will be distributed to afterschool programs across the country at no charge."

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Illinois Partners for Human Services
From the web site: "Illinois Partners hopes to create a stronger and more stable human service sector in Illinois. The vision of Illinois Partners is to:

* Develop a collaborative and coordinated approach for creating a more rational system for providing human services

* Improve the quality of service by developing common agreement around best operating practices, efficiency and effectiveness

* Improve support for human services generally by highlighting the value of the human services to communities"

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National Afterschool Association
From the web site: "We are the national membership organization for professionals who work with and on behalf of children and youth during out-of-school time.

NAA’s mission is to promote development, provide education and encourage advocacy for the out-of-school-time community to further the afterschool profession."

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The Ahlquist Center for Policy, Practice and Innovation at Children's Home & Aid
From the web site: "The Ahlquist Center for Policy, Practice and Innovation aims to:

* Promote effective state and federal public policies and services;
* Improve the quality of services available to vulnerable children and families;
* Incubate innovative practices to improve outcomes and inform public policies."

Download to reports from the site:

* A Fiscal Scan of Illinois Public Investments in Children and Youth, Ages 8-25. (2015 data)

* Are We Keeping Our Commitment to Youth?, 2017 report explores how Illinois youth are faring under state investments identified in 2015 report.

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Youth Matters Philly
This Philadelphia site, and app, is a map-based resource intended to help youth in foster care or facing homelessness find needed services.

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A Community's Guide to Making the Most of Out-of-School Time
This PDF guide's full title is "Working Together for Children and Families: A Community's Guide to Making the Most of Out-of-School Time" and is a product of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time.

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After School Matters - Chicago

Is designed to provide after-school activities to Chicago youth, while simultaneously preparing them for the demands of the workplace. By interacting with caring adults and pursuing subjects that interest them, After School Matters students learn skills that are essential to their future success -- like problem solving, critical thinking, and teamwork. In addition, many have the opportunity to build on their experience by working as summer employees or interns in their communities.

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After School Programs for Low-Income Children. Promises and Challenges
Article written by Robert Halpern, Ph.D., a professor at the Erikson Institute for Graduate Study in Child Development
in Chicago, IL. From the abstract: " This article provides a profile of after-school programs for low-income children, focusing on supply and demand, program emphases, and program sponsors and support organizations. It also discusses the major challenges facing the field in the areas of facilities, staffing, and financing."

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Afterchool Illinois ACT Now Coalition
ACT Now! (Afterschool for Children and Teens Now) is a campaign to give young people in Illinois access to quality afterschool programs. Visit the web site and learn more.

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Afterschool Alliance
The Afterschool Alliance was launched publicly in September 1999 as a coalition of public, private, and nonprofit organizations dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for quality, affordable programs for all children.

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After-school Programs -- From Vision to Reality
Concept to Classroom is an online series of FREE, award-winning professional development workshops covering important and timely topics in education. The workshops are intended for teachers, administrators, librarians, or anyone interested in education -- and there's no technical expertise required. They are self-paced, so you can explore them on your own time and go back as often as you like; you can take all of the workshops, or just one. This link points to a workshop on Afterschool Programs, titled "From Vision to Reality". This is a comprehensive resource and one you can use at your own pace and learning schedule. Give it a try!

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Afterschool Programs for Youth in NYC - COMPASS NYC
From the web site: This is the " Comprehensive After School System of NYC (COMPASS NYC) | NYC Department of Youth & Community Development. Students can join one of hundreds of free afterschool programs in NYC through COMPASS NYC. COMPASS programs can offer homework help, sports, arts, and more. They are free and located all over the city.

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AfterSchool Youth Programs Database - Hyde Park Community
From the web site: "This resource database for parents, youth, LSCs, teachers and administrators is brought to you by the Schools Committee of Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference."

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All Together Now: Collaboration and Innovation for Youth Engagement
All Together Now: Collaboration and Innovation for Youth Engagement is a groundbreaking CIRCLE report on how to educate young Americans for political participation in a time of deep polarization.

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American Camp Association - Research page
Camp and out-of-school time programs offer great opportunities to teach resilience, grit and other habits that help young people become productive adults and effective learners. Research on this web site can be used by any out of school time program leader, board member and/or donor.

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ArtLook - Map of Chicago arts education organizations
This is an effort aimed to identify arts organizations in schools and community areas of Chicago.

From the web site: "Search for community arts organizations by name or by neighborhood, CPS network, discipline offered, or zip code. Search results will locate arts organizations that meet your criteria and the CPS schools they offers programs to, and map these schools in relation to each specific arts partner."

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Born this Way Foundation
From the web site: "Born This Way Foundation is committed to supporting the wellness of young people and empowering them to create a kinder and braver world. We achieve this by shining a light on real people, quality research, and authentic partnerships."

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Camp Out for Kids - Summer Camp Opportunity
From the web site: "Throughout the years, Camp Out for Kids has sent children and youth to many different types of camps as well as developed strong relationships with other organizations that provide summer camp experiences and programming." Visit the web site to see what youth organizations in Chicago they work with and how kids can get involved.

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Campaign for Black Male Achievers - resources
The Campaign for Black Male Achievement is one of the leading resources in the USA for efforts to support Black male achievement. This link points to the resource page on their site.

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