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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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Literacy Works (Chicago) Map of organizations
This is another example of maps being used to aggregate information about organizations providing support services in different parts of a city.

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McGaw YMCA - After School Youth Development
From the web site: Located in Evanston, IL., "School’s Out is the McGaw YMCA Children’s Center’s afterschool program. Currently, programming is offered in two locations: 1420 MAPLE AVE. and 2010 DEWEY AVE/"

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MENTOR Minnesota Program Locator
Parents, volunteers and donors can use this platform to find programs in different parts of the state.

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More Links on Service, Youth Leaders, etc.
This Tutor/Mentor resource library contains additional links to organizations focusing on service and youth as leaders in this section.

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National 4H Council
National 4–H Council provides grants, establishes programs/initiatives, designs and publishes curriculum and reference materials, and creates linkages fostering innovation and shared learning to advance the 4–H youth development movement, building a world in which youth and adults learn, grow, and work together as catalysts for positive change. Council partners with 4–H at all levels—national, state and local.

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National Center for Quality After School Training Toolkit
Make the most of afterschool with fun activities that engage students and extend technology learning! In this web site, you will find what the research says about promising practices that work, ways to implement them in your afterschool program, sample lessons, and illustrative videos.

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National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth)
From the web site: "The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) assists state and local workforce development systems to better serve all youth, including youth with disabilities and other disconnected youth."

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National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST)
Located at the Center for Research on Women at Wellesley College, NIOST focuses national attention to the importance of children?s out-of-school time. It's goal is to influence policy, increase standards and professional recognition, and spearhead community action aimed at improving the availability, quality and viability of programs serving children and youth. NIOST?s varied initiatives have moved the field forward using three paths: * Research, Evaluation and Consultation * Policy Development and Public Awareness * Training and Curriculum Development.

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National Partnership for Afterschool Learning
The Afterschool Training Toolkit shows you how to use promising practices to build students' academic skills through fun and engaging activities.

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New Ways to Work - Helping Youth to Jobs
From the web site: "New Ways to Work is a consulting, technical assistance, and training organization that helps communities build comprehensive local youth-serving systems, develop new programs and partnerships, and improve practice in the organizations that serve young people."

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Next Generation AfterSchool System Building - National League of Cities
This page describes a systems building initiative funded by The Wallace Foundation. From the web site: "Participating cities were chosen following a rigorous selection process that began in the spring of 2011."

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Partnership for After School Education (PASE)
The Partnership for After School Education (PASE) is a child-focused organization that promotes and supports quality afterschool programs, particularly those serving young people from underserved communities.

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Partnerships: Powerful tool for Improving Well-Being of Families and Neighborhoods (1998)
This information was published in 1998 and still provides useful information about building citywide community and youth support networks.

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Program in Education & AfterSchool Resiliency, Harvard
From the web site: "The PEAR Institute's mission is to create and foster school and afterschool settings in which all young people can be successful. Dedicated to "the whole child–the whole day," PEAR continuously integrates research, theory, and practice for lasting connections between youth development, school reform, and mental health."

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Search Institute
Search Institute is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide leadership, knowledge, and resources to promote healthy children, youth, and communities. To accomplish this mission, the institute generates and communicates new knowledge, and brings together community, state, and national leaders.

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Social Worker Investment -read more
This is the National Association of Social Workers web site. One project focuses on the issues of low pay for social workers and how this relates to issues of staff retention in volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs. Visit that page at

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Spark Action! Online Journalism and Advocacy for Youth
SparkAction is managed by the Forum for Youth Investment, a nonprofit "action tank" and the founder of the Ready by 21 initiative. SparkAction is an online journalism and advocacy center by and for the child and youth field. Browse the site to learn more.

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The Children's Partnership
From the web site: "The Children’s Partnership (TCP) is a California–based national children’s advocacy organization committed to improving the lives of underserved children where they live,learn, and play with breakthrough solutions at the intersection of research, policy, and community engagement. Since 1993, TCP has been a leading voice for children and a critical resource for communities across California and the nation, working every day to champion policies that provide all children with the resources and opportunities they need to thrive."

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The Every Child Matters Education Fund
Established as a 501(c)(3) organization in January of 2002. Its mission is to promote the adoption of smart policies for children and families by making children?s needs a national political priority. Its web site has valuable information that could be used in city and state advocacy campaigns by volunteers who are part of tutor/mentor programs.

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The Florida Children's Campaign's
From the web site: "Since 1992, The Children’s Campaign has educated and engaged diverse citizens, stakeholders and experts in a non-partisan way to strategically initiate system change for Florida’s children and families."

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The Freechild Project - Community Youth Development
From the web site: "Community youth development weaves the growth of young people as they naturally desire to create change in their surrounding environments into the development of their communities. Actively partnering youth and adults to create new opportunities, youth serve their communities while developing their own skills, knowledge and abilities." This is just one of many projects. Browse the site to learn more.

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The National Resource Center for Youth Services
From the web site: "The National Resource Center for Youth Services at the University of Oklahoma, College of Continuing Education has been resourcing the youth services community for more than twenty-five years, providing training and technical assistance to programs in Oklahoma and nationally.

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The Support Group - Youth Empowerment Programs
From the web site: "The mission of The Support Group is to execute programs which provide the best opportunities for youth to understand the importance of excelling academically and athletically. Emphasis is placed on academic success, test-taking skills,leadership, and character building. TSG establishes partnerships with businesses, community and faith-based organizations in an effort to provide ongoing support to youth through empowerment programs."

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The Wallace Foundation Knowledge Center
From the web site: "Wallace identifies important problems, funds real-world tests of possible solutions, and disseminates what’s been learned nationally to inform field leaders, policymakers and others who can effect beneficial change.​ The Knowledge Center is a repository of what the Foundation and its partners are learning about the areas in which they work. Included are formal reports produced by researchers on behalf of the Foundation, as well as stories that illustrate innovative ideas in action. Knowledge about what works."

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The Whole Child - ASCD initiative and partnership
From the web site: "We call on educators, policymakers, business leaders, families, and community members to work together on a whole child approach to education. ASCD is the global leader in developing and delivering innovative programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner. Comprising 160,000 members—superintendents, principals, teachers, professors, and advocates from more than 140 countries—the ASCD community also includes 58 affiliate organizations."

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