|Gun Violence Among Chicago School Age Youth - Research||
From the web site: "This report summarizes the analysis of a variety of administrative data and surveys, as well as interviews and focus groups that the Crime Lab has conducted with people and organizations all over Chicago, to answer three key questions:|
Who are the youth involved with gun violence in Chicago as victims oras perpetrators? It is well known that low-income, gang-involved youngminority males are vastly overrepresented as both victims and offenders ofgun violence. Our new research for this report highlights several additionalcontributing factors—such as alcohol use, mental health problems, and perhaps particularly school failure—which seem to be underutilized targets forintervention. And while many people despair that nothing can be done tokeep guns away from youth in a country with over 250 million guns incirculation, our research—perhaps surprisingly—argues that there areproductive opportunities for disrupting youth access to guns.
When do we lose these youth? At some level, the answer flows back to thefirst five years of life. But our analysis suggests that another critical turning point seems to occur as children approach middle school age, when both arrest anddropout rates begin to increase. Another important lesson from our analysis is that most “criminal careers” are relatively brief, so that no youth is ever really "lost." These findings taken together suggest we should be thinking about interventions that both start early (as young as age 10) and help young people navigate the highest-risk years, which may run through the early 20s.
What can we do about the youth gun violence problem? Our data analysissuggests the value of what we call focused prevention, which involves thestrategic use of resources to prevent youth gun violence from happening,rather than just addressing the problem after the fact. Our research, togetherwith a growing body of evidence from psychology and behavioral economics, suggests that one way to prevent youth gun violence is to make the incentives that youth face to engage in prosocial activities (particularly schooling) and avoid risky behaviors (such as gun involvement) more swift, certain, and salient."
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| Juvenile Justice Initiative of Illinois||
MISSION: The Juvenile Justice Initiative is a statewide advocacy coalition to transform the juvenile justice system. The JJI advocates to reduce reliance on detention, to enhance fairness for all youth and to develop adequate community based resources throughout the state. The JJI is a response to the significant changes in the juvenile justice system in Illinois and across the country. Although the number of crimes committed by juveniles is decreasing, the number of youths in custody is increasing. The Juvenile Justice Initiative works to inform and educate policy makers, the media, and the general public about the alarming increase in number of juveniles held in custody, about the disparate number of minority youth in custody, and about the lack of adequate community based alternatives to detention. |
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|10 most segregated US cities|
These are cities that should be working with the Tutor/Mentor Connection to help create mentor rich programs that bridge poverty and segregation that divides us in big city America.
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|A mapping resource from OJJDP||
The national offices of Juvenile Justice has launched a web site called, SMART system, which is a Geographic Information System and Web-based mapping application. OJJDP is developing this with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and other federal partners. |
You can read about this at http://www.ncjrs.gov/html/ojjdp/news_at_glance/218233/topstory.html .
This can be a great resource for community leaders to use in determining where tutor/mentor programs are needed, and where existing services are located.
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A democracy and justice action group. The Project works with communities seeking to build a fair and just multi-racial democracy in America. Using law, public policy and strategic communications, Advancement Project acts in partnership with local communities to advance universal opportunity, equity and access for those left behind in America.|
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|America's Educational Apartheid, by J Kozol||
Jonathan Kozol is one of the leading voices calling attention to the inequality dividing the rich and poor in America. He iis the author of many books, including Savage Inequalities and Amazing Grace. This article was adapted from The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America|
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|An Explanation of Justice Mapping: Three Examples (pdf)||
The vast majority of incarcerated people comes from and returns in concentration to a small set of inner-city neighborhoods. This PDF shows how this can be mapped, using three cities as examples.|
This resource is part of a much larger library of poverty and justice resources hosted by The Reentry Policy Council at http://www.reentrypolicy.org/
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|Aspen Institute's Roundtable on Community Change||
From the web site:|
"The Roundtable develops knowledge through research on critical issues in the community change and racial equity fields. We begin with a thorough examination of published research, and then convene leaders, researchers, and practitioners to debate and discuss what works and what doesn’t. We distill lessons from these convenings, and disseminate that information through publications, presentations, and leadership seminars. Our method of knowledge building is a constant cycle of researching, learning, and sharing; bridging the gap between research, theory and practice. "
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|Brooks World Poverty Research , UK||
The School of Environment & Development at the University of Manchester (UK) hosts a number of externally-funded research centres which have established links with governments, multilateral agencies, NGOs and other distinguished research institutions. Visit this page and find links to these various projects.|
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This article shows how the Purpose Built Communities in Atlanta focuses on Cradle to College Pipeline.|
From the web site: "Building Neighborhoods covers federal urban policy, with a focus on President Obama’s Promise Neighborhoods initiative and similar state and local place-based efforts. Building Neighborhoods is a project of United Neighborhood Centers of America."
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|CADA - Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America ||
From the web site:|
"Since 1992 Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) has been training local grassroots groups, known as community anti-drug coalitions, in effective community problem-solving strategies, teaching them how to assess their local substance abuse-related problems and develop a comprehensive plan to address them."
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|California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs||
From the web site:|
"In partnership with California’s 58 county alcohol and drug program administrators and in cooperation with numerous private and public agencies, organizations and individuals, ADP provides leadership and coordination in the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive statewide alcohol and drug use prevention, intervention, detoxification and treatment and recovery system."
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|Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)||
An organization of program staff whose work is concentrated on family policy and access to civil legal assistance for low-income families. Family policy projects include welfare reform, workforce development, child care, child support enforcement, child welfare, couples and marriage policy, and reproductive health and teen parents. Civil legal assistance projects include "general counsel" to LSC-funded programs and the Project for the Future of Equal Justice.|
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|Center for Prevention Research and Development||
A unit within the University of Illinois dedicated to the application of research to public service. The mission of CPRD is to improve the lives of children and families, especially those in disadvantaged environments, by serving as a resource for local communities, state and national agencies, and foundations.|
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|Center for Prevention Research and Development ||A unit within the University of Illinois dedicated to the application of research to public service. The mission of CPRD is to improve the lives of children and families, especially those in disadvantaged environments, by serving as a resource for local communities, state and national agencies, and foundations.|
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|Center for Urban Research|
The Center for Urban Research organizes research on the critical issues that face New York and other large cities in the U.S. and abroad, collaborates with public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and other partners, and holds forums for the media, foundations, community organizations and others about urban research at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). The website provides access to dynamic maps, data sets, and research findings about New York City and other metropolitan centers.
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|Center on Race and Social Problems - U. Pitts.|
The University of Pittsburgh established the center in 2002 to help lead America further along the path to social justice by conducting race-related research, mentoring emerging scholars, and disseminating race-related research findings and scholarship. CRSP is multidisciplinary in its approach and multiracial in its focus and was the first race-related research center to be housed in a school of social work.
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|Challenge of Poverty - Interactive Map||
From the web site:|
"In 2006, the Community Affairs Offices of the Federal Reserve System partnered with the Brookings Institution to examine the issue of concentrated poverty. The resulting report, The Enduring Challenge of Concentrated Poverty in America: Case Studies from Communities Across the U.S.,
profiles 16 high-poverty communities from across the country, including immigrant gateway, Native American, urban, and rural communities. Through these case studies, the report contributes to our understanding of the dynamics of poor people living in poor communities, and the policies that will be needed to bring both into the economic mainstream. Download Full Report (PDF 6.8MB) Download "A Synthesis of Themes from the Case Studies" (PDF)
This web site has an interactive map that can be used to look at individual communities."
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