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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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"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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Building Justice - multip part series by "CityLimits"
From the web site: "Over 16 weeks, City Limits and Enterprise Community Partners featured prominent New Yorkers’ views on how race and housing policy intersect to create a legacy each of us must confront, and the way forward we should take together. "

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Can Chicago's Poorest 'Pull Themselves Up By Their Bootstraps'?
The answer is "no", or "not often" according to this 2017 article in DNAInfo.

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Center for Rural Strategies
From the web site: Mission is to "The Center for Rural Strategies seeks to improve economic and social conditions for communities in the countryside and around the world through the creative and innovative use of media and communications. By presenting accurate and compelling portraits of rural lives and cultures, we hope to deepen public debate and create a national environment in which positive change for rural communities can occur."

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Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America
From the web site: "Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America is ​WNET’s multi-platform public media Initiative that aims to provide a deeper understanding of the impact of poverty on American society: what life is like below the poverty line, its impact on our economic security and on our children, and what has happened to our age-old dream of striving for a better life. We’ll also highlight solutions: what has worked – and what is working to bring people out of poverty – and what lessons we can and must learn for the future."

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Chicago Neighborhoods 2015 - Resource from Chicago Community Trust
From the web site: "Chicago Neighborhoods 2015: Assets, Plans and Trends is a research project by The Chicago Community Trust that focuses on Chicago’s built environment. This includes infrastructure, natural features and physical and institutional assets that define and influence the city's musculature. The project provides data and other pertinent contextual information for every section of the city. It identifies major recent investments, maps assets and synthesizes ideas from Chicago's many excellent local and citywide plans."

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Chicago's Murder Problem - 5-2016 NYTimes analysis
This article provides an in-depth comparison of Chicago to New York City, including maps and graphs. Add to your reading.

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Child Poverty in US (2016) - seven things to know
This Community Commons article provides information about poverty in the US that needs to be shared, understood and responded to in local, state and national level organizations.

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Closing the Opportunity Gap initiative. A Project of the Saguaro Seminar
From the web site "Since 1996, Professor Putnam’s The Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America, a research initiative that brings together leading thinkers and practitioners to develop actionable ideas for civic renewal, has produced projects that have focused on expanding what we know about our levels of trust and community engagement and on developing strategies and efforts to increase this engagement.

In 2015, the Seminar launched the Closing the Opportunity Gap initiative. The initiative convened five working groups of roughly a dozen of the country’s leading experts in each of five areas: family and parenting, early childhood, K-12 education, community institutions, and “on-ramps,” like community college or apprenticeships."

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Concentrations of White Poverty in Chicago? WBEZ article
Look at the map on this site and understand differences in concentrations of poverty between Whites and minorities in Chicago. Good discussion of factors contributing to this.

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Cost of Poverty Study - Miami/Dade County (1995)
This is one of two cost-of-poverty reports that I've had hard copies of since the late 1990s. These show that just creating more hope and opportunity in high poverty areas can lower the costs of poverty in these areas.

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Crime in Chicagoland - feature of Chicago Tribune (2015)
The Chicago Tribune has created an extensive library of information and interactive platform to help anyone understand crime patterns in different parts of the Chicago region. Great resource for activists.

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Crime Mapping & Analysis News
From the web site: "The Police Foundation has been exploring the use of open data as a means to improve transparency and accountability and to encourage and support innovation in policing. To pursue these goals, a Public Safety Open Data Portal will be launched to highlight what local agencies are doing in the area of open data and to offer the public and professional users the ability to see, visualize, and analyze the data in one location."

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Daily Yonder - focuses on Rural America's issues
Since creating the Tutor/Mentor Connection in 1993, which focuses on big city poverty and inequality, we've looked for a parallel organization that collects information about rural poverty and inequality. The Daily Yonder Is such a resource. Browse the site, look at the issues page, make it a resource.

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Distressed Communities Index - Interactive map
Zoom in to the zip code level to see what communities are doing well in 2016 and what communities are not doing well. This map shows the entire continental USA.

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Divided Nation: Rural vs Urban America
This blog article includes maps showing how divided the US is. At the bottom of the article, and in the comment section are additional links to related articles.

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Equal Justice USA
From the web site: "Equal Justice USA (EJUSA) is a national organization that works to make the criminal justice system more fair, effective, and responsive by ending the death penalty, strengthening programs that help crime survivors address trauma and rebuild their lives, promoting constructive responses to violence, and enacting common sense criminal justice reforms."

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Forward Through Ferguson (St. Louis) - Action Plan
This web site shares the report produce by the commission that investigated the Ferguson, MO riots of 2014 in an effort to engage a larger portion of the St. Louis area in solving the problem.

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Gangs in Chicago - maps show distribution
This WBEZ91.5 web site article provides maps showing gang distribution in various neighborhoods of Chicago.

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Generational Poverty - Trying to solve big city problem
This article take place in Philadelphia, but could be Chicago and many other places where children are being raised by parents and grand parents who have also lived in deep poverty.

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Girl Effect - girl-centred community engagement
From the web site: "Deeply rooted in our theory of change, our unique approach to social norm change uses the latest ideas in media, technology and girl-centred community engagement to challenge discriminatory gender norms and start conversations about how girls are viewed in society. By connecting with girls in their communities and building confidence in their own potential, we're changing the way millions of people think, feel and act towards girls."

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Growth and Spread of Concentration Poverty in USA 2000-2012
Included in this report is the statement "The nation’s 100 largest metro areas are home to 70 percent of all distressed census tracts, along with similar proportions of the total population and poor residents living in such neighborhoods." The resources of this web site are intended to help youth serving organizations grow in these high poverty neighborhoods.

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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 or/as perpetrators? It is well known that low-income, gang-involved young minority males are vastly over represented as both victims and offenders of gun violence. Our new research for this report highlights several additional contributing factors—such as alcohol use, mental health problems, and perhaps particularly school failure—which seem to be underutilized targets for intervention. And while many people despair that nothing can be done to keep guns away from youth in a country with over 250 million guns in circulation, our research—perhaps surprisingly—argues that there are productive opportunities for disrupting youth access to guns.

* When do we lose these youth? At some level, the answer flows back to the first 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 and dropout 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 analysis suggests the value of what we call focused prevention, which involves the strategic use of resources to prevent youth gun violence from happening,rather than just addressing the problem after the fact. Our research, together with 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 pro-social activities (particularly schooling) and avoid risky behaviors (such as gun involvement) more swift, certain, and salient."


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Hall of Justice - publicly available criminal justice datasets and research.
From the web site: "Today (2/2/2016), Sunlight is launching Hall of Justice, a robust, searchable data inventory of nearly 10,000 datasets and research documents from across all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the federal government. Hall of Justice is the culmination of 18 months of work gathering data and refining technology."

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How does Chicago report on Violence against Women?
This link points to a 2013 Chicago Justice Project study of "a year of coverage of violence against women in the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times to understand how closely the coverage resembles how the crimes occur in Chicago’s communities."

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