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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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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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Digital Mapping of Racism and Segregation - 2017 article
This Forbes article includes links to many sites which are mapping racism and segregation in America.

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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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Does where you live affect how long you live?
From the web site: "A ZIP code is 5 numbers meant to give mail to people—not indicate how long they live. Unfortunately, many United States cities and counties have significant gaps in life expectancy, often for residents just a few miles apart. Explore how life expectancy in America compares with life expectancy in your area, and resources to help illuminate these disparities and enable everyone to have the opportunity to live a healthier life."

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Equal Justice Initiative - Bryan Stephenson
From the web site: "The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.

Founded in 1989 by Bryan Stevenson, a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer and bestselling author of Just Mercy, EJI is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. We challenge the death penalty and excessive punishment and we provide re-entry assistance to formerly incarcerated people." Browse the site. Learn about the issues and resources available. Get involved.

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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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Global Inequality on the Rise - 2018 report
This article is from The Conversation, described on its web site as "an independent source of news and views from the academic and research community, delivered direct to the public." Browse the site to see the wide range of topics included.

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Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE)
From the web site: "The Government Alliance on Race and Equity is a national network of government working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities for all."

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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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Homeless Americans - bused from city to city-article
This Guardian article describes a program in which homeless people are given one-way bus, or airline, tickets to take them to other destinations and reduce the sending city's homeless population. Full of stats and graphs.

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Homes for All - broadening the conversation of the housing crisis
From the web site: "Homes For All is a national campaign with the goal of broadening the conversation of the housing crisis beyond foreclosure and putting forth a comprehensive housing agenda that also speaks to issues affecting public housing residents, homeless families, and the growing number of renters in American cities."

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Homicide in Chicago - 2007-2015 -pdf
This PDF shows that "Homicide rates in Chicago are significantly higher than national rates and have been consistently so for the past nine years. "

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Housing Segregation in US - article
From the web site: "in his new book The Color of Law, Richard Rothstein argues that pervasive segregation cannot be chalked up entirely to the private prejudices of realtors and lenders or the personal choices of homebuyers. Rather, he writes, the racial separation of so many American neighborhoods is chiefly the responsibility of the public sector and, above all, the federal government." Read the interview, and the book.

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How do White people talk about becoming the minority without being called "Racist"?
This link points to a Facebook discussion that started on March 28, 2018, which focuses on this topic. As migration grows throughout the world, caused primarily by war, conflict and climate change, formerly majority White communities are quickly changing to be majority people of color. Those changes are difficult to accept for many. Read the comments and add your own. Point to other places where this is being discussed.

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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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How Housing Matters in Chicago - MacArthur Foundation
From the web site: "How Housing Matters to Families and Communities is an ongoing $25 million research initiative to expand evidence on the effects that decent, stable affordable housing has on social and economic outcomes, beyond shelter. The initiative seeks to determine whether and how stable, decent, affordable housing has positive effects on education, employment, health and other outcomes. As public resources remain scarce, a rigorous program of near- and longer-term research that focuses on questions of interest to policymakers will make it possible to demonstrate whether and how housing policy can achieve a greater return on investments in range of important areas of concern."

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How Matters - looking beyond US borders for solutions to poverty & racism
This article, along with others, on the How Matters web site looks at way to overcome complex problems and provides a list of recommended reading for deeper learning and engagement. The collection of articles represents an extensive reading list.

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