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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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National Rural Assembly - focuses on Rural America Issues
From the web site: "The National Rural Assembly is a movement of people and organizations devoted to building a stronger, more vibrant rural America for children, families, and communities."

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National Violent Death Reporting System
From the web site: "The National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS) provides states and communities with a clearer understanding of violent deaths to guide local decisions about efforts to prevent violence and track progress over time. NVDRS is the only state-based surveillance (reporting) system that pools data on violent deaths from multiple sources into a usable, anonymous database. These sources include state and local medical examiner, coroner, law enforcement, toxicology, and vital statistics records."

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New index ranks America's 100 most disadvantaged communities
From the website: "Jan 2020 - Index of Deep Disadvantage developed by researchers at the University of Michigan’s Poverty Solutions initiative and Princeton University’s Center for Research on Child Wellbeing seeks to unpack poverty beyond income-based measures to other dimensions of disadvantage, including health and social mobility."

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New Resources Help Organizations Advance Race Equity at Every Step
From the web site: "The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s seven-step guide, Race Equity and Inclusion Action Guide, aims to help organizations advance race equity and eliminate systemic barriers en route to improving the lives of children and families. This blog article is a rundown of resources — largely publications and webinar recordings — offered at each Race Equity and Inclusion Action Guide step.

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New Responses needed to Violence in Chicago
This Crain's Chicago Business article by Teresa Cordova of the UIC Great Cities Institute points to new research that focuses on changing gang structures.

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Opportunity and Mobility in America - 14 charts (2018 article)
This Brookings.edu article includes 14 charts that show opportunity and mobility in America. Use to understand why and where people need the most extra help.

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Opportunity Index - a map-based tool for community organizers
From the web site: "The Opportunity Index focuses on the conditions present in different communities and is designed to connect economic, academic, civic and other factors together to help identify concrete solutions to lagging conditions for opportunity and economic mobility. From preschool enrollment to income inequality, from volunteerism to access to healthy food, expanding opportunity depends on the intersection of multiple factors." Visit the web site and learn to use this in creating your own stories about where and why extra help is needed in communities across the USA.

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Opportunity Insights: Opportunity Atlas
Mission is to "Our mission is to develop scalable policy solutions that will empower families throughout the United States to rise out of poverty and achieve better life outcomes." The Opportunity Atlas answers "Which neighborhoods in America offer children the best chance to rise out of poverty?" Visit site and dig into the information.

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Organizations in US Addressing Police Accountability and Racial Justice
This map on the FundersforJustice web site shows organizations around the country who focus on this issue. The web site is described this way: "This is a virtual organizing space for funders and affinity groups to connect with each other and with the movement for racial justice and police accountability across the country. This web portal is intended to help enable philanthropy’s role in partnering with our communities to create and live in vibrant, healthy, prosperous, democratic communities."

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Our Equitable Future: Roadmap for the Chicago Region
This is a plan put forth in 2017-18 by Chicago's Metropolitan Planning Council Introduction on MPC web site says: "In 2015, the Metropolitan Planning Council launched a groundbreaking study to calculate the economic costs of segregation. With the Urban Institute, we documented the extreme price we pay to live so separately by race and income. Our study revealed this singular truth: As residents of the Chicago region, our fate is shared, and by living so separately we pay a steep cost that can be measured in lost income, lost lives and lost potential. These findings have been a catalyst for meaningful action, bringing together people from diverse communities and sectors to develop solutions that will lead to a more and equitable and thriving Chicago region." Spend time reading the information on the site and discussing with others.

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Oxfam’s 2018 report on prosperity and poverty, wealth and work
Description of report: "Oxfam’s report ‘Reward work not wealth’, looks at statistics in the annual Credit Suisse Global Wealth databook and provides an analyses on what this means for people.

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Poverty in America - Native Americans
From the article: " The 2 million Natives in the U.S. have the highest rate of poverty of any racial group—almost twice the national average. " Read the article and build your understanding.

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Promise of Place - 2018 Report Highlights Efforts to Help Black Men and Boys
From the web site: "New report from The Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) highlights 50+ U.S. cities making investments to advance life outcomes and opportunities for Black men and boys across the nation. The report profiles five cities—Baltimore, Detroit, Louisville, Milwaukee, and Oakland—that have encompassed the critical BMA field Building Blocks needed to become a promising city for Black Male Achievement."

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Public Housing Failures in Chicago since mid 1990s
This article in the Chicago SouthSide Weekly show progress, or lack of, in redeveloping the areas of public housing which were taken down starting in 1995, but never completely replaced.

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Race and Beyond: Why Young, Minority, and Low-Income Citizens Don’t Vote
“The reason politicians ignore so many of the working poor is that they don’t vote,.... And the reason so many of the working poor don’t vote is that certain politicians have made sure it’s as inconvenient as possible for them.” If we're going to take power in this country away from the wealthy minority, we need to find ways to bring the masses to the voting booth.

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Race and ethnicity in the CMAP (Chicago) Region - 2015 report
From the web site: "On December 3, 2015, the U.S. Census Bureau released its 2010-2014 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates. The ACS collects information such as ancestry, educational attainment, income, employment, and housing characteristics and makes this data available at multiple geographic levels, including municipality and township. This release of the ACS marks the first time that users and analysts are able to compare two non-overlapping 5-year ACS datasets (2005-2009 and 2010-2014), and the first time that many of the region's smaller communities will be able to see this change for their jurisdictions. This Policy Update is part of a series that uses the most recent ACS data to examine broad trends in the CMAP region."

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Race, Class and CPS - WBEZ podcasts
Long standing practice of segregation in Chicago schools is described in this six podcast series.

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Race, Health and Housing. Connecting the Dots - article
This article focuses on "discrimination and racial isolation" as "sources of racial health disparities," Follow the links to an expanded understanding of this issue.

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Race, Place and Jobs - analysis by Policy Link
This article reviews a Policy Link study of 150 largest metro areas of US and shows the relationship of place and poverty on jobs and unemployment.

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Race, Poverty, Police, Ferguson, MO. - reading list
in the aftermath of the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO there have been countless articles written, some from a conservative perspective and some from a liberal perspective. Instead of trying to build a library of such articles on the Tutor/Mentor Connection, I'm pointing to a Wikipedia page which is building links to numerous articles written in 2014, and others written after similar high profile incidents in the past.

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Racial Wealth Gaps in Chicago - Crain's Forum
This link points to one of a series of articles in the Crain's Forum>/em> on this and related topics.

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Racism and Health - collection of articles on RJWF site
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation site features a "collection of content on the role racism plays in health and health care."

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Reading List: Race, Space & Law
From the web site: "This reading list explores the law’s historical role in the constitution of space, place, the body, and various other modalities of belonging in the U.S. The focus lies primarily on integrating legal history texts into architectural scholarship to examine race (and its intersections) and to trace changing legal notions of property, territory, nationhood, and citizenship. A range of scholarship, from disability studies, public health, architectural history, legal history, environmental justice, whiteness studies, immigration studies, gender and sexuality studies, animal studies, and housing and urban studies in addition to recent literature on prisons, militarization, and waste is included."

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Reclaiming the Promise of Racial Equity in Education, Economics and Our Criminal Justice System - pdf
From the web site: "This report of the Racial Equity Task Force of the American Federation of Teachers expresses our shared vision and charts a path for our union in the fight to reclaim the promise of racial equity." This report shows goals that many could share.

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Reducing Gun Violence Campaign - 31 Bullets
On May 1, 2018 the Chicago SunTimeslaunched a public awareness, education and action campaign intended to "defeat gun violence in America. But by bringing together the most powerful solutions, we can arm people with the tools to combat the problem."

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