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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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Chicago Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers
From the web site: "If you're looking to help yourself or someone you love struggling with substance abuse issues in Chicago, IL, houses a massive Internet database of private exclusive centers, as well as a lot of other choices."

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Chicago Police Department Crime Mapping Resource
From the web site: "The Chicago Police Department developed this web application to provide residents of the City of Chicago with a tool to assist them in problem-solving and combating crime and disorder in their neighborhoods. It is based upon the CLEAR (Citizen Law Enforcement Analysis and Reporting) system developed by the Department for use by its police officers.

This web application enables you to search the Chicago Police Department's database of reported crime. You will be able to see maps, graphs, and tables of reported crime. The database contains 90 days of information which you can access in blocks of up to 14 days. Data is refreshed daily. However, the most recent information is back-dated 7 days from today's date."

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Chicago Poverty Data and Maps - 2015
This page of the Workforce Information and Resources (WIRE) web site presents official poverty measures for different areas in Illinois, as well as alternative ways of understanding poverty.

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Chicago Urban Agriculture Directory
From the web site: "This page is currently in development. It includes partial lists of Chicago area farms, gardens and urban agriculture-related organizations, services, blogs, listservs, reports, guides, and other resources. A much more complete list of Chicago area farms and gardens can be found in the map and directory of our Chicago Urban Agriculture Mapping Project (CUAMP) website, which is constantly being updated and improved upon. In the coming months, AUA and CUAMP will be asking growing sites to complete a detailed survey that will produce project profiles that enable volunteers, consumers, vendors, and growers to more easily connect with nearby farms and gardens. It will also provide AUA with new information – such as how many jobs are created through urban agriculture in the Chicago area – that can be used for promoting good urban agriculture policy."

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Child Poverty in US - 2015 interactive map
This Children's Defense Fund web site includes an interactive map with child poverty data for each state in the USA.

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Child well-being in advanced economies – UNICEF Report
This is one of many resources on the LearningChange web site. This is a UNICEF report presenting "the latest available overview of child well-being in 29 of the world’s most advanced economies. Five dimensions of children’s lives have been considered: material well-being, health and safety, education, behaviors and risks, and housing and environment." The United States ranks 26th out of 29 countries.

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Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern
From the web site: "Providing access to justice for unrepresented youth is a core mission of the CFJC. Each year, CFJC faculty, staff and students represent young people on a wide range of matters, from delinquency to immigration and asylum to cases addressing harsh sentencing practices or the collateral consequences youth face after coming into contact with the law. Oftentimes, the CFJC gives its young clients access to a lawyer when they otherwise would not have one."

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Civil Rights Project at at UCLA
From the web site: "Its mission is to create a new generation of research in social science and law, on the critical issues of civil rights and equal opportunity for racial and ethnic groups in the United States."

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Class divide in America - WBEZ interview w Richard Reeves 2017
From the web site: "Reeves, a senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution, wrote Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What To Do About It." Listen to the interview.

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Closing the Gender Gap - from Learn How to
This site provides a well illustrated guide to help others understand the gender gap, and to become involved in closing it. Spend time looking around.

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Community and Economic Development Association of Cook County, IL (CEDA)
From the web site: "It is CEDA’s mission to work in partnership with communities to empower individuals and families to achieve self-sufficiency and improve their quality of life. In order to achieve its mission, CEDA has established numerous community partnerships and collaborations as part of its service delivery model.

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Community Organizing and Family Issues (COFI)
From the web site: "COFI is a center and a resource for Family Focused Organizing, leadership development and community building focused on the well being of children, youth and families. Founded in 1995, COFI is driven by a deep commitment to social justice and grounded in the time-tested principles, strategies, accomplishments, and approaches of community organizing."

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Community Wealth Partners - Transformation Insights
From the web site: "At Community Wealth Partners we set out to answer one powerful question: Why do some social change initiatives achieve transformational results while others only make incremental progress? Drawing on lessons from the anti-malaria movement, the designated driver campaign, the anti-tobacco movement, the revitalization of Harlem and the anti-hunger movement, and our ongoing partnerships with clients nationwide, we are decoding what works and bringing you our insights—insights that anyone who dreams of solving a social problem can apply." This page is just one of many resources shared by this consulting firm.

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Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago
From the web site: "The Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago (CRFC) works with elementary and secondary schools to develop critical thinking skills, civic participation, and commitment to the rule of law among young people. Nonprofit and nonpartisan, CRFC is a national leader in the design and implementation of quality law-related education (LRE) programs for local, national, and international projects. CRFC was founded in 1974 as part of the Constitutional Rights Foundation in Los Angeles and became an independent 501(c)(3) organization in 1990."

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Cost of Poverty Study - 2008 (Ontario) pdf
This report could be applied to Chicago or any other urban area. In one paragraph it says "By investing in the individuals with these deficits – through early childhood development; programs that improve school performance and promote higher education for at-risk youth; intensive language training and workforce integration programs for new immigrants; and literacy, educational upgrading and skills development for many of the adults – the Ontario government would ultimately realize a considerable proportion of the substantial annual savings identified in this paper, although it would take several years before the payoff would occur."

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Cost of Poverty Study 1990 - Sandtown-Baltimore
I first looked at this DevPlan report in the mid 1990s, showing that high costs of poverty are concentrated in some neighborhoods of big cities, not all. Just remove some of the conditions that remove "hope and opportunity" can lower costs.

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Council for a Strong America - Fight Crime, Invest in Kids.
From the web site: "Founded in 1996, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids takes a hard-nosed look at the strategies proven to reduce crime. Armed with research, our more than 5,000 members make the case for solutions that cut crime and put kids on the path to productive lives."

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County Health Rankings in US - interactive maps
This story on Fast Company (from March 2014) draws from data in the County Health Rankings web site. See

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Cradle to Prison Pipeline campaign

Children's Defense Fund's (CDF) vision with it's Cradle to Prison Pipeline campaign is to reduce detention and incarceration by increasing preventive supports and services children need, such as access to quality early childhood development and education services and accessible, comprehensive health and mental health coverage. Emphasis must be shifted for the sake of our children and our nation's future.

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Crime in Chicago - web visualizations
From the web site: "Crime in Chicago is a data visualization by Open City that lets you explore crime trends in Chicago's 50 wards. It was built using open data about Chicago crimes released by the Chicago Police Department."

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Crime Mapping and Analysis
This web site uses GIS maps to illustrate where criminal activity takes place in different parts of the US. The MAPS program supports research into spatial aspects of crime, spatial data analysis, mapping and analysis for evaluating programs and policy, as well as development of mapping, data sharing, and spatial analysis tools. MAPS also sponsors conferences and workshops and publishes reports.

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Crime Mapping resource
From the web site: "The GeoCommunity has gathered a number of GIS/Crime Mapping Resources and have decided to make them available to you, via hyperlinked image maps. These resources are mostly local and State police departments, however, there are also pointers to crime related organizations and other agencies providing Crime Maps or crime statistics."

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Crime Prevention Research Center
From the web site: "The Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) is a research and education organization dedicated to conducting academic quality research on the relationship between laws regulating the ownership or use of guns, crime, and public safety; educating the public on the results of such research; and supporting other organizations, projects, and initiatives that are organized and operated for similar purposes. It has 501(C)(3) status."

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Cure Violence (was Cease Fire) - Campaign to end the violence
From the web site: "Cure Violence stops the spread of violence in communities by using the methods and strategies associated with disease control – detecting and interrupting conflicts, identifying and treating the highest risk individuals, and changing social norms – resulting reductions in violence of 40% to 70%."

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Diversity & Segregation in US cities
This article looks at diversity in cities and segregation at the neighborhood level and ranks cities from highest to lowest. Includes maps.

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