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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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Divided Nation: Rural vs Urban America; Rich vs Poor America
This is article from MappingforJustice blog (a Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC site) where I've been aggregating links to articles related to race and class divides in America.

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Economic Hardship Reporting Project
The Economic Hardship Reporting Project was launched "to force this country’s (the USA) crisis of poverty and economic insecurity to the center of the national conversation."

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Enduring Challenge of Poverty in America - pdf
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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Engaging Youth for Positive Change - Center for Prevention Research and Development
From the web site: "This is offered through the Center for Prevention Research and Development (CPRD), Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois. Funding for EYPC provided in whole or in part by the Illinois Department of Human Services."

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Equal Justice and the Digital Revolution (PDF)
This pdf is titled: "Using Technology to Meet the Legal Needs of Low-Income People"
This report is a blueprint for how tutor/mentor programs can learn to share ideas and actions that help low-income youth move to careers. The T/MC seeks partners from the Equal Justice Community who want to explore opportunities for cross-sector collaboration, enabled by the use of technology.

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Escaping the Cycle of Scarcity - New thinking about helping poor people
This New York Times opinion piece offers new ways to think of what causes poverty and what solutions might help people escape it. From the article: "Now Sendhil Mullainathan, a Harvard economist, and Eldar Shafir, a psychologist at Princeton, propose a way to explain why the poor are less future-oriented than those with more money. According to these authors, one explanation for bad decisions is scarcity — not of money, but of what the authors call bandwidth: the portion of our mental capacity that we can employ to make decisions." This article points to a web site titled "42 Ideas to do Good"

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Exploring the Nation of Poverty (2015) - Flowing Data web site
Poverty is growing in US cities. View story and visualizations on this site to build your understanding.

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Few Metro Areas Made Progress Against Poverty in 2013 - 2014 report
This article reviews findings from 2013 American Community Survey data on residents living below the federal poverty line. Search for other articles similar to this on the site."

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First Defense Legal Aid
From the web site: "First Defense Legal Aid provides free, 24-hour, legal representation to people in Chicago Police Department custody and educates Chicagoans about how to protect their constitutional rights. We undertake these activities to promote fairness and accountability in the justice system."

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From Poverty to Power - how active citizens and effective states can change the world
This web site could fit in the philanthropy section of this web site, or in the social entrepreneur section. Since it focuses on poverty and international development, it's placed in this section of the library. This is a blog based on the book titled From Poverty to Power, that "argues that a radical redistribution of power, opportunities, and assets rather than traditional models of charitable or government aid is required to break the cycle of poverty and inequality. The forces driving this transformation are active citizens and effective states." Subscribe and read the articles.

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Gangs in Chicago
The article is extracted from the Encyclopedia of Chicago, narrating the historical development of Chicago gangs.

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GIS resource helps Chicago Community
This link points to the web site of "Rob Paral and Associates". This company uses GIS mapping to help organizations deepen understanding and relationships with their community. Visit the web site and you can find a variety of maps providing new demographic, social and economic information, and by determining attitudes, experiences and program usage among the populations served by there clients.

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Global Distribution of Poverty - Poverty Maps
From the web site: "The Global Poverty Mapping Project seeks to enhance current understanding of the global distribution of poverty and the geographic and biophysical conditions of where the poor live. Additionally, the project aims to assist policy makers, development agencies, and the poor themselves in designing interventions to reduce poverty."

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Global Inequality—A New Approach for the Age of Globalization
This article on the Stanford Social Innovation Review highlights a new book by international economist Branko Milanovic, focusing on global inequality. Worth reading if looking for strategies to fight inequality in America.

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Good News Partners - focus on affordable housing in Rogers Park area
From the web site: "Good News Partners’ mission is to create safe, affordable and reliable housing, and to help build confidence and community simultaneously. Good News Partners (GNP) is a faith-based community organization that strives to bring about conditions in which hope, justice, responsibility, and reconciliation flourish in Chicago’s East Rogers Park North of Howard neighborhood. GNP provides affordable housing for otherwise homeless families with a step-by-step transition from interim housing to independent living."

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Heartland Aliance Poverty in Illinois report
The Heartland Alliance web site includes a "well being" report Index that "highlights counties that are experiencing particularly negative conditions and trends on four key indicators: poverty, unemployment, teen births, and high school graduation. This year, 39 out of 102 Illinois counties are on either the Poverty Watch or Poverty Warning lists."

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Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights
From the web site: "Heartland Alliance, one of the world’s leading anti-poverty organizations, works in communities in the U.S. and abroad to serve those who are homeless, living in poverty, or seeking safety. It provides a comprehensive array of services in the areas of health, housing, jobs and justice – and leads state and national policy efforts, which target lasting change for individuals and society."

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Help Stop Violence Before it Happens
From the web site: "VetoViolence is your comprehensive source for violence prevention. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created this tool with you in mind. Our goal has always been to educate and empower communities to stop violence—before it happens. Over the years, we’ve continued to share research, trends, and best practices gathered from all over the country. People just like you have shared ideas and suggestions about how we can improve our resources and more effectively support local community prevention. We listened, and that’s why we’ve launched this new version of VetoViolence. This customized, user-focused site is unlike anything else out there."

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Homelessness, Employment & Learning Project (HELP).
From the web site: this UK based organization's mission is " to create life changing learning, employment and enterprise opportunities, enabling people and communities to realise their potential and reduce inequalities. We aim to co-create and deliver innovative programmes that increase personal and household incomes, improve learning outcomes and enhance wellbeing and resilience.

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How stress affects rich and poor people differently -
This is another article by that helps build an understanding of how inequality and gaps between rich and poor have negative impact on poor people.

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HUD USER Forums - on-line meeting place
From the web site: "This forum allows information exchange between housing and community development researchers, academics, policymakers, and housing practitioners. We invite you to share your expertise, experiences and knowledge to identify best practices, promote better decision-making, spark innovation, and improve community development, urban planning, and other housing-related issues."

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Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention
From the web site: "Established in 2005, the Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention (ILAACP) is a statewide, membership-based charitable organization that strengthens prevention systems, policies, and programs in underserved communities through culturally-relevant research, training, and advocacy."

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Illinois Council on Handgun Violence
From the web site: "The Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the reduction of death and injury caused by firearms."

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Illustrating Chicago's Crime
This site provides a wealth of illustrated data about crime in Chicago. Use it in your own civic engagement and efforts to reduce this problem.

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Impact of neighborhood poverty - Next City article
This article refers to a 2015 Pew Charitable Trust report showing the impact of poverty in neighborhoods with high concentrations of poverty.

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