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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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Can Jobs Save Chicago? Crain's Special Report
UIC’s Great Cities Institute assisted with Crain’s Chicago Business for a special report that examines the connection between joblessness and violence in Chicago neighborhoods. This link points to an article about how businesses can create jobs to employ people in low-income areas.

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Closing the Skills Gap - JPMorgan Chase & Co. Initiative
Browse this web site, download the publications, add your own business to strategies that reach youth in high poverty areas with mentors, learning opportunities, part time and summer jobs and internships that bring more youth from poverty and near poverty into the workforce.

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Grads of Life - tools to help start and operate mentoring, internship, etc.
From the web site: "The Grads of Life campaign seeks to change perceptions employers have of young people with atypical resumes. The GradsofLife.org website offers the tools to connect leading employers to employment pathways, including mentoring, school-to-work, internships, and hiring."

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Pathways2Progress - focus on youth age 16 to 24
From the web site: "In 2014, the Citi Foundation launched Pathways to Progress, a three-year, $50 million initiative in the U.S. to help 100,000 low-income youth, ages 16 to 24, develop the workplace skills and leadership experience needed to compete in a 21st Century economy." Visit this site and download the PDF reports to learn more.

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Resources for Inner City CEOs - Anchor Initiatives
From the web site: "ICIC’s Anchor Institution Strategic Framework defines seven strategies anchors use to accelerate urban economic revitalization. Anchor organizations that intentionally engage these seven strategies will produce measurable returns for both the community and the organization." This site has a wealth of resources focused on strengthening inner cities. Take a look.

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Skills Gap in Manufacturing Sector -2015 Deloitte report
This article shows a growing skills gap in America's manufacturing sector and prescribes some short and long-term solutions. Connecting people from STEAM backgrounds to youth in organized tutor/mentor programs would be one low-cost strategy of building student aspirations for careers in these fields. This needs to be a strategy manufacturing sector leaders invest in.

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Valuing Your Talent - RSA project aims to increase workforce skills
From the web site: "The goal of the UK based challenge, called Valuing Your Talent (VyT), is to increase the skills of the UK’s workforce, organisations’ performance, and societal value by helping employers get better at understanding and investing in their human capital. It’s based on an underlying conviction that employers and employees should better recognise their respective value, and have each others’ long-term interests at heart, as well as those of wider society. Central to this is investment in each other’s learning and development, and the ability to tackle important problems."

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Advance CTE - Career Clusters Framework preparing future workforce
From the web site: "The National Career Clusters® Framework provides a vital structure for organizing and delivering quality CTE programs through learning and comprehensive programs of study. In total, there are 16 Career Clusters in the National Career Clusters Framework, representing more than 79 Career Pathways to help students navigate their way to greater success in college and career."

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Career opportunities in the Chicago region - Workforce Boards of Metro Chicago
The Workforce Boards of Metropolitan Chicago's website supports workforce development and economic development in the Chicago region.

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Chicago Employment Guide
EmploymentGuide.com host an on-line job board for hourly, skilled, full-time and part-time jobs.

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Chicago Jobs Council - Workforce Information & Resource Exchange
From the web site: "The WIRE is designed to support frontline providers, advocates, policy makers, and other workforce development stakeholders in Chicago and Illinois."

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Chicago Workforce Development Programs Inventory - Chapin Hall
From the web site: "This report of workforce development programs provides an overview of federal, state, and city workforce development programs within the City of Chicago. The report provides a brief summary of policies related to workforce development and includes an inventory of programs with a general description of the types of services, program eligibility, and the policies and funding supporting the programs. The report also features a map of the Chicago workforce development system, with a graphic depiction of program administration."

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ChicagoJobs.org - networking and resources
ChicagoJobs.org has provided local job and career information. Its mission has been to assist Chicago area job seekers and career changers in navigating the crowded and confusing world of the Internet.

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Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
From the web site: "The primary role of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is to make Chicagoland the most business-friendly region in America by enhancing our members' success through aggressive programs in advocacy, member benefits and services, and actionable information."

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Committee for Economic Development
From the web site: "The Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board (CED) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, business-led public policy organization that delivers well-researched analysis and reasoned solutions to our nation’s most critical issues."

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Corporate Voices for Working Families - archive
This site archives articles collected by Corporate Voices for Working Families, which was a non-partisan, non-profit corporate membership organization created to bring the private sector voice into the public dialogue on issues affecting working families.

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Dusseldorp Skills Forum - Australia
From the web site: "Dusseldorp Forum has a 25 year history of working to improve the educational and life opportunities of children and young people throughout Australia."

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Employment & Employer Services, INC (E&ES)
From the web site: "E&ES believes that quality employment is the foundation of human dignity, economic stability, and community self-sufficiency. With strong support from our government partners, we implement our mission to match work-ready job seekers with quality employers, so Chicagoland remains a great place to live and work."

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Free Enterprise.com articles on Education & Workforce
This web site is hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The site collects and shared Free Enterprise stories, giving readers an inside look at the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of the American business community.

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Global Human Capital Trends 2014: Engaging the 21st Centuiry workforce
From the web site: "CEOs and HR leaders see talent as a major challenge to growth. Where should you focus? This Deloitte survey of 2,500+ organizations in 90+ countries reveals 12 critical trends shaping the human capital agenda." NPO leaders seeking corporate involvement need to understand information like this so they align their involvement of volunteers with corporate talent development and retention goals.

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Helping High Schools prepare students for work - Achieve.org
From the web site: "Achieve is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit education reform organization dedicated to working with states to raise academic standards and graduation requirements, improve assessments, and strengthen accountability."

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How To Engineer Serendipity - Workforce Development Article
Business spends billions of dollars to support innovation. This TIME magazine article shows how helping employees connect informally with others stimulates idea exchanges and innovation. Companies who encourage employee involvement in volunteer-based organizations can stimulate a similar range of informal networking opportunities, at a much lower cost.

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IDES "One Source" Career Education Center
From the web site: "IDES encourages economic growth and stability in Illinois by providing Employment Services to Illinois residents and employers, analyzing and disseminating essential Labor Market Information, and administering Unemployment Insurance programs."

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Imperial Consulting Corporation -- Skill Wars
Skill Wars is one of many books and articles Dr. Edward Gordan has written on workforce development issues, education and tutoring. This book defines the investment race between advanced technology versus human resources, and shows managers how to measure that investment. It introduces a Human Capital Scoreboard of seven new business management/measurement tools including a more accurate calculation of ROI (Return on Investment) for employee performance improvement programs. It also provides case studies of how quality training can deliver on more problem-solving/thinking skills. NOTE: Dr. Gordon was an advisory council member of the Tutor/Mentor Connection for many years.

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International Labuor Organization (ILO)
From the web site: "The main aims of the ILO are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues." Search the site and find articles like Promoting youth employment through information and communication technologies (ICT) Best practices examples in Asia and the Pacific by Richard Curtain, Curtain Consulting, Melbourne, AU, December 2001 The focus of this paper is on best practice examples from mainly Asia-Pacific countries of the use of information and communications technologies (ICT) to generate youth employment. Examples of ICT-related employment opportunities for young people are used to illustrate the following best practice principles: promoting youth entrepreneurship; promoting public-private partnerships; targeting vulnerable groups of young people; and bridging the gap between the digital economy and the informal sector and putting young people in charge. While the paper focuses on Asia-Pacific countries, the ideas and examples are applicable in any poverty area of the world, including the inner cities of America.

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