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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 City Council Wards with interactive map
This site provide information about Chicago City Council, what it does, who it's members are, etc. The link I've pointed to includes a map that shows where each Ward is located in the city, along with who the Alderman is.

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Chicago Cityscape - makes neighborhood, property, and construction development data available to all
From the web site: "Chicago Cityscape was founded in 2014 to simplify finding building projects and the individuals and businesses who make them using the city's open and extensive neighborhood development datasets."

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Chicago Public School Tiers - Maps
From the web site: "In Chicago, a student's chance of getting into the city's top, selective schools depends on where he or she lives. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) places every part of the city into one of four socio-economic "tiers." On average, people from Tier 1 areas make less money and have less education, and people from Tier 4 areas make more money and have more education. This tool helps you find what CPS tier you are in."

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Chicago Public Schools - data maps and attention on issues
This site is named "Apples to Apples in Chicago Public Schools" and is "Using Data to Increase Parent Engagement in the District", Check out the maps and stories.

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CPSuccess - positive stories of Chicago Public Schools
This site is hosted on Tumblr, and is an aggregation of photo stories showing positive activities in Chicago Public Schools. Started in 2013. Browse the site.

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Chicago Area Project
The Chicago Area Project (CAP is a private, not-for-profit organization with a distinguished history and demonstrable track record of over sixty years of work in delinquency prevention and service in disadvantaged urban neighborhoods. The original mission of CAP has not changed since its inception:To work toward the prevention and eradication of juvenile delinquency through the development and support of affiliated local community self-help efforts, in communities where the need is greatest.

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Chicago is the World - A Project of Community Media Workshop
From the web site: Mission is "To provide a wide audience to Chicago’s diverse ethnic community and culture through its news outlets, cultural activities, leaders and institutions by providing a rich platform to deliver content and at the same time provide training, resources and other opportunities to ethnic journalists, artists and civic leaders."

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Chicago Mon-School Volunteer-based Tutor/Mentor Programs - list on this web site
This is another section of the Tutor/Mentor Connection web site, with links to more than 200 Chicago area youth serving programs, organized by sections of the city and suburbs. If your tutor/mentor program is not listed, just submit your link using the "contact us" feature.

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Chicago Park District - strategic plan
Chicago has a variety of parks and recreation centers in all parts of Chicago. Visit the web site to locate parks near you, and to see what programs are available to children, youth and adults. This link points to a page with the strategic plan for the park district.

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Chicago Public Schools
This is the Chicago Public Schools web site. It is the central on-line resource for the entire public education system in Chicago. Any parent, tutor, mentor or stakeholder should browse its sections and become familiar with what it has to offer.

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City of Chicago
This is the main City of Chicago web site.

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Comparative School Spending Guide (2010) - New Jersey
Can't find a web site with this type of information for Illinois schools. If you know of such a link, post it to the T/MC web site.

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Guide to Understanding Education in Illinois - archive is no longer being updated, but the web site is still an archive with extensive resources for understanding education issues in Illinois. Spend time browsing the various sections and articles.

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Illinois State Board of Education Web Site - news page
From the web site: " This page includes ISBE’s recent press releases and an archive of releases from past years. The FOIA page can be accessed through the link on the left side."

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Inspiration Corporation Chicago
From the web site: "We offer career services, tuition subsidies, employer outreach, and job placement & retention services throughout Chicago."

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Intermediary Organizations Supporting Youth in Chicago
This concept map shows a wide range of organizations who serve in intermediary roles, helping a network of direct service organizations, serve youth in the Chicago area and Illinois. At the bottom of each node on the map is a small box that will open to a link that you click to go to the organization's web site. This is updated regularly, so if you know of intermediaries who should be included (or removed) please use the "contact us" button on this web site to provide that information.

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Junior League of Chicago
A metropolitan organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

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Ladder Up - Tax and Financial Assistance
From the web site: "Ladder Up provides hardworking people with the financial resources and opportunities they need to move up the economic ladder. Ladder Up provides free financial programs to help clients secure the tax refunds they deserve, gain the knowledge to navigate today’s complex financial systems, and obtain financial aid to make college dreams a reality."

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National Black Wall Street Chicago
From the web site: "National Black Wall Street
Chicago, (NBWSC) NFP is organized for the community welfare in general, with emphasis placed on identifying, collecting, disseminating, publicizing and preserving information and materials related to any/all aspects of consumer education and consumer action, which supports capacity building and entrepreneurial ship, building credit, gaining access to capital and other activities necessary to create, sustain and increase black business."

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Open Books - Supports Chicago area childrfen and youth
From the web site: "Open Books is a nonprofit social venture that provides literacy experiences for tens of thousands of readers each year through inspiring programs and the creative capitalization of books.
Through our Instructional Programs, we cultivate the literacy skills of thousands of children and youth each year, from those who need intervention to those who desire enrichment.
Through our Book Programs, we provide readers of all ages with engaging, appropriate, and high-quality books. Each week, we deliver thousands of books to schools and nonprofits across Chicagoland."

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Raise Your Hand for Illinois - focuses on quality public education for all children
From the web site: "WE ARE a grassroots coalition of parents and concerned citizens who advocate for quality public education for all children. We formed in 2010 to advance an agenda of education funding equity across the state."

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Resource Center - recycling; environmental ed
From the web site: "The Resource Center is a not-for-profit, environmental education organization that strives to improve the quality of life in Chicago by finding new life and uses for underused and overlooked resources. For over 40 years the Resource Center has demonstrated innovative techniques for recycling and reusing materials. Too often in the urban setting, abundant and important resources are wasted. In its recovery work, the Resource Center aims to reverse waste and to improve the quality of life for our communities. The Resource Center has been devoted from its beginning to the economic and educational revitalization of city neighborhoods through recycling, urban farming, composting, and other programs that reclaim and reuse resources. We are invested in social enterprise - programs that are revenue generating and mission-driven."

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Teach for America - Chicago chapter
From the web site:
Teach For America - Chicago-Northwest Indiana encompasses both Illinois and Indiana and includes a diverse set of communities. We train and develop educators (corps members) so that they have an immediate positive impact on their students. We foster the leadership of our alumni as they address this problem from all sectors.

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The Federation for Community Schools
From the web site: "The Federation for Community Schools is a member coalition that works to preserve, promote and sustain community schools, which achieves the organization’s vision, across the nation through policy changes, professional development, and programmatic advancements."

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