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Equitable Futures - a project of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
From the website: "The goal of Equitable Futures, a project of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is to build stronger connections and alignment between K-12 schools and education, post-secondary institutions, and employers to improve labor market outcomes and promote paths to upward mobility and economic opportunity for Black, Latino, and low-income young people."
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Family as Emotional Unit - Bowen Theory
This information is found on the web site of The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family and the Georgetown Family Center. "Bowen family systems theory is a theory of human behavior that views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit." This link points to Eight Concepts of this theory.

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Income Inequality - Social Mobility Research from The Equality Trust (UK) - pdf
This report deals with "the relationship between high income inequality and low levels of social mobility." See more like this at https://www.equalitytrust.org.uk/taxonomy/term/92

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infed.org - articles about social capital and informal learning
This site offers an extensive library of articles about social capital. The site is sort of a wikipedia-type collection of articles related to "Association, democracy and civil society, Community learning and development, Education, Ideas, Index, Social action, social change and social reform".

This map illustrates the range of articles in the library. http://www.instagrok.com/grok/?query=social+capital

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Linking Mentoring and Social Capital:
This article explores the connections between social capital and mentoring. You can read the abstract for free, but you need to pay to view the entire PDF.

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Long-term study of adult well-being - implications for mentoring
In the conclusion of this report the author writes: "Our findings show that social connectedness is a more important pathway to adult well-being (as we have defined it)than academic ability. There were also notable continuities in academic and social pathways which we have suggested may reflect high stability in the social context of early development. However, academic and social pathways were largely independent of each other across development, which points to the importance of parallel investments in the social development of children and adolescents during the school years. We have suggested that development of a social curriculum may provide structure in provision of program and activities that enhance social inclusion and connection." A case for making mentor-rich non-school programs available to youth can possibly be made from this study.


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Measurement of Social Capital - Network Analysis
The Saguaro Seminar at Harvard University web site has an extensive list of resources and ideas for evaluation and measurement of changes in social capital that could result from intentional strategies like volunteer based tutoring/mentoring.

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Measurement of Social Capital - pdf
This 2003 article offers ideas on ways that social capital gains and benefits could be measured. If mentoring is a way to expand social capital for inner city youth we would need to find ways to measure these gains to demonstrate value to potential funders.

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Neighborhood Social Capital, pdf
"Neighborhood Social Capital as Differential Social Organization: Resident and Leadership Dimensions" by Robert J. Sampson\Corina Graif, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

This article treats social capital as a multidimensional phenomenon along which neighborhoods are deferentially organized. T/MC Note: as we understand how volunteers in a tutor/mentor program are a form of "bridging social capital" that connect youth and families with assets and opportunities beyond the high poverty area, we can gain more support for the growth of these programs. This article helps build that understanding.

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Role of Social Capital in High Poverty Places
The full title of this report is : Poor people, poor places, and poor health: the mediating role of social networks and social capital. This paper explores the dynamics between poverty and exclusion; neighborhood, and health and well being by considering the role of social networks and social capital in the social processes involved.

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Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America - focus on social capital
From the archive of the web site: "The Saguaro Seminar, under the leadership of Robert D. Putnam, has been conducting research on the inter-relation of diversity (mainly examining race and ethnicity), immigration and social capital since 2001. We have also been examining the relationship between inequality and both diversity and social capital."

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Social Capital - as part of career development
This article can help you expand your understanding of social capital, although it is focused on personal development within a business career, and not on network development for young people living in high poverty areas.

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Social Capital - Howard Rheingold's library
Find additional articles about social capital in this collection of links curated by Howard Rheingold.

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Social Capital and Development of At-Risk Youth
The full title of this report is Social Capital and Successful Development Among At-Risk Youth, by Frank F. Furstenberg Jr. and Mary Elizabeth  Hughes of The University of Pennsylvania. The article applies Coleman's concept of social capital to understand differences in development among youth at risk of lifelong disadvantage.

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Social Capital Gateway
From the web site: "Social Capital Gateway (SCG) is a web site publishing materials for the study of social capital and related topics in a multidisciplinary perspective."

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Social Capital Glossary - from Saguaro Seminar at Havard
This page offers definitions of "bridging" and "bonding" social capital. NOTE: The Saguaro Seminar is no longer found on the Harvard Business School web site. This link points to a web archive of the site.

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Social Capital: Glue for Sustainability
This 2008 slideshare presentation shows value of social and networked organizations. The author says "Networks are social capital; where business value is created in relationships. Network analysis reveals the networks. CORE process identifies new market opportunities or innovation, improvises effectiveness, extends firms reach through stakeholder networks." Our aim in mentoring is to expand this network to include youth, families and non profit organizations in high poverty areas.

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Social Change One-on-One. Case for Mentoring
This is a 1996 article written by Gary Walker, of Public/Private Ventures and Marc Freedman. The case for mentoring is still strong.

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Social Mobility-Social Capital - Best places to be born in US
This article uses maps to illustrate how different levels of social capital in the place where youth were born affects their upward social mobility. This was posted on the Social Capital Blog.

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Social Network Analysis Articles
This link points to a Tutor/Mentor Connection Social Network Analysis project/work group where we are posting some additional articles to read.

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Social Networks - New Resource for Students

Networking, or acquiring a social network, is a key skill of the 21st Century. It’s how you learn, and how you connect. Read this 2002 article by Bob Pearlman, titled New Ingredient for Student Success: Social Networks, and learn more how your organization can help students expand their social networks. This web site has many more resources related to the same ideas.

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Social Networks and Social Capital: Rethinking Theory in Community Informatics
This article provides an in-depth discussion of social capital as it relates to community informatics. If you're building your understanding of social capital, and the difference between bridging and bonding, strong and weak ties, this would be a good read.

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Study Assessing the Social Ntworks of Youth in Foster Care - pdf
This paper, titled "Exploring Support Network Structure, Content, and Stability as Youth Transition from Foster Care" by Jennifer Elizabeth Blakeslee, uses social network analysis to study networks of support for youth transitioning from foster care. This provides quite a bit of thinking for others who might apply social network analysis to demonstrate the benefit of volunteer-based programs serving k-12 youth in high poverty areas.

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The Resilience Research Centre
From the web site: "Resilience research involving children, youth and families looks at the health-enhancing capacities, individual, family and community resources, and developmental pathways of vulnerable children and youth, who against all odds, manage not only to survive unhealthy environments, but thrive. The Resilience Research Centre supports both quantitative and qualitative research, with an emphasis on mixed methods designs that favour understanding resilience as a culturally and contextually embedded construct."

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Undetanding "Culture of Poverty" - article
This 2010 article does not specifically mention the term "social capital" but statements like "growing up in areas where violence limits socializing outside the family and where parents haven’t attended college stunts verbal ability, lowering I.Q. scores by as much as six points, the equivalent of missing more than a year in school.' are examples of communities with limited "bridging" social capital.

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