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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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Dream Hoarders, by Richard V. Reeves
Full title: 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

From the web site: "Reeves shows, the growing separation between the upper middle class and everyone else can be seen in family structure, neighborhoods, attitudes, and lifestyle. Those at the top of the income ladder are becoming more effective at passing on their status to their children, reducing overall social mobility. The result is a fracturing of American society along class lines, not just an economic divide. Upper-middle-class children become upper-middle-class adults."

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Emerson Collective - removing barriers to opportunity
From the web site: "We are an organization dedicated to removing barriers to opportunity so people can live to their full potential. Established by Laurene Powell Jobs, we center our work on education, immigration reform, the environment and other social justice initiatives. We use a wide range of tools and strategies—partnering with entrepreneurs and experts, parents and policymakers, advocates and administrators—to spur change and promote equality."

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Making Volunteers: Civic Life after Welfare's End
From the web site: "Volunteering improves inner character, builds community, cures poverty, and prevents crime. We've all heard this kind of empowerment talk from nonprofit and government-sponsored civic programs. But what do these programs really accomplish? In Making Volunteers, Nina Eliasoph offers an in-depth, humorous, wrenching, and at times uplifting look inside youth and adult civic programs. She reveals an urgent need for policy reforms in order to improve these organizations and shows that while volunteers learn important lessons, they are not always the lessons that empowerment programs aim to teach. With short-term funding and a dizzy mix of mandates from multiple sponsors, community programs develop a complex web of intimacy, governance, and civic life. Eliasoph describes the at-risk youth served by such programs, the college-bound volunteers who hope to feel selfless inspiration and plump up their resumés, and what happens when the two groups are expected to bond instantly through short-term projects. She looks at adult "plug-in" volunteers who, working in after school programs and limited by time, hope to become like beloved aunties to youth. Eliasoph indicates that adult volunteers can provide grassroots support but they can also undermine the family-like warmth created by paid organizers. Exploring contradictions between the democratic rhetoric of empowerment programs and the bureaucratic hurdles that volunteers learn to navigate, the book demonstrates that empowerment projects work best with less precarious funding, more careful planning, and mandatory training, reflection, and long-term commitments from volunteers.
Based on participant research inside civic and community organizations, Making Volunteers illustrates what these programs can and cannot achieve, and how to make them more effective. Nina Eliasoph is associate professor of sociology at the University of Southern California. She is the author of Avoiding Politics."

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Search for paid tutors in Chicago by zip code. See Average costs.
This web site is aggregating information about fee-based tutors and making it available by zip code. The site owner has created a map of Chicago, showing the number of fee-based tutors in his directory, per zip code. If you are a tutor, sign up and be added. If you're in another city, request a map.

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Anysubject Ltd - Book Publishing Service
Offers path for authors trying to publish their own writing.

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GEDonline - Complete GED test preparation online
From the web site: "DCS GED® Prep Online is the first of its kind. You can continue your high school adult education by working at your own pace without leaving your home. For over 10 years, DCS GED® Prep Online has been helping people pass the GED® test."

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Mentor Me! The Complete Guide for Women Who want to Mentor Girls
One of the testimonials on the web site for this book says “Mentor Me! is a fantastic book, an intelligently written, comprehensive guide to mentoring girls that is both highly practical and deeply inspirational. I loved how it reveals the life-changing power of mentoring from both the mentor’s and mentee’s perspective. I eagerly look forward to sharing it with others!"

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MyTutorOnline
Live online whiteboard classes for math science english with email and live chat support for problems and homework forum for posting problems.

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Noodle Tools - Support For individual inquiry and collaborative research
From the web site: "NoodleTools is a responsive, user-friendly research management platform with baked-in wisdom accumulated over years, and a proven track record across thousands of schools and universities. NoodleTools gives students a systematic but flexible framework for navigating the tangled web of research. Students develop expert critical-thinking skills, gain confidence, and replace patchwriting and plagiarism with synthesis."

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Online Tutor & Homework Help - Math, Chemistry
From the web site: "At My Tutor Online we provide Online Tutor service for Maths , Science , English and Physics 24 hours a day through Internet . My Tutor Online allows you to take advantage of one to one tutoring , in all subjects from your own home."

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A School Reform Reading List
This points to a blog article post where a number of books are recommended for those who really want to educate themselves to understand the challenges and opportunities of improving the public education system.

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Adventures in Writing
This Web site contains information on helping students with writing, a mentoring page offering to work with students on-line with their writing , and a web place to publish "worthy" and appropriate materials.

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Aid for writing - The Easy Essay.com
FREE resource that "can teach almost anyone how to logically organize a proof format (as an essay, speech, business memo etc,) for any fact, concept or idea in 5 minutes." Could be useful resource for tutors, teachers parents and students.

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Association of Consultants to Non Profits (Chicago)
From the web site: "For more than 25 years, ACN has strengthened mission-driven organizations by serving as Chicagoland’s premier society of professional nonprofit consultants. As thought leaders in this focused and ever-changing sector, our members provide organizations with a rich resource of expertise, education and experience." Follow the blog for ideas on leading a non profit organization.

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Beyond Speech Therapy - Learning supported by technology
From the web site: "Beyond Speech Therapy Learning, LLC is committed to providing innovative technology, which excites children about learning and gives them the tools for success, both academically and socially. We exceed the needs of children, speech language pathologists, parents, and the other members of each child’s education team by continually pushing beyond the boundaries of current technology and equipping our partners with the most advanced tools to enhance individual and group speech therapy."

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Beyond Speech Therapy Learning
From the web site: "Beyond Speech Therapy Learning LLC is the leading developer of online speech therapy. We provide speech language pathologists with a tool for success. Come with us beyond traditional speech therapy as we present the next step in the evolution of improving the delivery of speech therapy."

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Blessed Unrest - Organizing from Bottom Up

From web site: "Paul Hawken has spent over a decade researching organizations dedicated to restoring the environment and fostering social justice. From billion-dollar nonprofits to single-person dot.causes, these groups collectively comprise the largest movement on earth, a movement that has no name, leader, or location, and that has gone largely ignored by politicians and the media. Like nature itself, it is organizing fr om the bottom up, in every city, town, and culture. and is emerging to be an extraordinary and creative expression of people's needs worldwide.

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BuddySchool - Find your online tutor
From the web site: "BuddySchool.com is an Online Tutoring Platform founded in 2007 with a simple mission: to connect tutors and students all over the world. We want to give our users a place to learn, teach, meet people and exchange views worldwide."

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Cambridge Stratford Study Skills Institute
From the web site: "The CSSS INSTITUTE provides teacher and tutor training services, private courses for students in summer and after school programs nationally, and publishes the internationally renowned study skills curriculum entitled The Cambridge Stratford Study Skills Course. It is taught publicly by schools, colleges, federal and state grant programs at 3 grade levels (6-8th: 20 hour edition, 9-11th: 30 hour edition, and 12-15th: 10 hour edition, entitled Ten Tips for Academic Success, available in English and Spanish). These editions include 4 components; Student Workbook, Teacher Manual, Transparency and Listening Tape Set."

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Closing the Literacy Gap in American Business
From the web site: "The authors present their perspectives on workplace literacy past, present, and future and describe how twenty-first-century technology produced America's "literacy gap." The book reviews strengths and weaknesses of current literacy programs, and discusses research on difficult employee literacy problems. Actual case studies describe Individualized Instructional Programs (IIP) for hourly workers, support staff, managers, and professionals. It includes a game plan on how to establish company "Work Force Education" policy and offers multi-level, cost justified programs. Finally, international responses to workplace literacy are considered, along with the development of employee literacy into the next century." Note: This author, Dr. Edward Gordon, served as an adviser to the Tutor/Mentor Connection from the mid 1990s through 2011.

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Cognitive Surplus
From the wiki: "The book's central theme is that people are now learning how to use more constructively the free time afforded to them since the 1940s for creative acts rather than consumptive ones, particularly with the advent of online tools that allow new forms of collaboration.[1] It goes on to catalog the means and motives behind these new forms of cultural production, as well as key examples." Referred to in this blog article by Vance Stevens: http://advanceducation.blogspot.com/2011/05/how-cognitive-surplus-drives-us-to.html

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Curriki - Free Education Resources and Curriculum
From the web site: "Curriki’s mission is to eliminate the Education Divide – the gap between those who have access to high-quality education and those who do not – in the U.S. and worldwide. It’s online community of educators, learners and committed education experts works together to build and share quality materials that benefit teachers, parents and students globally."

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Education Expert blog - Dr. Stephen Jones
Dr. Jones is an educator with more than 30 years of experience, which he shares in books, a blog and as a consultant to schools.

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Education World Resources and Community
From the web site: "EducationWorld.com, a resource that includes:
* original content, including lesson plans, practical information for educators, information on how to integrate technology in the classroom, and articles written by education experts;
* Web site reviews;
* employment listings.

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Essential Resources - blog
From the web site "Essential Resources is an innovative publisher of high-quality classroom and educational resources. Our publications are created and produced predominately for primary and secondary schools, as well as for early childhood education. They include curriculum-specific, cross-curricular, co-curricular, student workbooks, mentoring and professional development resources." Browse the web site to view catalog of publications. This link points to their blog.

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