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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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You Cant Be What You Can't See, by Milbrey W. McLaughlin
This is a book showing impact of CYCLE a youth program that operated in the Cabrini Green area of Chicago, which is the same area that the Tutor/Mentor Connection began.

"In the book, McLaughlin, the David Jack Professor Emeritus of Education and Public Policy at Stanford University and founding director of the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, documents what happened to more than seven hundred young people from Chicago's Cabrini-Green public housing project who participated in CYCLE, an out-of-school-time tutoring program started in 1978 in the basement of Cabrini-Green's LaSalle Street Church."

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"Just Mercy" by Bryan Stephenson
From the web site: Just Mercy "presents the story of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), the people we represent, and the importance of confronting injustice. The book “is as gripping as it is disturbing,” wrote Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu, “as if America’s soul has been put on trial.”

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The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills
The Death Gap by David A. Ansell, Below is introduction to the book, from its web site:

"We hear plenty about the widening income gap between the rich and the poor in America and about the expanding distance separating the haves and the have-nots. But when detailing the many things that the poor have not, we often overlook the most critical—their health. The poor die sooner. Blacks die sooner. And poor urban blacks die sooner than almost all other Americans. In nearly four decades as a doctor at hospitals serving some of the poorest communities in Chicago, David Ansell has witnessed firsthand the lives behind these devastating statistics. In The Death Gap, he gives a grim survey of these realities, drawn from observations and stories of his patients."

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Best on-line tutoring services -
This article provides an in-depth review of on line tutoring services, which connect students and their parents to a worldwide network of tutors trained in a variety of subjects and grade levels. This is one of many similar reviews on the site.

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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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How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations
From the web site: "In How to Live Forever, President and CEO Marc Freedman tells the story of his thirty-year quest to answer some of contemporary life’s most urgent questions: With so many living so much longer, what is the meaning of the increasing years beyond 50? How can a society with more older people than younger ones thrive? How do we find happiness when we know life is long and time is short?"

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Jackson Rising - a strategic plan and history of community organizing
This book is the history of "Cooperation Jackson, an emerging network of cooperatives and grassroots institutions in Jackson, Mississippi, that aim to build a “solidarity economy.” It's described as "the rarest of things: a real strategic plan".

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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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More than a Mentoring Program: Attacking Institutional Racism
Description from publisher: "In striving to reduce racial achievement gaps, schools and youth development programs are increasingly turning to youth mentoring programs. But how to ensure success? Here, accomplished educators Graig Meyer and George Noblit reveal how one such program challenged institutional racism and eliminated persistent achievement disparities in a local school system that boasts a national reputation for excellence. The authors share personal lessons, strategic guidance, and detailed practical advice for education and community leaders seeking to create successful youth mentoring programs. Their story, backed by research, offers real-world perspective on the important work of challenging systemic racism in schools. Meyer and Noblit demonstrate how mentoring and advocacy come together in a strengths-based program that boosts academic success and post-secondary enrollment for youth of color, while also creating change to benefit all students in a school system."

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Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom
Book description from "In a radical analysis of contemporary classrooms, MacArthur Award–winning author Lisa Delpit develops ideas about ways teachers can be better “cultural transmitters” in the classroom, where prejudice, stereotypes, and cultural assumptions breed ineffective education. Delpit suggests that many academic problems attributed to children of color are actually the result of miscommunication, as primarily white teachers and “other people’s children” struggle with the imbalance of power and the dynamics plaguing our system.

A new classic among educators, Other People’s Children is a must-read for teachers, administrators, and parents striving to improve the quality of America’s education system."

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Quick and Effective Reading Intervention Tips
This is blog article that reviews a book titled: The Next Step Forward in Reading Intervention. The writer says "It contains a wealth of knowledge and intentional lessons set forth by two educators who have dedicated their work to growing students as readers.

The goal of this book is simple: provide ready-to-use lessons for short-term, small-group interventions. Depending on the level of student you are working with, either the phonics stage, or the comprehension stage, there is a RISE or RISE Up model for you." Take a look.

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Read Right - an innovative reading solution
From the web site: "Read Right is more than a solution for mild to severe reading problems (including dyslexia). It is a revolutionary approach to rapid reading improvement!" Visit the site and learn how Read Right is revolutionary.

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Read Right from the Start on the COX Campus - teacher resource
From the web site: "Read Right from the Start is a FREE on-line professional development resource provide by the COX Campus of the Atlanta Speech School. It recognizes the impact of language on children from the moment they are born. RRFTS provides courses for infant and toddler teachers as well as preschool and pre K. We are actively developing courses for kindergarten through 3rd grade teachers."

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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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Urban Sanctuaries: Neighborhood Organizations in the Lives and Futures of Inner City Youth
Description from web site: "A comprehensive look at inner-city youth programs. Urban Sanctuaries analyzes the strategies of community leaders and organizations. The author describes how these leaders create and sustain youth programs in spite of enormous challenges."

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Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations About Race
Here's description of this book from site "Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black, White, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy? Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides. These topics have only become more urgent as the national conversation about race is increasingly acrimonious. This fully revised edition is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the dynamics of race in America."

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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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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
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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