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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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Core Knowledge and Competencies for Afterschool Professionals
From the web site: "All professional societies share common characteristics. Among them are a body of knowledge and skills, culture, a code of ethics, and public recognition. The NAA Core Knowledge and Competencies have been developed to enable afterschool and youth development practitioners to demonstrate expertise and gain a higher level of recognition within their communities–particularly from school officials–that has long been sought after."

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Creative Youth Development -
From the web site "The National Guild for Community Arts Education, Massachusetts Cultural Council, The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, and Americans for the Arts together have formed the Creative Youth Development National Partnership. This new coalition is collaborating to organize and accelerate the CYD movement through a collective impact strategy with a common agenda, shared systems and activities, cross-sector engagement, and continuous communications." Browse the web site to learn more and get involved.

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Grantmakers and Thought Leaders on Out-of-School Time: Survey &
From the web site: "This report takes a look at the priorities of grantmakers that support afterschool or other expanded learning efforts. It also examines the perspectives of key field leaders, including heads of youth-serving nonprofits and researchers. A survey finds that “improved academic achievement” and “increased student engagement” are the most common outcomes funders hope to see from their afterschool/expanded learning giving. For their part, field leaders offer a number of recommendations, including that funders work to move K-12 reform “toward a broader view” of what learning and growth for young people means. ​​​​​​​​"

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History of the AfterSchool Movement -
The How Kids Learn Foundation created this "1-hour video documentary on the history of afterschool in America. This is broken into 12 chapters suitable for use in staff training. The documentary is accompanied by a brief learning guide. These materials will be distributed to afterschool programs across the country at no charge."

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Illinois Partners for Human Services
From the web site: "Illinois Partners hopes to create a stronger and more stable human service sector in Illinois. The vision of Illinois Partners is to:

* Develop a collaborative and coordinated approach for creating a more rational system for providing human services

* Improve the quality of service by developing common agreement around best operating practices, efficiency and effectiveness

* Improve support for human services generally by highlighting the value of the human services to communities"

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National Afterschool Association
From the web site: "We are the national membership organization for professionals who work with and on behalf of children and youth during out-of-school time.

NAA’s mission is to promote development, provide education and encourage advocacy for the out-of-school-time community to further the afterschool profession."

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The Ahlquist Center for Policy, Practice and Innovation at Children's Home & Aid
From the web site: "The Ahlquist Center for Policy, Practice and Innovation aims to:

* Promote effective state and federal public policies and services;
* Improve the quality of services available to vulnerable children and families;
* Incubate innovative practices to improve outcomes and inform public policies."

Download to reports from the site:

* A Fiscal Scan of Illinois Public Investments in Children and Youth, Ages 8-25. (2015 data)

* Are We Keeping Our Commitment to Youth?, 2017 report explores how Illinois youth are faring under state investments identified in 2015 report.

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Youth Development video shows importance of nonchool programs
This video was shared by the All Stars Project, headquartered in New York City, with branches in Chicago and elsewhere. It is a powerful statement of support for afterschool youth development programs. Take a look and add it to your advocacy.

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A Community's Guide to Making the Most of Out-of-School Time
This PDF guide's full title is "Working Together for Children and Families: A Community's Guide to Making the Most of Out-of-School Time" and is a product of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time.

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After School Matters - Chicago

Is designed to provide after-school activities to Chicago youth, while simultaneously preparing them for the demands of the workplace. By interacting with caring adults and pursuing subjects that interest them, After School Matters students learn skills that are essential to their future success -- like problem solving, critical thinking, and teamwork. In addition, many have the opportunity to build on their experience by working as summer employees or interns in their communities.

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After School Programs for Low-Income Children. Promises and Challenges
Article written by Robert Halpern, Ph.D., a professor at the Erikson Institute for Graduate Study in Child Development
in Chicago, IL. From the abstract: " This article provides a profile of after-school programs for low-income children, focusing on supply and demand, program emphases, and program sponsors and support organizations. It also discusses the major challenges facing the field in the areas of facilities, staffing, and financing."

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Afterchool Illinois ACT Now Coalition
ACT Now! (Afterschool for Children and Teens Now) is a campaign to give young people in Illinois access to quality afterschool programs. Visit the web site and learn more.

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Afterschool Alliance
The Afterschool Alliance was launched publicly in September 1999 as a coalition of public, private, and nonprofit organizations dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of afterschool programs and advocating for quality, affordable programs for all children.

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After-school Programs -- From Vision to Reality
Concept to Classroom is an online series of FREE, award-winning professional development workshops covering important and timely topics in education. The workshops are intended for teachers, administrators, librarians, or anyone interested in education -- and there's no technical expertise required. They are self-paced, so you can explore them on your own time and go back as often as you like; you can take all of the workshops, or just one. This link points to a workshop on Afterschool Programs, titled "From Vision to Reality". This is a comprehensive resource and one you can use at your own pace and learning schedule. Give it a try!

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Born this Way Foundation
From the web site: "Born This Way Foundation is committed to supporting the wellness of young people and empowering them to create a kinder and braver world. We achieve this by shining a light on real people, quality research, and authentic partnerships."

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Chicago Area Project (CAP)
The Chicago Area Project has over 40 affiliates and special projects throughout the city. Over the years, the programs and issues have changed, just as the neighborhood change. But the democratic ideals of self-determination and self-improvement remain the same and these key principles of the Chicago Area Project continue to serve its neighborhood.

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Children Now
Children Now is a research and action organization dedicated to assuring that children grow up in economically secure families, where parents can go to work confident that their children are supported by quality health coverage, a positive media environment, a good early education, and safe, enriching activities to do after school.

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Citizen Schools Mentoring Program - Article
This link points to an article about the Citizen Schools after school mentoring program. This is an excellent example of the involvement of business volunteers and effective support by program staff. Watch the video, too.

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Connecticut After School Network
From the web site: "We are a partnership of individuals and organizations promoting young people’s safety, healthy development and learning outside the traditional classroom. We do this by providing training and technical assistance to improve program quality; influencing policy on behalf of youth and families; and expanding funding opportunities."

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Enlace Chicago Directory of Services/maps - Pilsen, Little Village and Bridgeport,
From the web site: "Enlace partners with public schools to transform them into safe, accessible community centers and to promote successful transition to high school and post-secondary opportunities. Enlace provides wrap-around family programming that promotes academic achievement, skill building, socio-emotional learning and leadership development in eight local public schools." A map showing the area and partner schools in the area is shown on the site.

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Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project
From the web site: "Young people need—and deserve—more from their education. High quality afterschool and summer learning programs powered by school-community partnerships offer young people a variety of hands-on, engaging learning activities that build upon the school day.

The Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project connects you with research, resources and best practices for building affordable and sustainable approaches to expanding learning in your community."

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Expanded Learning Opportunities in Your City
From the web site: "The Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project connects you with research, resources and best practices for building affordable and sustainable approaches to expanding learning in your community."

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Fanning Institute for Leadership at U of Georgia
The Fanning Institute web site is a comprehensive resource for organizations that seek to develop youth and adult leaders. The Institute challenges and supports individuals to become productive members of their communities and organizations by learning to lead collaboratively.

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Forum for Youth Investment - Knowledge Center
From the web site: "We connect leaders to ideas, services and networks that can help them make more intentional decisions that are good for young people, even in the face of limited resources." The Knowledge Center is an extensive resource. Take some time to become familiar with it.

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Harvard Family Research Project (1983-2016) archive
From the web site: "all of the materials produced by Harvard Family Research Project (1983-2016) are now available in the archive section of our Global Family Research Project site. Search the archive and you will find many useful resources and related research for building and evaluating family, school, and community engagement practices, programs, and policies; for strengthening professional and organizational development; and for creating a more equitable anywhere anytime learning ecology for all children and families."

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