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‘Our Kids,’ by Robert D. Putnam - NY Times Book Review
This is a review of a 2015 book by Robert Putnam, titled “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis” which focuses on the advantages of growing up in affluent families and disadvantages of growing up in poor families, and how these impact lives and social/economic opportunity.
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2015 Building a Grad Nation Report
This report shows It shows "detailed progress toward the GradNation goal of a national on-time graduation rate of 90 percent by 2020." Use in your own community to support your own drop out prevention and workforce development strategies.
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America Moving toward Caste Society - Putnam 2014
In this interview Harvard academic Robert Putnam talks about "the death of the American Dream and why being poor in America is no longer a matter of race."

Supporters of volunteer-based tutoring/mentoring should use this as further evidence of where and why mentor-rich programs are needed.
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America's Public Schools Highly Segregated - see maps
These maps in this article show that America’s public schools are still highly segregated by race and income, with the declining share of white students typically concentrated in schools with other white students and the growing share of Latino students concentrated into low-income public schools with other students of color.
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Economic Inequality and Poverty Gap - Putnam
This is article from central Oregon newspaper about Robert Putnam's 2015 book titled "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis”. Any community with divisions between rich and poor should include this article, and the book, as part of their community reading.
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Education data web site - U.S. Department of Education
ED Data Express is a Web site designed to improve the public's ability to access and explore high-value state-level education data collected by the U.S. Department of Education.

This site has tremendous power to show data. This link points to a profile of Washington, DC. http://www.eddataexpress.ed.gov/state-report.cfm?state=DC&submit.x
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Educational Technology Not Leveling Playing Field
This article illustrates how important mentors, coaches and extra adults are to how young people use technology for learning.
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Entrepreneurship Education: Enabling Teachers
This 2011 European Commission report defines "Entrepreneurship as an individual's ability to turn ideas into action. It includes creativity, innovation, showing initiative and risk-taking, as well as the ability to plan and manage projects in order to achieve objectives."

It also says "entrepreneurship education means developing a culture which is through, for and about entrepreneurship. Such competencies are best acquired through people-led enquiry and discovery that enable students to turn ideas into action."

Educators and Business Leaders in the US should be reading this and developing US strategies to accomplish the same goals.
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Facts showing racial disparities - and education gap in US
The Black Star Project web site has a wealth of statistical information, articles and other information that communities can use to build a better understanding of the challenges facing minority communities. Use this information to support your own involvement in solving this problem by providing a wider range of learning and employment resources to young people and adults in these communities.
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Mentoring Decreases Youth Violence - new research (2012)
This article refers to a "large social science research study by the University of Chicago Crime Lab, in partnership with Chicago Public Schools and local nonprofits, which found that counseling and mentoring actually work." Read more. Follow the links to the research.
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Nation's Ed System Failing too many - Pathways to Prosperity 2012
"By concentrating too much on classroom-based academics with four-year college as a goal, the nation’s education system has failed vast numbers of students, who instead need solid preparation for careers requiring less than a bachelor’s degree, Harvard scholars say at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education"
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Quantum Opportunities Program: A Brief on the QOP Pilot Program (1995)
From the report: "The Quantum Opportunities Program (called "QOP") is an innovative four-year, year-round pilot program that provided learning opportunities, development opportunities, service opportunities and summer jobs to small groups of youth from families receiving public assistance.

Through this four-year pilot program and a rigorous evaluation, we learned that it is possible to make a quantum difference in the lives of these youths. We learned that it takes a critical mass of service, support, nurturing, incentives, creativity, caring, compassion, and especially patience. And, we learned that the impacts on young people gain strength over time. This is an important lesson for policymakers, who customarily seek immediate feedback about program success or failure. Premature examination would have labeled this program a failure."

This report has been part of the Tutor/Mentor Connection library since we received it in 1995. It demonstrates what's possible when a core group of people make a deep commitment to young people, and are well supported by donors who share that commitment.



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Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children
From the web site: "In this 2014 policy report, the Annie E. Casey Foundation explores the intersection of kids, race and opportunity. The report features the new Race for Results index, which compares how children are progressing on key milestones across racial and ethnic groups at the national and state level."

Here is the link to the PDF of the report: http://www.aecf.org/~/media/Pubs/Initiatives/KIDS%20COUNT/R/RaceforResults/RaceforResults.pdf

Here is the link to a video of the panel discussion on the day the report was released: https://www.youtube.com/user/AnnieECaseyFound
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Redefining Child and Family Services: Directions for the Future
This report published by The Center for Children at Chapin Hall in 1994 was originally issued as a white paper in December 1992.
The Tutor/Mentor Connection used the recommendations in this report as some of the fundamental reasons to launch the T/MC strategy in 1993. In 2011 the strategy was moved into the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC
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Resilient Latino Youth: In Their Own Words - 2015 research
from the web site: "This report uses the concept of resilience to examine how a group of second-generation Latino youth have been able to cope with adversity and excel while growing up in extremely challenging circumstances."

From an email sent by GadsHill Center in Chicago, " The study, in which two Gads Hill Center alumni are featured, found there are three key strategies that help Latino youth succeed:
* Resilient youth tend to possess a particular set of personal characteristics such as a sense of vision and optimism, a strong work ethic and the desire to break the negative cycle;

* Strengthening cultural bonds and traditions imparts a sense of responsibility; and
* Community-based programs and mentors play a central role in fostering resilience and serve as a critical support for both youth and their parents."


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Social Capital Role in Empowering Low-Status Youth
The full title of this paper is "A Social Capital Framework for the Study of Institutional Agents & Their Role in the Empowerment of Low-status Students & Youth"
Written by Ricardo D. Stanton-Salazar, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education Rossier School of Education University of Southern California 3470 Trousdale Parkway Los Angeles, California 90089-4036
This paper provide rich thinking about the role "that non-family adults agents play in the social development, socialization, formal and informal education, and social mobility of adolescents" and provides many reasons to support mentor-rich non-school tutor/mentor programs operating in high poverty neighborhoods.
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The Economic Benefits of Closing Educational Achievement Gaps
This article stated "If the United States were able to close the educational achievement gaps between native-born white children and black and Hispanic children, the U.S. economy would be 5.8 percent—or nearly $2.3 trillion—larger in 2050." Read more. Download the full PDF
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The Mentoring Effect: Young People's Perspectives on Outcomes and Availability
This report was commissioned by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership with support from AT&T and written by Civic Enterprises with Hart Research. It is describe this way:

"The Mentoring Effect: Young People's Perspectives on the Outcomes and Availability of Mentoring, the first-ever nationally representative survey of young people on the topic of mentoring, examines the mentoring effect on youth, their aspirations and achievements and the community around them. The report also highlights a substantial mentoring gap that exists in America, especially for at-risk youth: one in three young people will reach adulthood without having a mentor."


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Who Profits from Charter Schools? Thought provoking article
This blog raises a lot of questions about Charter Schools and who benefits most. Combine it with other articles to form your own opinion.
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Why so few white kids end up in Chicago Public Schools - WBEZ story
For anyone trying to understand racial segregation, poverty, inequality in Chicago, this article provides some needed information.
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Widening Achievement Gap between Rich and Poor
This report by Sean Reardon, a Stanford professor of education and sociology, shows that the income achievement gap--the difference in the average standardized scores between children from families at the 10th percentile of income distribution and children at the 90th percentile--is now "nearly twice as large as the black-white achievement gap."
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The Effects of Homicide on Life Expectancy
The title of this study is "Years off Your Life? The Effects of Homicide on Life Expectancy by Neighborhood and Race/Ethnicity in Los Angeles County"

This study shows that "Homicide was estimated to reduce life expectancy by 0.4 years for Los Angeles County residents and by 2.1 years for black males. The impact of homicide on life expectancy was higher in low-income neighborhoods."

Read more.
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“The Role of Risk” a 2013 Study from Washington State Mentors
From MENTOR newsletter: "This report presents results from the first large-scale evaluation to examine how the levels and types of risk youth face may influence their mentoring relationships and the benefits they derive from mentoring programs. The study looked closely at the backgrounds of participating youth and their mentors, the mentoring relationships that formed, the program supports that were offered, and the benefits youth received — and assessed how these varied for youth with differing “profiles” of risk.
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2007-08 Illinois High School Drop Out maps

This set of maps shows how the high school drop out problem is spread throughout Illinois, but more severe in the urban areas like Chciago.  These maps were created by the Regional Education Laboratory at Learning Point Associates.

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A look at public school enrollment numbers

This data table is from 1993, but it shows the enrollment of the largest school districts in the country. It is critically important to understand the size of the population and geography to understand the challenges of improving education opportunities.

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