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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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"Being Black is not a Risk Factor" - a strengths solutions in Illinois (pdf)
This introduction provided via mentoring email list serve: "In 2013, the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) released its national report, "Being Black Is Not a Risk Factor: A Strengths-Based Look at the State of the Black Child." This report challenged the prevailing discourse about Black children, which overemphasizes limitations and deficits and does not celebrate the considerable strengths, assets and resilience demonstrated by our children, families and communities. Since then, partners at the state level have began developing reports that assess and address the strengths and needs of young Black children and their families where they live. Like the national report, "Being Black Is Not a Risk Factor: Statistics and Strengths-Based Solutions in the State of Illinois," and the materials to follow, will serve as resources for policymakers, practitioners, advocates and parents."

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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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21st Century Skills Every Student Needs - 2017 article
The graphics and charts in this World Economic Forum article provide a clear list of skills and habits that need to be learned by students and adults.

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99 Problems Facing Higher Ed - 2018 Salon.com article
This article begins as a commentary about media coverage of "left-wing" college student protests. Then it provides a list of 99 issues that it feels are more important to talk about, starting with Tuition, Student Loan Debt, Housing Costs\ and Hunger. Each topic is linked to an article, which makes this a valuable resource for anyone researching this issue.

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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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Annenberg Institute for School Reform
From the web site: "What will it take to build an education system that provides high-quality learning and development opportunities for all of a community’s students? AISR believes that all reform efforts must be grounded in equitable access to learning opportunities for our nation’s most under served students. Schools and districts cannot do this work alone. To address persistent achievement gaps and develop sustainable education reform at scale requires the combined commitment, efforts, and investment of an entire community. " Visit the site and learn more.

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Applying Social Network Analysis to Study #PublicAuthority and Governance
In this blog article "Patrycja Stys explores how using Social Network Analysis (SNA) (in Africa) can improve our understanding of public authority. This article is part of the #PublicAuthority blog series, part of the ESRC-funded Centre for Public Authority and International Development.

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Arizona Self Sufficiency Matrix - User Training
This HUD web site includes a PDF showing how to use the Arizona Self Sufficiency Index, which is a tool for measuring the social determinants of health.

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Bridging and Bonding Social Capital - World Bank article
This is one of many articles where the difference between "bridging" and "bonding" social capital is discussed.

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Build Initiative - Resource Library - Focus on youngest children
From the web site: "BUILD’s QRIS National Learning Network brings together state implementers, technical assistance providers and national research organizations to advance quality rating and improvement systems in ways that truly meet the needs of our most at-risk child and family populations.

Through the learning community BUILD is able to work with states to articulate cutting edge issues and questions, support pilots that experiment with new strategies, and create practical tools to support sate efforts. By playing a coordinating and leveraging role, BUILD capitalizes on the unique strengths each of the national and state players brings to the work." Browse the Resource Centersection to learn what's available.

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Data and Society - research institute
From the web site "Data & Society is a research institute in New York City that is focused on the social and cultural issues arising from data-centric technological development."

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Digital Promise Research Map
One of the resources on this site is a huge library of research and ideas that anyone can use to build better programs to help young people. The site uses innovative visualizations to help people navigate the information on the site. Take a look.

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Disconnected Youth - IssueLab Resource Center
The resource center's goal is describe in this statement: "First started in 2006 as a searchable, browseable website set up to collect and share the social sector’s knowledge, IssueLab became a service of Foundation Center in 2012. Since then, IssueLab’s mission has grown beyond the “simple” collection and distribution of knowledge products, to include the support of social sector organizations in adopting the practical and necessary steps to openly publishing what they fund and produce."

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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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EdGap.org map shows ACT scores and poverty levels for 19 cities
From the web site: "This map is a visualization of average high-school SAT and ACT scores and median household income. Each circle on the map is a high school with at least 150 students, and the size and color of the circle give information about the average college-readiness scores at this school. The circles change from red to green and increase in size as scores go up; the blue background gets darker with increasing household income. Students are not considered college ready until they have ACT scores of about 21 or higher and/or SAT scores of about 1000 or higher."

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Education Can't Solve Poverty—So Why Do We Keep Insisting That It Can?
Interview with Harvey Kantor, starts with "Wages are down and unions are weaker than ever, but still the myth that education can fix poverty persists." Worth listening to. Text is included.

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Education data web site - U.S. Department of Education
From the web site: "Data.ed.gov is part of the Department of Education's (ED) Open Government initiative to make high-value data sets publicly available in user-friendly, machine-readable formats. Data.ed.gov organizes, makes accessible, and highlights data from ED's diverse set of programs. It will serve as a one-stop shop for education data, allowing practitioners, researchers, and the public to access data that can inform their work in classrooms and communities across America."

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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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Employee Skill Improvements Resulting from Volunteering Experiences - 2016 research
This article is titled "Widely Assumed but Thinly Tested: Do Employee Volunteers' Self-Reported Skill Improvements Reflect the Nature of Their Volunteering Experiences?" It investigates an important question to the volunteer tutoring and mentoring field. What skills and benefits do the volunteers take back to the workplace? Read the report. More research like this still needs to be done.

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Entrepreneurship Education: Enabling Teachers
This European Commission report starts with "Entrepreneurship is a skill that can be learnt. You don't have to be born an entrepreneur to run a successful business. You can become one by developing an entrepreneurial mind set and skills. As Europe needs more entrepreneurs creating jobs, it's necessary to support this type of education in all EU countries. The main objective of the European Commission is to promote entrepreneurship education and stress its importance at all levels from primary school to university and beyond." Search this web site for "Entrepreneurship Education" and find many related articles and resources.

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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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Healthy Chicago 2.0 2016-2020 plan (pdf)
This plan outlines a public health agenda for Chicago that is designed to improve the health of all Chicagoans by 2020.

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How America’s Mayors Are Taking the Lead on Income Inequality
This 2016 article points to a survey of nearly 90 mayors, showing how they are focusing on many of today's most pressing urban issues.

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