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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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1.3 million homeless students in US - 2019 report
From the web site: "This is the latest article in The 74’s ongoing ‘Big Picture’ series, bringing American education into sharper focus through new research and data.

This article shows that More than 1.3 million public school students experienced homelessness during the 2016-17 school year, a 7 percent increase over three years ago and the largest number ever recorded. Over the past decade, the population of students experiencing homelessness has spiked by a startling 70 percent."

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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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2019 Illinois KIDS COUNT Report - Voices4Illinois Kids
The annual KIDS COUNT report shows continued "significant racial and ethnic disparities in economic status, education, health, and housing for Illinois children." Visit this link and download the full report.

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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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A Generation of School Closings in Chicago - WBEZ 2018 article
This article leads of with "In the time it has taken for a child to grow up in Chicago, city leaders have either closed or radically shaken up some 200 public schools — nearly a third of the entire district — a comprehensive new tally by WBEZ finds.

These decisions, defended as the best and only way to improve chronically low-performing schools or deal with serious under-enrollment, have meant 70,160 children — the vast majority of them black — have seen their schools closed or all staff in them fired.

That's more than all of the students and schools in Boston." Take some time to read it.

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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 - Knowledge Library
From the web site: "In pursuit of more just and flourishing societies, the Annenberg Institute seeks to integrate and expand the range of work at Brown, reenvisioning how universities can enrich educational systems for the benefit of children and youth.

The Institute strives to equalize and improve educational opportunities. By bringing together diverse thinkers to tackle difficult problems, the Institute advances the broader field: harnessing the power of Brown’s community to develop education leaders, building actionable knowledge through systematic research, partnering with educators and policy-makers for local impact, and encouraging robust civic discourse." This link points to an extensive library of research articles..

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Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT Data Book - 2018
This annual report provides data about the well-being of kids in the US. The web site describes this year's book:

"The Casey Foundation's 2018 KIDS COUNT® Data Book warns that the 2020 census is mired in challenges that could shortchange the official census count by at least 1 million kids younger than age 5. This discrepancy would put hundreds of millions of federal dollars at risk and, in doing so, underfund programs that are critical for family stability and opportunity.

The Data Book also looks at trends in child well-being during a period that saw continued improvement in economic well-being but mixed results in the areas of health, education and family and community factors. The report includes the Foundation's signature rankings in key areas of child well-being. This year, New Hampshire is at the top of the rankings."

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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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Bridging and Bonding Social Capital - What is Difference?
This is one of many articles where the difference between "bridging" and "bonding" social capital is discussed.

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Bringing Together Resources Students Need to Learn - blog
This article from the Community Works Institute (CWI) blog talks about the social emotional needs of students and how two researchers are trying to address this.

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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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Chicago Public Schools Data Sources - Google doc
This Google doc is a listing of resources shared by The Chicago Public Education Fund at at May 2018 Chicago City Data User Group meeting.

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Chronic School Absence Across the United States - Interactive map
With this interactive resource you can zoom into the state, city and individual school level to see chronic school attendance rates. Use for understanding problem and focusing on solutions.

This article shows how to use the map: https://tinyurl.com/The74-ChronicAttendanceMap

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College isn’t a cure for the US's racial wealth gap - 2018 article
This article from the World Economic Forum talks about a 2017 study, published in the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review, in which researchers decided to dig deeper into the question of how much impact college has on closing the racial wealth gap, and determined that over time,that college degrees contribute to wealth accumulation for white graduates—but not black graduates. Read the article.

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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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Data Points: Black students declining at Chicago's top public high schools and in CPS overall
2018 Metropolitan Chicago Planning Council report shows decline of African American students at top schools and throughout the entire system.

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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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Digital Redlining - limiting of learning opportunities
Just as housing redlining restricted lending and where people of color lived in US cities, digital redlining is restricting what youth from low-income backgrounds, and those who attend community colleges in America. Read the article and build your understanding of this issue.

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Disconnected Youth - IssueLab by Candid Resource Center
From the web site: "In a far-reaching effort to help disconnected youth, nonprofits, foundations, and government agencies across the U.S. are providing support in the form of shelters, job training, mentorship, college prep, job placement, and mental and reproductive health services. But in order to achieve success it is clear that these efforts require greater alignment and coordination.

This special collection gathers the many lessons being learned in the field; lessons about the challenges in meeting the needs of disconnected youth and the promise of both new and more proven approaches."

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Dissecting The Soaring Graduation Rate For Black Boys In Chicago
Chicago Public Schools boast growing graduation rates, but are these numbers totally true? This 2019 WEBZ article looks deeper at the graduation rates for Black Boys in Chicago.

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