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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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Neighborhood Social Capital, pdf
"Neighborhood Social Capital as Differential Social Organization: Resident and Leadership Dimensions" by Robert J. Sampson\Corina Graif, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

This article treats social capital as a multidimensional phenomenon along which neighborhoods are deferentially organized. T/MC Note: as we understand how volunteers in a tutor/mentor program are a form of "bridging social capital" that connect youth and families with assets and opportunities beyond the high poverty area, we can gain more support for the growth of these programs. This article helps build that understanding.

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NMC (New Media Consortium) - focuses on education technologies
From the web site: "The NMC (New Media Consortium) is an international community of experts in educational technology — from the practitioners who work with new technologies on campuses everyday; to the visionaries who are shaping the future of learning at think tanks, labs, and research centers; to its staff and board of directors; to the advisory boards and others helping the NMC conduct cutting edge research."

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Opportunity to Learn Campaign - resources
From the web site: "The Opportunity to Learn (OTL) Campaign unites a growing coalition of advocates and organizers from across the country working to ensure that all students have access to a high quality public education. The Campaign includes local, state and national organizations, grassroots community leaders, policymakers, youth organizers, business leaders and philanthropic partners.

Standards-based reform, and the high-stakes testing that goes with it, has been our nation's dominant education policy in recent decades. But this approach has done nothing to address the deep inequities in access to educational opportunity, particularly for low-income students and students of color. By focusing solely on the achievement gap, our nation has failed to address the opportunity gap that creates it." This link points to a resource page on the web site.

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Overcoming Poverty Challenge - Everyone Graduates report
From the web site: "This white paper focuses on an important and under-conceptualized thread in the weave of efforts needed to ensure that all students graduate from high school prepared for college and/or career training: enhanced student supports. It argues that in order to overcome the educational impacts of poverty – the poverty challenge, schools that serve high concentrations of low income students need to be able to provide direct, evidence-based supports that help students attend school regularly, act in a productive manner, believe they will succeed, overcome external obstacles, complete their coursework, and put forth the effort required to graduate college- and career-ready."

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Partnership for 21st Century Learning - Framework
From the web site: "P21's mission is to serve as a catalyst for 21st century learning to build collaborative partnerships among education, business, community and government leaders so that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in a world where change is constant and learning never stops."

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Pathways to Prosperity - pdf
Pathways to Prosperity Seeks to Redefine American Education System: This article posted on the Harvard School of Education web site talks about a Pathways to Prosperity conference held at Cisco's headquarters in Silicon Valley.

This "Pathways to Prosperity" report (pdf) was published in 2011.

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Perspectives of Professional Mentors
This research talks about the role of Full-time “professional” mentors in highly structured programs that work with youth facing significant risks. Staff who support volunteers in organized programs require some of the same skills.

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Philadelphia Youth Network - a collective impact model
From the web site: "The Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) is an intermediary organization dedicated to connecting systems and leveraging resources to increase the number of opportunities for youth. PYN has been working for nearly two decades with communities to create coordinated systems which promote the attainment of academic achievement, economic opportunity and personal success. We manage and support large-scale cross-sector initiatives while developing targeted programs to expand access to services for underserved young people."

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Poverty and Prevention Resource Links in this web library
This link points to another section of the T/MC library which has links to poverty, crime and justice articles, which relate to the reasons schools perform poorly and youth drop out before finishing high school.

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Poverty, not Education, is the problem. USA report
This December 2013 report profiles "New studies show that the number of poor children is rising and the impact it has on learning."

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Prosocial Links - On-Line Resource List
Prosocial Links, hosted by David Blumenthal at Emory University, is an extensive library of links that leaders and supporters of volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs might draw from. Many of the links on Dr. Blumenthal's site are also on the T/MC site, so you might consider this a parallel resource. Note: This site is old. It was last updated in 2000. Yet many of the links are still working.

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Public Health Articles in Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC Blog
The Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC uses its blog to point to new ideas and resources, and to strategies leaders might take to apply these ideas in more places. In this link we point to ideas related to public health, hospitals and the well-being of children and families living in high poverty areas.

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Public School Review - Find info about public schools
From the web site: "Public School Review provides free, detailed profiles of USA public schools and their surrounding communities. The site evaluates schools relative to each other and to state-wide averages for several key criteria like teacher:student ratios. The site can be particularly helpful for families who are moving and need to evaluate several potential schools, or for all parents who are exploring different pre-college educational options for their child." The site has sections for parents, policy information, and issues facing public schools.

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Public/Private Ventres research archive on Issue Lab
From the web site: "After almost 35 years Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) has ceased operations in 2012. The organization leaves behind an incredible legacy of knowledge, including hundreds of research reports, case studies and evaluations about how best to improve programs and outcomes for children, youth and families. We are fortunate that P/PV has decided to archive its publications collection with the Foundation Center's IssueLab so that practitioners can benefit from this knowledge for years to come."

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Quantum Opportunities Program - 2009 and 2014
This is a research summary of the Quantum Opportunities Program funded by the Eisenhower Foundation in low income neighborhoods in Albuquerque NM, Baltimore MD, Boston MA, Milwaukee WI and New Bedford MA. The project was a repeat of an earlier QOP program conducted in the early 1990s. The report includes comparison between the two versions.

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Race and the Schooling of Black Americans, 1992 article
This is an article I've had in my home library for many years. By adding it to my web library it's available to many others.

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Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health - 2010 pdf
This is a 2010 position paper presented to the American College of Physicians. It shows causes and recommendations.

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Ready by 21 - a call to action
From the web site: "Ready by 21 is the Forum’s signature initiative based on decades of experience working with state and local leaders. It is a set of innovative strategies that helps communities and states improve the odds that all children and youth will be ready for college, work and life. Ready by 21 provides clear standards to achieve collective impact, tools and solutions to help leaders make progress, and ways to measure and track success along the way. Specifically, Ready by 21 helps leaders build broader partnerships, set bigger goals, collect and use better data, and take bolder actions. A growing number of communities and states are using these strategies to change the way they do business. To learn more about Ready by 21, please visit the Ready by 21 website. We encourage you to register on the site and join the Ready by 21 Leader Network."

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Reducing college drop out rate - article
This April 2016 New York Times article is titled "What Can Stop Kids from Dropping Out?" and focuses on college retention.

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Reducing High School Drop Out Rate through Employer Student/Mentor Program
This 1994 report still includes ideas that can be used to support youth tutoring and/or mentoring programs that engage business volunteers and aim to help keep youth in school and moving toward jobs and careers.

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Regional Indicators Project and Chicago MetroPulse - Planning Resource
From the web site: "The Regional Indicators Project and its MetroPulse website are a joint project of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and The Chicago Community Trust (the Trust). Together, CMAP and the Trust have developed a comprehensive system of key indicators for measuring and tracking regional quality of life over time in the seven counties of metropolitan Chicago. The project is designed as a tool that can be used by policy makers, community leaders, media and the general public to gather objective data that can inform their work.

An indicator is a quantitative measure that describes an economic, environmental, social or cultural condition over time. Examples include the unemployment rate, infant mortality rates, number of new business start-ups, or air quality indices."

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Resilient Leaders — Implications for Leader Development
An understanding of resilience, and how it develops in some people can provide insight and ideas for how youth tutoring/mentoring programs might try to build these characteristics in youth they mentor.

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Roca - disrupts cycle of incarceration and poverty (Boston)
From the web site: "Roca's mission is to disrupt the cycle of incarceration and poverty by helping young people transform their lives. Roca's Theory of Change is that young people, when re-engaged through positive and intensive relationships, can change their behaviors and develop life, education, and employment skills to disrupt the cycles of poverty and incarceration."

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Role of Social Capital in High Poverty Places
The full title of this report is : Poor people, poor places, and poor health: the mediating role of social networks and social capital. This paper explores the dynamics between poverty and exclusion; neighborhood, and health and well being by considering the role of social networks and social capital in the social processes involved.

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Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America - focus on social capital
From the web site: "The Saguaro Seminar, under the leadership of Robert D. Putnam, has been conducting research on the inter-relation of diversity (mainly examining race and ethnicity), immigration and social capital since 2001. We have also been examining the relationship between inequality and both diversity and social capital."

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