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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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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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Saving Futures, Saving Dollars - Issue Brief
Here's some facts you can put into your funding proposals as you make a case for investment in volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs. This is a link to an Issue Brief from the Alliance for Excellent Education that shows the Impact of Education on Crime Reduction and Earnings. It says, "Increasing high school graduation rate and college matriculation of male students by only 5 percent could lead to combined savings and revenue of almost $8 billion each year." Read the full report at: http://www.all4ed.org/publications/SavingFutures.pdf

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SCANS Report - 1991 education goals to be achieved by 2000
The SCANS Report for America 2000 (issued in 1991) lists ten necessary skills that needed to be included and emphasized in every curriculum. This link points to a summary of recommendations.

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School Counselor Advocy, National Office
From the web site: "The College Board's National Office for School Counselor Advocacy (NOSCA) believes school counselors are critical school-based professionals who have significant impact on children's futures and are essential to their attainment of meaningful future career options and high-quality life circumstances. We work to institutionalize school counseling practice that advances equitable educational access and rigorous academic preparation necessary for college readiness for all students."

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School to Prison Pipeline - ACLU web site
From the web site: "The ACLU is committed to challenging the "school to prison pipeline," a disturbing national trend wherein children are funneled out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Many of these children have learning disabilities or histories of poverty, abuse or neglect, and would benefit from additional educational and counseling services. Instead, they are isolated, punished and pushed out." This is one of many issue areas the ACLU focuses on. Visit the web site to learn more.

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Secrets of Successful Afterschool Programs - 2008 article
From Harvard Graduate School of Education web site: "The United States is engaged in an ongoing, public discussion about how to best expand afterschool time and opportunities for children and youth, to support their learning and development across the day, throughout the year, and from kindergarten through high school. Debate continues about the range of academic, social, and other types of knowledge and skills that young people will need to succeed as workers, citizens, and family and community members in a global world.

To build the knowledge base, and to support efforts to improve quality in this field, the Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) has developed and maintains an accessible national database of evaluations of hundreds of afterschool programs. In 2008, HFRP issued a review of these studies to address two fundamental questions: Does participation in after school programs make a difference, and if so, what conditions appear to be necessary to achieve positive results?" Visit site and learn more.

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Social and Environmental Determinants of Population Health
This article is from the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. It's title is "Social and Environmental Determinants of Population Health". The introduction says "Social and environmental conditions shape patterns of population health across the world. While diseases are influenced by a number of specific risk factors and agents, socioeconomically disadvantaged men and women and those who are socially excluded from full participation in their societies are almost without exception at increased risk for whatever diseases are prevalent in their society." Read the full article.

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Social Capital - as part of career development
This article can help you expand your understanding of social capital, although it is focused on personal development within a business career, and not on network development for young people living in high poverty areas.

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Social Capital - Howard Rheingold's library
Find additional articles about social capital in this collection of links curated by Howard Rheingold.

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Social Capital and Development of At-Risk Youth
The full title of this report is Social Capital and Successful Development Among At-Risk Youth, by Frank F. Furstenberg Jr. and Mary Elizabeth  Hughes of The University of Pennsylvania. The article applies Coleman's concept of social capital to understand differences in development among youth at risk of lifelong disadvantage.

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Social Capital Blog -
This blog is written by Thomas Sander, Executive Director of the Saguaro Seminar at Harvard University. Last entry was 2014, however archives extend back to 2007.

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Social Capital Gateway
From the web site: "Social Capital Gateway (SCG) is a web site publishing materials for the study of social capital and related topics in a multidisciplinary perspective."

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Social Capital Glossary - from Saguaro Seminar at Havard
This page offers definitions of "bridging" and "bonding" social capital.

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Social Capital: Glue for Sustainability
This 2008 slideshare presentation shows value of social and networked organizations. The author says "Networks are social capital; where business value is created in relationships. Network analysis reveals the networks. CORE process identifies new market opportunities or innovation, improvises effectiveness, extends firms reach through stakeholder networks." Our aim in mentoring is to expand this network to include youth, families and non profit organizations in high poverty areas.

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Social Change One-on-One. Case for Mentoring
This is a 1996 article written by Gary Walker, of Public/Private Ventures and Marc Freedman. The case for mentoring is still strong.

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Social Mobility-Social Capital - Best places to be born in US
This article uses maps to illustrate how different levels of social capital in the place where youth were born affects their upward social mobility. This was posted on the Social Capital Blog.

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Social Network Analysis Articles
This link points to a Tutor/Mentor Connection Social Network Analysis project/work group where we are posting some additional articles to read.

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Social Networks - New Resource for Students

Networking, or acquiring a social network, is a key skill of the 21st Century. It’s how you learn, and how you connect. Read this 2002 article by Bob Pearlman, titled New Ingredient for Student Success: Social Networks, and learn more how your organization can help students expand their social networks. This web site has many more resources related to the same ideas.

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