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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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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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Social Networks and Social Capital: Rethinking Theory in Community Informatics
This article provides an in-depth discussion of social capital as it relates to community informatics. If you're building your understanding of social capital, and the difference between bridging and bonding, strong and weak ties, this would be a good read.

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Soros Foundation focus on Education and Youth
From the web site: "The Open Society Foundations are committed to empowering young people by supporting efforts to increase access to quality education. From early childhood to higher education, we work to ensure young people from different backgrounds have equal access to education and to promote critical thinking, respect for diverse opinions, and free and open intellectual inquiry." Visit the web site to learn more of its resources and programs.

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Spark the Learning Revolution
From the web site: "Changing the conversation from “how can we improve education?” to “how can we ensure learning for all students?” means framing the problem differently. And it means applying some revolutionary thinking to how we’re doing education now."

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Strengthening Field of Black Male Achievement 2014 - pdf
This PDF report offers a comprehensive view of what's in place now and what needs to change for the nation to provide needed supports that help more Black Males move through school and into careers. Take some time to download and read it.

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Strengthening K-16 Transition Policies
From the web site: "The Bridge Project: Strengthening K-16 Transition Policies builds on the view that reforms affecting K-12 and higher education must occur across systems in order to achieve the desired outcomes. Reforms developed in isolation from each other can lead to mismatched policy objectives and send confusing messages to education stakeholders. The overarching purpose of the project is to improve opportunities for all students to enter and succeed in higher education by strengthening the alignment between higher education admissions-related requirements and K-12 curriculum frameworks, standards, and assessments."

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Strengthening Out-of-School Time Non Profits
This is 2008 The Wallace Foundation paper, reporting responses from several experts in the OST field, who were asked to identify what they think are the key organizational, administrative and management obstacles impeding OST providers from lifting the quality of their programs and discuss how those might be overcome.


In Strengthening Out-of-School Time Nonprofits: The Role of Foundations in Building Organizational Capacity, Heather B. Weiss and Priscilla D. Little of the Harvard Family Research Project, is another paper hosted on this web site. It suggest seven possible approaches to strengthening OST organizations, including methods to ensure that OST providers become stronger partners with other groups and more adept advocates for their field. Download the full report.

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Strive Partnership - 2012 report on shared accountability - pdf
This 2012 report describes "the cradle to career efforts of the Strive Partnership in the Cincinnati area. Authors Kelly Bathgate, Richard Lee Colvin, and Elena Silva look at communities that are working to create these shared accountability systems. In particular, the authors highlight the work of the Strive Partnership of Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky.

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Student-centered learning approaches help underserved kids achieve
From the web site: "While, nationally, students of color and low-income students continue to achieve at far lower levels than their more advantaged peers, some schools are breaking that trend. A new set of case studies conducted by the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, or SCOPE, at the Stanford Graduate School of Education looks at four of these schools in Northern California in which traditionally underserved students are achieving above state and district averages."

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Study Assessing the Social Ntworks of Youth in Foster Care - pdf
This paper, titled "Exploring Support Network Structure, Content, and Stability as Youth Transition from Foster Care" by Jennifer Elizabeth Blakeslee, uses social network analysis to study networks of support for youth transitioning from foster care. This provides quite a bit of thinking for others who might apply social network analysis to demonstrate the benefit of volunteer-based programs serving k-12 youth in high poverty areas.

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The Annenberg Institute for School Reform
From the web site: "The Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University is a national policy-research and reform support organization that promotes quality education for all children, especially in urban communities.
Our focus is on developing and promoting the concept of “smart education systems”; that is, systems that coordinate educational supports and services wherever they occur – at school, at home, and in the community – to provide all children with equitable opportunities and high-quality learning experiences."

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The Aspen Institute Policy Research
From the web site: "The Aspen Institute mission is twofold: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues." Browse the site to see the wide range of resources.

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The Broad Academy - Leadership Training Model
From the web site: "We are a team of education experts and professionals who are steadfast in our belief in the power of public education and devoted to the twin goals of excellence and equity for all students and communities.

The Broad Academy brings together game-changing leaders who challenge, support and learn from each other as they develop innovative strategies to tackle some of urban public education’s greatest needs."

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The Brookings Institution Research Topics
From the web site: "The mission of the Brown Center on Education Policy, housed in the Governance Studies program at Brookings, is to produce quality, independent research that impacts the efficiency of schools and the lives of all students. Brown Center experts use the best tools available from the quantitative social sciences to bring data-based evidence to bear on education policy discussions in a timely manner. Thus, the Brown Center occupies a unique niche by bringing scientific sensibilities and methods to the issues of the day in education policy."

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The Center for Social Organization of Schools (CSOS)
From the web site: "The purpose of the Center for Social Organization of Schools has remained consistent since its founding—to study how changes in the social organization of schools can make them more effective for all students in promoting academic achievement, development of potential, and eventual career success. The emphasis on social organization is based in sound theory— that changes in the structure of an environment will produce changes in the attitudes, behaviors, and accomplishments of the people in that environment. Schools can be made more effective for all students through changes in the organization of the classroom, school, and district."

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The Economic Benefits of Reducing Violent Crime - Case Study of 8 Cities
From the web site: "This report presents the findings and conclusions of a yearlong project to examine and analyze the costs of violent crimes in a sample of eight major American cities and estimate the savings and other benefits that would accompany significant reductions in those crimes. This analysis draws on data pinpointing the incidence and location of murders, rapes, assaults, and robberies."

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The Effort Effect - Influencing Student Motivation
From the web site: "Through more than three decades of systematic research, Stanford University researcher Carol Dweck has been figuring out answers to why some people achieve their potential while equally talented others don’t—why some become Muhammad Ali and others Mike Tyson. The key, she found, isn’t ability; it’s whether you look at ability as something inherent that needs to be demonstrated or as something that can be developed." Read the full article and consider how you can apply this thinking as a tutor/mentor, teacher, parent, etc.

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The Future of Children - policy briefs
From the web site: "The The Future of Children is a collaboration of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Brookings Institution. Our mission is to translate the best social science research about children and youth into information that is useful to policymakers, practitioners, grant-makers, advocates, the media, and students of public policy. We publish one journal and policy brief each year, in addition to other projects. The policy topics we cover range widely – from education to health to families – with children as the unifying element. Our diverse senior editorial team represents two institutions and multiple disciplines."

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The Global Achievement Gap
This article talks about a book by Tony Wagner, titled The Global Achievement Gap. It challenges our best schools to re-examine the skills they teach.& I encourage you to use this to challenge schools in poverty, and non-school tutor/mentor programs, to apply this same thinking to what they are doing to help disadvantaged kids compete.

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The Harlem Children’s Zone, Promise Neighborhoods, and the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education
2010 report by Michelle Croft and Grover J. "Russ" Whitehurst asks one question: Does the Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ) produce exceptional academic achievement? If it does, that is promising for Promise Neighborhoods. If it doesn’t, it isn’t."

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