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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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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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The High School Drop-Out Epidemic vs Benefits of College Education
This article provides a list of resources for learning more about the dropout crisis and for getting involved in actions that help youth move to college and careers.

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The Middle School Archive Project - Dallas, TX
From the web site: "The best dropout prevention is for students to focus on their own story, their own future. The School Archive Project does that with a 10-year time-capsule and class-reunion plan designed to provide students one record of their story combined with a physical connection to their future. The goal is to help students visualize their story and better understand their natural ability to make the differences they want in their own lives through work.The best dropout prevention is for students to focus on their own story, their own future. The School Archive Project does that with a 10-year time-capsule and class-reunion plan designed to provide students one record of their story combined with a physical connection to their future. The goal is to help students visualize their story and better understand their natural ability to make the differences they want in their own lives through work."

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The Perspective of Inner-City Youth (article)
The study Enhancing Their Likelihood for a Positive Future: The Perspective of Inner-City Youth, is based on multiple, detailed surveys of 1,700 urban Philadelphia middle and high school students. The survey questions were created by small focus groups of students who were asked to generate, prioritize and explain their own solutions for achieving a positive future. The survey results revealed that though adults considered violence and teen pregnancy to be the biggest problems affecting youth, all the students surveyed gave highest importance to solutions that promoted education or increased job opportunities. The survey results also showed that inner-city youth believe supportive solutions, such as job training, better books for school, and positive connection and interaction with adults, would do more to enhance their chances for a positive future than would attempts to reduce "negative" behaviors or disruptive surroundings.

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The Promise of Extended Learning Opportunities: New Options for High School Students
From the web site: "Expanding Minds and Opportunities: Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning for Student Success, edited by Terry K. Peterson, Ph.D., is a groundbreaking compendium of studies, reports and commentaries by more than 100 thought leaders including community leaders, elected officials, educators, researchers, advocates and other prominent authors.

This powerful collection of nearly 70 articles presents bold and persuasive evidence—as well as examples of effective practices, programs and partnerships—that demonstrate how opportunities after school and during the summer are yielding positive outcomes for authentic student, community and family engagement in learning."

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The Resilience Research Centre
From the web site: "Resilience research involving children, youth and families looks at the health-enhancing capacities, individual, family and community resources, and developmental pathways of vulnerable children and youth, who against all odds, manage not only to survive unhealthy environments, but thrive. The Resilience Research Centre supports both quantitative and qualitative research, with an emphasis on mixed methods designs that favour understanding resilience as a culturally and contextually embedded construct."

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The Right To Learn. Quote from W.E.B. DuBois
Find this quote from W.E.B. Du Bois on the web site: "Of all the civil rights for which the world has struggled and fought for 5,000 years, the right to learn is undoubtedly the most fundamental.... The freedom to learn... has been bought by bitter sacrifice. And whatever we may think of the curtailment of other civil rights, we should fight to the last ditch to keep open the right to learn, the right to have examined in our schools not only what we believe, but what we do not believe; not only what our leaders say, but what the leaders of other groups and nations, and the leaders of other centuries have said. We must insist upon this to give our children the fairness of a start which will equip them with such an array of facts and such an attitude toward truth that they can have a real chance to judge what the world is and what its greater minds have thought it might be." --W.E.B. Du Bois, "The Freedom to Learn"

This is also the opening paragraph in an article describing "The Right to Learn: A Blueprint for Creating Schools That Work", By LINDA DARLING-HAMMOND.

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The Road Map Project - Seattle
From the web site: "The Road Map Project is a community-wide effort aimed at improving education to drive dramatic improvement in student achievement from cradle to college and career in South King County and South Seattle.

The project builds off of the belief that collective effort is necessary to make large-scale change and has created a common goal and shared vision in order to facilitate coordinated action, both inside and outside school."

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Theory of Change web site
From the web site: "This website is the definitive resource for everything related to Theory of Change. It is also a community forum, for discussion and posting, and we look forward to the robustness of the material increasing with contributions from members all over the world."

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Tutor/Mentor Chicago Program Locator
This link goes to the Program Locator section of the Tutor/Mentor Connection and enables volunteers, leaders, donors, parents and/or social workers to learn if tutoring and/or mentoring programs exist in specific zip codes of the Chicago region. Note: this site has not been updated since 2013, but still is a model communities might used for building on-line directories intended to help support the growth of needed programs in all high poverty areas of a region.

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Tutor/Mentor Connection Actions Documentation System
The T/MC Organizational History and Tracking System (OHATS) was created in 2000 and was intended to capture the many actions that add up to achieving its mission over a period of years. This link points to a page with a video describing the OHATS system. The OHATS system has not been working properly since 2013 due to technical and funding issues, but still is a model for this type of on-line documentation system..

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Tutor/Mentor Institute LLC Ideas Library
This page contains a variety of short illustrated essays that explain the strategies of the Tutor/Mentor Connection (created in 1993) and to encourage leaders of businesses, hospitals and/or universities to adopt the T/MC strategy as part of their own efforts to create a first grade to first job pipeline from poverty to careers for more kids born in poverty.

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U.S. Census Bureau - American Fact Finder
The US Census Bureau conducts nearly one hundred surveys and censuses every year and shares this information via the American Fact Finder and many other reports that can be found on this site.

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UCLA Center for Mental Health in Public Schools
The UCLA Center has extensive resources, and leads a national initiative titled: New Directions for Student Support - Rethinking Student Support to Enable Students to learn and Schools to Teach. Click the What's New section on their web site to find this information.

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UK Department of Education Web site
From the web site: "The Department for Education is responsible for children’s services and education, including higher and further education policy, apprenticeships and wider skills in England. The department is also home to the Government Equalities Office. We work to provide children’s services and education that ensure opportunity is equal for all, no matter what their background or family circumstances."

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Undetanding "Culture of Poverty" - article
This 2010 article does not specifically mention the term "social capital" but statements like "growing up in areas where violence limits socializing outside the family and where parents haven’t attended college stunts verbal ability, lowering I.Q. scores by as much as six points, the equivalent of missing more than a year in school.' are examples of communities with limited "bridging" social capital.

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University of Minnesota Extension - Civic Engagement
From the web site: "Drawn from best practices and research, Extension's model of civic engagement guides leaders and community members in addressing public issues and solving public problems. By bringing together experience, information and diverse perspectives in a respectful process allows communities to reach decisions that are more thoughtful, broadly supported and ultimately sustainable. To help leaders succeed, Extension offers workshops as well as long-term cohort programs that help groups plan for successful community engagement." This is one of several focus areas.

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Untapped Potential: Filling Promise of BBBS
Imagine how you'd feel if you just found 250,000 new volunteers 

That's how I felt as I read this Civic Enterprises report, titled "Untapped Potential: Filling the Promise of Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Bigs and Littles they Represent.  If you're a current or former BIG, I encourage you to read this, and add your talent to our efforts.

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