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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 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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Urban Institute - data and reports
From the web site: "The mission of Urban Strategies Council is to eliminate persistent poverty in the Bay Area by working with partners to transform low-income neighborhoods into vibrant, healthy communities. We leverage research, policy, innovation, collaboration, and advocacy to achieve equity and social justice." This link points to a page with reports produced by the Institute.

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Urban Institute - Economic/Social Policy Research
From the web site: "Founded in 1968 to understand the problems facing America’s cities and assess the programs of the War on Poverty, the Urban Institute brings decades of objective analysis and expertise to policy debates—in city halls and state houses, Congress and the White House, and emerging democracies around the world. Today, our research portfolio ranges from the social safety net to health and tax policies; the well-being of families and neighborhoods; and trends in work, earnings, and wealth building. Our scholars have a distinguished track record of turning evidence into solutions."

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USDOE Mentoring Resource Center
From the web site: "Our goal is to improve the quality and effectiveness of youth mentoring across the country through increased use of evidence-based practices and sharing practitioner innovations." If you are involved in youth mentoring this web site should be in your resource tool kit.

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Using data to influence policy - what we know and don't know
With so much emphasis on providing evidence and data to support your work, so donors provide the dollars to do it, this article is an important read, showing challenges, shortcomings and opportunities.

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Veto Violence - Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center
From the web site: "VetoViolence is your comprehensive source for violence prevention. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created this tool with you in mind. Our goal has always been to educate and empower communities to stop violence—before it happens. Over the years, we’ve continued to share research, trends, and best practices gathered from all over the country. People just like you have shared ideas and suggestions about how we can improve our resources and more effectively support local community prevention. We listened, and that’s why we’ve launched this new version of VetoViolence. This customized, user-focused site is unlike anything else out there."

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Violence in America and social capital - 2012 article
This article reaches a conclusion that "The clear implication is that social capital followed by income inequality are the primary factors that influence the rate of homicidal aggression."

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Voices for Illinois Kids - Kids Count Report
From the web site: "Voices for Illinois Children is an independent advocacy organization that champions strong public policies and investments for all children in our state. Among its services is publication of an Annual Kids Count report, which you can download from this link.

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What Works Wisconsin – Effective Programs and Resources for Children, Youth and Families
From the web site: "What Works, Wisconsin is a project of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Human Ecology and the University of Wisconsin-Extension’s Family Living Programs. Initiated in 2004, the What Works project focuses on distilling the latest scientific knowledge on effective policies, practices, and programs, including “evidence-based programs,” for youth and their families, schools, and communities. In addition to disseminating this information to practitioners and policymakers, the What Works staff provide technical assistance on program design, improvement and evaluation. Through publications, presentations, workshops and individualized technical assistance, the What Works team provides practitioners and policymakers with the tools to develop effective programs and evaluate and improve existing programming based on state-of-the-art knowledge of what makes programs effective."

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