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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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How Our Narrowing Social Circles Creates Unequal World - article
This article focuses on how people from different classes are disconnecting from others and what impact this as on society as a whole.

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Importance of Location when understanding academic success of Gateway to College Students
This report, supported by the Carnegie Council of New York, is full of maps and charts that build an understanding of poverty in different parts of the US. Data is viewed at the zip code level.

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Lifelines for Poor Children - article argues for preK programs
From the web site: "This article in The New York Times on September 15, 2013 was written by James J. Heckman, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago and a Nobel Laureate in economics. ”

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Mass Incarceration Pushes Black Children Further Behind in School
This article in The Atlantic talks about a new 2017 study that "shows that the disproportionate imprisonment rates faced by people of color contribute to race-based inequalities in educational attainment."

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Mentoring Decreases Youth Violence - new research (2012)
This article refers to a "large social science research study by the University of Chicago Crime Lab, in partnership with Chicago Public Schools and local nonprofits, which found that counseling and mentoring actually work." Read more. Follow the links to the research.

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Pathways to Prosperity 2014 - The Achievement Gap
This is an annual report and conference focusing on education issues. Find more materials like this at Harvard's Usable Knowledge Portal:

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Quantum Opportunities Program: A Brief on the QOP Pilot Program (1995)
From the report: "The Quantum Opportunities Program (called "QOP") is an innovative four-year, year-round pilot program that provided learning opportunities, development opportunities, service opportunities and summer jobs to small groups of youth from families receiving public assistance. A brief summary of the report can also be found at

Through this four-year pilot program and a rigorous evaluation, we learned that it is possible to make a quantum difference in the lives of these youths. We learned that it takes a critical mass of service, support, nurturing, incentives, creativity, caring, compassion, and especially patience. And, we learned that the impacts on young people gain strength over time. This is an important lesson for policymakers, who customarily seek immediate feedback about program success or failure. Premature examination would have labeled this program a failure."

This report has been part of the Tutor/Mentor Connection library since we received it in 1995. It demonstrates what's possible when a core group of people make a deep commitment to young people, and are well supported by donors who share that commitment.

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Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children
From the web site: "In this 2014 policy report, the Annie E. Casey Foundation explores the intersection of kids, race and opportunity. The report features the new Race for Results index, which compares how children are progressing on key milestones across racial and ethnic groups at the national and state level."

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Redefining Child and Family Services: Directions for the Future
This report published by The Center for Children at Chapin Hall in 1994 was originally issued as a white paper in December 1992. The Tutor/Mentor Connection used the recommendations in this report as some of the fundamental reasons to launch the T/MC strategy in 1993. In 2011 the strategy was moved into the Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC.

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Reduction in librarians in Chicago Public Schools - article & map
This Nov. 2016 article in Chicago's Southside Weekly news shows that drastic funding cuts have led to a reduction of full time librarians in many Chicago schools, and that high poverty, high minority areas are most affected.

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Religion and Education around the World - 2016Pew report
From the report: "Large gaps in education levels persist, but all faiths are making gains – particularly among women". Browse the report. It's full of charts showing education gains in different regions among different religious groups.

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Resilient Latino Youth: In Their Own Words - 2015 research
From the web site: "This report uses the concept of resilience to examine how a group of second-generation Latino youth have been able to cope with adversity and excel while growing up in extremely challenging circumstances."

From an email sent by GadsHill Center in Chicago, " The study, in which two Gads Hill Center alumni are featured, found there are three key strategies that help Latino youth succeed:
* Resilient youth tend to possess a particular set of personal characteristics such as a sense of vision and optimism, a strong work ethic and the desire to break the negative cycle;
* Strengthening cultural bonds and traditions imparts a sense of responsibility; and
* Community-based programs and mentors play a central role in fostering resilience and serve as a critical support for both youth and their parents."

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Self Sufficiency Matrix (SSM) tool for practitioners, policymakers and researchers
From the web site: "The Self-Sufficiency Matrix (SSM) is a tool that enables practitioners, policymakers and researchers in public healthcare, social services and related work fields to assess the degree of self-sufficiency of their clients simply and comprehensively."

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Social Capital Role in Empowering Low-Status Youth
The full title of this paper is "A Social Capital Framework for the Study of Institutional Agents & Their Role in the Empowerment of Low-status Students & Youth", Written by Ricardo D. Stanton-Salazar, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Education Rossier School of Education University of Southern California. This paper provide rich thinking about the role "that non-family adults agents play in the social development, socialization, formal and informal education, and social mobility of adolescents" and provides many reasons to support mentor-rich non-school tutor/mentor programs operating in high poverty neighborhoods.

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Social Mobility in America - 2016 article
This article illustrates that where you are born and who your parents are has huge impact on life-well-being. Includes quote saying "No single program does very much to close the gap between children from lower- and higher-income families. But the combined effects of multiple programs – that is, from intervening early and often in a child's life – has a surprisingly big impact." Public/Private sector strategies that fill high poverty neighborhoods with a variety of youth supports should be one response to this article.

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Strengthening Youth Through a Network of Care (SYNC)
From the web site: "This is a Get IN Chicago program introduced in 2016. Strengthening Youth through a Network of Care (SYNC) focuses on providing supportive services to acutely high-risk youth in seven Chicago communities hardest hit by poverty and violence, including Austin, North Lawndale, Humboldt Park, South Shore, Englewood, West Englewood, and Roseland." The program is based on the Quantum Opportunities Program launched in the 1990s.

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The Economic Benefits of Closing Educational Achievement Gaps
This article stated "If the United States were able to close the educational achievement gaps between native-born white children and black and Hispanic children, the U.S. economy would be 5.8 percent—or nearly $2.3 trillion—larger in 2050." Read more. Download the full PDF.

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The Eisenhower Foundation - resource links
From the web site: "The Milton S. Eisenhower Foundation is the international, nonprofit continuation of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (the Kerner Riot Commission, after the big city riots of the 1960s) and the National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence (the National Violence Commission, after the assassinations of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and Senator Robert Kennedy). The Foundation identifies, funds, evaluates, builds the capacities of and replicates multiple solution ventures for the inner city, the truly disadvantaged, children, youth and families. Through national policy reports, the Foundation communicates what works (and what doesn't) to citizens, media and decision makers. The Foundation also runs a strategic communications school for nonprofit organization staff and youth to help change political will and create action."

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The Mentoring Effect: Young People's Perspectives on Outcomes and Availability
This report was commissioned by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership with support from AT&T and written by Civic Enterprises with Hart Research. It is describe this way:

"The Mentoring Effect: Young People's Perspectives on the Outcomes and Availability of Mentoring, the first-ever nationally representative survey of young people on the topic of mentoring, examines the mentoring effect on youth, their aspirations and achievements and the community around them. The report also highlights a substantial mentoring gap that exists in America, especially for at-risk youth: one in three young people will reach adulthood without having a mentor."

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The New Segregation - 2016 USNews report
Important to read and understand impact of school segregation in US. This quote from article " in some parts of the country schools are more segregated – and white students and students of color more isolated – than they’ve ever been." is basis for concern.

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The real challenges to building a diverse teacher workforce
Many feel that having more teachers who match the diversity of their students is one strategy to improve education outcomes for minority students. This report shows how difficult it will be to achieve this goal.

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The Relationship Gap - 2017 research by Search Institute
From the web site: "The Search Institute has identified five key elements that are vital in a developmental relationship for youth--expressing care, challenging growth, providing support, sharing power and expanding possibilities and shows that it is often the adult who takes the lead in these actions and expresses them most strongly, intentionally, and consistently." It's research shows that more than 30% have only one or two of these supports and 22% have none.

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Think of Learning as Playing a Computer Game
This link points to a short book by James Paul Gee, titled Situated Language and Learning: A Critique of Traditional Schooling. Past readers have annotated passages in the book, using and offered comments in the margins. The book talks about how playing PC games is a form of learning that could be use in school and talks about the different opportunities available to affluent students and poor students.

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Thousands of Black Chicago Kids Leave City for Segregated Districts in Suburbs
This 2017 Chicago Reporter article shows that Black families are leaving Chicago to escape violence but only moving to segregated areas of suburbs, with poor schools and potential for similar negatives.

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To&Through Project - focuses on 9th grade through college graduation
From the web site: "The To&Through Project’s mission is to close the gap between the 76% of CPS freshmen who aspire to attend college and the actual results of only 18% obtaining a 4-year college degree within 10 years, with research, data, and resources designed to give every student who aspires to earn a college degree the opportunity and support to do so." This is a project of the University of Chicago's Urban Education Institute. The site has extensive data on individual Chicago Public High Schools and encourages community involvement.

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