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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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Education data web site - U.S. Department of Education
From the web site: "Data.ed.gov is part of the Department of Education's (ED) Open Government initiative to make high-value data sets publicly available in user-friendly, machine-readable formats. Data.ed.gov organizes, makes accessible, and highlights data from ED's diverse set of programs. It will serve as a one-stop shop for education data, allowing practitioners, researchers, and the public to access data that can inform their work in classrooms and communities across America."

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Educational Technology Not Leveling Playing Field
This article illustrates how important mentors, coaches and extra adults are to how young people use technology for learning.

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Employee Skill Improvements Resulting from Volunteering Experiences - 2016 research
This article is titled "Widely Assumed but Thinly Tested: Do Employee Volunteers' Self-Reported Skill Improvements Reflect the Nature of Their Volunteering Experiences?" It investigates an important question to the volunteer tutoring and mentoring field. What skills and benefits do the volunteers take back to the workplace? Read the report. More research like this still needs to be done.

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Entrepreneurship Education: Enabling Teachers
This European Commission report starts with "Entrepreneurship is a skill that can be learnt. You don't have to be born an entrepreneur to run a successful business. You can become one by developing an entrepreneurial mind set and skills. As Europe needs more entrepreneurs creating jobs, it's necessary to support this type of education in all EU countries. The main objective of the European Commission is to promote entrepreneurship education and stress its importance at all levels from primary school to university and beyond." Search this web site for "Entrepreneurship Education" and find many related articles and resources.

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Facts showing racial disparities - and education gap in US
The Black Star Project web site has a wealth of statistical information, articles and other information that communities can use to build a better understanding of the challenges facing minority communities. Use this information to support your own involvement in solving this problem by providing a wider range of learning and employment resources to young people and adults in these communities.

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Healthy Chicago 2.0 2016-2020 plan (pdf)
This plan outlines a public health agenda for Chicago that is designed to improve the health of all Chicagoans by 2020.

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How America’s Mayors Are Taking the Lead on Income Inequality
This 2016 article points to a survey of nearly 90 mayors, showing how they are focusing on many of today's most pressing urban issues.

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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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Issue Lab - an extensive on-line resource library
From the web site: "First started in 2006 as a searchable, browseable website set up to collect and share the social sector’s knowledge, IssueLab became a service of Foundation Center in 2012. Since then, IssueLab’s mission has grown beyond the “simple” collection and distribution of knowledge products, to include the support of social sector organizations in adopting the practical and necessary steps to openly publishing what they fund and produce." In many ways the Issue Lab site is a more comprehensive and powerful version of the Tutor/Mentor web library. We hope you'll find both useful.

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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: http://www.gse.harvard.edu/uk

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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 http://www.aypf.org/publications/compendium/C1S37.pdf

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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Start to Finish Coalition - A Fiscal Scan of Illinois Public Investments in Children and Youth, Ages 8-25.
From the web site: " The fiscal scan — conducted as part of a collaborative effort including Children’s Home + Aid, the Federation for Community Schools, the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and United Way of Illinois — allows us to see how Illinois’ funds are currently invested in youth ages 8–25."

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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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