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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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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 Hypothes.is 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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Understanding School Funding Inequities - EdBuild maps
This link points to a page with an in-depth analysis of school funding, using interactive maps that enable viewers to zoom into specific districts.

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Urban School Stigma - article
This article shows advantages of students in suburban and more affluent schools compared to students in urban, largely poverty schools. This is one statement from the article: "discrepancies in test scores indicate more about families and neighborhoods than they do about the work being done in schools. One notable study, for instance, found that the influence of family and neighborhood factors accounts for roughly 60 percent of the variance in student test scores; teachers, by contrast, account for only about 10 percent." Add this to your research when looking to understand differences in support available to kids in high poverty urban schools and those in more affluent areas.

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What's Wrong with School? 2016 article
Interesting article argues that over past 100 years public education in America has been intended to benefit corporate and government interest and no longer benefits the individual student. Read for yourself. You may need to log in to Tumblr to read.

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Who Profits from Charter Schools? Thought provoking article
This blog raises a lot of questions about Charter Schools and who benefits most. Combine it with other articles to form your own opinion.

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Why so few white kids end up in Chicago Public Schools - WBEZ story
For anyone trying to understand racial segregation, poverty, inequality in Chicago, this article provides some needed information.

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Why social capital could be the key to solving America’s overdose epidemic
Many of the arguments made in this article can be applied to mentoring and helping youth living in poverty, or who are isolated because of a number of different issues. Expanding the network of support is essential for the well-being of many.

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Why the Academic Achievement Gap is a Racist Idea
This article opens by saying "Standardized tests have become the most effective racist weapon ever devised to objectively degrade Black minds and legally exclude their bodies.” Read the full article.

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Widening Achievement Gap between Rich and Poor
This report by Sean Reardon, a Stanford professor of education and sociology, shows that the income achievement gap--the difference in the average standardized scores between children from families at the 10th percentile of income distribution and children at the 90th percentile--is now "nearly twice as large as the black-white achievement gap."

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Women in the Workforce - US Dept of Labor charts
The Dept of Labor web site has extensive workforce data, with histories reaching back many decades. This link points to a page with graphs showing growth of women in the workforce since 1945.

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The Effects of Homicide on Life Expectancy
The title of this study is "Years off Your Life? The Effects of Homicide on Life Expectancy by Neighborhood and Race/Ethnicity in Los Angeles County" This study shows that "Homicide was estimated to reduce life expectancy by 0.4 years for Los Angeles County residents and by 2.1 years for black males. The impact of homicide on life expectancy was higher in low-income neighborhoods."

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“The Role of Risk” a 2013 Study from Washington State Mentors
From MENTOR newsletter: "This report presents results from the first large-scale evaluation to examine how the levels and types of risk youth face may influence their mentoring relationships and the benefits they derive from mentoring programs. The study looked closely at the backgrounds of participating youth and their mentors, the mentoring relationships that formed, the program supports that were offered, and the benefits youth received — and assessed how these varied for youth with differing “profiles” of risk.

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2007-08 Illinois High School Drop Out maps
This set of maps shows how the high school drop out problem is spread throughout Illinois, but more severe in the urban areas like Chicago. These maps were created by the Regional Education Laboratory at Learning Point Associates.

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6 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD CARE ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT RATES
This is article on The Edvocate site by Matthew Lynch. Also read previous article titled, HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT RATES: A CRISIS?, found at http://www.theedadvocate.org/high-school-dropout-rates-a-crisis/

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A Framework For Safe and Successful Schools - pdf
From the paper: "The author organizations and cosigners of this joint statement believe that, while schools are among the safest places for American’s children, we must make violence prevention and student well-being in our schools and communities a priority. We represent the educators who work day in and day out to keep our children safe, ensure their well-being, and promote learning. This joint statement provides a framework supported by educators for improving school safety and increasing access to mental health supports for children and youth."

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A Matter of Time: Risk and Opportunity in the Nonschool Hours
From the web site: "This 1992 report stresses the importance of creating networks of community support for young adolescents during nonschool hours. It pays special attention to the needs and interests of youth from low-income families and of diverse backgrounds." The report can be downloaded from this link.

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A Nation at Risk - after 25 years. On EPI site.
The Economic Policy Institute, a nonprofit Washington D.C. think tank, was created in 1986 to broaden the discussion about economic policy to include the interests of low- and middle-income workers. Today, with global competition expanding, wage inequality rising, and the methods and nature of work changing in fundamental ways, it is as crucial as ever that people who work for a living have a voice in the economic discourse.

The article we're pointing to was written by Richard Rothstein and EPI associate. The full text is at http://www.cato-unbound.org/2008/04/07/richard-rothstein/a-nation-at-risk-twenty-five-years-later/

This site is full of articles like this so add it to your reading list.

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A New Conceptualistion of Social Capital
This article by Tristan Claridge uses a variety of diagrams to conceptualize social capital and account for the complexity between the determinants and consequences or outcomes of social capital.

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A New Day for Learning -
From the article: In Edutopia's "New Day for Learning initiative, we dig even deeper to highlight four full-time-learning* programs that share common elements for success: project learning, community connections, and curriculum building." This series includes four different models with quite a bit of related information." While this is from 2008 the ideas are still relevant.

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A SOCIAL CAPITAL THEORY OF CAREER SUCCESS
From the web site: "ABSTRACT: A SOCIAL CAPITAL THEORY OF CAREER SUCCESS

A theoretical model that integrates previously competing theories of social capital with the literature on career success was developed and tested with a sample of 448 employees in a range of occupations and organizations. Social capital was conceptualized in terms of network structure (weak ties and structural holes) and social resources (contacts in other functions and contacts at other organizational levels). Results of a SEM showed that network structure was related to social resources and that the effects of social resources on career success were fully mediated by three network benefits: access to information, access to resources, and career sponsorship."

Tutor/Mentor Connection Comment: If this is true for people in the workforce, can a case be made for mentoring as a strategy to expand social networks for disadvantaged youth, or to expand the networks for workplace volunteers?

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Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) focuses on the social and emotional learning (SEL) needs of children and youth and shows school-family partnerships that attempt to address these needs.

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Addressing Social and Emotional Needs (ppt)
This link points to a ppt titled "Addressing Student Social and Emotional Needs', created by Michael E. Woolley, Ph.D., University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. The following points are made in this ppt,

* Research consistently shows that a student’s attitudes and beliefs about school predict better behavior and academic performance "
* When student report more supportive adults—at home, in their neighborhood , and at school—they have higher levels of positive attitudes and behaviors about school.
*The presence of supportive adults reduces the impact of environmental risk factors.
* When student reported levels of risk factors and supportive adults are taken into account, race/ethnicity differences disappear, and family SES differences reduce.

How can leaders of volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs use this information to build funding support for volunteer-based tutor/mentor programs operating in non-school hours and at schools or community based organizations?

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American Youth Policy Forum
The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF), a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional development organization based in Washington, DC, provides learning opportunities for policymakers, practitioners, and researchers working on youth and education issues at the national, state, and local levels.

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