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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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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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This is article on The Edvocate site by Matthew Lynch. Also read previous article titled, HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT RATES: A CRISIS?, found at

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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

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 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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American Graduate - Let's Make it Happen
From the web site: "American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happen is public media’s long-term commitment to supporting community-based solutions to help keep youth on the track to a high school diploma and beyond. Supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), more than 128 public radio and television stations have joined forces with more than 1,700 partners and at-risk schools across 48 states and one territory. "

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American Graduate Champions (WTTW Chicago)
From the web site: "Through the American Graduate Champion series WTTW leverages the power and reach of public media to highlight organizations and individual champions that are working to improve educational outcomes for youth, keeping them on the path to high school graduation and future success." Browse the site to see stories and look for ways others can get involved.

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American Institute of Research (AIR) - P-12 Education and Social Development
From the web site: "We help children and youth do better in the classroom and in life by supporting educators and social service professionals, families and students, leaders and policymakers, to identify effective education programs and resources; to develop policies and services that promote well-being; and ultimately, to translate evidence into action. We work within and foster collaboration across systems—mental health/substance abuse, juvenile justice, child welfare, health, and education—strengthening their capacity to use evidence–based strategies. AIR’s merger with Learning Point Associates in 2010 demonstrates its ongoing commitment to education research, evaluation, and technical assistance. "

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