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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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Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern U.
Extensive policy resources hosted at Northwestern University

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Integrating Work and Learning
From the web site: "EDC is dedicated to improving education, health, and economic opportunities for people of all ages. We create and implement innovative programs that take the results of rigorous research and put it into real-world practice at scale."

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Integration of Schools based on class instead of race - article
This NPR article discusses trends in school integration based on economic diversity rather than racial and shows benefits of both.

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Investing in Social & Emotional Learning
From the web site: "SCE is invested in shaping an ecosystem of anytime, anywhere, 21st century learning to prepare youth to adapt and thrive in a rapidly changing and highly connected world. Through three primary programs—digital learning, social and emotional learning, and our catalyst grants—SCE connects talent and innovation with forces for positive change."

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Juvenile Justice Initiative of Illinois
From the web site: "The Juvenile Justice Initiative is a statewide advocacy coalition to transform the juvenile justice system. The JJI advocates to reduce reliance on detention, to enhance fairness for all youth and to develop adequate community based resources throughout the state.     The Juvenile Justice Initiative works to inform and educate policy makers, the media, and the general public about the alarming increase in number of juveniles held in custody, about the disparate number of minority youth in custody, and about the lack of adequate community based alternatives to detention. 

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Knowledge Works Foundation
From the web site: "As a leader in Strategic Foresight and educational transformation, KnowledgeWorks informs thought leaders and policymakers about the responsive policy environments that will ensure every student experiences meaningful personalized learning to succeed in college, career and life."

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Latino Policy Forum
From the web site: "The Latino Policy Forum is the only organization in the Chicago area that facilitates the involvement of Latinos at all levels of public decision-making. The Latino Policy Forum conducts analysis to inform, influence, and lead. Its goals are to improve education outcomes, advocate for affordable housing, promote just immigration policies, and engage diverse sectors of the community, with an understanding that advancing Latinos advances a shared future."

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Learning and Afterschool-Karen Pittman Interview
This article is an interview with Karen Pittman, President of the Forum for Youth Investment. It's one of a number of articles about "learning and after school" issues.

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Leveling the Playing Field - Extended Learning -pdf
Leveling the Playing Field: The Promise of Extended Learning Opportunities and Supports for Youth, By Heidi Harris Lemmel and Robert Rothman is one of several articles in this pdf about extending learning in the out-of-school-time hours.

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Linking Mentoring and Social Capital:
This article explores the connections between social capital and mentoring. You can read the abstract for free, but you need to pay to view the entire PDF.

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Listening to Latinas - Barriers to HS Graduation
This report on the Women's National Law Center web site shows obstacles that Hispanic girls face that causes a high percent to drop out before finishing high school. Mentoring is proposed as one solution.

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Living & Learning in Poverty - articles & links
From the web site: "This site is dedicated to storing and exploring all available research and resources related to poverty as it impacts the lives of children and the learning of children." The site has links to many related resources. Make it part of your research.

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Locating the Dropout Crisis (PDF) 2004
This report's Executive Summary begins with "Imagine a nation in which all students, from Benton Harbor to Watts, from Akron to Baltimore, from Chicago’s South side to rural South Carolina, routinely graduate from high school ready and prepared to succeed in college or advanced post-secondary training. Imagine the social and economic implications of being able to say to any child, in any locale in the United States, “you will be provided with a high school that will educate you, challenge you, care for you, support you, and graduate you ready to compete and succeed in the world.” Still a problem 15 years later.

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Long-term study of adult well-being - implications for mentoring
In the conclusion of this report the author writes: "Our findings show that social connectedness is a more important pathway to adult well-being (as we have defined it)than academic ability. There were also notable continuities in academic and social pathways which we have suggested may reflect high stability in the social context of early development. However, academic and social pathways were largely independent of each other across development, which points to the importance of parallel investments in the social development of children and adolescents during the school years. We have suggested that development of a social curriculum may provide structure in provision of program and activities that enhance social inclusion and connection." A case for making mentor-rich non-school programs available to youth can possibly be made from this study.


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Louisiana's Plan for Student & Learning Supports
The Louisiana State Department of Education has just released its design prototype document that will guide its work across the state in supporting development of a Comprehensive Learning Supports System. The document can be accessed on the UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools web site.

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Lumina Foundation for Education - Goal 2025
From the web site: "The mission of Lumina Foundation for Education is to expand access and success in education beyond high school, particularly among adults, first-generation college going students, low-income students and students of color. This mission is directed toward a single, overarching big goal – to increase the percentage of Americans with high-quality degrees and credentials1 to 60 percent by the year 2025."

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Mapping Existing Community and School Resources
This page is part of an extensive online resource center hosted by the UCLA Center for Mental Health in schools. It provides a list of resources and ideas for Mapping Existing School and Community Resources for Addressing Barriers to Learning.

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Maps show "island" school districts -
This article shows "180 school districts across the country completely surrounded by a single larger district." In most cases the "island" district has much higher rates of poverty, or affluence, than the surrounding area, contributing to inequality in education opportunities.

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Maps show level of segregation in NYC schools
This set of maps is part of a report showing segregation in big city schools, produced by the Civil Rights Project at UCLA.

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Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
Mathematica conducts high-quality, objective research to support decisions about our nation's most pressing social policy problems. The web site hosts much of this research, with topics on welfare, health, education, nutrition, etc.

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MDRC - Building Knowledge to Improve Social Policy
From the web site: "MDRC is committed to finding solutions to some of the most difficult problems facing the nation — from reducing poverty and bolstering economic self-sufficiency to improving public education and college graduation rates. We design promising new interventions, evaluate existing programs using the highest research standards, and provide technical assistance to build better programs and deliver effective interventions at scale. We work as an intermediary, bringing together public and private funders to test new policy-relevant ideas, and communicate what we learn to policymakers and practitioners — all with the goal of improving the lives of low-income individuals, families, and children."

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Measurement of Social Capital - Network Analysis
The Saguaro Seminar at Harvard University web site has an extensive list of resources and ideas for evaluation and measurement of changes in social capital that could result from intentional strategies like volunteer based tutoring/mentoring.

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Measurement of Social Capital - pdf
This 2003 article offers ideas on ways that social capital gains and benefits could be measured. If mentoring is a way to expand social capital for inner city youth we would need to find ways to measure these gains to demonstrate value to potential funders.

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Measuring Character Education and Cognitive Skills - literature review
This is a working paper by James J. Heckman and Tim Kautz created with the National Bureau of Economic Research. This description was provided in the Americas Promise enews: "According the abstract,this paper reviews the recent literature on measuring and boosting cognitive and noncognitive skills. The literature establishes that achievement tests do not adequately capture character skills -- personality traits, goals, motivations, and preferences --that are valued in the labor market, in school, and in many other domains."

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Mentor Consulting Group - Ask Dr. Mentor
Each month Dr. Susan Weinberger, known to her many clients simply as "Dr. Mentor," takes time to answer some of the questions sent in by program staff and mentoring professionals around the world.  Visit the web site and build your mentoring organization with Dr. Mentor's help.

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