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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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F. M. Duffy Group's VISION of school improvement
From the web site: "The F. M. Duffy Group was formed to offer school systems a powerful vision for high performance and practical tools to help change leaders meet the high standards for student achievement set by public expectations and the No Child Left Behind Act."

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Family as Emotional Unit - Bowen Theory
This information is found on the web site of The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family and the Georgetown Family Center. "Bowen family systems theory is a theory of human behavior that views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit." This link points to Eight Concepts of this theory.

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Fordham Institute for Education Excellence - Research and Commentary
This web site has extensive lists of articles and commentary related to education issues. Browse each of the drop down menus to become familiar with the information that is available.

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Forum for Youth Investment - 'Ready By 21' community building
Ready by 21 is a Forum for Youth Investment project, helping state and community leaders improve the family, school and community supports available to young people, in order to help all children and youth get fully ready for college, work and life.

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Forum for Youth Investment - Big Picture Approach
From the web site: "The Forum for Youth Investment helps leaders get young people ready for life. The Forum works with state and local leaders and leadership groups to fundamentally change the way they do business for young people. To make broad-scale change that lasts, community partnerships must address the complex and interconnected challenges that impede progress. They need to take a Big Picture Approach to community change.

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Foundations for Young Adult Success: A Developmental Framework
From the web site: "Recent decades have seen the emergence of a number of promising expanded learning programs for disadvantaged children. These efforts are largely unstudied, however, and they are also small when set against the magnitude of the need, serving thousands of children at a time when close to 11 million children and teens in the U.S. live below 100 percent of the poverty level. What works and what doesn’t in expanded learning? And how can effective programs be expanded, while maintaining their quality?" Visit the web site to see how the Foundation is addressing this problem.

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Generation All Chicago - focus on revitalizing neighborhood high schools
From the web site: "Generation All is a citywide initiative that aims to unite communities and Chicago as a whole in creating a plan to ensure top-quality neighborhood public high schools that support students’ personal development and learning, both in and out of the classroom. Generation All’s initial work will center on a deep, collaborative one-year planning process informed by robust community dialogue."

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Global Family Research Project (formerly Harvard Family Research Project)
From the web site: "The Global Family Research Project is an independent, entrepreneurial nonprofit organization that supports all families and communities in helping children find success in and out of school. We connect research, policy, and practice to support a community of people dedicated to advancing children’s learning and development. We foster collaboration among child- and family-serving organizations so they can create equitable learning pathways across time and place. We strengthen knowledge and skills through technical assistance, professional development, and evaluation.:

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Goals of Education - not just test scores - pdf
"Measuring Social Responsibility" challenges educators and policy makers to think beyond test scores as they look for accountability in education. Read the article by Richard Rothstein and Rebecca Jacobsen.

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Great Schools Web Site shows School Performance Info
From the web site: "GreatSchools is the leading national nonprofit empowering parents to unlock educational opportunities for their child. GreatSchools’ trusted ratings and school information help parents find the right school for their family and improve schools in their communities. The thousands of articles, tips and interactive tools help parents support their child’s learning and wellbeing every day. Families, community leaders and policy-makers turn to GreatSchools for the school information they need to guide children to great futures."

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Guide to Effective Youth Mentoring - New Zealand - pdf
This handbook has loads of useful information with helpful graphics to illustrate concepts.

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Helping the less-advantaged to succeed - Mobility
From the web site: "The Economic Mobility Corporation (Mobility) Mobility is guided by the belief that every individual deserves access to economic opportunity. We identify, develop and evaluate promising strategies that promote economic mobility by enabling less advantaged adults and youth to acquire the education, skills and networks needed to advance in the labor market. We partner with leading practitioners to help them improve performance. We conduct research on promising and innovative strategies and evaluate programs that have the potential to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives. We design initiatives to help adults and youth achieve economic success."

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High School Drop Out Crisis - Building a Grad Nation - Americas Promise
From the web site: "The America’s Promise Alliance is devoted to helping to create the conditions for success for all young people, including the millions currently being left behind. Our work is powered by our belief that all children are capable of learning and thriving, and that every individual, institution and sector shares the responsibility to help young people succeed." This link points to annual reports produce since 2010.

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HoTEL (Holistic Approach to Technology Enhanced Learning)
From the web site: "The HoTEL (Holistic Approach to Technology Enhanced Learning) project originates from the observation that most of the TEL research so far has concentrated mainly on the development of ad hoc technologies for learning, failing to capture both the potential adoption of emerging technologies not originally designed for learning in education and training environments and the innovative use that is made of technologies in non-formal and informal ways of learning and the extent to which this could be transferred/adapted to formal learning environments.

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How to Make a City Great - McKinsey & Company 2013 Report
Since the Tutor/Mentor Connection focuses on helping youth living in big cities, reports like this should be included in the learning library of anyone who shares the same concerns.

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Il DCFS - Prevention and Child Abuse Resources
On this web site you will find timely information about Child Protection, Foster Care, Adoption, Day Care licensing and other services provided by the Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS).

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Illinois Early Learning Project Web Site
From the web site: "The Illinois Early Learning Project Web site is a source of evidence-based, reliable information on early care and education for parents, caregivers, and teachers of young children in Illinois."

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Income Inequality - Social Mobility Research from The Equality Trust (UK) - pdf
This report deals with "the relationship between high income inequality and low levels of social mobility." See more like this at

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Income inequality is root cause of this nation's social problems
This paper shows that "income inequality, as opposed to absolute standard of living, is responsible for higher death rates, as well as numerous other social problems like crime, welfare, and poor educational outcomes."

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This site offers an extensive library of articles about social capital. The site is sort of a wikipedia-type collection of articles related to "Association, democracy and civil society, Community learning and development, Education, Ideas, Index, Social action, social change and social reform".

This map illustrates the range of articles in the library.

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Influence of Religion upon Academic Performance of Youth in Disadvantaged Communities - pdf
This 2001 report is titled: "Making the Grade: The Influence of Religion Upon the Academic Performance of Youth in Disadvantaged Communities*" The information is as relevant today as when the report was written.

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Information and resources to the parents and educators -
From the web site: "Many of the nation's top education researchers have launched new studies into topics such as how best to teach reading in the academic content areas, how best to teach writing at the high-school level, and how best to support the literacy development of adolescent English language learners.'s mission is to distill this literacy research and share best-practice information to as many people as possible through the power and reach of the Internet.

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Innovations in School Based Mentoring -
This report by Samuel D. McQuillina, John D. Terry, Gerald G. Strait & Bradley H. Smith offers some ideas for making school based mentoring strategies more effective. You can download the full report, or just read the abstract.

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Inside School Data - impact of Billionaires
From the web site: "iWatch News analyzed performance data from 10 urban school districts that received significant funding from the four billionaire philanthropists seeking to reform education. The computer analysis examined how graduation rates changed between 2002 and 2007—the most recent years for which the data is available from the nationally recognized Editorial Projects in Education Research Center. This "Back to School for Billionaires" article was written based on this IWatch News data.

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Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) - leads Coalition for Community Schools
From the web site:"The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) - a non-profit, nonpartisan organization based in Washington, DC IEL leads the Coalition for Community Schools, an umbrella group of more than 200 local, state, and national partners that advocate for more coordinated, efficient, and effective delivery of opportunities and supports to students before, during, and after school and on weekends. IEL is connecting community with public education to support the learning and development of young people.

IEL strives to involve the broader community with public education to support the learning and development of young people. This means helping bring families, schools, and community resources together as partners for the common good. IEL’s work helps ensure students and families have access to effective, integrated academic, youth development, and health and social services within and linked to public schools, the only viable public institution in a growing number of disadvantaged neighborhoods.

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