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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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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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Mentoring and Young People - UK article
From the web site: "There has been a mushrooming of youth mentoring projects across the UK. Yet relatively little is known in the UK about the background to the idea and the principles underlying mentoring initiatives. Kate Philip investigates."

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Mentoring as Part of Larger Strategy
In December 2007 Public/Private Ventures issued a Policy Brief, titled "Mentoring, Policy and Politics", written by Gary Walker. The final sentence of this report, in a section titled “Future Directions”, states “Infiltration, not consolidation, is where mentorings greatest usefulness lies in the years ahead.”
Public/Private Ventures went out of business in 2012 but this message still has meaning.

See Tutor/Mentor Connection comment on this article. http://www.tutormentorconnection.org/LinksLearningNetwork/Articles/tabid/645/ctl/ArticleView/mid/1350/articleId/311/Default.aspx

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Mentoring Programs and Youth Development
This is a 2002 ChildTrends report by Susan Jekielek, M.A., Kristin A. Moore, Ph.D., and Elizabeth C. Hair, Ph.D., funded by the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation. It examines the role that mentoring plays in helping youth develop a broad array of strengths and capacities in the following three domains of child well-being: education and cognitive attainment; health and safety; and social and emotional well-being.

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Mentoring Resources for Schools and Business.
PEER RESOURCES, hosted by Ray Carr, is one of the most comprehensive mentoring resource sites on the Internet.

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Mentoring Resources on UCLA Center web site
The UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools seeks to create a system wide system of school and community supports to help young people succeed in school Their web site offers an extensive library of ideas that schools and community groups throughout the world can use.

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Middle Grade Indicators of Readiness in Chicago Public Schools
From the web site: "Grades and attendance—not test scores—are the middle grade factors most strongly connected with both high school and college success. In fact, grades and attendance matter more than test scores, race, poverty, or other background characteristics for later academic success. This report follows approximately 20,000 Chicago Public Schools students as they transition from elementary to high school. It is designed to help answer questions about which markers should be used to gauge whether students are ready to succeed in high school and beyond. It also considers the performance levels students need to reach in middle school to have a reasonable chance of succeeding in high school."

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Millions Learning Project - scaling up quality learning around world
From the web site: "The Millions Learning project seeks to identify where and how education interventions are scaling quality learning for children and youth in low- and middle-income countries around the world."

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NAEYC Position Statement on Violence in the Lives of Children. 1993 pdf
This is article from the Tutor/Mentor Connection library, dating to 1993, showing that violence against children is not a new problem in 2017 and beyond.

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National Center for Education Statistics
The National Center for Education Statistics fulfills a Congressional mandate to collect, collate, analyze, and report complete statistics on the condition of American education; conduct and publish reports; and review and report on education activities internationally. NCES issues numerous publications and datasets each year. These include: early releases, issue briefs, statistical reports, directories, and handbooks of standard terminology. This site also hosts the ERIC internet-based digital library of education research and information. Most of these will be available through this web site.

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National Drop Out Prevention Center
From the web site: "Since 1986, the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N) has conducted and analyzed research; sponsored workshops and national conferences; and collaborated with researchers, policymakers, and practitioners to further the mission of reducing America’s dropout rate by meeting the needs of youth in at-risk situations, including students with disabilities."

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National Governors Association Center for Best Practices
From the web site: "The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) develops innovative solutions to today's most pressing public policy challenges and is the only research and development firm that directly serves the nation's governors."

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National Indicators of Children's Well-Being
From the web site: "The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics (Forum) is a collection of 22 Federal government agencies involved in research and activities related to children and families. The Forum was founded in 1994 and formally established in April 1997 under Executive Order No. 13045. The mission of the Forum is to foster coordination and collaboration and to enhance and improve consistency in the collection and reporting of Federal data on children and families. The Forum also aims to improve the reporting and dissemination of information on the status of children and families.

The Forum's annual report, America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, provides the Nation with a summary of national indicators of child well-being and monitors changes in these indicators over time. In addition to providing data in an easy-to-use, non-technical format, the purpose of the report is to stimulate discussions among policymakers and the public, exchanges between data providers and policy communities, and improvements in Federal data on children and families."

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National Initiative for Transforming Student and Learning Supports - UCLA Center Resource
From the web site: "The aim of this ongoing initiative is to mobilize direct actions for (a) elevating school improvement policy discussion about ending the marginalization of student and learning supports and (b) moving toward transformation of such supports." The UCLA Center contains an extensive web library, hosts a national list serve, publishes an email newsletter, and more. Browse the site.

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National Youth Employment Coalition Ed Options
From the web site: "he National Youth Employment Coalition improves the lives of the 5.5 million young people who are out of school and out of work. We do this by improving the effectiveness of the organizations, and the systems, that serve these "opportunity youth." We collect, study, and support the implementation of best practices, all with a strong equity focus."

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