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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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Integrating Arts Into Other Subjects - Adds value to learning
This article illustrates the value of arts in education programs. These ideas could also be part of non-school, volunteer based, tutor/mentor programs.

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"DISRUPTION" - a CLIMATE CHANGE film by KELLY NYKS & JARED P. SCOTT
This video provides a wide range of reasons to engage youth and volunteers in efforts to combat climate change in the world.

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A National Dialogue on the State of The Arts - 2018
From the web site: This is "A panel discussion hosted by the Secretary of the Smithsonian Museum and a series of interviews that tackle the big question of why the arts matter in the 21st century."

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Accelerate77 - focuses on sustainability initiatives in Chicago
From the web site: "The Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) is the organizing sponsor of “accelerate 77” and created the program in order to increase the role and positive impact of local community actions. Our underlying strategy is to IDENTIFY current sustainability initiatives in all of Chicago’s 77 community areas; CONNECT them with one another to inspire new ideas, practices, self-consciousness and motivation through peer interchange; and COLLABORATE with residents in systematic learning, planning, and collective action." This link points to the map of sustainability resources. This project is now led by the Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network (CSLN).

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Algo-rythmic Piano AI - musical application of technology
This blog article describes how a technologist built an AI on a Raspberry Pi that listens to his piano playing, and then produces improvised, real-time accompaniment. Read the article to see how this led to an animation, too. Cool project for students and mentors to work on.

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American Association of Physics Teachers - k-12 portal
From the website: "AAPT's mission is to enhance the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching. Our vision is to be the leader in physics education. We are committed to providing the most current resources and up-to-date research needed to enhance a physics educator's professional development."

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Artists Create Together (ACT) - Creative Twinning
From the website:"ACT! which is a two-sided coin, stands for ‘ACTION’; and ‘Artists Create Together’, where everyone is an artist. It is a MasterPeace concept that uses art to transform a local community towards an inclusive society. MasterPeace with its unique concept ACT! will initiate direct public and artists participation on art projects with the aim of creating awareness, desire for change, building knowledge and sustainability. In the 4 countries we will involve all relevant stakeholders; youngsters, role models, local government and business.Our concept has 4 artistic building blocks of music, street art visualization, storytelling and summits with an inclusive approach of involving marginalized groups as an active part of the project."

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Arts Mentoring - UK model
This is mentoring program based in London, where members of arts industry mentor youth age 16-24. This link points to a page with a downloadable PDF impact report.

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Chicago Poetry Foundation
From the web site: "The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience."

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Computer Science Learning Opportunity map - Chicago City of Learning
Chicago City of Learning is making an effort to learn about all of the different computer science learning opportunities in the city, and make them known via the map at this link. This is part of a long-term strategy intended to make a pathway of CS learning opportunities available in every neighborhood that starts in elementary school years and continues through high school.

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Computer Sciences education and career resource site
From the web site: "Our purpose is to provide an in-depth overview of the computer sciences field – including education – that stays up-to-date with its constant fluctuations. We intend to be the point of introduction for the next generation of programmers, engineers and developers, as well as a go-to resource for current professionals. Use our free resources to cultivate as much knowledge as you can."

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Conscious Youth Promoting Health and Environmental Resilience (CYPHER)
CYPHER is tackling climate change, sustainability, and health equity by empowering a sense of responsibility for social good in future leaders of the world — our youth. Browse the site to see the range of work they do to engage and support involvement of youth from distressed areas.

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Creating a STEM Learning Ecosystem
This initiative seeks to "cultivate STEM Learning Ecosystems that encourages collaborating across sectors in new and creative ways to increase equity, quality and STEM learning outcomes for all. " Many of the ideas and goals are similar to strategies of the Tutor/Mentor Connection and could be used to support the universe of non-school tutoring, mentoring and learning programs needed in high poverty areas.

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Digital Youth Divas Engages Chicago Middle School Girls in STEM
From the web site: "Digital Youth Divas is an out-of-school program that engages middle school girls, especially those from non-dominant communities, in design-based engineering and computer science activities driven by a narrative story. The program supports girls to develop STEM identities by participating within face-to-face and online spaces to design, create, and re-imagine everyday artifacts (jewelry, hair accessories, music) and activities (dancing and talking to friends) using techniques including collaboration, critique, circuitry, coding, and fabrication."

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Disaster Prevention section of United Nations Library
This web site has an extensive library of resources related to natural disasters and prevention. Click into sections for North America, Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. On the page this link points to is a pdf map showing disasters throughout the world in 2014.

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Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC)
From the web site: "The Environmental Law & Policy Center is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization, and among the nation’s leaders. We develop and lead successful strategic advocacy campaigns to improve environmental quality and protect our natural resources."

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Global Peace Tiles Project
From the web site: "Launched in mid 2000s, the Global Peace Tiles Project is both a process and a movement. It is a way of understanding creativity, voice, and learning as interconnected processes. When working together they form a powerful experience that builds joy, confidence, and connection with others." Browse the web site to see projects done in countries throughout the world.

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Healthcare Anchor Network
From the web site; "The long-term goal is to reach a critical mass of U.S. based health systems strategically improving community health and well-being by leveraging all of their institutional assets, including intentionally integrating local economic inclusion strategies in areas such as hiring, purchasing, and investing. By doing so, we can powerfully impact the upstream determinants of health and help build inclusive and sustainable local economies."

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Helping people recover from Harvey and similar disasters
Following Hurricane Harvey in 2017 NPR created a list of places people could offer contributions. While the names will change in different locations, the type of resources would be similar.

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How does where we live affect how long we live?
This Robert Wood Johnson Foundation resource includes a variety of interactive maps that focus on health disparities. In this link you can enter your address and see the life expectancy for where you live and compare it to your city, county, state and overall USA. This is one of several resources on this page.

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Hurricanes and Tropical Cyclones Overview - ESRI maps
From the web site: "This map describes the current & recent location of tropical storms, as well as forecast positions and probable track of tropical storms." As of September 10, 2017 the map shows Hurricanes Irene and Jose hitting the SE US. This is updated regularly so in a few months the info shown will be different.

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Illinois Health and Hospital Association
MCHC is a membership and service association comprising more than 150 hospitals and health care organizations working together, since 1935, to improve the delivery of health care services in the Chicago area. Browse around and learn more.

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John Walt Foundation - focuses on youth in arts
From the website: "The John Walt Foundation empowers and enables youth across multiple artistic platforms. We intend to partner professional artist with youth to help mentor as well as build their artistic futures. We are here to embolden the creative soul of every young artist by inspiring a few to take their dreams and accomplish them."

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Knowledge4Kids - social knowledge sharing within Global health community
This statement summarizes vision of this organization: "We envision a social knowledge sharing revolution, in which health program managers and service providers at all levels around the world collaborate with and learn from each other, and adapt and use actionable family planning and global health knowledge to build stronger health systems and enable people to live healthier lives."

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Lane 44 LTD - opens doors to careers in film production
Mission: "Through exposure to the intricate and exciting world of film production, Lane 44 empowers the Youth of Chicago’s South Side (YCSS) to envision a road to success through a professional career in film or video production, or other meaningful employment of their choosing."

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