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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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Growth Mindset Toolkit for Mentors
From the web site: "Developed in collaboration with MENTOR. This toolkit can help mentors understand growth mindset and how to apply growth mindset strategies to many of the challenges that youth and adults face in life."

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Resource for parents with kids who have ASD, CFS or Fibromyalgia
The Caring 4 Kids web site is an extensive resource library for "parents who have children on the Autism Spectrum or who suffer from inflammatory diseases such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia." Browse the resource page and the Library for relevant links.

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Afterschool Training Tool Kit
This site offers ideas volunteers in tutor/mentor programs can use to be more effective in working with student learners.

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Beyond School Hours Conference
Beyond School Hours Conference- Hosted by Foundations, Inc., this annual conference helps experts and practitioners identify non-school hour program needs and devise action steps to make them happen.

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CARS Mentoring - Technical Assistance for California mentoring programs
From the web site: "In order to assist mentoring programs in the state of California, we provide customized technical assistance and training. The Center for Applied Research Solutions (CARS) administers the Mentoring Technical Assistance contract that is funded through the California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs (ADP)."

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Center for Non Profit Learning
From the web site: "The Center for Nonprofit Learning is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide the training, knowledge and resources to help nonprofit organizations succeed. We believe that the most important asset in an organization is its people, and our programs and services are designed with your most important asset in mind."

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Center for Teaching & Learning - Teaching Resources
This University of Washington site "promotes student learning by supporting and strengthening the UW teaching community." The site has a wealth of resources for teachers that tutors and mentors from around the country could also use.

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Chronicle of Evidence Based Mentoring
From the web site: "The Chronicle is an online source for sharing new findings and ideas about youth mentoring. The goal of the Chronicle is to encourage active dialogue around evidence-based practice in youth mentoring in ways that improve the practice of youth mentoring." Browse the site to see the wide range of resources that are available.

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Communication Skills training for Mentors
Education Northwest offers a FREE on-line course: "Talking it Through: Communication Skills for Mentors". From the web site: "Talking it Through: Communication Skills for Mentors promotes successful mentor/youth interactions and relationship-building. Once mentors learn about the complexities of their role, they often wish they were better prepared. Watching and reflecting on the examples in this course can help you be ready for sticky situations. The videos in this series are based on experiences of actual mentoring pairs."

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CPS Parent University
The Parent University was launched in Chicago in 2015 with the goal of providing parents and guardians of CPS students with facilities and resources to learn in the same schools attended by their children.

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Crossroads of Learning - tutor training resources
From the web site: " Crossroads of Learningworks with academic learning centers, writing centers and tutoring programs at secondary, college and universities around the world, as well as with tutoring companies, non-profit organizations and individual/private tutors. These free resources are another way for us to support and connect our clients and colleagues, year-round."

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Education Northwest Resources for Mentoring and Tutoring
From the web site: "For nonprofits and community-based organizations serving youth, we provide professional development and a wide range of capacity-building support through the Institute for Youth Success at Education Northwest. Services include training and technical assistance, research, and consultation for mentoring, tutoring, and out-of-school time programs."

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Educon is a conference and a conversation
from the web site; "Educon is an innovation conference where we can come together, both in person and virtually, to discuss the future of schools. Every session will be an opportunity to discuss and debate ideas - from the very practical to the big dreams."

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Energize, Inc. - volunteer management resources
From the web site: "Energize, Inc. is an international training, consulting and publishing firm specializing in volunteerism. Founded by Susan J. Ellis in 1977, Energize has assisted organizations of all types to start, expand, or strengthen volunteer involvement — whether in nonprofit health and human service organizations, cultural arts groups, professional associations, schools, government agencies, businesses — anywhere volunteers are found. We have worked with clients across North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Australasia. We can work with small and large groups, whether brand new to volunteer management or those seeking to refresh their skills."

Visit the A-Z Volunteer Management section of the site.

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Family Resources Center on Disabilities - Resource Links
The Family Resource Center on Disabilities (FRCD) provides "Parents families in the Chicago region with of Children with Disabilities with Information, Training, and Assistance." This link points to the resources page.

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FamilyWorks and Parenting Wisely
From the web site: "As an introduction, Family Works, Inc’s Parenting Wisely is evidence, research, and skills-based. It holds the distinction of being the only online parent education course for families that is currently listed on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Registry for Evidence-based Programs and Practices. Our work with family service agencies, probation officers, court appointed special advocates, counselors, therapists among others has shown that PW improves parental communications. This allows parents to utilize the communication skills learned in the program to remain focused on creating successful outcomes which are in the best interest of their child(ren). We offer the curriculum in a variety of formats, as well as different versions for your target population."

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Girls Group Mentoring Toolkit - from Alberta Mentors
From the web site: "This Girls Group Mentoring Toolkit provides the tools, resources and support to create, implement, deliver and evaluate a quality group mentoring program for girls, ages 9-13, in your community. The Toolkit is intended to be used in a range of communities, and can be adapted to the unique values, needs, strengths and challenges that each community encompasses."

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Guide to Career Focused Mentoring for Youth with Disabilities
This is an extensive mentoring guide, focused on  youth with disabilities. However, many of the ideas can be used to support programs working with youth living in high poverty areas, where they have an economic disability (poverty).

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Homework help and learning resources - different section of this library
This link points to a different sub-section of this library, with an extensive list of homework help links. Volunteers should become familiar with the resources available to them on the Internet.

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Illinois After School Network Spring Conference - Chicago
From the web site: "The Illinois AfterSchool Network provides support to the afterschool and youth development field through professional development, leadership and networking opportunities. An annual conference is held in the Chicago region.."

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Illinois Conference on Volunteer Administration
Conference on Volunteer Administration offers valuable training and networking opportunities for all programs that enage volunteers in their work.

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Implementing Effective Youth Mentoring Program for High School Students - pdf
This paper offers idea for building effective site based tutor/mentor programs. While the paper focuses on school-based programs, the lessons apply to site based non-school programs, too.

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International Bureau of Education - FREE training booklets
From the web site: The mandate of IBE is "Strengthen the capacity of member states to design, develop and implement curricula that ensure the equity, quality, relevance and effectiveness of education and learning systems. IBE-UNESCO is therefore the most appropriate organization to support the efforts of Member States in the implementation of the objective of sustainable development 4: "Ensuring universal access to quality education , On an equal footing, and to promote opportunities for lifelong learning." The site includes many easy-to-use, easy-to-understand booklets that you can Download, FREE.

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International Mentoring Association Conference
From the web site: "The International Mentoring Association (IMA) is a non-profit (501(c)(3)) association of mentoring professionals in the education, business and government sectors. We offer the most current information in the constantly evolving field of mentoring best practices in an organized, accessible, and easy-to-use format. IMA advances personal and organizational development by promoting the use of mentoring best practices in all settings. Our diverse worldwide organization unites a broad cross-section of hundreds of people who have interest in the theory and practice of effective mentoring. Members bring unique experiences and a fresh perspective from their various fields of mentoring." Learn about their annual conference.

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Mandated Reporting in Illinois/Erin's Law
From the web site: "Erin’s Law is named after childhood sexual assault survivor, author, speaker and activist Erin Merryn, who is the founder and President of Erin’s Law, which is registered with the State of Illinois and the IRS as a 501 (c)(4) non-profit social welfare organization. After Erin introduced the legislation in her home state of Illinois, the bill was named “Erin’s Law” after her by legislators and it has caught on nationwide. “Erin’s Law” requires that all public schools in each state implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program." Visit the web site to learn more.

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