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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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America Learns
America learns "makes the process of collecting, tracking, organizing, and reporting data a non-issue, and we’re obsessed with helping you use that information to share and advance your program’s impact."

America Learns started in early 2000s "with a focus on tutoring and mentoring programs, making sure that those programs gain the capacity to collect and use their most important information so that the children they’re serving truly thrive."

Since 2007 In 2007, America Learns has been expanding its practices to include adult education, disaster relief, nutrition, conservation, veterans services, grantmaking impact, and other areas."

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Chicagoland Cultural Volunteer Programs (CCVP) - Designing Ultimate Volunteer Program
From the web site: "Chicagoland Cultural Volunteer Programs (CCVP) started as a way for volunteer coordinators, managers, recruiters, or anyone who works with volunteers on a daily basis to get together and share best practices.

Currently, CCVP meets on a quarterly basis at cultural institutions around the city. Meeting topics are selected by the group, but include subjects like volunteer recruitment and training, recognizing our volunteers, volunteer opportunities throughout Chicagoland, and more!" CCA presented a workshop at the 2017 ICOVA conference. This link points to information presented.

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European Youth Portal - Volunteer Service
From the web site: "The European Youth Portal offers European and national information and opportunities that are of interest to young people who are living, learning and working in Europe. It gives information around eight main themes, covers 34 countries and is available in 28 languages."

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Generation to Generation - Encore Campaign to Mobilize Senior Volunteers
From the web site: "Powered by, the Gen2Gen campaign seeks new ways to bring more people over 50 into the lives of young people who need champions."

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GiveEffect - Combine All NPO Fund Raising & Volunteer Mgt on One Platform
From the web site: This is a "Nonprofit Dashboard: All your systems in one place. One software to manage, analyze and care for your constituents: donors, volunteers, leads, fundraising campaigns, sponsors - and more. Each constituent receives a self-serve account, so they can get what they need, when they need it.

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From the web site: " is a website where the volunteer needs of organizations may be posted and volunteers may search for places to serve in the community.
JustServe provides opportunities to relieve suffering, care for the poor and needy, and enhance the quality of life in the community. JustServe is not for proselytizing or publicity—it is simply a service to help link community volunteer needs with volunteers.
Neither The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints nor its website discriminates based on race, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation to screen projects for posting or volunteers who may sign up to serve."

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Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA)
From the web site: "The Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration (MAVA) is a powerful force for leaders of volunteers across the state of Minnesota. Our vision is to be the premiere statewide organization uniting, educating and advancing Minnesota communities through excellence in leadership of volunteers and best practices in organizational volunteerism. We connect, educate, strengthen and advocate for volunteer engagement leaders and their organizations to positively impact communities."

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Opposition to volunteering and/or unpaid internships - see list of articles
From the web site: "This is a list of organizations and initiatives opposed to some kinds of volunteering (unpaid work), or ALL kinds of volunteering, including unpaid internships at nonprofit organizations / charities. It is also a list of online and print articles about or addressing controversies regarding volunteers replacing paid staff. Most of the links are to initiatives or actions in Europe or the USA." This has been maintained by Jayne Cravens for 20 years.

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State Farm Volunteer Service Portal
From the web site: "We've (State Farm) partnered with All for Good to help you connect and coordinate with volunteers around your cause. Registering at also helps people find your cause on the Neighborhood of Good site."

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The Benefits of Volunteering and How Seniors Can Get Started
This is article on the Aging in Place, National Council for Aging Care web site. Useful information about volunteering for seniors and others.

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Volunteer Management is Community Engagement - article
In this article, Jayne Cravens, a long time manager of volunteers and a consultant regarding the management of volunteers, writes about her approach the value of volunteer engagement. Read this and more volunteer management ideas on her blog.

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A list of Chicago Area Tutor and/or Mentoring Organizations
This section of the Tutor/Mentor Connection web site includes links to more than 200 youth serving organizations, organized by sections of the city. Organizations that do not operate from sites, such as Big Brothers, or who have multiple locations, are included in a section titled "muti site". Organizations that operate at schools are included in another sub list. If you are a Chicago area, non-school, volunteer-based tutor or mentor organization and want to be on the list, or if you know of an organization on the list that is no-longer operating, or in the wrong regional sub category, use the contact button on this site to report this information.

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A Map Based Chicago Tutor/Mentor Program Locator
This is a pilot version (created in 2008) of a map based Chicago Tutor/Mentor Directory showing the entire Chicago region and non-school, site based, programs . The map has layers of information showing where programs are most needed, based on poverty rates, locations of poorly performing schools, incidents of violence. It also has overlays of assets (business, colleges, faith groups, hospitals, etc.) who could be helping programs grow in areas where they are located. Due to lack of funding and tech support the site has not been updated since 2013 and the census data and political boundaries have not been updated since 2009. However the site still serves as a model that can be used in any city, including Chicago. The Tutor/Mentor Institute, LLC seeks partners to update and further develop this interactive directory and to make it available in other cities.

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All For Good - Volunteer Search Site
This is a site hosted by the Points of Light, where NonProfit organizations can post volunteer opportunities and volunteers search for causes to support with time and talent.

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AmeriCorps Alumni Network
This is a web site dedicated to helping AmeriCorps alumni build a local and national support network. Alumni of such service groups have the potential to be great partners and leaders in tutor/mentor programs.

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Apricot - Volunteer Management Software
Apricot is a comprehensive software solutions that nonprofits can use to manage volunteer and donor engagement. A product of Social Solutions. Visit the web site to learn more.

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Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement
From the web site: "AL!VE - the Association of Leaders in Volunteer Engagement, is a national membership organization of leaders and professionals in volunteer engagement. AL!VE serves to enhance and sustain the spirit of volunteering in America by fostering collaboration and networking, promoting professional development, and providing advocacy for leaders in community engagement."

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Association of Volunteer Administrators - Chicago
From the web site: "The mission of the Association of Volunteer Administrators of Metropolitan Chicago (AVA-MC) is to strengthen leadership and provide advocacy for the field of volunteer resource management and to provide an accessible forum for networking, knowledge sharing and collaboration." This link points to the Facebook page.

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Become a Mentor - MENTOR national directory of opportunities
The MENTOR, National Mentoring Partnership database includes more than 4000 programs where volunteers and donors are needed. This is searchable by zip code by anyone looking for local mentoring opportunities. Programs can register their program for free to be listed in the Directory.

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Better Impact - software for volunteer centers
From the web site: "Community Impact can be used by any sort of volunteer center seeking to help volunteers find the right organization and right volunteer opportunity in their community. Organizations can add their volunteer opportunities to the database. Volunteers can search all of the opportunities based on a variety of criterion and register or sign in to send their contact information off to the chosen organization." A second product is called "Volunteer Impact".

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Blackbaud -
from the web site: "At Blackbaud, our vision is to power an Ecosystem of Good® that builds a better world.
One where everyone has meaningful opportunities to drive impact. One where we achieve more together than we can apart. One where good can take over." Visit the site and learn more.

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Catchafire - connects skills volunteers to NPOs
From the web site: "Catchafire's mission is to improve the quality of the volunteer experience by providing the opportunity for people to volunteer their skills in a powerful way. Our vision is to make it easy for every professional to volunteer their skills if they want to and to make it easy for every nonprofit and social enterprise to access and effectively use skills-based volunteers."

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Center for Intergenerational Learning at Temple U
From the web site: "The Intergenerational Center, created in 1979, strengthens communities by bringing generations together to address critical concerns and creating opportunities for lifelong civic engagement. The Center is part of the College of Health Professions and Social Work at Temple University. The knowledge and experience we have accumulated enables us to develop, evaluate and replicate innovative programs, offer high quality training and consultation, and conduct research that examines the impact of our work and identifies promising practices. We are proud to serve as a national and international resource for organizations and communities."

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Chicago Cares
Chicago Cares connects Chicago area volunteers with a variety of service opportunities. Take a look at their calendar of volunteer opportunities.

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Chicago Interactive Tutor/Mentor Program Locator
Use this search page and the interactive map of Chicago to determine if there are any organizations offering volunteer based tutoring and/or mentoring in specific zip codes. You can also use this map to build collaborations among businesses, non profits, faith groups and other institutions and leaders who focus on the same parts of the Chicago region.
Note: This Chicago Tutor/Mentor Program Locator was developed between 2004 and 2008 as part of the Tutor/Mentor Connection's effort to draw volunteers and donors to tutor/mentor programs in every poverty neighborhood of the city. Due to lack of funds the site has not been updated since 2013. It still serves as a model, and you can still create map stories to focus on neighborhoods. If you'd like to help with updating with a goal of applying this in your own city, use the 'contact us' feature on this site to introduce yourself.

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From the web site: "Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP) is a global leader in the field of Youth Civic Engagement. ICP envisions a world where yo...

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Higher Learning Network’s mission is to empower and teach urban youth and adults how to develop their own natural gifts, talents and abilities: ...

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From the web site: "GO Campaign is dedicated to helping orphans and vulnerable children throughout the world build a better future.  We are a you...

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Founded in 1998, the Global Nomads Group (GNG) is a non-profit organization dedicated to heightening children's understanding and appreciation for the...

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Global Kids offers a range of year-round programs in schools, online, and at its New York City headquarters.  Global Kids works primarily with m...

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From the web site: "Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) is a leadership development opportunity where students can contribute to a better future for our...

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Hands-on and project-based media production opportunities with FSM are helping young people develop their authentic voice while actively learning abou...

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Fearless Leading by the Youth (FLY) is a program of STOP, " a community organization that builds the power of residents on the Southside of Chicago to...

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From the web site: "By engaging youth directly in a collaborative community-based change effort, EYPC aims to give young people the skills, confidence...

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From the web site: "Through our Centers of Excellence, Earth Force works with communities to support young people in finding their voice while assumin...

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