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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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A business, education and government leaders conversation about what’s at stake for our economy and our young people. (video)
This is a Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis video. Ideas apply in many big cities.

The Bridging the Gap web site is: https://www.achievempls.org/BridgetheGapBkfst

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Billion + Change encouraged Pro Bono involvement
This initiative encourages corporations to support pro bono and talent involvement to help strengthen infrastructure of the non profit sector.

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Breaking down barriers to innovation for underrepresented kids - article
This article on Vox is titled Groundbreaking empirical research shows where innovation really comes from
Breaking down barriers for underrepresented kids could quadruple America’s pool of inventors. It show the influence of where you live and who your parents are, on what careers you pursue. In this case the focus is on innovation.

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Can Jobs Save Chicago? Crain's Special Report
UIC’s Great Cities Institute assisted with Crain’s Chicago Business for a special report that examines the connection between joblessness and violence in Chicago neighborhoods. This link points to an article about how businesses can create jobs to employ people in low-income areas.

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Chicago CRED - (Creating Real Economic Destiny)
From the web site: "Chicago CRED (Creating Real Economic Destiny) was created in 2016 by Emerson Collective, a social impact organization founded and run by Laurene Powell Jobs, along with former U.S. Education Secretary and Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan.

We believe the best solution for ending gun violence is recruiting men most likely to be perpetrators or victims of shootings and transition them to jobs in the legal economy that pay as much or more than what they earn in the violence-plagued illegal economy."

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Closing the Skills Gap - JPMorgan Chase & Co. Initiative
Browse this web site, download the publications, add your own business to strategies that reach youth in high poverty areas with mentors, learning opportunities, part time and summer jobs and internships that bring more youth from poverty and near poverty into the workforce.

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Grads of Life - tools to help start and operate mentoring, internship, etc.
From the web site: "The Grads of Life campaign seeks to change perceptions employers have of young people with atypical resumes. The GradsofLife.org website offers the tools to connect leading employers to employment pathways, including mentoring, school-to-work, internships, and hiring."

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HBR Review of Corporate CSR shortfalls - "Not thinking big enough"
This article discusses why corporate CSR programs "have had a limited impact and rarely produce transformational change" and reviews models that are taking a "bigger picture" approach. The author's state "The traditional corporate sustainability approach ultimately has a limited impact because it is positioned as a social or an environmental program, not a profit-generating one."

Read the article.
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Ideas about strategic planning, visioning, learning
This article by Henry Mintzberg, posted in the Harvard Business Review in 1994, should serve as a primer for volunteer and leadership teams seeking to build and sustain birth-to-work, mentor-rich programs in multiple locations.

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Impact 2030 - mobilizing human capital to meet UN Sustainable Development Goals
From the web site: "in collaboration with the United Nations, social and public sectors, and academia, with the unique mission to activate human capital investments through employee volunteer programs to advance the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)."

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Internship programs of NAF Career Labs
From the web site: "NAF Future Ready Labs are a solution to company talent development needs. By partnering with NAF and investing in paid internships, businesses benefit from the completion of meaningful work while developing a highly skilled and diverse talent pipeline."

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Kidpreneurs - Ideas for Young Entrepreneurs
The web site and its blog articles show stories of youth entrepreneurs that might inspire others to take a similar journey.

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Latino Issues - Future of American Dream is Latino - Aspen Institute
In 2018 Latinos "compose 17.6 percent of the population. By 2060 they are expected to make up nearly 30 percent." That framed the conversation for a 2018 joint program hosted by the Economic Opportunities Program and Latinos and Society Program, titled, "Drivers of Opportunity: How Will Latinos Shape the Future of the American Dream?” This is a blog recap of the event.

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Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth
From the web site: "The mission of the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth is to advance equitable and sustainable economic growth and financial inclusion around the world. As an independent subsidiary of MasterCard, we combine data, expertise, technology and philanthropic investments to empower a community of thinkers, leaders and innovators working on the front lines of inclusive growth."

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National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship - Chicago Office
From web site: "Through a unique combination of high-impact student programs and exceptional teacher training and support, NFTE’s Chicago Metro office provides schools and partners across the region the opportunity to change young lives through entrepreneurship." This is part of a national organization.

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Pathways2Progress - focus on youth age 16 to 24
From the web site: "In 2014, the Citi Foundation launched Pathways to Progress, a three-year, $50 million initiative in the U.S. to help 100,000 low-income youth, ages 16 to 24, develop the workplace skills and leadership experience needed to compete in a 21st Century economy." Visit this site and download the PDF reports to learn more.

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Resources for Inner City CEOs - Anchor Initiatives
From the web site: "ICIC’s Anchor Institution Strategic Framework defines seven strategies anchors use to accelerate urban economic revitalization. Anchor organizations that intentionally engage these seven strategies will produce measurable returns for both the community and the organization." This site has a wealth of resources focused on strengthening inner cities. Take a look.

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Skills Gap in Manufacturing Sector -2015 Deloitte report
This article shows a growing skills gap in America's manufacturing sector and prescribes some short and long-term solutions. Connecting people from STEAM backgrounds to youth in organized tutor/mentor programs would be one low-cost strategy of building student aspirations for careers in these fields. This needs to be a strategy manufacturing sector leaders invest in.

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Social Enterprise is not Social Change - commentary
This 2018 Stanford Social Innovation Review article challenges a 25 to 30 year swing toward social enterprise as the way to solve social problems. Written by By Marshall Ganz, Tamara Kay & Jason Spicer, The article was re-Posted on the SenScott web site.

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Social Media Strategies that could support corporate social engagement
If corporate CEOs make a company commitment to education, poverty, environment, etc. they can support the growing involvement of all sectors of their company, supply chain and consumer base using the ideas from this blog.

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The Empowered Employee - Forbes 2012 article
This is a look at the future. Companies that support employee engagement in social benefit activities get a more motivate employee as one who has learned new skills and has expanded his/her informal network. Companies that support this involvement with latest communications, collaboration and technology will create learning opportunities outside of the workplace that result in better applications of these tools in the workplace.

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Valuing Your Talent - RSA project aims to increase workforce skills
From the web site: "The goal of the UK based challenge, called Valuing Your Talent (VyT), is to increase the skills of the UK’s workforce, organisations’ performance, and societal value by helping employers get better at understanding and investing in their human capital. It’s based on an underlying conviction that employers and employees should better recognise their respective value, and have each others’ long-term interests at heart, as well as those of wider society. Central to this is investment in each other’s learning and development, and the ability to tackle important problems."

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Virtual Enterprises International - in-School Global Business Simulation
From the web site: "With an emphasis on college and career readiness, VE is an in-school, live, global business simulation that offers students a competitive edge through project-based, collaborative learning and the development of 21st-century skills in entrepreneurship, global business, problem solving, communication, personal finance and technology.

Drawing on the European tradition of apprenticeships, this multidimensional, experiential learning model, which is part of a global network of student-run businesses in over 40 countries, transforms high school students into independent-thinking business professionals and their classrooms into offices."

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Studio School - a new concept in education (2013)
From the web site: "The Studio School (based in the UK) is a new concept in education, which seeks to address the growing gap between the skills and knowledge that young people require to succeed, and those that the current education system provides. Studio Schools pioneer a bold new approach to learning which includes teaching through enterprise projects and real work. This approach ensures students' learning in is rooted in the real world and helps them to develop the skills they need to flourish in life."

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4BlackYouth.com
The web site says "We are a group of African-American professionals and students who are on a mission to leverage new technologies to educate and provide opportunities to those who need it most. Since there are so many things against black youth, we are For Black Youth because we feel that the African-American community needs targeted solutions to combat our unacceptably low educational, income and employment statistics. However, this site wholeheartedly welcomes individuals of all ethnicities who would like to contribute to or who can benefit from our offerings. Come join us. We will make a change."

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