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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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Be A Light for Chicago - Tells Stories of Catholic Youth Serving Orgs
This site was launched in 2019 and tells stories of Catholic organizations like Mercy Home, Big Shoulders Fund, Misericordia and Catholic Charities.

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Bright Star Community Outreach - Turn Center
From the web site: Bright Star "strategy includes developing impactful community development initiatives aimed at facing our largest societal challenges: violence in our communities, poor economic opportunities, inadequate mental health services, homelessness, child safety, and drug abuse. These efforts are designed to strengthen local families and communities, as well as leverage our key partnerships with organizations and businesses that share our passion for seeing renewal in Chicago."

The Turn Center includes a "Counseling component that is dedicated to providing services that minimize negative factors that cause violence and increasing protective influences that yield positive outcomes."

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St. Sabina Church Outreach Portal
St. Sabina Church, located on the far South Side on 79th Street, just West of the Dan Ryan expressway, has a number of programs intended to reduce violence and help youth and families. Browse the web site.

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The Expectations Project -
The vision of this faith-based organization is shown in these statements from their web site: "Imagine what might be possible if just a handful of people in each of these congregations took it on themselves to ensure the students in these schools had faithful advocates looking out for their best interests. We believe that the academic achievement gap in U.S. public education can be closed in our lifetimes, but only if people of faith open their hearts, roll up their sleeves, and get to work on behalf of students."

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Adventist Community Services Tutoring & Mentoring
From the web site: "ACS Tutoring & Mentoring Program is a cooperative effort between Adventist Volunteer Ministries Network, the volunteer clearinghouse in North America,and Adventist Community Services, the humanitarian agency of the Seventh-day Adventist Church that works within the United States and Bermud.a ACS Tutoring & Mentoring Program mobilizes voluntary, charitable organizations to meet the learning needs of America's children and youth, particularly those living in low-income households, single-parent families and neighborhoods where violence and other factors not conducive for learning exist.".

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Boston Educaton Collaboration Engages Churches
From the web site: "The Boston Education Collaborative (BEC) strategically engages churches, schools, colleges, and educators to motivate and support underserved urban youth in gaining the skills they need to become successful, responsible individuals who have a positive impact on the city and future generations of students.

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Bresee Foundation (California)
The Bresee Foundation’s mission is to provide comprehensive after-school programs and family services that equip young people to pursue their education, achieve their full potential, and serve others.

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Caritas - Hong Kong
From the web site: "Caritas Hong Kong (Caritas) was founded in July 1953 by the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong. The primary purpose of its establishment was to offer relief and rehabilitation services to the poor and the distressed, with the aim of addressing some of the social hardships and inequalities in Hong Kong resulting from the Second World War and subsequent social and political changes at the time. Caritas Hong Kong is a member of Caritas Internationalis, a federation of 154 Caritas organizations operating in 196 countries throughout the world. Each Caritas organization is committed to a united world without poverty, societies without divisions, equality among communities and a civilisation of love and solidarity." This link points to a page describing their social services work.

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Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago - Children & Family Services
From the web site: "Child, Youth and Family Services' mission is to empower children, youth and their families to develop stability and self-reliance by enhancing their education, health, safety and connections to their community. Our services cover: Child development centers, after school care, services to pregnant and parenting teens, child and family counseling, child welfare programs, case management for maternal & child health.

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Center for Religion and Civic Culture, USC
From the web site: "The Center for Religion and Civic Culture at USC was founded in 1996 to create, translate, and disseminate scholarship on the civic role of religion in a globalizing world. CRCC engages scholars and builds communities in Los Angeles and around the globe. Its innovative partnerships link academics and the faith community to empower emerging leaders through programs like the Passing the Mantle Clergy and Lay Leadership Institute, for African American church leaders, and the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute."

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Challenge to faith leaders - 2016 blog article
Shawn Casselberry wrote this article in response to a Social Justice Conference being held at a church in Cabrini-Green. It's one of several similar themed articles on his blog.

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Christian Association of Youth Mentoring
From the web site: "Empowering Christian mentoring ministries to become more effective in their Kingdom work is the primary objective of CAYM. By serving as a source of professionally created promotional materials, development programs, recruiting materials, and many other resources; we can eliminate the need to “re-invent the wheel” for you."

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Christian Community Development Association
From the web site: "The Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) is a network of Christians committed to seeing people and communities holistically restored. We believe that God wants to restore us not only to right relationship with Himself but also with our own true selves, our families and our communities. Not just spiritually, but emotionally, physically, economically, and socially. Not by offering mercy alone, but by undergirding mercy with justice."

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Community Renewal Society - Chicago
From the web site: "Community Renewal Society (CRS) is a faith-based organization that works with people and communities to address racism and poverty. CRS transforms society towards greater justice and compassion. In efforts to empower persons of color and low-income individuals to transform their lives, circumstances and the conditions of their communities, CRS's theory of change connects four primary components: public engagement, public will/opinion, civic demand and public policy/practice change.

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Cru Youth Development, supports churches working with youth
From the web site: "Cru Youth Development, formerly known only as S.A.Y. (Save America's Youth) Yes! Centers for Youth Development®, trains and supports churches to help youth develop a lifelong, dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ through in-your-life mentoring ministries."

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Evaluation of a faith-based workforce development startup - 2004
This paper titled, "Chicagoland Youth and Adult Training Center: Building Strong Relationships", is an example of an innovative Chicago partnership between faith-based organizations,business, government and education organizations.

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Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE)
From the web site: "The Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE) is a leadership incubator that inspires young people to make a difference in the world through Christian communities." Hosted anti-violence meeting and webinar in Chicago on 4/26/2016.

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Holy Family Ministries - After School Program
From the web site: "Holy Family’s Adventures In Learning After School Program (formerly known as Visions ASP) offers constructive learning activities for children from under-resourced communities in Chicago. The West Side program serves children at the Holy Family Ministries Center in North Lawndale. Holy Family serves over 105 children ages K-8 in the after-school programs. Our programs are open to all who enroll, and offered “first-come, first-served,” without regard to religion, race, previous academic achievement, or ethnicity."

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Interfaith Youth Core - Better Together Interfaith Action Campaign
From the web site: "Since its incorporation in 2002, Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) has worked on five continents and with over 200 college and university campuses, trained thousands in the principles of interfaith leadership, and reached millions
through the media. IFYC mobilizes young people to foster interfaith cooperation on their campuses and in their communities by running Better Together, IFYC’s interfaith action campaign.

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Is religion the opiate of the masses? Debate this.
This web site offers opinion on both sides of this question, tabulates the numbers, and hopefully stimulates thinking and involvement in movements that reduce social and economic inequality in the US and the world.

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Is Religion the Opiate of the Masses?
This article shows that Karl Marx was not critical of religion, but in its failure to address the root cause of much suffering, which was a result of economic inequality, corporate greed, etc. While Marx wrote more than 175 years ago, the inequality and wealth gaps of 2000s show that we have much to do to make life better for people in poverty living in this world, rather than wait until a rebirth in a spiritual world.

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Love, Inc. - Churches working together to help the poor
From the web site: "Love In the Name of Christ is a proven model that networks local church ministries and church volunteers, across denominations, to help people in need. Through Love INC, churches and individual Christians are mobilized to work together, along with community organizations and government resources, to provide coordinated help to the poor and needy."

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Made for Mission - a faith community strategy
This web site describes how ordinary people, inspired by God, can make a difference any where in the world. I encourage faith communities to apply this thinking to support the growth of tutor/mentor programs in high poverty communities of the world.

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Message from Pope Francis - What's the Follow Up?
In November 2013 Pope Francis released his first Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium - “The Joy of the Gospel”. This blog article points to some of the quotes from the document and asks what people will do to embrace this in their own lives and actions.

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Slingshots Chicago - helping teens hit their goals
Slingshots is a faith-based after school program that offers a variety of programs to help teens "hit their targets" in life. Visit the site to learn more.

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