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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 Collection of Resources for Teaching Social Justice
This article focuses on the question "What is Social Justice and How does it fit into education curriculum?" A good resource for educators, tutors and mentors.

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Chicago Debate Commission/Chicago Debate League
From the web site: "with over 60 high schools and middle schools and 1300 students, the CDL has grown to become the largest and most successful of the urban debate leagues around the country." Formed in 1995.

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Community Work Institute - supports strategic service learning
CWI seeks to to "support and promote exemplary teaching strategies and practices for K-16 and community programs that support students becoming caring, responsible and active members of their communities. It's focus is on supporting curriculum that has place as the context, service-learning as the strategy, and sustainability as the goal. "

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DiscoverDesign.org - design solutions for real-world challenges
From the web site: "DiscoverDesign.org is an online platform where students, teachers, and mentors come together to design solutions for real-world challenges." Visit the site and view the gallery of past design challenges.

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Independent Youth.org - educates teens (ages 12-21 years old) on entrepreneurship
From the web site: "Independent Youth Inc. (IY), founded in May 2010 is a 501(c)3 social enterprise that educates teens (ages 12-21 years old) on entrepreneurship by offering unique programs and resources. The mission of IY is to generate entrepreneurial awareness and understanding among youth through an array of educational programs and hands-on experiences. Independent Youth accomplishes its mission through various programs including; Annual Teen Entrepreneurship Symposiums (TrepStart), on-site student trainings (customized workshops), and a business launch competition (The 30 Day Entrepreneurship Challenge)."

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Inspire Citizens - empower students to make positive impact
From the web site: "Inspire Citizens works on-site with schools, teachers, & students in order to co-design effective professional learning, relevant curriculum enhancements, longitudinal research studies, & engaging learning experiences for deep thinking, global citizenship, & service learning.

Our Three Impact Frameworks amplify knowledge, skills, & empathy through a focus on human-centered global competencies that empower students to make positive impact on collective wellbeing & the sustainable development of the world." Based in Beijing, China.

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Integrate New York City 4 Me -
IntegrateNYC4Me is a youth led initiative focusing on the unequal opportunities for youth in New York City schools.

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Keeping the "ACT" in "Social Activism" - article
For those who mentor or tutor or engage youth in service learning and leadership roles this blog article offers some needed advice. Take a look.

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Kids Tales - teenagers making change in the world
Description provided by Kevin Hodgson: "Kids Tales provides free writing camps with paths to publication for young writers, often in communities that are struggling. All camps are organized and run by teenagers. The teens write curriculum, pitch for funding, and created a non-profit. In fact, the entire Kids Tales organization is completely run by teenagers."

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Nerdfighteria - community subculture, based mainly online.
Visit this Wikipedia page to learn about this on-line community, mostly of youth, who "are individually known as Nerdfighters."

Co founder Hank Green describes it as "a community that sprung up around our videos, and basically we just get together and try to do awesome things and have a good time and fight against world suck".

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OneCityStories - youth writing project in St. Louis area
From the web site: "Onecity Stories is a 3-week writing program for high school students from the Greater St. Louis area. During these three weeks (June 10-28 excluding weekends), participants will cultivate their stories and create multimedia products with the help of experienced writing teachers and experts in the newspaper, film and radio broadcasting industries. The summer program will conclude with a publication event for participants and their guests, and additional writing and publishing opportunities will be available for participants throughout the following school year."

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RECLAIM. a UK youth leadership and social change organisation
From the web site: "RECLAIM exists to end the leadership inequality that prevents working class young people with talent, imagination, ambition and drive, from fulfilling their leadership potential. We support young people who refuse to be silent: they fight for their voices to be heard. We run intensive, high impact leadership programmes for 12-15 year olds from working class communities and support them through an Alumni Network until they are 22. We also develop and deliver - alongside our young people - a range of pilot projects and campaigns on issues that affect working class communities. "

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Territory - Chicago Urban Planning & Design Program for Youth
From the website: "Through Territory’s design studio programs, young people practice urban design, public art, and community planning in the neighborhoods where they live and learn. Through Territory’s partnerships young people have a seat at the table, working with local organizations and funders to strengthen communities through design. Through Territory’s apprenticeship design team model, young people find their voice and step up to lead, using design as a platform for civic engagement. Through our leadership programs young designers ages 16-21 are using the tools, resources, and power of their practice to transform their neighborhoods and the city."

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The Civic Engagement Research Group (CERG), at the University of California, Riverside
From the web site: "The Civic Engagement Research Group (CERG), at the University of California, Riverside conducts quantitative and qualitative research focused on understanding:

The nature of youth civic engagement.

The impact of civic learning opportunities and digital media participation on young people's civic capacities and commitments.

The quantity, quality, and equality of civic opportunities and outcomes in public schools and other contexts.

The goal is to monitor trends, frame priorities, and develop an evidence base regarding effective civic education practices and policies."

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Universidad Popular - UP to Youth Initiative
The program serves Little Village youth. Web site description: "The focus of the program includes increasing Little Village youths’ civic engagement, cultivating a positive self-image and healthy living, improving academic performance and achievement, fostering creative problem-solving skills, and expanding parent involvement."

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What does youth civic engagement have to do with inequality?
This is 2018 article by Peter Levine, who leads the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE).

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Write4Change
Write4Change is building a global collaboration community "designed to connect teachers who believe that young people writing for real and meaningful audiences and purposes can lead to social change. The Write 4 Change Project provides students opportunities to write for social action, challenge inequality, and make change in and across their communities."

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Writing our Civic Futures - Youth Voice and Participation - Oct 2017
From the web site: "Writing Our Civic Futures, our collaborative annotation project with Marginal Syllabus, is underway (Oct. 2017)! October’s conversation examines youth voice and participation, and the tools and strategies young people are using to organize for social change." Visit this site and read more about this project and ways you can get involved.

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Youth Voices - Letters to the next President
From the web site: "Letters to the Next President 2.0 engaged and connected young people, aged 13–18, as they researched, wrote, and made media to voice their opinions on issues that mattered to them in the 2016 presidential election."

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Albany Park Theater Project - focuses on youth and social justice
From the web site: "Albany Park Theater Project is a multiethnic, youth theater ensemble that inspires people to envision a more just and beautiful world. We are dedicated to art, to youth, and a vision of social justice."

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AllowGood - Empower all youth through the tools of philanthropy
From the web site: "Allow Good equips youth with the knowledge, skills, and capacity to take meaningful action in their communities. We inspire youth to become actively engaged in addressing social challenges throughout their lives. This addresses a pressing need facing our society - engaging youth in their communities to create a society of socially engaged citizens.

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Black Youth Project 100
From the web site: "Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100) is an activist member-based organization of Black 18-35 year olds, dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. We do this through building a collective focused on transformative leadership development, direct action organizing, advocacy and education."

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Camp Fire - leadership programs for teens
From the web site: "Camp Fire’s Teen Service and Leadership Programs provide a variety of opportunities to help teens develop as effective and engaged citizens, now. Through Camp Fire’s Thrive{ology}framework, teens learn to identify community needs, issues, or challenges; decide what issues they want to advocate for; and then take action to make a difference in their communities. Each workshop, in a Camp Fire program, may be tailored to the students and teacher curricula needs. Workshops can be held during a class or in an after school club. Each Camp Fire curricula is aligned with Illinois State Core Standards."

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Chicago Youth Community Film Festival - 2015
From the web site: "Alternative Schools Network (ASN) and Community TV Network (CTVN) celebrated student-created films from 8 of Chicago's community-based alternative schools with a festival and awards ceremony in the Chicago Cultural Center's beautiful Claudia Cassidy Theater. This 8th annual Chicago Youth Community Film Festival (CYCFF) showcased the collaborative video pieces of aspiring student filmmakers." Visit the link and watch the videos.

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Chicago Youth Voices Network
From the web site: "The Chicago Youth Voices Network is a collaborative of youth media programs, professionals and organizations working together to strengthen the youth media sector in Chicago. By gathering leaders together for peer learning, advocacy and joint projects, the Chicago Youth Voices Network works to strengthen the organizations that amplify the voices of our city’s young people, their families and communities."

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