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You Cant Be What You Can't See, by Milbrey W. McLaughlin
This is a book showing impact of CYCLE a youth program that operated in the Cabrini Green area of Chicago, which is the same area that the Tutor/Mentor Connection began.

"In the book, McLaughlin, the David Jack Professor Emeritus of Education and Public Policy at Stanford University and founding director of the John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities, documents what happened to more than seven hundred young people from Chicago's Cabrini-Green public housing project who participated in CYCLE, an out-of-school-time tutoring program started in 1978 in the basement of Cabrini-Green's LaSalle Street Church."

Read one review at : https://philanthropynewsdigest.org/off-the-shelf/you-can-t-be-what-you-can-t-see-the-power-of-opportunity-to-change-young-lives

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"Just Mercy" by Bryan Stephenson
From the web site: Just Mercy "presents the story of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), the people we represent, and the importance of confronting injustice. The book “is as gripping as it is disturbing,” wrote Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu, “as if America’s soul has been put on trial.”

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The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills
The Death Gap by David A. Ansell, Below is introduction to the book, from its web site:

"We hear plenty about the widening income gap between the rich and the poor in America and about the expanding distance separating the haves and the have-nots. But when detailing the many things that the poor have not, we often overlook the most critical—their health. The poor die sooner. Blacks die sooner. And poor urban blacks die sooner than almost all other Americans. In nearly four decades as a doctor at hospitals serving some of the poorest communities in Chicago, David Ansell has witnessed firsthand the lives behind these devastating statistics. In The Death Gap, he gives a grim survey of these realities, drawn from observations and stories of his patients."

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Dream Hoarders, by Richard V. Reeves
Full title: Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do about It

From the web site: "Reeves shows, the growing separation between the upper middle class and everyone else can be seen in family structure, neighborhoods, attitudes, and lifestyle. Those at the top of the income ladder are becoming more effective at passing on their status to their children, reducing overall social mobility. The result is a fracturing of American society along class lines, not just an economic divide. Upper-middle-class children become upper-middle-class adults."

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How to Live Forever: The Enduring Power of Connecting the Generations
From the web site: "In How to Live Forever, Encore.org President and CEO Marc Freedman tells the story of his thirty-year quest to answer some of contemporary life’s most urgent questions: With so many living so much longer, what is the meaning of the increasing years beyond 50? How can a society with more older people than younger ones thrive? How do we find happiness when we know life is long and time is short?"

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Jackson Rising - a strategic plan and history of community organizing
This book is the history of "Cooperation Jackson, an emerging network of cooperatives and grassroots institutions in Jackson, Mississippi, that aim to build a “solidarity economy.” It's described as "the rarest of things: a real strategic plan".

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Making Volunteers: Civic Life after Welfare's End
From the web site: "Volunteering improves inner character, builds community, cures poverty, and prevents crime. We've all heard this kind of empowerment talk from nonprofit and government-sponsored civic programs. But what do these programs really accomplish? In Making Volunteers, Nina Eliasoph offers an in-depth, humorous, wrenching, and at times uplifting look inside youth and adult civic programs. She reveals an urgent need for policy reforms in order to improve these organizations and shows that while volunteers learn important lessons, they are not always the lessons that empowerment programs aim to teach. With short-term funding and a dizzy mix of mandates from multiple sponsors, community programs develop a complex web of intimacy, governance, and civic life. Eliasoph describes the at-risk youth served by such programs, the college-bound volunteers who hope to feel selfless inspiration and plump up their resumés, and what happens when the two groups are expected to bond instantly through short-term projects. She looks at adult "plug-in" volunteers who, working in after school programs and limited by time, hope to become like beloved aunties to youth. Eliasoph indicates that adult volunteers can provide grassroots support but they can also undermine the family-like warmth created by paid organizers. Exploring contradictions between the democratic rhetoric of empowerment programs and the bureaucratic hurdles that volunteers learn to navigate, the book demonstrates that empowerment projects work best with less precarious funding, more careful planning, and mandatory training, reflection, and long-term commitments from volunteers.
Based on participant research inside civic and community organizations, Making Volunteers illustrates what these programs can and cannot achieve, and how to make them more effective. Nina Eliasoph is associate professor of sociology at the University of Southern California. She is the author of Avoiding Politics."

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More than a Mentoring Program: Attacking Institutional Racism
Description from publisher: "In striving to reduce racial achievement gaps, schools and youth development programs are increasingly turning to youth mentoring programs. But how to ensure success? Here, accomplished educators Graig Meyer and George Noblit reveal how one such program challenged institutional racism and eliminated persistent achievement disparities in a local school system that boasts a national reputation for excellence. The authors share personal lessons, strategic guidance, and detailed practical advice for education and community leaders seeking to create successful youth mentoring programs. Their story, backed by research, offers real-world perspective on the important work of challenging systemic racism in schools. Meyer and Noblit demonstrate how mentoring and advocacy come together in a strengths-based program that boosts academic success and post-secondary enrollment for youth of color, while also creating change to benefit all students in a school system."

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Other People's Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom
Book description from Amazon.com: "In a radical analysis of contemporary classrooms, MacArthur Award–winning author Lisa Delpit develops ideas about ways teachers can be better “cultural transmitters” in the classroom, where prejudice, stereotypes, and cultural assumptions breed ineffective education. Delpit suggests that many academic problems attributed to children of color are actually the result of miscommunication, as primarily white teachers and “other people’s children” struggle with the imbalance of power and the dynamics plaguing our system.

A new classic among educators, Other People’s Children is a must-read for teachers, administrators, and parents striving to improve the quality of America’s education system."

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Quick and Effective Reading Intervention Tips
This is blog article that reviews a book titled: The Next Step Forward in Reading Intervention. The writer says "It contains a wealth of knowledge and intentional lessons set forth by two educators who have dedicated their work to growing students as readers.

The goal of this book is simple: provide ready-to-use lessons for short-term, small-group interventions. Depending on the level of student you are working with, either the phonics stage, or the comprehension stage, there is a RISE or RISE Up model for you." Take a look.

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Urban Sanctuaries: Neighborhood Organizations in the Lives and Futures of Inner City Youth
Description from Amazon.com web site: "A comprehensive look at inner-city youth programs. Urban Sanctuaries analyzes the strategies of community leaders and organizations. The author describes how these leaders create and sustain youth programs in spite of enormous challenges."

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Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations About Race
Here's description of this book from Amazon.com site "Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black, White, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy? Beverly Daniel Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides. These topics have only become more urgent as the national conversation about race is increasingly acrimonious. This fully revised edition is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the dynamics of race in America."

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Anysubject Ltd - Book Publishing Service
Offers path for authors trying to publish their own writing.

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Mentor Me! The Complete Guide for Women Who want to Mentor Girls
One of the testimonials on the web site for this book says “Mentor Me! is a fantastic book, an intelligently written, comprehensive guide to mentoring girls that is both highly practical and deeply inspirational. I loved how it reveals the life-changing power of mentoring from both the mentor’s and mentee’s perspective. I eagerly look forward to sharing it with others!"

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A School Reform Reading List
This points to a blog article post where a number of books are recommended for those who really want to educate themselves to understand the challenges and opportunities of improving the public education system.

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Blessed Unrest - Organizing from Bottom Up

From web site: "Paul Hawken has spent over a decade researching organizations dedicated to restoring the environment and fostering social justice. From billion-dollar nonprofits to single-person dot.causes, these groups collectively comprise the largest movement on earth, a movement that has no name, leader, or location, and that has gone largely ignored by politicians and the media. Like nature itself, it is organizing fr om the bottom up, in every city, town, and culture. and is emerging to be an extraordinary and creative expression of people's needs worldwide.

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Cognitive Surplus
From the wiki: "The book's central theme is that people are now learning how to use more constructively the free time afforded to them since the 1940s for creative acts rather than consumptive ones, particularly with the advent of online tools that allow new forms of collaboration.[1] It goes on to catalog the means and motives behind these new forms of cultural production, as well as key examples." Referred to in this blog article by Vance Stevens: http://advanceducation.blogspot.com/2011/05/how-cognitive-surplus-drives-us-to.html

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Essential Resources - blog
From the web site "Essential Resources is an innovative publisher of high-quality classroom and educational resources. Our publications are created and produced predominately for primary and secondary schools, as well as for early childhood education. They include curriculum-specific, cross-curricular, co-curricular, student workbooks, mentoring and professional development resources." Browse the web site to view catalog of publications. This link points to their blog.

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From the Barrio to the Board Room - inspirational
From the web site: "The From the Barrio Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation committed to using author Robert Renteria’s life, business experience, and role as a civic leader to help eliminate conditions that foster violence, delinquency, drugs, and gangs. The book From the Barrio to the Board Room is a tool and Robert Renteria is a resource who promotes education, a sense of pride and accomplishment, and self-esteem within the youth of our communities."

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Here Comes Everybody, by Clay Shirky
From Wikipedia: "Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations is a book by Clay Shirky published by Penguin Press in 2008, which evaluates the effect of the Internet on modern group dynamics. The author considers examples such as Wikipedia and MySpace in his analysis."

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Hope and Despair in the American City
Hope and Despair in the American City: Why There Are No Bad Schools in Raleigh, written by Gerald Grant
Read the review by Naomi Thiers.

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How to Change the World - Social Entrepreneurs
From the web site: "What business entrepreneurs are to the economy, social entrepreneurs are to social change. They are, writes David Bornstein, the driven, creative individuals who question the status quo, exploit new opportunities, refuse to give up, and remake the world for the better.

How to Change the World tells the fascinating stories of these remarkable individuals, many of whom are Ashoka Fellows. These stories highlight a massive transformation that is going largely unreported by the media. Around the world, the fastest-growing segment of society is the nonprofit sector, as millions of ordinary people — social entrepreneurs — are stepping in to solve many of the world’s most intractable problems where bureaucracies have failed. For anyone seeking to make a positive mark on the world, this will be both an inspiring read and an invaluable handbook. It will change the way you see the world."

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Kids Law - guide to Juvenile Justice System
From the web site: "Written for kids, parents, teachers, counselors, social workers, youth workers and anyone else involved in the lives of youth today, KIDS LAW: A Practical Guide to Juvenile Justice is a down-to-earth and invaluable guide to the many aspects of the Juvenile Justice system. "

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Mentoring Students and Young People
This book presents mentors, plus anyone working with young people, with a guide to approaches to mentoring today. It looks at mentoring as a concept, how it is done well and how it can be made more effective.

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Penguin Book web site - on-line library
Search for latest books published by this publisher.

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