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Opportunity Youth Playbook Companion: Organizations and Resources for Preventing Intergenerational Disconnection by Ensuring Boys of Color Enter School Ready to Learn and Read at Grade Level by the Third Grade

Below are resources and organizations related to this section of the Opportunity Youth Playbook.

Tools and Resources

Reports & Research



·       Fact Sheet: Early Reading Proficiency and Young Men of Color (The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading)

·       KIDS COUNT data center Race for Results Indicators (Annie E. Casey Foundation)

o   Data related to families with young children

National Organizations, Networks and Initiatives

·       Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy (AISP) is an initiative that focuses on the development, use, and innovation of integrated data systems (IDS) for policy analysis and program reform. AISP encourages social innovation and social policy experimentation so government can work better, smarter and faster.

·       Ascend at the Aspen Institute (Ascend) is a hub for breakthrough ideas and collaborations that move children and their parents toward educational success and economic security. Ascend takes a two-generation approach to our work – focusing on children and their parents together – and we bring a gender and racial equity lens to our analysis.  Ascend believes that education, economic supports, social capital, and health and well-being are the core elements that create an intergenerational cycle of opportunity.

·       The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is a collaborative effort by foundations, nonprofit partners, business leaders, government agencies, states and communities across the nation to ensure that more children in low-income families succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career, and active citizenship. The Campaign focuses on an important predictor of school success and high school graduation—grade-level reading by the end of third grade.

·       MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership is the unifying champion for expanding quality youth mentoring relationships in the United States. MENTOR has served the mentoring field by providing a public voice; developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide; and promoting quality for mentoring through evidence-based standards, innovative research and essential tools.

·       My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Success Mentors Initiative, a partnership between the U.S. Department of Education and Johns Hopkins University, aims to reduce chronic absenteeism by connecting over one million students with caring mentors. It is the nation’s first-ever effort to scale an evidence-based, data-driven mentor model to reach and support the highest risk students – using existing resources already linked to schools, and the metric of chronic absenteeism to drive school and life success.

·       Open eBooks is a partnership between Digital Public Library of America, The New York Public Library, and First Book, with content support from digital books distributor Baker & Taylor. This effort is made possible by generous commitments of publishers with funding support provided in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and is part of the White House ConnectED Initiative.

·       San Francisco’s Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership is a coalition of social service providers, representatives of government bodies, advocates and others who work with or are concerned about children of incarcerated parents and their families.

·       The School Climate and Discipline page by the U.S. Department of Education provides administrators, educators, students, parents and community members can find tools, data and resources to: (1) Increase their awareness of the prevalence, impact, and legal implications of suspension and expulsion; (2) Find basic information and resources on effective alternatives; and (3) Join a national conversation on how to effectively create positive school climates.

·       The Summer Opportunity Project is a multi-agency effort led by the White House, the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) and other agencies to provide support to communities for their young people during the summer.

·       The Working Poor Families Project is a national initiative focused on state workforce development policies involving: 1) education and skills training for adults; 2) economic development; and 3) income and work supports. The WPFP supports state nonprofit groups to engage in a two-part, phased process that begins with an in-depth assessment of the economic conditions and state policies affecting working families and is followed by actions to strengthen those conditions and policies.