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For more parental awareness information, contact Michael DeLeon at 856-691-6676.

Bullying Resources
The following list covers an important range of bullying-related topics, and is strongly recommended.

General Resources
The following list covers a broad range of more general topics, and is also strongly recommended.

  • www.parentcentral.net - Parenting has never been more difficult. Our children are stressed, they behave in ways that are dangerous to them and sometimes to you, they are exposed to drugs and alcohol and violence much earlier than a generation ago, their schools are cutting back on everything due to funding cuts and money is harder and harder to come by. You are working more, maybe at two jobs, and you feel like your child is out of control. Where can you go for guidance and encouragement? ParentCentral.Net is a special place where you as a parent can communicate with counselors and other parenting professionals and receive answers within 24 hours.


  • www.ncjrs.org - This site, run by the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS), is one of the best and most informative sites you will ever visit. It is a federally-sponsored information clearinghouse for people involved with research, policy, and practice related to criminal and juvenile justice and drug control. As such, it has both national and international appeal.


  • www.smartrecovery.org - This site is very informative and beneficial for parents and educators, especially when it comes to dealing with youth and adults alike in matters of substance abuse, smoking, alcohol abuse, and addictive behaviors of all kinds. SMART Recovery® is an abstinence-based, not- for-profit organization with a sensible self-help program for people having problems with drinking and using. It includes many ideas and techniques to help you change your life from one that is self-destructive and unhappy to one that is constructive and satisfying. They teach common sense self-help procedures designed to empower you to abstain and to develop a more positive lifestyle. When you succeed at following their approach, you may graduate from the program, or you may stay around to help others.


  • www.ssw.upenn.edu/CSYP - Founded in 1983, the Center for the Study of Youth Policy's (CSYP) main goal is to have a major impact on the issues and systems affecting children and youth, including the juvenile justice system, the child welfare system, and systems for children's health and mental health. As an applied research center, CSYP uses a multi-disciplinary approach to produce information about the problems facing children and youth systems, and to frame the debate and advocate for solutions to these problems through planning, research, public discussion and systems redesign.


Prominent Organizations
  • Boy Scouts   www.scouting.org - The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.


  • Girl Scouts   www.girlscouts.org - The Girl Scouts of the USA is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls—all girls—where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adult volunteers, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives, like leadership, strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth.


  • Boys and Girls Clubs   www.bgca.org/clubs - In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them.

    Boys & Girls Clubs offer that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.

    Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. They are truly The Positive Place For Kids.
  • Police Athletic League   www.policeathleticleague.org - The Police Athletic League (PAL) is a recreation-oriented juvenile crime prevention program that relies heavily on athletics and recreational activities to tighten the bond between police officers and kids in the community.  First incorporated in the early 1930's, the PAL has a long history of developing bonds between cops and kids.

    The Police Athletic League is based on the belief that children, if reached early enough, can develop a strong, positive, attitude towards police officers in their journey through life towards the goal of adulthood and citizenship.

    A PAL program brings youngsters under the supervision and constructive influence of a responsible law enforcement agency and expands public awareness about the role of a police officer. That role is the positive reinforcement and support of the responsible values and attitudes instilled in young people by their parents.

    Youth sports programs have contributed significantly to the reduction of delinquency in our communities. Police Athletic League's use athletic and recreational programs as a tool; a way to involve children in the program. While involved with PAL, the message of avoiding gangs, drugs, alcohol, and other detriments, is discussed with the youngsters. Although nationally known as a recreation program, the Police Athletic League has adapted to the changing times. PAL programs now incorporate programs such as computer skills, mentoring, and homework help, to further aid our children.

    Studies show that if a youngster responds to a police officer in a positive way on the ballfield or in the classroom, he or she will very likely come to respect the laws that a police officer enforces. Such benefit to the youngsters and to the neighborhood and business community in which they grow up is virtually unmeasurable.


  • Gangs and Kids   www.gangsandkids.com - Gangs and Kids provides gang information parents can use to spot trouble in their children. Know the signs! This website gives lots of information regarding gangs and their effects on your children's behavior.


  • 2nd FLOOR   www.2ndfloor.org - 2ndFLOOR is a confidential and anonymous helpline for New Jersey's youth and young adults. We are here to help them find solutions to the problems that they face at home, at school or at play.

    Youths between the ages of 10 and 24, living in New Jersey, and needing to talk about an issue or problem that they are facing are urged to call 2nd FLOOR at (888) 222-2228.

    Youths that aren't from New Jersey are urged to call their local United Way or dial 211 for assistance and support.

    All youths having an emergency and needing police or medical assistance are urged to always immediately call their local police or to dial 911.
    Youths that aren't ready to talk, but are looking for support, are urged to post a message at 2ndFLOOR stuff. The message board will provide them with ideas, thoughts, and insight from 2nd FLOOR staff as well as from their peers. As always, they are urged that if they are having emergency, always dial 911.


Drug Resources
The following sites provide substantial anti-drug information, and are also strongly recommended.


  • www.pta.org - Here the visitor will find strategies for raising drug-free and alcohol-free children. It is developed and run by the National Parent Teachers Association (PTA).

  • www.health.org - SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information. This is a service of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is very in-depth and informative.

  • www.addictionresourceguide.com - This is a very comprehensive directory of addiction treatment facilities.


  • www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov - This is the website of The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The agency is a component of the Executive Office of the President, and was established by the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988. The principal purpose of ONDCP is to establish policies, priorities, and objectives for the Nation's drug control program. The goals of the program are to reduce illicit drug use, manufacturing, and trafficking, drug-related crime and violence, and drug-related health consequences. This site will provide you with a plethora of information, educational resources, and facts about our nation's #1 health problem: Substance Abuse.


  • www.theantidrug.com - TheAntiDrug.com was created by the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Cambaign to equip parents and other adult caregivers with the tools they need to raise drug-free kids. Working with the nation's leading experts in the fields of parenting and substance abuse prevention, TheAntiDrug.com serves as a drug prevention information center, and a supportive community for parents to interact and learn from each other.


  • www.drugfree.com - The Partnership for a Drug-Free America is a private, non-profit organization that unites communications professionals, renowned scientists and parents in the mission to reduce illicit drug abuse in America. Drugfree.org is a drug abuse prevention and treatment resource, existing to help parents and caregivers effectively address alcohol and drug abuse with their children. This website gives families the tools, information and support they need to help their children lead healthy, drug-free lives.


  • www.getsmartaboutdrugs.com - Parents and educators can learn a great deal here about the dangers of drugs and prevention strategies to keep kids away from drugs.


Promiscuous Lifestyle Resources
The following sites provide substantial facts and information about the state of our children's attitudes and opinions regarding living a promiscuous lifestyle.


  • www.childrenofthenight.org - This is the web site of "Children of the Night" which is a privately-funded non-profit organization established in 1979. They are dedicated to assisting children between the ages of 11-17 who are sexually abused and forced to prostitute on the streets for food to eat and a place to sleep. Since 1979, they have rescued over 10,000 boys and girls from prostitution. Over 80% of these children have stayed off the street and are not dependent on criminal activity.




 
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