Related Links - Youth

 
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General Resources
The following site covers a broad range of related topics, and is strongly recommended.


  • 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.

  • www.teencentral.net - For many teens today, the carefree days of youth are anything but happy-go-lucky. From alcohol and other drug use to relationship issues and sex to depression and eating disorders, teens are confronted with high-risk pressures and problems--whether experienced personally, through their friends, or with family members. Where can teens turn for help and advice? .


  • www.girlshealth.gov - Welcome to the girlshealth.gov web site! This site was created to help girls (ages 10-16) learn about health, growing up, and issues they may face. It focuses on health topics that girls are concerned about and helps motivate them to choose healthy behaviors by using positive, supportive, and non-threatening messages. The site gives girls reliable, useful information on the health issues they will face as they become young women and tips on handling relationships with family and friends, at school and at home. Our site ranks #1 when searching on "Girls’ Health" with Google, MSN / Bing, Yahoo!, and AOL.


  • www.ycwa.org - The website of "Youth Crime Watch" which is a youth-led movement to create a crime-free, drug-free environment in our schools and neighborhoods. Youth Crime Watch brings youth of all backgrounds together to identify and correct problems unique to their schools and communities. The YCW program empowers youth to take an active role in addressing the problems around them. Youth take ownership of their own YCW program for their school, neighborhood, public housing site, recreational center or park.



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/

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.

Ask Kids   www.askkids.com

Ask Kids is a search engine designed exclusively for young people ages 6 to 12. It is a free, safe, fun way for kids and their parents to quickly and easily research school topics like science, math, geography, language arts, and history in a search environment that is safer and more age-appropriate than traditional, adult search engines.


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

  • www.health.org/features/kidsarea - This site is also sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its message is designed specifically to appeal to young people.

  • www.justice.gov/dea/ - Get It STRAIGHT -- The Facts About Drugs. This is a drug prevention book that is presented and maintained online by the USDJ/DEA. It discusses drugs that exist in our communities, and will help you understand why drugs are harmful.

  • www.justthinktwice.com - This site explains the dangers and harmful effects of drugs.



Youth Crime Resources
The following site provides information related to avoiding and reducing youth crime, and is strongly recommended.

  • www.mcgruff.org - This site is strictly for kids. Got a question about staying safe? Ask McGruff for advice. Learn basic safety rules with Scruff through games, puzzles, and comics. Find out how you can help Take A Bite Out Of Crime!



 
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