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  • National AmeriCorps - Connects to the National AmeriCorps Web site where you'll find information about AmeriCorps, including AmeriCorps*NCCC and AmeriCorps*VISTA.
  • WA Commission for National & Community Service - The WCNCS administers the AmeriCorps Program in Washington State and provides information on other AmeriCorps programs within the state.
  • Washington Service Corps - Administers the Washington Reading Corps for the state of Washington and is one of the largest AmeriCorps programs in Washington state.

Juvenile Diversion

Street Outreach

  • Dept. of Health & Human Services - Youth Information
  • Institute for Youth Development - IYD is unique in its commitment to a comprehensive risk-avoidance message regarding major risk behaviors among youth: alcohol, drugs, sex, tobacco, and violence. Based on data showing unquestionable linkages between these behaviors, IYD promotes a consistent, comprehensive risk-avoidance message for all these behaviors.
  • InterNetwork for Youth - Advocacy for Youth Development. Resources for youth and adults.
  • National Youth Development - Advocacy for improved conditions & opportunities for youth development.
  • Northwest Justice Project - Clearinghouse of legal self-help materials and tools that provide information about non criminal legal problems affecting low-income people in Washington state.

Support Organizations

Youth Employment

  • Access Washington - Washington State government information. Information concerning youth employment issues can be found by selecting "Employment", then select "Teen Workers".
  • Jobs for the Future - Jobs for the Future seeks to accelerate the educational and economic advancement of youth and adults struggling in our economy.
  • WorkFirst Program - WorkFirst is Washington State's welfare reform program that helps financially struggling families find jobs, keep their jobs, get better jobs and build a better life for their children.
  • Workforce Tools Of The Trade - Workforce Tools of the Trade, a part of the CareerOneStop, is solely targeted to fostering the professional growth of those in workforce development field across all levels of the system-front line staff, managers, administrators and partners.

Sites for Youth

  • Blood Lines - A view into the souls of HIV+ youth: a film produced & Directed by Rebecca Guberman & Jennifer Jako
  • Foster Club - The National Network for Youth in Foster Care
  • In The Mix: Reality Television for Teens - Your issues. Your interests. Your favorite celebs. In the Mix, the national award-winning TV series for teens and by teens, brings you all of it...and gets everyone talking. We're on-air every week on PBS. Check us out!
  • - emowers and invests in Millennials to create and implement solutions to social problems. believes that in order to create long-term, sustainable and community based solutions to the challenges facing our generation, Millennials (young adults born between the years 1976 and 1996) must authentically engage their peers in identifying problems, proposing solutions, and most importantly, must work together to implement these solutions on their campuses and in their communities.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness Thurston/Mason - NAMI offers information, education and support to those who are living with mental illness, their family, and friends. NAMI Thurston/Mason provides free support groups and education programs.
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse - Keep your brain healthy, keep your body healthy. (Has a section specifically for teens.)
  • National Organizations for Youth Safety - The mission of NOYS is to promote youth empowerment and leadership, and build partnerships that save lives, prevent injuries and promote safe and healthy lifestyles among all youth.
  • National Runaway Switchboard - Are you having problems at home? Are you thinking about running away? Have you already run away and need to find a place to stay, food, clothing, legal or medical assistance? Being a teenager isn't easy. We're here 24 hours a day. We're confidential and free. Whether you are in a crisis, have a friend who is in trouble, need statistics for a school report, or want ideas for spreading the word about our services, we can help. Talk to us.
  • The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy - Think everyone's doing it? Think again.
  • Info for Teens (Planned Parenthood) - Sexuality and relationship info you can trust from Planned Parenthood® Federation of America.
  • Students Against Violence Everywhere - SAVE is a student driven organization. Students learn about alternatives to violence and practice what they learn through school and community service projects. As they participate in SAVE activities, students learn crime prevention and conflict management skills and the virtues of good citizenship, civility, and nonviolence.
  • TeensHealth - TeensHealth was created for teens looking for honest, accurate information and advice about health, relationships, and growing up. We offer a safe, private place that's accessible 24 hours a day to get the doctor-approved info you need to understand the changes that you (or your friends) may be going through - and to make educated decisions about your life. There's a lot of confusing, misleading, and just plain wrong health information on the Web - and our mission is to tell it to you straight.
  • Mix It Up - We understand hanging out with people we think are most like us can be comfortable. But we also understand it can be uncomfortable when you want to hang out with someone new and other people think you should "stick with your own kind." [...] Mix It Up believes in the power of youth to create and sustain real change. We want to provide ideas and tools to help you break the walls of division in your school and community. Mix It Up is a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center's tolerance programs and the Study Circles Resource Center.
  • Youth Communication: True stories by teens - Youth Communication helps teenagers develop their skills in reading, writing, thinking, and reflection, so they can acquire the information they need to make thoughtful choices about their lives. We currently publish two teen-written magazines: New Youth Connections (a general interest magazine) & Foster Care Youth United (by and for young people in foster care).

Youth Services

  • Administration for Children & Families - The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is a federal agency funding state, territory, local, and tribal organizations to provide family assistance (welfare), child support, child care, Head Start, child welfare, and other programs relating to children and families.
  • American Youth Policy Forum - To improve opportunities, services, and life prospects for youth, we provide learning experiences for national, state, and local policymakers and practitioners.
  • America's Promise - America's Promise is a collaborative effort that builds upon the collective power of communities and partners to help fulfill the Five Promises for every young person in America.
  • Child Trends - Improving the Lives of Children and Families: Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to improving the lives of children by conducting research and providing science-based information to improve the decisions, programs, and policies that affect children and their families.
  • Child Welfare League of America - The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), the nation's oldest and largest membership-based child welfare organization, has been known and respected as a champion for children since 1920.
  • Children's Alliance - Statewide child advocacy organization.
  • Future of Children - Providing research and analysis to promote effective policies and programs for children. (The David and Lucile Packard Foundation)
  • International Youth Foundation - The International Youth Foundation (IYF) is working in more than 60 countries and territories to improve the conditions and prospects for young people where they live, learn, work, and play.
  • Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative - The Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative is a national foundation whose mission is to help youth in foster care make successful transitions to adulthood.
  • Join Together - Substance abuse and gun violence - Boston University
  • Missing Kids - National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
  • National Dropout Prevention/Center Network - The mission of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network is to serve as a research center and resource network for practitioners, researchers, and policymakers to reshape school and community environments to meet the needs of youth- including youth with disabilities- in at-risk situations so these students receive the quality education and services necessary to succeed academically and graduate from high school.
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse - Keep your brain healthy, keep your body healthy. (Has a section specifically for teens.)
  • National Mental Health Association
  • National Network for Youth - For 25 years, the National Network for Youth has been dedicated to ensuring that young people can be safe and lead healthy and productive lives. With more than 700 direct members and 1,500 constituents involved in its regional and state networks, the National Network informs public policy, educates the public and strengthens the field of youth work. In doing so, young people are championed, especially those who because of life circumstances, disadvantage, past abuse or community prejudice have less opportunity to become contributing members of their communities.
  • National Resource Center for Youth Services - (at the University of Oklahoma) Enhancing the quality of life of our nation's youth and their families by improving the effectiveness of human services.
  • National Runaway Safeline - The National Runaway Safeline (NRS) is a not-for-profit volunteer organization whose mission is to provide confidential crisis intervention and referral to youth and their families through national and local telephone switchboards, as well as advocacy and educational services on behalf of youth. It is the federally designated national communication system for runaway and homeless youth. Information is available 24 hours a day throughout the United States and its territories, including Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam.
  • National Youth Leadership Council - For more than two decades, NYLC has led a movement linking youths, educators, and communities to redefine the role of young people in society. That movement is service-learning, and it empowers youths to transform themselves from recipients of information and resources into valuable, contributing members of a democracy.
  • Search Institute - Practical Research Benefiting children and youth.
  • Spark Action- Merger of, the Youth Policy Action Center and the National Youth Development Information. Your one-stop site for stories, news and tools for action by and for children & youth.
  • The Children's Bureau - The Children's Bureau (CB) is the oldest federal agency for children and is located within the United States Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families. It is responsible for assisting States in the delivery of child welfare services - services designed to protect children and strengthen families.
  • Parent Trust of Washington - Parent Trust for Washington Children creates lasting change and hope for the future by promoting safe, self sufficient, healthy families and communities. The organization is committed to decreasing isolation, increasing knowledge of healthy brain development, improving family bonding, promoting knowledge of school readiness, building family and life management skills, developing the ability to give and receive support, and preventing child abuse and neglect. To learn more, you can call 1-800-932-HOPE (4673).
  • Youth Service Opportunities Project - YSOP is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded by Quakers in 1983, which is committed to making young people a part of the solution to societal problems by helping them learn what a difference they can make in the lives of others. While YSOP was created for young people, we welcome young people of all ages to our program.

Domestic Violence

  • Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE(7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.
  • HopeLine- HopeLine is a program from Verizon that connects survivors of domestic violence to vital resources, funds organizations nationwide, and protects the environment.
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