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Helpful Resources

Pine Bluff / Jefferson County Library System isn't just for homework!  You can find information on just about anything you want to learn more about. Here are our resource guides for the most popular real life subjects.


ALCOHOL AND DRUGS

 
Above the Influence
Help for teens who are coping with peer pressure regarding alcohol and drugs.
 
NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse 
The National Institute on Drug Abuse has collected information on drugs, quizzes and real-life stories in this site for teens.
 
Quit For Life 
This Canadian website will teach you about the dangers of smoking.
 
The Truth 
Learn the truth about tobacco, and get the help you need to quit.     
Getting Around
 

 
COLLEGE PREP
 
America's Best Colleges
U.S. News and World Report's website for the college bound. Includes the annual list of the best colleges.
 
Everything about applying for student aid from the federal goverment (FAFSA)
 
Virtual tours of college campuses
 
College Bound
Database for those looking for a school based on the subject you want to major in.
 
Large scholarship database that is free to use
 
Iaam.com
College information by teens for teens.
 
Planning guides as well as information on thousands of schools
 

 
CREATIVE WRITING
 
A community where you can share your writing, connect with other people who love to read, and discover new stories and authors
 
Free Writing Community for Serious Minded Writers
 
Online community that encourages writers to break through their blocks and write an entire novel in November
 
National teen magazine, book series, and website devoted entirely to teen writing, art, photos and forums.
 
Online version of the magazine with articles, writing prompts and tips
 

 
DRIVING & TRANSPORTATION
 
Need the Driver's License manual?  Find it here online as well as where to go to take the test. 
 
Driving-Tests.org - Driving-Tests.org is a website for learners who want to practice their skills before taking the real DMV test. The site provides practice tests for the state of Arkansas.
 
Pine Bluff Transit
With Pine Bluff Transit, you can save money getting around town, reduce wear and tear on your car and save gas.
 
Teen Driving
Help with driving skills such as parallel parking, passing and tips for driving in bad weather.
 

 
FIND A GOOD BOOK
 
Book Reviews by Teens for Teens
 
Great books for guys
 
Book reviews for GLBTQ teens.
 
Out of the ordinary teen booklists
 
Book review blog of a high school junior
 
Teen reads has the reviews of the hot new releases for teens every month.
 

 
GLBTQ
 
It Gets Better Project
This project strives to show that life as a GLBTQ teen will get better than it is in high school.   
 
National Youth Advocacy Coalition
The NYAC's blog providing news on GLBTQ issues. 
 
Oasis Journals 
This is a place for GLBTQ teens to showcase their writing talents.
 
Persad Center 
Counseling center for the GLBTQ community.
 
Point Foundation 
The Foundation helps teens achieve academic and leadership potential despite the obstacles they face. 
 
Safe Schools Coalition 
Helping schools become safe places for GLBTQ teens.
 
Trevor Project 
Crisis and suicide intervention.
 
Youth Resource
Information about life and issues by and for GLBTQ teens.
 

 
GOING GREEN
 
Information from TeensHealth about vegetarianism and eating healthy
 
EcoStudent
Environmental blog for students.
 
Go Green Initiative 
Ideas on ways to Go Green at home and at your school.
 
News and resources on environmental issues and simple steps you can take to help the planet.
 
Breath-taking photographs highlighting the effects of climate change.
 
Answers frequently asked questions about being a young vegetarian
 
The Discovery Network’s guide to all things green.
 
Vegetarian Times magazine including recipes, nutritional information and a produce storage guide.
 
Watch videos about protecting the environment and endangered species.
 
Guide from the United State Environmental Protection Agency including tips, resources, and career information just for teens
 

 
HEALTH & SAFETY
 
Girl's Health
Maintained by the Office on Women's Health, this site provides information for girls between the ages of 10 and 16.
 
Go Ask Alice! 
Need honest answers? Go Ask Alice, a question and answer resource produced by Columbia University.
 
Nutrition information for teens and tweens
 
Spark Teens 
Do you want help and motivation to eat right and get fit? Spark Teens might be right for you!
 
Get expert answers to tough questions
 
TeensHealth  
Information on physical and mental health in easy-to-understand articles.
 

 
JOBS & CAREERS
 
Camp Jobs
Summer camp employment.
 
Career exploration for middle school students
 
Information on career interests and exploration from the Department of Labor
 
Job Corps
A free education and training program that helps young adults find a career.
 
Offers the practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want—at school, at work, or in life.
 
Next Step U
Should you go to college or should you find a job now?  This site may help you.
 
Comprehensive directory of careers including job duties, training requirements, and employment outlook
 
Snag a Job
One of many job-seeking sites.
 
Information about career opportunities in the armed forces
 
Career ideas based on your interests
 

 
MONEY MANAGEMENT
 
Consumer Jungle
This website will help you get a handle on your money and how you spend it in order to save a little of it.
 
Basic financial terms from PBS
 
Clear and practical financial information for students
 
A budget and savings simluation
 
Investment and financial advice for teens from the Motley Fool
 
Test Your Money $marts
This quiz will help you learn some of the basics of stocks and bonds.
 
With a variety of tips and activities, your knowledge of money will never stop growing.
 
Everything you need to know about credit
 
Young Americans Center for Financial Literacy
Finance geared specifically to young adults.  Learn by hands on activities designed to help you navigate the consumer world.
 

 
POLITICS
 
All Girl Army
29 young feminists between the ages of 10 and 25 write blogs and provide resources and support for young girls and the feminist movement.
 
Arkansas Boys State is an immersive program in civics education designed for high school juniors.
 
The ALA Girls State program in Arkansas, is a program planned to provide citizenship training for young women of high school age; to afford them an opportunity to live together in mythical cities and counties as self-governing citizens; to inform them about the duties, privileges, and participation in the functioning of their government; and to help them grasp the meaning of some of the responsibilities which they must assume when they become adults.
 
Humane Teen
The Humane Society's site for teens.
 
Rock the Vote
Register to vote, learn about the issues and find ways to help.
 
Speak Out!
Learn about your government and how it works, then have your say.
 
The White House
News from the source!
 
Project Vote Smart provides free, unbiased, in-depth information about current officials, candidates, issues, legislation, and voting.
 

 
PREGNANCY & PARENTHOOD
 
Adoption.com
If you are considering adoption, this site can help answer your questions.
 
Planned Parenthood for Teens
Planned Parenthood's site for teens offers information on all aspects of teen life including information on relationships, reproductive health, sexuality and pregnancy. 
 

 
RELATIONSHIPS
 
BAM! Guide to Getting Along
Tips for getting along with all kinds of people.
 
Questions and answers about friendship for teens
 
Healthy Relationships
Offers advice to make your relationship better.
 
Heather's Voice
Brings domestic violence to light using the life of Heather, who was killed by her boyfriend.
 
Love is Respect
Helps teens know what is a healthy relationship compared to one that is abusive.
 
Teen Relationships
Advice on your relationships and recognizing abuse.
 
TeensHealth: Date Rape
What is date rape exactly and can it happen to me?
 

 
SEX & SEXUALITY
 
MySistahs 
A straight from the hip conversation about sex.
 
Planned Parenthood for Teens 
National site for sex education.
 
Scarleteen 
Blogs and advice about sex and relationships. 
 
Sex Ed from Advocates for Youth
Helps you make informed decisions about sex.
 
Sex, Etc.
Sex education by teens, for teens.
 
Get the facts about the only thing that is 100% safe
 

 
SPORTS
 
Everything you ever wanted to know about baseball history
 
Comprehensive website on current sports
 
A site for girls with game
 
High school athletes can share their clips and stats with other athletes and recruiters
 

 
VIOLENCE, ABUSE & BULLYING
 
Medline Plus:  Teen Violence
Medline Plus' database and articles about teen violence.
 
 
Stop Cyberbullying
Online bullying is a growing concern.  Check here for more information for any bullying from texts, emails, or online sites.
 
Stop Bullying
Site dedicated to stopping bullying by educating both the bullied and the people who cause the abuse.
 
Teens Against Gang Violence
Stop violence on the streets in Memphis by taking cues from this Massachusetts organization.
 
Teens Health: Someone at School Has a Weapon
Have you heard about gun violence at other schools?  Here is what to do if it ever happens to your school.
 
That's Not Cool
A down to earth site about cyberbullying and ways to combat it if it is happening to you.
 

 
VOLUNTEERING
 
High school graduates can join City Year for a year of service and gain skils and money for their education.
 
DoSomething.org
Global activism organization that offers chances to help by volunteering.
 
Volunteering Opportunities for Teens
Ideas on how and where you could volunteer.