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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. 

Grownup U: Facts for Success
Join Arkansas Extension Family and Consumer Science agents as they talk us through the latest in research-based advice on critical life skills needed to live independently. 


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

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 government (FAFSA)
Virtual tours of college campuses
College Bound
Database for those looking for a school based on the subject you want to major in. 

College Raptor
College search platform for students and families to help discover their best fit colleges they can
afford and get accepted to.  This database gives students their estimated personal net costs,
acceptance odds, and student loan amounts at any school in the United States
Large scholarship database that is free to use
Planning guides as well as information on thousands of schools

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
An 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.
The online version of the magazine with articles, writing prompts, and tips

Need the Driver's License manual?  Find it here online as well as where to go to take the test. - 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.
Teen Driving
Help with driving skills such as parallel parking, passing, and tips for driving in bad weather.

     A wealth of resources to help preschoolers and children in the early grades grasp critical early childhood themes. (Optimized for tablets) [TRAVELER]
Book Reviews by Teens for Teens
Great books for guys
Book reviews for LGBTQIA+ teens.
Out of the ordinary teen booklists
The book review blog of a high school junior
Teen reads the reviews of hot new releases for teens every month.

It Gets Better Project
This project strives to show that life as a LGBTQIA+ teen will get better than it is in high school.   
National Youth Advocacy Coalition
The NYAC's blog providing news on LGBTQIA+ issues. 
Oasis Journals 
This is a place for LGBTQIA+ teens to showcase their writing talents.
Persad Center 
Counseling center for the LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ teens.
Trevor Project 
Crisis and suicide intervention.
Youth Resource
Information about life and issues by and for LGBTQIA+ teens.

Information from Teens Health about vegetarianism and eating healthy
An 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.
Breathtaking 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.

Tools, Guides, Stats, Tip Sheets about diabetes
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.
Spark Teens 
Do you want help and motivation to eat right and get fit? Spark Teens might be right for you!
Teens Health 
Information on physical and mental health in easy-to-understand articles.

Career exploration for middle school students
Information on career interests and exploration from the Department of Labor
Career ideas based on your interests
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.
Snag a Job
One of many job-seeking sites.
Information about career opportunities in the armed forces

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
An in-depth guide to help teach kids the importance of building an emergency savings plan.
Clear and practical financial information for students
A budget and savings simulation
Test Your Money $marts
This quiz will help you learn some basics of stocks and bonds.
With a variety of tips and activities, your knowledge of money will never stop growing.
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.

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.

If you are considering adoption, this site can help answer your questions.

Recognizing and Intervening in Emotionally Abusive Teenage Relationships
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
It helps teens know what is a healthy relationship compared to one that is abusive.

Sex Ed from Advocates for Youth
It helps to make informed decisions about sex.

Everything you ever wanted to know about baseball history
A comprehensive website on current sports

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 about any bullying from texts, emails, or online sites.
Stop Bullying
This site is 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.

High school graduates can join City Year for a year of service and gain skills and money for their education.
Global activism organization that offers chances to help by volunteering.