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Body: Health Resources

The Denver Public Library Health and Medicine Site Resources and links on just about every health topic from staying healthy to getting help in Denver.

Above the Influence Pressure to drink, do drugs or do anything that goes against who you are in order to fit in – that's negative influence.

TeensHealth, Your Body From head to toe, from greasy hair to athlete’s foot. En español.

FamilyDoctor.org Articles about everything from athlete's foot to quitting smoking, just for teens.

iEmily.com Just for teen girls.

National Eating Disorders Association Information for women, men, guys, and girls.

Sexuality health resources

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Mind: Mental Health Resources

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Use cardFeatured eFlick - Student Voices: Teen Suicide A downloadable movie featuring seven area teenagers whose lives have been affected by suicide.

National Hopeline Network: 800-442-4673 or 800-784-2432 (en español). Help and hope 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.      

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255). No matter what problems you are dealing with, they want to help you find a reason to keep living.

Teen Line - Teens Helping Teens: Call 800-852-8336 or text “TEEN” to 839863. If you have a problem or just want to talk with another teen who understands, then this is the right place for you.

Denver Mobile Crisis A 24/7 service that provides mental health support to residents of the City and County of Denver.

Urban Peak Help for homeless youth, including counseling services.

Mental Health Center of Denver's Teen Program A place where recovery happens.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance Provides hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of people who have mood disorders.

Mental Help Net Information about mental health.

Reach Out Help for teens and young adults facing tough times and struggling with mental health issues.

TeensHealth, Your Mind Worried? Depressed? Afraid? Get some answers.

Modern Loss Candid conversation about grief.

The Big Brain Club Founded by author Dom Testa to help young people overcome the peer pressure to dumb down.

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Your Future

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High School

Colorado School Choice Learn about school choice in Colorado. Find and compare schools using student achievement and demographic data.

Technical Schools Guide Thousands of technical colleges, classes and degree programs.

 

College

College in Colorado Explore your education opportunities.

Campus Tours Take a virtual tour of colleges and universities across the country!

CollegeBoard Plan for college, take the tests, get into college, and pay for it!

Peterson’s College search, test prep, graduate programs…

The Princeton Review Info on schools, financial aid, applications, test preparation and more.

US News College Rankings Find the best school for you!

Study Abroad Find programs by country or subject of study.

Guide to Online Schools Reviews of the most popular online colleges and universities. Check out their free online courses.

OnlineUdirectory for U.S. online colleges ranked solely on affordability.

College Directories in the Library

College Admissions Essay Preperation Help:

Use cardLearning Express Library A new site for Learning Express adds new GED tests along with an updated look for practice tests and courses for all ages, from school age help for tests and skills, to high school equivalency, college prep and college skills, to career skills, citizenship and recursos en español. Create a new account to get started and track your progress. Accounts and test progress does not carry over from the previous site. Please complete courses or tests you've already started in Learning Express 2.0 by June 1, 2014. 

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College Application Essay Books in the Library

 

Testing

Use cardLearning Express Library A new site for Learning Express adds new GED tests along with an updated look for practice tests and courses for all ages, from school age help for tests and skills, to high school equivalency, college prep and college skills, to career skills, citizenship and recursos en español. Create a new account to get started and track your progress. Accounts and test progress does not carry over from the previous site. Please complete courses or tests you've already started in Learning Express 2.0 by June 1, 2014.

ACT Everything you need to know about the test!

Khan Academy has partnered up with College Board to offer free SAT prep. 

INeedAPencil.com Free SAT prep.

SAT Prep Help Overview, test questions and tips.

ACT Study Guides in the Library

SAT Study Guides in the Library

PSAT Study Guides in the Library

CLEP Study Guides in the Library

Advanced Placement Study Guides in the Library

ASVAB Study Guides in the Library

 

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA on the Web) Apply for aid, check the deadlines, check your status, and find answers to your questions about aid in English and Spanish.

Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid Scholarships, loans, military aid, government financial aid, and more.

United Negro College Fund Read about and download program and scholarship applications. Find your local office. Check out member institutions.

School Grants Information about school grants and how to apply.

FinAid! All about financial aid. Scholarships, loans, savings, military aid, and other types of financial aid.

College Assist Help with financial aid planning.

Financial Aid Books in the Library

 

GED

Use cardLearning Express Library A new site for Learning Express adds new GED tests along with an updated look for practice tests and courses for all ages, from school age help for tests and skills, to high school equivalency, college prep and college skills, to career skills, citizenship and recursos en español. Create a new account to get started and track your progress. Accounts and test progress does not carry over from the previous site. Please complete courses or tests you've already started in Learning Express 2.0 by June 1, 2014.

GED Test Centers and Classes (PDF) Find GED classes and test centers near Denver Public Library locations. View these locations on a map.

Colorado GED Information Find preparation programs and testing centers.

GED Study Guides in the Library

 

Apprenticeship Programs

Apprenticeship is a system of learning that combines on-the-job training supervised by a skilled crafts person with related classroom instruction.

The Emily Griffith Technical College partners with 18 Joint Apprenticeship Training Centers and other registered apprenticeship partners to provide high-quality training by industry professionals. Locations include: Metro Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo and the Western Slope.

U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeships More information about apprenticeships.

 

Armed Services

ROTC is an elective curriculum you take along with your required college classes. Along with great leadership training, ROTC can pay for your college tuition, too. You will have a normal college student experience like everyone else on campus, but when you graduate, you will have the opportunity to serve as a leader in either the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps.

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)

This test is used to determine qualification for enlistment in the United States armed forces.

Use cardLearning Express Library A new site for Learning Express adds new GED tests along with an updated look for practice tests and courses for all ages, from school age help for tests and skills, to high school equivalency, college prep and college skills, to career skills, citizenship and recursos en español. Create a new account to get started and track your progress. Accounts and test progress does not carry over from the previous site. Please complete courses or tests you've already started in Learning Express 2.0 by June 1, 2014.

ASVAB Study Guides in the Library

 

Jobs/Career

Use cardLearning Express Library A new site for Learning Express adds new GED tests along with an updated look for practice tests and courses for all ages, from school age help for tests and skills, to high school equivalency, college prep and college skills, to career skills, citizenship and recursos en español. Create a new account to get started and track your progress. Accounts and test progress does not carry over from the previous site. Please complete courses or tests you've already started in Learning Express 2.0 by June 1, 2014.

Use cardVocations, Careers & Technical Education Articles Magazines and journals focused on vocations, careers and technical education.
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Mayor's Office of Workforce Development The Division of Youth Services works with Denver youth between the ages of 14 and 24.

Job Corps A no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 through 24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training. Located on the western slope in Collbran, CO. Job Corps has no cost to its students or their families. Throughout your training, you will receive a basic living allowance. As your training progresses, your living allowance will increase.  For more information check the website or contact the admissions counselors at 924 West Colfax Ave. #103, Denver, CO 80204, or call 303-623-0420.

Americorps Membership is open to U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents age 17 and older. Members serve full or part time over a 10- to 12-month period. Upon successful completion of their service, members receive an AmeriCorps Education Award of up to $4,725 to pay for college or graduate school or to pay back qualified student loans. During their service, members receive health coverage, training, and student loan deferment. About half the members also receive a modest annual living allowance.

Girls Incorporated: I Can Be:  Resources for careers and education.

Job and Career Resources for Teenagers from Quintessential Careers. Also try their Helpful Job-Searching Hints and Summer Job resources.

MyFirstPaycheck.com Employment help and jobs for teens!

YouthRules! The resources on this website will help you understand what hours you can work, what jobs you can work and more.

Teens4Hire.org A free membership-based site for young adults (14 and older) actively looking for work.

JobStar Lots of info to help plan your career.

America’s Career InfoNet Wages and employment trends, occupational requirements, state by state labor market conditions, employer contacts nationwide.

Mapping Your Future Tips for planning a career and selecting and paying for school.

My Own Biz Tips on starting your own business from the Brooklyn Public Library.

Occupational Outlook Handbook Describes what workers do, working conditions, training and education needed, earnings, and expected job prospects.

Girl Geeks The source for women in computing.

Career Books in the Library

Career E-Books

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Money Resources

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Use cardConsumer Reports Get the best deal with ratings and evaluations of cars and other consumer products.

Young Americans Center for Financial Education Home to Young Americans Bank and an incredible array of award-winning nonprofit programs, all designed to teach young people 21 and under about finances, economics and business.

Jump Start Financial smarts for students.

My Own Biz Tips on starting your own business from the Brooklyn Public Library.

My First Paycheck Employment help and jobs for teens!

The NEFE High School Financial Planning Program Being smart about money can be very cool.

Cash Course Prep Get ready for college.

The Student Guide A resource on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education. Available in English and Spanish.

Teen Consumer Scrapbook Created by teens for teens, their goal is to educate teenagers about the marketplace and other consumer issues of interest.

Young Biz Business and investing tips for young people.

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Spirituality Resources

Adherents.com A growing collection statistics and religious geography citations for over 4,200 religions, churches, denominations, religious bodies, faith groups, tribes, cultures and movements.

Belief System Selector Take this survey and find out about yourself and different religions.

Beliefnet A multi-faith e-community, hopes to help people meet their own religious, spiritual and moral needs by providing information, inspiration, community, stimulation and products.

Buddha.net Buddhist education and information network.

Catholic News Agency A Catholic news provider that strives to provide free, up-to-the-minute news affecting the Catholic Church.

IgniteYourFaith.com A ministry of Christianity Today, Ignite Your Faith provides honest answers to the tough questions teens ask, and encourages them to be fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ by living out their faith in every part of their daily life.

Interlude: An Internet Retreat “A place to renew the spirit” featuring meditations, prayers, and poetry.

Internet Sacred Text Archive An archive of electronic texts about religion, mythology, legends and folklore, and occult and esoteric topics.

MyJewishLearning.com Offers articles and resources on all aspects of Judaism and Jewish life. The site is useful for everyone, from the casual reader looking for interesting insights, to non-Jews searching for a better understanding of Jewish culture, to experienced learners wishing to delve deeper into specific topic areas.

TheLockers.net A place for Jewish teens to speak freely.

Young Muslims Find out more about Islam.

Secular Web A comprehensive website devoted to the defense of metaphysical naturalism, the view that our natural world is all that there is, a closed system in no need of an explanation and sufficient unto itself.

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Sexuality Resources

The Denver Public Library Health and Medicine Site Resources and links on just about every health topic from staying healthy to getting help in Denver. 

Amplify Your Voice Created by and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) young people 13 to 24 years old. This site offers support, community, resources, and peer-to-peer education about issues of concern to GLBTQ young people. More GLBTQ Resources

Coalition for Positive Sexuality: Sex Ed for Teens Candid sex ed.

FamilyDoctor.org: Sexual Health Learn the facts about sexual health with articles about puberty, menstruation, infections, and just about everything else you wanted to know, for guys and girls.

Go Ask Alice! Originally for college students, now for everyone. Answers to all those burning questions.

In Case You're Curious A free and anonymous service by the Denver Teen Pregnancy Prevention Partnership.  ICYC answers sexual health questions for teens with medically accurate, factual information.  Click on "Find a Clinic" or "Resources" for more information.

It's Your (Sex) Life Get information about STDs, pregnancy, contraception, and more.

IWannaKnow Answers to your questions about teen sexual health.

Planned Parenthood's Info for Teens Info on sexuality, health and relationships.

Scarleteen Sex education for the real world.

SEX, etc. Website for teens by teens.

Sexual Health Learn the facts about sexual health with articles about puberty, menstruation, infections, and just about everything else, for guys and girls.

Stay Teen Get informed about teen pregnancy from The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

Teenline - Teens Helping Teens If you have a problem or just want to talk with another teen who understands, then this is the right place for you!

Teen Sexual Health Information from Medline Plus Reliable information on puberty, sex, STDs and more from the National Institutes of Health.

Thinking About Sex? What Teens Should Know Guide to Reproductive Health Care in Colorado from NARAL. Also available en español: Pensando del Sexo? Lo Que los Adolescentes Deben Saber.

True Love Waits A Christian site committed to educating teens about abstinence until marriage.

Library Materials on Sex

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Relationship Resources

Break the Cycle A nonprofit organization whose mission is to end domestic violence by working proactively with youth.

Bully Bust A student-led community effort to reduce bullying in schools. More Bullying Resources

Foster Club The national network of young people in foster care. The website provides support, information and dialogue. More Adoption and Foster Care Resources

Girls Health: Relationships Created to help girls (ages 10-16) learn about health, growing up, and issues they may face.

I'm From Driftwood True stories by gay people from all over. More GLBTQ Resources

Love Doesn't Have to Hurt Dating violence information from the American Psychological Association.

LoveIsRespect.org The online home of the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline. A community where you can find support and information to understand dating abuse.

Sex: Take Time to Make the Right Decision Tips on making the right decision for you from FamilyDoctor.org. More Sexuality Resources.

Teen Relationships Resources, chat room, statistics and links on relationships.

Teenline - Teens Helping Teens If you have a problem or just want to talk with another teen who understands, then this is the right place for you!

Teenwire Planned Parenthood's site on sexuality, health and relationships.

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Your Rights

ACLU The American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) mission is to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Check out their blogs on student rights in school

Advocates for Youth Dedicated to creating programs and advocating for policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health.

Bully Bust A student-led community effort to reduce bullying in schools. More Bullying Resources

GLAAD The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation. More GLBTQ Resources

Human Rights Campaign A political organization working to ensure equality for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

Kids, Know Your Rights! A Young Person’s Guide to Intellectual Freedom A four-page PDF brochure written by members of ALSC’s Intellectual Freedom Committee.

Listen Up! A youth media network whose mission is to help connect young video producers and their allies to resources, support, and projects in order to develop the field and achieve an authentic youth voice in the mass media.

Teen Consumer Scrapbook Created by high school students, this site provides tips and information on such topics as privacy, health and finances.

Teen Workers Rights U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) site for teen workers.

The Youth Free Expression Project A national coalition of teens and adults committed to defending the free expression rights of youth.

YouthRules! A site from the U.S. Department of Labor designed to bring teens, parents, educators, employers, government, unions and advocacy groups together to ensure young workers have safe and rewarding work experiences.

Youth and Labor Provides statistics, resources and information on topics like work permits, hours and wages.

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Safety

Internet Safety

Read DPL’s Internet Use Statement

SafeTeens.com Everything about Internet safety: risks of using the Internet, reducing spam, protecting your privacy, avoiding porn, etc.

GetNetWise Learn about online safety, how to prevent unwanted email and spam, protecting your computer from hackers and viruses, and keeping your personal information private.

Safe Surfing Tips for Teens From TeensHealth.org.

Teen Safety on the Information Highway From the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

 

Personal Safety

Bully Bust A student-led community effort to reduce bullying in schools. More Bullying Resources

The National Network for Youth Championing the needs of runaway, homeless and other disconnected youth. 

Personal Safety Tips From Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International.

Street Smarts and Personal Safety Good advice from About.com.

Teens, Crime, and Community Tips on how to keep yourself and your community safe. Doing a report on violence or crime? This site also has facts, data, and statistics.

Topics in Crime Prevention for Teens Extensive library of information from the National Crime Prevention Council, home of McGruff. “Take a bite out of crime.”

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Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender & Questioning Teen Resources

The Center The only statewide, nonprofit community center dedicated to providing support and advocacy for Colorado’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender population. The Center offers Rainbow Alley, a drop-in center designed to support GLBT youth and their allies.

The Trevor Project The nation's only 24/7 suicide & crisis prevention helpline for gay and questioning youth. Visit them online or call 866-488-7386.

The Make It Better Project GLBT youth should not have to suffer through bullying at school. We Can Make It Better Now!

The It Gets Better Project Many GLBT youth can't picture what their lives might be like as openly gay adults. This project shows the stories of gay adults and the good things the future may hold. Also on Facebook.

The Gay/Lesbian/Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

Amplify Your Voice: Youth Resource Created by and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) young people 13 to 24 years old. This site offers support, community, resources, and peer-to-peer education about issues of concern to GLBTQ young people.

GLAAD The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

Colorado Anti-Violence Program Dedicated to eliminating violence within and against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities in Colorado, and providing the highest quality services to survivors.

We Are the Youth A photographic journalism project chronicling the individual stories of queer youth in the United States.

I'm From Driftwood True stories by gay people from all over.

Teenline - Teens Helping Teens If you have a problem or just want to talk with another teen who understands, then this is the right place for you!

Ambiente Joven Un sitio para los jóvenes latinos GLBTQ. Ofrece notocias, artículos, directorio de centros de apoyo y recursos.

My Story Book Club A Young Adult online LGBT book club featuring a LGBT author every month. Aims to provide readers age 14 and up to connect and learn about LGBT works in a safe and protective atmosphere of Goodreads.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Collection The Western History/Genealogy Department of the Denver Public Library is proud to house organizational records of Equality Colorado and other pioneering community groups, as well as collections of personal papers of notable gay Coloradans.

Advocates for Youth Created by and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning young people to provide information and offer support on sexual and reproductive health issues.

GLBTQ Booklist Great fiction and nonfiction books for teens.

 

Coming Out

Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Coming Out Page

Coming Out: When is the Right Time?

Planned Parenthood Coming Out Page

 

GLBTQ Organizations and Communities

The Center

National LGBTQ Scholarship Database Scholarships and funding resources for LGBTQ and ally studentsFrom Campus Pride and Point Foundation.

Keshet

Human Rights Campaign

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

Gay/Lesbian/Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Also check out the Colorado Chapter.

Intersex Society of North America

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Family Pride Coalition

Children of Lesbians and Gays Everywhere

COLAGE Unites people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents into a network of peers.

International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission

Stop the Hate! - Fighting Bias & Hate Crimes on Campus

Bisexual Resource Center

Lambda Legal

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Bullying

Bully Bust A student-led community effort to reduce bullying in schools.

Teens Against Bullying Created by and for teens, it’s a place for middle and high school students to find ways to address bullying, to take action, to be heard, and to join an important social cause.

Stomp Out Bullying A national anti-bullying and cyberbullying program for kids and teens.

The Make It Better Project GLBT youth should not have to suffer through bullying at school. We Can Make It Better Now!

The It Gets Better Project Many GLBT youth can't picture what their lives might be like as openly gay adults. This project shows the stories of gay adults and the good things the future may hold. Also on Facebook.

Prevent CyberBullying Provide resources for youth who have questions about or have been targeted by online harassment.

Stop Bullying Information on preventing bullying and getting help.

National Crime Prevention Council - Cyberbullying This site contains tips for kids and parents on how to deal with cyberbullying, including saving text messages and other correspondence from bullies.

Safe Schools Coalition is Working to help schools become safe places where every family can belong, where every educator can teach, and where every child can learn, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.

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Adoption | Foster Care

Adoption

Adoptees In Search AIS is a group of adult adoptees in the Denver area that provides technical search information and emotional support to searchers, educates the public about the adoptive experience, and works on the revision of laws and policies regarding adoption information.

Adoptive Families Magazine This online site of the national adoption magazine offers information, articles, and news updates on all aspects of domestic and international adoption.

AdoptUSKids National photo listing service for children awaiting adoption across the United States. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families. Its Resource Center link gives basic information on the adoption process.

Adoption Exchange Assists adoption agencies in finding homes for children who are in the foster care system. The Exchange covers the Rocky Mountain region and has an office in Denver. The site contains a directory of licensed adoption agencies and parent support groups in its member states.

Adoption Today The web site of the bimonthly magazine geared toward adoptive families. It carries information about domestic and international adoption.

American Adoption Congress A national organization that works on changing attitudes, policies, and legislation to improve access to identifying information for adoptees and their birth and adoptive families. It also facilitates birth family reunification for adopted adults through search and support group networking and/or social service assistance.

Change a Life Forever Sponsored by the Colorado Department of Human Services, the site promotes foster care and adoption, provides county government contacts, and offers links to foster care and adoption related resources.

Child Welfare Information Gateway A service of the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Resources on all aspects of domestic and intercountry adoption, including adoption from foster care. Includes information for prospective and adoptive parents; information about searching for birth relatives; resources for professionals on recruiting adoptive families, preparing children and youth, supporting birth parents, and providing postadoption services.

Colorado Coalition of Adoptive Families A non-profit organization assisting foster-adopt, adoptive, and kinship families in the state. The site provides news and events, lists of support groups, current legislation, volunteer opportunities, and links to a variety of useful sites.

Colorado Division of Child Welfare: Adoption A Division of the Colorado Department of Human Services. Its Adoption Assistance Information link gives information on contacts, eligibility, post adoption services, and more.

Colorado Heritage Camps, Inc. Facilitates annual heritage camps that provide culturally relevant and family-centered experiences. The site’s Resources link lists websites of parent support groups for specific heritages.

Concerned United Birthparents CUB members now include birthparents, adoptees, adoptive parents, other adoption affected people and professionals. The group works to provide emotional support, to reform adoption law and social policy, to prevent unnecessary family separations, to assist adoption separated relatives, and to educate the public.

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption A non-profit public charity dedicated to dramatically increasing the number of adoptions of foster care children in North America.

Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute A national not-for-profit organization devoted to improving adoption policy and practice through research, education, and advocacy.

iCareAboutOrphans.org An initiative by Focus on the Family, a Christian based organization, to work collaboratively with state, county, church, and adoption agency leaders to help find families for waiting children and youth in foster care.

Joint Council on International Children’s Services Advocates ethical practices in intercountry adoption. Its website includes country information and updates, legislative updates, and links to other adoption sites and organizations.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Adoption page provides information on intercountry adoption including press releases, links to U.S. Department of State adoption information, and answers to frequently asked questions.

U.S. Department of State’s Office of Children’s Issues Provides information and coordinates policy on international adoption to the public. Their website contains the legal requirements of specific foreign countries.

Adoption books in the Library

 

Foster Care

Forward Steps A Denver Metro area non-profit that assists emancipated foster youth in achieving self-sufficiency with an emphasis on post-secondary education.

Foster Care to Success A national non-profit organization helping foster youth ages 17-23 with scholarships, mentoring, and leadership/intern programs. 

The Colorado Education and Training Voucher Program The Colorado Education and Training Voucher Program offers funds to foster youth and former foster youth to enable them to attend colleges, universities and vocational training institutions.

Colorado State Foster Parent Association Offers education, advocacy, and resources for Colorado foster parents.

Colorado Division of Child Welfare: Foster Care Services A Division of the Colorado Department of Human Services, the site gives links to local and national organizations devoted to improving the lives of foster children. Also on the site is access to forms, medical information, provider rates, and county reports.

Foster Club The national network of young people in foster care. The website provides support, information and dialogue.

National Foster Care Month Celebrated each year in May, the program promotes awareness of foster care issues and encourages involvement through foster parenting, mentoring, donations, and leadership.

Foster Care Alumni of America The mission of FCAA is to connect the alumni community and to transform foster care policy and practice, ensuring opportunity for people in and from foster care.

Fostering Families Today The website of the bimonthly magazine geared toward foster parents, fost-adopt parents, adoptive parents, kinship care providers, and agencies and professionals.

Foster Care books in the Library

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At the Library | In the Community | Activism | Books

Volunteering & Activism

Volunteering at the Library

Are you 12-18 years old? Have you ever thought about volunteering at the library?

As a library volunteer, you can help with the Summer of Reading program, help with gaming activities, or help shelve library materials. Or, if you have a great idea about what you'd like to do as a volunteer, let us know!

Read Asa's story: Why I Volunteer at the Denver Public Library.

The following locations accept volunteers, but keep in mind that volunteer positions are limited:

Interested?

Complete the Volunteer Application (PDF) and the Volunteer Services Agreement (PDF) and return it to your branch.

Questions?

For more information about volunteering, please contact Veletta Hopes in the Volunteer Office at 720-865-2043, vhopes@denverlibrary.org. TTY service for the deaf and hearing impaired, 720-865-1472.

 

Volunteering in the Community

Volunteer Match

VolunTEEN Nation

Denver Parks and Recreation "Hands on Denver" Volunteer Program

Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado

Dumb Friend’s League

Denver Zoo Crew

Denver Museum of Nature and Science Youth Volunteer Program

Habitat for Humanity Youth Programs

Volunteers of America Colorado Branch

Metro Volunteers

Mile High United Way

CoolWorks Volunteer Positions

 

Activism

Do Something Tools and resources for you to convert your ideas and energy into positive action.

The Hip-Hop Association Music for social change, tolerance, civic participation and social reform.

Kids, Know Your Rights! A Young Person’s Guide to Intellectual Freedom A four-page PDF brochure written by members of ALSC’s Intellectual Freedom Committee.

Rock the Vote Dedicated to protecting freedom of expression and helping youth realize and utilize their power to create political change in their communities.

Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) The largest student environmental organization in the world.

MTV Act Take action on issues you care about.

The Truth A student-run project that aims to expose the underhanded advertising tactics cigarette companies use to get kids to smoke.

Mobilize Empowers and invests in Millennials to create and implement solutions to social problems.

Ashoka Youth Venture Dream it. Do it. Grow it.

Amnesty International A worldwide campaigning movement that works to promote internationally recognized human rights.

Taking It Global A network of people taking action for a more sustainable planet.

YesWorld.org Youth for Environmental Sanity.

Your Environment. Your Choice. Provides you with the information you need to make environmentally sound choices about the products and natural resources you use, the waste you create and the environment in which you live.

Teens Turning Green A student led movement devoted to education and advocacy around environmentally and socially responsible choices for individuals, schools, and communities.

The Sierra Student Coalition A broad network of high school and college-aged youth from across the country working to protect the environment.

 

Books

Fiction about getting active in the community!

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Help Hotlines

Hopeline Suicide Hotline: 800-442-4673

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255

Alternatives to Family Violence: 303-289-4441

Colorado Anti-Violence Program: 303-852-5094
Helps victims of violence in the GLBTQ community.

Child Help USA: 800-422-4453

Comitis Crisis Center: 303-341-9160
24 Hour Emergency housing, clothing, food, necessities.

Denver Center for Crime Victims: 303-894-8000
Provide responsive services to victims of crime.

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233
Connects people with shelters in their area.

National Teen Dating Violence Helpline: 866-331-9474
Helps teens who are in domestic violence relationships.

National Runaway Safeline: 800-786-2929

Non-Emergency Denver Police: 720-913-2000
To reach the police when there is no emergency.

National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-4673
Connects survivors of sexual assault with services in their area.

Pregnancy Resource Network Option Line: 800-395-4357
Answers questions regarding alternatives to pregnancy.

Rape Crisis Hotline: 303-322-7273
24 Hour crisis line for survivors of sexual assault.

STD/HIV Information Hotline: In the Denver metro area call 303-692-2777. All other Colorado locations call 877-478-3448.
Answers questions regarding AIDS and other STIs.

Servicios de la Raza: 303-458-5851
Primarily focused on providing Spanish speakers with advocates and services.

Teen Line: 800-852-8336
Teens helping teens with any problem or question.

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Denver Resources for Teens

Thoughts of Suicide

Hopeline: 800-442-4673

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255

Metro Crisis Line: 888-885-1222

 

Substance Abuse

Metro Crisis Line: 888-885-1222
Metro Denver's free, confidential, 24/7 telephone hotline for mental health or substance abuse crisis help, information, and referrals.

Colorado Quitnet Get help to quit smoking.

Alateen For teens whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking.
2460 W. 26th Ave. Ste. 138-C
Denver, CO 80211-5390
denver-al-anon@ecentral.com
303-321-8895
24-Hour Number: 303-321-8788

 

Victims of Violence and Abuse

The Blue Bench Sexual assault support and prevention.
24-hour English-speaking hotline 303-322-7273
Spanish-speaking hotline 303-329-0031

Colorado Anti-Violence Program Dedicated to eliminating violence within and against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities in Colorado, and providing the highest quality services to survivors.
P.O. Box 181085
Denver, CO
80218
Office phone: 303-839-5204
24 hour crisis line: 303-852-5094 or 888-557-4441
info@coavp.org

Branching Seedz of Resistance A youth led project of the Colorado Anti-Violence Program. They use youth led community organizing, art and media, outreach, education, direct action and action research to build safety and justice in youth communities.
If you are a LGBTQ young person or an adult ally and you are interested in getting involved contact Eleanor at eleanor@coavp.org or 303-839-5204.

Project PAVE A Denver-based nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering youth to end the cycle of relationship violence.
4130 Tejon Street Suite C
Denver, Colorado 80211
303-322-2382
info@projectpave.org

SungateKids On the front lines of the fight against child abuse.
P.O. Box 3554
Englewood, CO 80155
303-368-1065
sungate@sungatekids.org

 

Help for the Homeless

Comitis Crisis Center Offers counseling and emergency housing to anyone in need.
PO Box 919
2178 Victor Street
Aurora, CO  80040
Help Line 303-343-9890
Office 303-341-9160

Family Tree Gemini An adolescent center providing, in a structured environment, emergency shelter, counseling, education, 24-hour referral line, aftercare and street outreach to homeless and runaway youth.
1629 Simms Street
Lakewood, CO 80215
303-235-0630

Urban Peak No place to stay? They help homeless youth ages 14 to 24.
Urban Peak Denver
730 21st St.
Denver, CO 80205
303-974-2900

National Runaway Switchboard: 800-786-2929

More Homeless Resources from Denver's Road Home

 

Sexual Health Answers

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains Affordable, confidential reproductive health care for females AND males. Pregnancy prevention, prenatal care, STD testing and treatment, and more.
Capitol Hill Health Center
921 East 14th Ave
Denver, CO 80218
303-832-5069

In Case You're Curious A free and anonymous service by the Denver Teen Pregnancy Prevention Partnership.  ICYC answers sexual health questions for teens with medically accurate, factual information. 

 

Connect

Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver Dedicated to helping kids from tough neighborhoods in the Denver area stay out of trouble, stay in school, and succeed in life.
Program Support Center:
2017 West 9th Avenue
Denver, CO 80204
303-892-9200
info@bgcmd.org

The Center The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of Colorado. The Center offers Rainbow Alley, a drop-in center designed to support GLBT youth and their allies ages 12-21.
Rainbow Alley:
1301 E. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80218
303-733-7743
info@glbtcolorado.org

Girls Incorporated of Metro Denver A national nonprofit youth organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold.
1499 Julian St.
Denver, CO 80204
303-893-4363

Mile High Youth Corps Offers a variety of year-round and summer employment opportunities for youth.
1801 Federal Blvd.
Denver, CO 80204
303-433-1206
info@mhyc.net

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