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Education & Career

Planning for your future
Big Future - The College Board
Search for schools, find scholarships, explore majors.
Employment Help and Jobs for Teens!
Next Step Magazine
Online mag that helps high school students, parents and counselors with college and university preparation and search. Online component of the mag, published by Next Step Publishing.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Federal government statistics to help decide a career path
Picking your college or university
Local Schools
Edward Waters College
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Florida Coastal School of Law
Jacksonville University
Jones College
University of North Florida
Paying for college
College Scholarships
Fastweb: Free scholarship and College Searches
FinAid: College Financial Aid
Florida Prepaid College Program
FAFSA (Federal Student Aid) on the Web
Student Aid on the Web

Life Skills

Florida Driver Handbook
Study for the driver's exam
Free Permit Practice Test

Volunteering & Activism

City of Jacksonville > Office of Volunteer Services
Global Volunteers
City of Jacksonville volunteer network
Teen Missions International
Christian mission experience for teens.
Clubs and Organizations
4-H - Duval County
Boy Scouts of America: North Florida (Jacksonville) Council
Girl Scouts of Gateway Council (Jacksonville)
Amnesty International
An organization dedicated to protecting human rights.
Fair Trade Federation
An association of fair trade wholesalers, retailers and producers whose members are fully committed to providing fair wages and good employment opportunities to economically disadvantaged artisans and farmers worldwide.
Habitat for Humanity
A nonprofit ecumenical Christian housing organization committed to building simple, decent affordable housing in partnership with people in need.
Heifer International
An organization dedicated to ending hunger permanently by providing families with livestock and training so that they "could be spared the indignity of depending on others to feed their children".
Action Without Borders connects people, organizations and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives.
An organization that is committed to creating lasting solutions to global poverty, hunger, and social injustice.
Special Olympics of Florida
Become a volunteer and help transform communities by inspiring people throughout the world to open their minds, accept and include people with intellectual disabilities and thereby celebrate the similarities common to all people.
An organization whose goal is to "advance humanity". Their goal for every child: Health, Education, Equality and Protection.
Need help right away?
Check out JPL's Teen Hotlines section for local or national information.
Good sources for getting the help you need.

General Health

Acne Treatment
These acne treatment recommendations are from pharmacists surveyed by U.S. News and Pharmacy Times.
Center for Young Women's Health
Sponsored by the Children's Hospital of Boston. Includes nutrition and fitness, sexual health, development, and emotional health. En Espanol also.
FDA Health Information for Teens
Food safety and nutrition information for kids and teens.
Go Ask Alice
Question and answers on many health topics, including relationships and sexuality. From Columbia University's Health Education Program, with a searchable database.
Livestrong offers diet, nutrition and fitness tips for a healthier lifestyle.
Teens Health
Get answers and advice about food and fitness, sexual health, relationships, safety, and drugs and alcohol. This site features articles about diversity and tolerance, fears and phobias, drugs, and orthodontia-and enables users to link to additional articles about the same topic. This site is also available en español.


Break the Cycle
The mission of this site is to engage, educate and empower youth to build lives and communities free from dating and domestic violence.
Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network (JASMYN)
JASMYN is a Jacksonville-based youth services and advocacy organization that focuses specifically on youth who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer or uncertain about their sexual orientation.
PACE for Girls
Girls at risk may attend PACE to get appropriate counseling and education in a nurturing environment. To become enrolled, they must be between 12 to 17 years old, at least one year behind in school, and have 4 or more risk factors. These risk factors include; foster home placement, substance abuse (by girl or family member), domestic violence, incarceration of a family member, neglect, physical/emotional/sexual abuse, grief, emotional health concerns, low income, and more.
SAFE Alternatives: Stands for “Self-Abuse Finally Ends.”
A nationally recognized treatment approach, professional network and educational resource base, which is committed to helping you and others achieve an end to self-injurious behavior including self-abuse, self-mutilations, deliberate self-harm, and para-suicidal behavior
Call: 1-800-366-8288 (DONTCUT)
Click here for more information on self-injury or self mutilation.
Safe Schools Coalition
A public-private partnership in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered youth.
Stop Bullying Now!
What bullying is. What you can do about it. Take a stand, lend a hand. Created by teens for teens, sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Youth Resource
Support, community, resources, and peer-to-peer education about issues of concern to GLBT young people. YouthResource is a project of Advocates for Youth.
Drugs and Alcohol
Above the Influence
Join the movement empowering young people to recognize and face the influences around us, including the pressure to abuse drugs and alcohol.
Alateen is part of Al-Anon, which helps the friends and families of alcoholics recover or simply cope with the unique problems and stress in relationships with alcoholics. Alateen is a recovery program for young people and includes groups sponsored by Al-Anon members.
Call: 1-888-425-2666
American Addiction Centers
This comprehensive drug rehab guide provides unbiased information and visuals for every step of finding the best treatment program for you or a loved one.
Gateway Services
If you or someone you know is going through addiction, Gateway is a good place to start.
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency Youth Information
Founded in 1944 by the first woman to find sobriety through Alcoholic’s Anonymous. Try the online self test to see if you are at-risk for developing alcoholism or drug dependency.
Call: 1-800-622-2255
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Drug Information Page
Research information about the effects of drug abuse on the brain and interactive activities to help you learn more about various drugs and how they affect how your brain works.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for Teens
The science behind drugs.
Partnership for a Drug-Free America
Non-profit coalition of communications industry professionals to help kids and teens reject substance abuse by influencing attitudes through persuasive information.
Sexuality, STDs, and Parenthood
Girl Mom
Support, Community, and Education for young mammas.
i wanna know
Information about sexual health for teens published by the American Social Health Association.
It's Your (Sex) Life
The primary goal of the "It's Your (Sex) Life" website is to provide reliable, objective sexual health information to young adults. This website is sponsored by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.
National AIDS/STD Hotline
Call: 1-800-342-2437
Scarleteen is a web site with "sex education that is for real". Site presents a nonjudgmental and unbiased attitude of tolerance and understanding for teens by providing links to helpful resources and articles on teen sexuality.
Sex, Etc.
A website by teens, for teens, sponsored by the Network for Family Life Education, Rutger's University.
Sexual Health Information for Teens
Learn about your body, sex, birth control, and STDs. Get answers to your questions from online experts.
Sexuality and U
This site is committed to providing credible and up-to-date information and education on sexual health. Site maintainted through a collaboration of Canadian medical organizations, and is administered by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada.
TeenAIDS - PeerCorps
Information about teen AIDS and HIV.

Internet Safety for Teens

Personal Information:
  • Don't give out personal information like your address or Social Security number via the internet, even to friends.
  • Don't post too many details about yourself. Even if you don't post your address or phone number, it's easy enough to find out where you live if you post your school, work and favorite hangouts.
  • Don't lie about your age. Social media websites usually have special protective measures in place for younger users. Your account may be vulnerable if you lie about your age when you set up a new profile.
  • Don't post anything that might embarrass you later. Remember that photos and blog entries can be downloaded and saved very easily.
  • Use common sense. If you wouldn't say or do it in a crowded room, don't say or do it online.
  • Nothing is ever completely deleted from the internet. Anything you post may come back to haunt you later.
  • Always log out of websites when you are finished, especially when using a public computer.
  • You do not have to accept being bullied online.
  • Report bullies or malicious behavior to site administrators.
  • If someone creates a false page about you or with your information, report it immediately and tell your parents.
  • Social networking sites can remove pages that have been reported.
  • Use a combination of letters, numbers and symbols.
  • Using more letters and numbers is more secure. A 7 - 9 character password is relatively secure.
  • Change your password regularly. Change it immediately if you think someone has figured it out.
  • Don't use information that is easy to guess like your birth date or pet’s name.
  • Don't use short or simple words or number combinations (e.g. 1234).
Meeting friends online:
  • People are not always who they say they are. Be careful about who you accept as a friend on social media sites.
  • Never agree to meet someone alone. Always take a friend or parent.
  • Never agree to meet someone in an unfamiliar place. Always meet in familiar, public spaces.
  • Never agree to travel with a stranger or to meet a stranger in a different city.

Always remember that over 1 billion people have access to the internet worldwide. Most likely, that includes your neighbors, friends, teachers, family and classmates. What you say and do online can and will impact your real life.

Hotlines for Local Services

Hubbard House
Hubbard House serves Northeast Florida's domestic violence victims and their families. Since 1976, they provide free care not only for the immediate safety needs of abuse victims and their children, but also to educate, support and promote community awareness about domestic violence and it's far reaching affects in Duval, Baker and Nassau counties.
Call: 904-354-3114 or 800-500-1119
Safe Place
The Youth Crisis Center, AKA "Safe Place", helps teens and their families across Northeast Florida. Look for the Yellow and Black "stop signs" at your local libraries, Starbucks, Wal-Marts and Home Depots. All of YCC's services are free and confidential.
Call: 904-720-0002 or 1-877-720-0007
Salvation Army of Florida
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
Click here for a list of locations and phone numbers.
Women's Center of Jacksonville - Rape Recovery Team
The Women's Center helps Jacksonville-area women by providing many services including sexual assault victim advocacy, counseling, support groups and more. The center also provides free HIV-testing.
Call: 904-721-7273

National Agency Hotlines

Covenant House
Everyone has basic needs. If you or a friend are coping with lack of food, clothing, housing, employment or trouble at school this is a phone call to make. Talk to someone who can help.
Call: 1-800-388-3888
Girls and Boys Town
Need someone to just listen for awhile? The Girls and Boys Town National Hotline is a 24-hour crisis, resource and referral line. This accredited hotline is staffed by counselors who can respond to your questions every day of the week, 365 days a year.
Call: 1-800-448-3000
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Provides information regarding 5000 local and nationwide shelters and server providers available for victims, friends and family who often call for life saving help. The Hotline operates 24 hours a day in over 150 languages with a TTY line available for the deaf.
Call: 1-800-799-SAFE (1-800-799-7233)
National Runaway Hotline
Are you thinking about running away? Maybe you are working on a school report and need statistics? This hotline is available 24 hours a day and is confidential and free. Whether you are in a crisis, have a friend who is in trouble, or want ideas for spreading the word about our services, NRH can help.
Call: 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929)
National Suicide Hotline "HOPELINE"
Having thoughts about suicide? Know someone who is? Call 24/7 and speak to a certified crisis counselor.
Call: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood health centers offer a huge range of services that include birth control, gynecological care, HIV testing as well as various counseling and referral services. Call for help, advice, or to find a center here in Jacksonville.
Call: 1-800-230-7526
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network "RAINN"
The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. You'll find statistics, counseling resources, prevention tips, news and more.
Call: 1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673)
United Way Dial 211
People living in a 10-county region of Northeast Florida can now dial 2-1-1, the new, easy to remember, three-digit telephone number for free information and referral and access to health, social and human services.