Resources for Youth
Scholarship Search from the College Board
FastWeb has information for scholarships and matching service, career planning, colleges, test prep and financial aid.
FinAid was created by Mark Kantrowitz, a noted financial aid and college planning author. Mark is also Publisher of FastWeb. It’s one of the most complete resource on the web for college financial assistance.
College Confidential was founded to demystify many aspects of the college admissions process, and to help even first-timer students and parents understand the process like old pros. At College Confidential, we have assembled an editorial team to bring our visitors the best college admissions content on the Web.
Career Thoughts is a site that aims to help students make informed career decisions. The Career Thoughts YouTube channel provides information of careers through video . Students who want to start applying for jobs will find plenty of resume writing, job hunting, and interviewing tips there too.
Try College 101 - The free site designed to equip youth with the basic academic, professional, and personal skills you will need to be successful in college. (Saylor.org)
“The College Board has introduced a new college planning Web site that it hopes will help a wide range of students, including first-generation college students who may not know much about the college admissions process. It includes a college search tool as well as a scholarship search tool and a customizable action plan for students about to embark on journeys through the college admissions process.”
QuestBridge has been instrumental in connecting the world’s outstanding low-income students with opportunities at America’s leading colleges, as well as encouraging their growth as leaders in society.
Minds Matter is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to transform the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families by broadening their dreams and preparing them for college success. More than 950 volunteers nationwide dedicate their time to help Minds Matter achieve its mission each year. By working with our mentors and attending top-tier summer programs, Minds Matter students gain academic and social enrichment, while strengthening their college applications. The organization also thoroughly addresses their need for guidance through the college admissions and financial aid processes.
Imagine is an award-winning publication dedicated to providing curious young minds with the information and inspiration they need to make the most of their precollege years and beyond. Written for gifted students in grades 7-12, Imagine combines the work of student writers and professionals to offer fresh perspectives on the academic programs available to talented youth as well as valuable insight on the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.
Cogito.org is an online community connecting academically talented youth – is an affiliated website with Johns Hopkins University.
Youth Voices is a school-based social network that was started in 2003 by a group of National Writing Project teachers. We merged several earlier blogging projects. We have found that there are many advantages to bringing students together in one site that lives beyond any particular class. It’s easier for individual students to read and write about their own passions, to connect with other students, comment on each others work, and create multimedia posts for each other. We invite youth of all ages to voice their thoughts about their passions, to explain things they understand well, to wonder about things they have just begun to understand, and to share discussion posts with other young people using as many different genres and media as they can imagine!
Teen Ink - A one-stop place where they can submit their own work and join a community of other teen writers and artists. Magazine, blogs, book series and website written entirely by teens. An excellent resource for teen writers and artists.
At TeenLife, it’s all about teens “doing good things.” “We want you to experience it all. That’s why we’ve done the research and gathered hundreds of ideas on what to do for summer, how to find a gap year program, how to apply to college, get an internship, etc. We study, organize, and deliver all of this information—in an easy-to-use format.”
Teen Empowerment(TE) - At TE’s youth organizing sites, youth and adult staff bring authentic youth voice into the dialogue about improving their communities, mobilize the energy of urban youth to create meaningful change
Turning ideas into action, 4-H youth are becoming everyday heroes who persevere through challenges to leave lasting, positive impacts on their communities. Through the work of caring mentors, 4-H – a positive youth development organization – is cultivating a growing number of America’s youth to lead us in a Revolution of Responsibility.
The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923 and a noteworthy roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates. Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual and literary-arts focused organizations across the country to bring The Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published.
Kids.gov is the official kids’ portal for the U.S. government. This giant repository links to over 2,000 web pages from various government agencies, schools, and educational organizations, all geared to the learning level and interest of kids.
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