It’s vital that parents provide support for their children as they enter adulthood, and high school is the first step, but it can also be the best or worst time of a child’s life. The National High School Graduation Campaign wants to support parents on this very important journey, by providing them with free information and services that are available to secure their child’s safety and success. We’ve compiled a list of organizations and resources that parents can access, a majority of these free services are in your community, while others can be access through the organizations websites. If you need more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected]
SUPPORT SERVICES IN TEEN PREGNANCY, DRUG AND ALCOHOL
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy seeks to improve the lives and future prospects of children and families and, in particular, to help ensure that children are born into stable, two-parent families who are committed to and ready for the demanding task of raising the next generation.
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, NCADD: Getting help opens up new doors and opportunities. Confronting alcohol and drug problems in your life gives you and your loved ones the opportunity to experience a healthier and more productive life – to walk a road paved with the support needed and necessary to discover a better way of living. NCADD has a National Network of Affiliates made up of nearly 100 local and state Affiliates across the United States
WEBSITE: https://www.ncadd.org/ PHONE NUMBER: (800)-NCA-CALL or (800) 622-2255
Is your teen in an unhealthy relationship? And they don’t know what to do? Contact Love Is Respect. Love is respect is a member of the National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline. That offers a 24-hour national Web-based and telephone resource to help teens (ages 13–18) experiencing dating abuse, and is the only helpline in the country serving all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. In addition to the telephone hotline there is also a live chat option, which allows teens to connect to trained peer advocates via the web. loveisrespect peer advocates are trained to offer crisis intervention, advocacy, and information and referrals. WEBSITE: http://www.loveisrespect.org/get-help/support-systems/in-school PHONE NUMBER: 1-866-331-9474 or Text “loveis” to 22522
Domestic Violence Help Guide: Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused, or denied. This is especially true when the abuse is psychological, rather than physical. Noticing and acknowledging the signs of an abusive relationship is the first step to ending it. No one should live in fear of the person they love. If you recognize yourself or someone you know in the following warning signs and descriptions of abuse, reach out. There is help available. WEBSITE: http://www.helpguide.org/articles/abuse/domestic-violence-and-abuse.htm PHONE NUMBER: 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)
Parents should stay informed about what their children do and what is going in their lives. In order to prevent kids from abusing drugs or help them recover from addiction, parents should understand drug addiction and the effects it has on teens. A free parent guide is available at DrugRehab.com WEBSITE: https://www.drugrehab.com/ PHONE: (855) 594-6177
Addiction Center: Are you or a loved one struggling with prescription painkillers, alcohol or street drugs like heroin? Call our drug abuse hotline to be connected with one of our rehabs or detox centers and start your new life today. WEBSITE: https://www.addictioncenter.com/ PHONE NUMBER: (888) 641-4684
BULLYING, JUVENILE JUSTICE AND INTERNET SAFETY
StopBullying.gov mission is to provide free information on how to address bullying in our nation’s schools. By teaching parents how to understand what factors increase the risk of children being bullied or children more likely to bully others and what warning signs can indicate that bullying may be happening. You can also find out how bullying can negatively impact kids. WEBSITE: http://www.stopbullying.gov/get-help-now/index.html
The National Parent Hotline, also known as Parents Anonymous Inc. is a premier family strengthening organization leading the way in prevention by positively impacting the well-being of families and communities worldwide. Their list of state and local contact information is at their website.
The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) works to build awareness of the root causes of the Cradle to Prison Pipeline and trends that incarcerate our youth. CDF identifies effective youth violence prevention and intervention programs that help young people at every point of involvement in the system—ranging from efforts to divert youths from entering the system by creating more alternatives to imprisonment to supporting a youth’s transition back into the community after a period of confinement.
WEBSITE: http://www.childrensdefense.org/policy/justice/ PHONE NUMBER: 800-CDF-1200 (800-233-1200)
Enough Is Enough Organization mission is to help parents understands that Internet safety is a shared responsibility between the public, the Internet industry, and the legal community. However, parents remain the ‘first line of defense’ in protecting their children against Internet safety dangers. Unfortunately, parents, educators and other caring adults are ill-equipped, uninformed and often overwhelmed when it comes to Internet safety issues, and they need credible outside help. WEBSITE: http://www.enough.org/ PHONE NUMBER: 703-476-7890
PARENTS TO TEACHERS AND SCHOOL COUNSELING SUPPORT
Student Achievement Partners mission is to help parents understand the changes brought by the college and career readiness focus of the Common Core State Standards as a once-in-a-generation opportunity for kids of all backgrounds and ability levels to better fulfill their potential.
American School Counselor Association: The mission of ASCA is to represent professional school counselors and to promote professionalism and ethical practices. In addition, to empowers professional school counselors with the knowledge, skills, linkages and resources to promote student success in the school, the home, the community and the world.
WEBSITE: http://www.schoolcounselor.org/parents-public PHONE NUMBER: (800) 306-4722
The National Coalition for Parent Involvement mission is simple: to advocate the involvement of parents and families in their children’s education, and to foster relationships between home, school, and community to enhance the education of all our nation’s young people.
WEBSITE: http://nafsce.org/who-we-are/ PHONE NUMBER: 703-476-7890
The National Kinship Alliance for Children, formally known as The National Committee of Grandparents for Children’s Rights, is a nationwide network of grandparents, community members, and professionals working together to provide education and support, advocacy, and thought leadership for children, grandparents, and kinship families
WEBSITE: http://kinshipalliance.org/ PHONE NUMBER: 518.833.0215
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) team envisions a society in which every individual possesses the academic, social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work and in life. Their Mission improves the lives of all people with learning difficulties and disabilities by empowering parents, enabling young adults, transforming schools, and creating policy and advocacy impact
WEBSITE: http://www.ncld.org/ PHONE NUMBER: 888.575.7373
FREE COLLEGE ADMISSION WORKSHOPS IN FINANCIAL AIDE AND STUDENT LOAN
COLLEGE BOARD: College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education.
WEBSITE: http://www.advocacy.collegeboard.org/ PHONE NUMBER: 212-713-8000
The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of more than 13,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. You can contact your local college’s admission office to find out their next free workshops dates and times.
WEBSITE: http://www.nacacnet.org/Pages/default.aspx PHONE NUMBER: 703-836-2222 or 800-822-6285
The Upward Bound Program also a Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO), is a Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs. You can contact your local school district to find out, if your district is a member.
WEBSITE: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/trio/index.html PHONE NUMBER: (202) 502-7600
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a competitive grant program of the U.S. Department of Education that increases the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education by providing States and local community-education partnerships six-to-seven year grants to offer support services to high-poverty, middle and high schools. You can contact your local school district to find out, if your district is a member.
WEBSITE: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/gearup/index.html PHONE NUMBER: (202) 502-7533
The Princeton Review has long been a leader in helping college and graduate school–bound students achieve their higher-education goals through test-preparation services, tutoring and admissions resources, as well as through online courses and resources and print and digital books. Some of their resources are free other many cost, if your school district is not a member. You can contact your local school district to find out, if they are a member.
WEBSITE: http://www.princetonreview.com/ PHONE NUMBER: 1-888-955-4600