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What do you want to do with your life?

It's a big question, with far too many possible answers!

Here are some resources to help you sort out your options.

 

Help with career decisions

  • What Do You Like To Do? - Answers the question of what you might like to do with your life.
  • My Future - This site has information for high schoolers about getting a job, managing money, and careers with the military.
  • Mapping Your Future - Provides helpful information about college and career planning, with sections for middle to high school students, college students, parents, and loan borrowers.

Health, Mind, and Body

  • Crisis Text Line - Text HOME to 741741 anytime day or night. The service is free, though messaging rates may apply depending on your cell phone provider.
  • Teen Health - Coping strategies for many mental health issues, including anger, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, schizophrenia, stress, and suicide. Search through both the Teen and Young Adult sections.
  • Planned Parenthood - If you miss your period, does that mean you’re pregnant?  Where can you get advice on sex and sexuality? What if you want confidential testing for HIV and other STDs? Planned Parenthood can help you!
  • It Gets Better - Project created by Dan Savage to inspire hope for young people facing harassment. A place where young people who are lesbian, gay, bi, or trans can see how life improves after middle and high school.

Your Body

Cover Image of "Now that we're men: a play and true life accounts of boys, sex & power"Cover Image of "The (other) F Word: A Celebration of the Fat & Fierce"Cover Image of "Period power: a manifesto for the menstrual movement" by Nadya OkamotoCover Image of "The Big Questions Book of Sex & Consent" by Donna FreitasCover Image of "You do you: figuring out your body, dating, and sexuality" by Sarah Mirk

Your Mind

Cover Image of "Beneath the Surface: A Teen's Guide to Reaching Out When You or Your Friend is in Crisis" by Kristi Hugstad KristiCover Images of "Heads up: changing minds on mental health" by Melanie SiebertCover Image of "(Don't) call me crazy: 33 voices start the conversation about mental health"Cover Image of "Project Semicolon: Your story isn't over by Amy BleuelCover Image of "Your brain Needs a Hug: Life, love, mental health, and sandwiches" by Rae Earl

LGBTQ+ Identities

Cover Image of "Queer: The Ultimate LGBTQ Guide for Teens" by Kathy BelgeCover Image of "Gender Identity: Beyond Pronouns and Bathrooms" by Maria CookCover Image of "LGBTQ: The Survival Guide for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens" by Kelly MadroneCover Image of "Rainbow Revolutions: Power, Pride, and Protest in the Fight for Queer Rights" by Jamie LawsonCover Image of "The Pride Guide: A Guide to Sexual and Social Health for LGBTQ Youth" by Jo Langford

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Help with planning

  • Education Planner - One-stop career and college planner for students and parents.
  • Big Future - Explore colleges, learn about entrance exams, access online applications, find school rankings, and get advice on funding higher education and careers.
  • Think College - Disabilities do not have to prevent you from going to college. The Institute for Community Inclusion offers advice, a searchable database, and discussion groups which can help lead you toward a college degree.
  • Driving Tests - Free DMV permit practice tests

Nonfiction Reads - Topics In The News

Black, Indigenous, and People of Color

Cover Image of "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You"Cover Image of "We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide"Cover Image of "#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women"Cover Image of "Colorblind: A Story of Racism" by Johnathan HarrisCover Image of "An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States for Young People" by Jean Mendoza

Refugees & Immigrants

Cover Image of "Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience"Cover Image of "Immigration Nation: The American Identity in the Twenty-first Century" by Judy Dodge CummingsCover Image of "In Search of Safety: Voices of Refugees" by Susan KuklinCover Image of "We Are Here To Stay: Voices of Undocumented Young Adults" by Susan KuklinCover Image of "The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees" by Don Brown

Women's Rights

Cover Image of "Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women's Fight for Their Rights" by Mikki KendallCover Image of "Feminism is..." by Alexandra BlackCover Image of "What Makes Girls Sick and Tired" by Lucille de Pesloüan & Geneviève DarlingCover Image of "History vs. Women: The Defiant Lives That They Don't Want You To Know" by Anita SarkeesianCover Image of "Nevertheless, We Persisted: 48 Voices of Defiance, Strength, and Courage"

Gun Violence

Cover Image of "Glimmer of hope: how tragedy sparked a movement"Cover Image of "Gun violence and mass shootings" by Bradley SteffensCover Image of "Parkland Speaks: Survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas share their stories"Cover Image of "We say #never again: reporting by the Parkland student journalists"Cover Image of "Enough is enough: how students can join the fight for gun safety" by Michelle Roehm McCann

Climate Change & Global Health

Cover Image of "Where have all the bees gone?" by Rebecca E. HirschCover Image of "Planet under siege: climate change" by Don NardoEarth Day and the global environmental movement: standing up for Earth" by Christy PetersonCover Image of "Pandemic! how climate, the environment, and superbugs increase the risk" by Connie GoldsmithCover Image of "Vaccination investigation: the history and science of vaccines" by Tara Haelle

Activism

Cover Image of "Teen guide to student activism" by Stuart A. KallenCover of "Rad American history A-Z: movements & moments that demonstrate the power of the people" by Kate SchatzCover Image of "We are power: how nonviolent activism changes the world" by Todd Hasak-LowyCover Image of "Steal this country: a handbook for resistance, persistence, and fixing almost everything" by Alexandra StyronCover Image of "Bernie Sanders Guide to Political Revolution"