We can’t prove it, but there may be more Internet resources to discover than there are stars in the heavens.  2 Late 4 Time Out shares a few hundred of them with you.  Here’s a small sample:

From Selected Schools/Educational Opportunities

The American Association of Boarding Schools offers information on hundreds of boarding and day schools in the U.S., Canada and overseas.  Can you say maxed-out Master Card or Visa, anyone?

Parents and professionals can get FREE information and referral services for kids with special needs at the National Association of Private Schools for Exceptional Children website.

DMOZ, the Open Directory Project claims to be the largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web. It is constructed and maintained by a vast, global community of volunteer editors.  And within this open directory you’ll find an amazing amount of information on public and private schools.

National Coalition of Girls’ Schools will build a case for the 180 girls only day and boarding schools throughout the country.

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From Placement, Outreach & Treatment Resources

The mission statement of Focus Adolescent Services is “to provide information and resources to empower individuals to help their teens and heal their families.”  It is a virtual internet clearinghouse of information, resources and support to help families in all matter of situations.

There’s some good advice at the Family Light consulting website for choosing the appropriate schools, treatment or therapy for your child.

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From Violence Prevention/Public Safety

CRU Institute provides school-wide conflict mediation programs for faculty, students and parents from elementary to high school.  The mission of Conflict Resolution Unlimited (CRU Institute) is “to teach young people effective, peaceful ways to resolve conflict and to develop understanding, respect, and the ability to cooperate with others in a multicultural world.”

From 1980 on, generations of young people were introduced to McGruff the Crime Dog, helping him to “take a bite out of crime.”  Today the National Crime Prevention Council has updated its topics and its resources.

The Jeopardy Program, sponsored by the Los Angeles Police Dept. is a gang prevention/intervention program that targets at risk kids 8 to 17 and their parents, with a variety of educational programs and physical projects.

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Mental Health/Helplines

Don’t wait for something tragic to happen.  “Some Things You Should Know About Preventing Teen Suicide” by theAmerican Academy of Pediatrics is a quick read on this very hard subject.

The American Psychological Association’s Help Center has resources for every aspect of your psychological life, including dealing with disasters and terrorism.

For a wide variety of issues, from AIDS/HIV to teen pregnancy, the Teen Health and Wellness website hotlines and helplines may deserve a bookmark if your family is in crisis.

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From Parenting/Family Services

“Filling the Gap” is the motto of Grandparents As Parents.  The GAP mission is to provide programs and services that meet the urgent and ongoing needs of grandparents and other relatives raising at-risk kids.

My Child Says Daddy, founded by parent advocate Reginald Brass, helps non-custodial parents overcome the obstacles that keep them from reuniting with their children though prevention and intervention programs.

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From Especially for Young Folks

Parnetnership Against Domestic Violence  answers questions and provides resources on teen dating violence.

In Los Angeles, at Homeboy Industries, a team of 30 volunteer doctors, using 3 laser machines, perform an average of 745 tattoo removal treatments every month.

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From Taking Risks with Youth At-Risk

YouthBuild USA works with unemployed young people ages 16 to 24, helping them to acquire construction skills, complete a high school education, and receive leadership training while rehabilitating or constructing new housing for low income and homeless people in their communities.  There are more than 270 operating YouthBuild programs in 46 states.

The primary mission of the L.A. Conservation Corps is to provide at-risk young adults and school-aged youth with opportunities for success through job skills training, education and work experience with an emphasis on conservation and service projects that benefit the community.

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From Faith Based Programs & Resources

With the help of a Higher Power, Alcoholics Anonymous has 12 great proven steps that often lead to one big leap towards sobriety.

For adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, Survivors of Incest Anonymous is a spiritual self-help group that also follows the 12 Steps.

The Archidiocesean Youth Employment Service (AYE) of Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc. provides over 2,000 less privileged youth with job training, educational and career services each year.

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From Weekend, After School, Summer Programs & Camps

The Los Angeles Youth Opportunity Movement works with families, schools and community partners “to create opportunities that help youth reach their education, employment and personal development goals.”

The My Summer Camps website breaks down thousands and thousands and more thousands of camps indexed by age, gender, interest, and region, profiling each one in detail.

Go Camps Dot Com is another user-friendly site that has more choices in activities than Walmart.  Just one surprise we discovered was Wellspring Family Camps, specifically for teens with weight loss challenges.

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From Get Involved

The Children’s Defense Fund Cradle To Prison ® campaign is a must-read for any individual, family, community, organization or government agency with an interest in “the urgent challenge…to prevent [the] waste of our children’s lives and our nation’s capabilities.”  For anyone who thinks that the problem is too big, the Children’s Defense Fund’s “Get Involved” page will prove you wrong.

If you’ve got a big heart, a medium amount of time, a clean driving record, and can pass an exhaustive background check, Big Brothers/Big Sisters is a great place to give back.  Especially needed are Big Brothers and Big Sisters of color.

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children advocates for the incarcerated, the formerly incarcerated and their families.  It has a number of focus areas, including their Family Unity Project which advocates for family reunification.

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