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College and Career Readiness

Choosing and Applying to College

College Board - Connect with everything you need to know about SATs, College Planning and all the deadlines for your future college success. Twitter

Common Application  - - Over 500 colleges and universities accept the Common Application. Create an account and fill out all the information your colleges require to make their admission decision. Twitter

College Xpress  - Create a free profile and find the perfect college for you based on location, size, areas of study and level of student diversity. Twitter

Choosing a Major  - Explore different majors and careers paths that could be a part of your future.Twitter

The Next Step - Discover articles, scholarships, resources and tools to help you in your college search. Twitter

E-Campus Tours - Search by college or state to visit colleges online through video tours.Twitter

Youniversity TV - Visit colleges around the United States online with student video tours. Connect with students and faculty through social media.

Campus Book Rentals - College textbooks are expensive, rent your books instead and save up to 80%.

Chegg Textbooks  - Rent or buy cheap textbooks and save money while in college.

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Community Engagement

Voices of Youth - Learn about issues that affect teens around the world and work together to develop solutions. Twitter

Do Something - Join teens around the world who are getting involved to help solve world problems and issues that affect their lives. Search projects or create one of your own! Twitter

Rock the Vote - Let your voice be heard and help change issues that affect your life. Twitter

The Harry Potter Alliance - Learn how you can take a stand for social issues with youth around the world with or without a magic wand.Twitter

Volunteer Match - Discover volunteer opportunities in your community that match your interests or passions! Lend a hand and learn important life skills.Twitter

Black Youth Project - Learn how to get involved in solving issues of injustice and equality that impact your community.

Donate to YOUmedia - Hartford Public Library is happy to house a makerspace just for teens in YOUmedia on the second floor. However, a makerspace is nothing without great crafting materials! To learn how you can help stoke teens' creativity, see the attached flyer.

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Express Yourself

Wordpress - Create your own blog for school or pleasure! App

Journal Prompts for Teens - Ideas for getting your creative juices flowing. Twitter

Experience Project  - Share your stories and connect with others who understand YOUR experiences. Twitter

Post Secret  - A community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on postcards.Twitter

Wattpad - Write your own book, and share with an international community of readers and writers.Twitter, App

Figment - Share your passion for creative writing with other teens.Twitter

Smithteens - Read, write and share six word memoirs by teens. One life, six words, what’s yours?Twitter

Teen Ink - Free verse, book reviews, videos and more written by teens for teens! Twitter

World Press Photo Academy - - Learn tips and techniques about photojournalism by interacting with experts and students on facebook.  - The world’s largest fanfiction archive. Read other's stories or write your own! Twitter

Power Poetry - Discover slam poetry, share your words with other teens, change the world!

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Hartford Public schools

Hartford District & Magnet Schools - A list of all Hartford schools with corresponding links.

Regional School Choice Office - Learn about each of the magnet and open choice schools in the Greater Hartford area.

School Choice Satellite Sites  - Get information about school options or school choice application help.

SmartChoices - A digital guide to school choice in the Hartford region.

Resources for Students and Families  - Useful resources and school policies.

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Homework Help

TED Talks - Video talks about new ideas in science, art, technology, engineering and more. Subtitling available in many languages.Twitter, App
Khan Academy - Short videos to explain subjects including history, math, science, technology. Twitter

Mathway -  Check your math homework answers!Twitter

Scitable - A collaborative science learning space.

Memrise -- Learn vocabulary, languages, history, science and more!App

BBC Country Profiles - Find out information about government, economy, and languages spoken for any country.

Ultralingua Online Dictionary - Get help with vocabulary and verb conjugation for a variety of different languages.

Facing History and Ourselves - Learn about world issues and how you can have an positive impact by the choices you make.Twitter 

The Amistad Research Center - Explore the oldest and largest independent archive in the U.S. of the history of African Americans and Ethnic minorities including the Hip Hop Archive.

American Civil War Resources - Discover local resources about Connecticut and the Civil War including historical newspapers, images and letters.

iCivics - Learn how you can get involved in our democracy to help solve real world problems and issues. 

Coursera - Take courses online from top universities.Twitter

Mozilla Open Badges - Learn how to build an online portfolio of digital skills with digital badges.Twitter

USA Learns - Practice reading, writing and speaking in English.

Code Academy - Learn how to write computer code with this free and fun computer coding course.Twitter 

Google Docs - Create and share papers, group projects and presentations.App

What is Plagiarism? - Learn about how to avoid copying someone else’s writing with webcasts and helpful tools.Twitter

Easy Bib - Learn how to identify good information online and keep track of your sources.Twitter,App

Anatomy of a Google Search - Discover the process of a Google search.

Google Better Searches, Better Results  - Tips for getting the best results for the information you need with Google.

Sweet Search - A student search engine with results already evaluated as good information by experts.

Ref Seek - A search engine for students and researchers with results already evaluated as good information by experts.

Purdue University Online Writing Lab - Everything you need to know to create a bibliography for print and digital sources.

Creative Commons - Find images you can share, use and remix.Twitter

Teaching Copyright - Everything you need to know to understand how you can use what others have created.

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Jobs Careers & Money

Occupational Outlook  - Discover what you need to prepare for any career interest and how much money you could make.Twitter

What Do You Like?  - Learn how you can use your talents or interests in different careers.

ReadWriteThink Resume Generator  - Learn all about resumes and how to create one with this easy video tutorial.

Learn all about resumes and how to create one with this easy video tutorial.  - Short term job adventures, summer jobs, seasonal work, and working abroad opportunities.Twitter

Indeed  - Search for jobs where you want to live or work.

LinkedIn  - Create a professional profile, post your resume online and connect with people in your field of interest.App  - Set a budget, track your spending and learn money saving tips.Twitter,App

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Local Resources

Real Artways  - Discover the Hartford art community. Visit public galleries, check out a student-priced film in the cinema, or ask your teacher to schedule a field trip here!Twitter

Youth Arts Initiative  - Take visual arts, music and dance classes or learn how to create an organic garden! Free for Hartford youth.Twitter

COMPASS Youth Collaborative  - Join Peacebuilders and be a part of the solution to end violence in Hartford with community mentors and positive opportunities. Free for Hartford youth.

Mi Casa  - Leadership development, arts and crafts, health and life skills training for Hispanic youth. Free for Hartford youth.

Police Activities League  - Boxing, football, double-dutch, gaming, martial arts, youth empowerment workshops and so much more! Free for Hartford youth.

Hands on Hartford  - oin other teens with community volunteer projects in Hartford.Twitter

Hartford Hospital Teen Volunteers  - Discover what its like to work in a hospital and gain valuable experience as a teen volunteer.

Rainbow Room  - A safe space for LGBTQ teens ages 13-18 to socialize and hang out. Annual Queer Prom event. Free for Hartford youth.

YMCA of Greater Hartford - Wilson-Gray YMCA Youth and Family Center  - Fitness center, gym, swimming, teen center, climbing wall and more! Financial assistance available for Hartford youth.

Riverfront Recapture  - Enjoy a peaceful, scenic walk, run or bike ride along the Connecticut River! Open all day, free.

City of Hartford Parks  - Enjoy bike riding, basketball, swimming or walking at one of Hartford’s beautiful parks.

Our Piece of the Pie  - Learn job and life skills for future success. Free for Hartford youth.Twitter

Capital Workforce Partners  - Your source for summer jobs and youth employment in the City of Hartford. Apply online.

Career Beginnings  - Get help preparing for your road to college and beyond with one-on-one counseling, college workshops, essay writing, college tours and more! Free for Hartford youth.

CT Science Center  - Discover the magic of science with hands-on exhibits, programs and a 3D digital theater. Free for Hartford youth in the month of August. Twitter

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Online Safety

Social Networking Sites: Safety Tips for Teens and Tweens  - Tips for protecting your information and identity online.Twitter

Passwords: The First Step to Safety  - Learn how to create strong passwords and explore common password mistakes.Twitter

Cyberbullying  - Tips to deal with cyberbullying.Twitter

Netsmartz: Teens Talk Balk  - Videos by and for teens about online issues like predators, cyberbullying, and privacy.

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Opportunities in American Military

Air Force  - Explore over 130 careers in the Air Force and the technical training you need.

Army  - Discover the job and leadership training opportunities available to help you develop skills to succeed in the Army and life.Twitter

Coast Guard  - Learn how you can be a part of the only military organization in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that protects maritime interests locally and around the world.Twitter

Marines  - Use interactive tools to explore career options and leadership skills that you need to become a Marine.Twitter

Navy  - Discover Navy headlines, career planning tools and resources.Twitter

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Scholarships & Finacial Aid

FAFSA  ( English )   FAFSA  ( Spanish )  - Your first stop for financial aid. Submit a free application and get help paying for college!

FinAid: The Smart Guide to Financial Aid  - Learn about the different types of financial aid available to you.

Aid for Minority Students  - Financial Aid for Minority Students

Scholarship America  - Create a profile and apply for scholarships.Twitter

Connecticut Department of Education  - An overview of state and federal aid programs.

CHESLA (Connecticut Higher Ed Supplemental Loan Authority)  - An alternate source of loan funding for students.

Federal Student Aid on the Web  - The U.S. Dept. of Education’s guide to financial aid.Twitter

NCAA 2013-2014 Guide for College Bound Student Athletes  - Your path to the student athlete experience.

CSS/Financial Aid Profile  - List of colleges that require the CSS/Financial Aid Profile and interactive tools to help you apply.

Tips to Help You Apply for CSS/Financial Aid Profile  - Interactive presentations to help you understand what you need to complete the CSS/Financial Aid Profile.

CSS/Financial Aid Profile Student Guide 2014-2015 in English  - All the information you need to navigate and complete the CSS/Financial Aid Profile for all types of situations.

CSS/Financial Aid Profile Student Guide 2014-2015 in Spanish  - All the information you need to navigate and complete the CSS/Financial Aid Profile for all types of situations.

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