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Maine

20 Below at Mainetoday.com

A website for and by Maine teens. Hosted by the MaineToday.com newspaper network, this site includes blogs, a teen job bank, news articles relevant to Maine teens, a bulletin board and more!

Blunt Youth Radio Project

This is the website of an award-winning weekly radio show featuring reports by teen reporters and teen hosts interviewing guests on many issues. Members handle reporting, on-air hosting, the choosing of topics, studio production, broadcast engineering and producing music and poetry competitions.

Chrysalis Youth Action Fund

The Chrysalis Youth Action Fund at Maine Initiatives is a youth-run grant program providing resources and tools to empower youth in Maine to organize for economic, environmental and social justice.

Communities for Children and Youth

Communities for Children and Youth is a statewide initiative of the Maine Children's Cabinet designed to create a partnership between state government and local communities as they work to promote positive child and youth development. The website has advocacy tools (including how to contact and meet with your legislator), grant opportunities, best practices, contacts and links.

Democracy for Kids & Young Voters

Part of the Maine state government's website, this site includes a variety of information about voting and elections, guides to the government and lawmaking and links to other youth voting/elections based projects.

KIDS Consortium

KIDS Consortium is a non-profit organization that works with schools and teachers around Maine and New England to implement service-learning as a way of learning and instruction. The Consortium is involved in several policy related programs and hosts a variety of events throughout the year.

Maine 4-H

4-H is the largest youth organization in the world. 4-H is learning by doing. Any youth aged 5-18 can participate in 4-H programs in Maine doing things like developing leadership skills, participating in community service projects and learning!

Maine Campus Compact

Maine Campus Compact is a coalition of 19 college and university presidents committed to the civic purposes of higher education. To support this civic mission, Campus Compact promotes community service that develops students' citizenship skills and values, encourages partnerships between campuses and communities and assists faculty who seek to integrate public and community engagement into their teaching and research.

Maine Civil Liberties Union

The Maine Civil Liberties Union works to ensure that people’s rights are being honored.  This website has information on issues in Maine, programs the MCLU runs, and news articles!

Maine Children's Alliance

A website for a group that advocates for sound public policies to improve the lives of all Maine's Children, Youth and Families. The website has some great advocacy information and tools.

Maine Commission for Community Service

This website includes news about volunteer events and activities around the state. It also includes grant opportunities, reports and resources.

Maine Marks

Maine Marks is a set of social indicators that reflect the well being of Maine children, families and communities. It is an initiative of the Governor's Children's Cabinet in partnership with the University of Southern Maine and other organizations.

Maine Mentoring Partnership

The Partnership's website contains information on mentoring programs around Maine and faqs on mentoring.

Maine People’s Alliance

MPA's purpose is to involve citizens in our democracy and to strengthen individual participation in decision-making processes that affect our lives. We are dedicated to advancing economic, environmental, political, and social justice. The organization maintains offices in Portland, Lewiston and Bangor.

Maine VISTA Project

Home of the Maine VISTA Project, this website describes the AmeriCorps VISTA program, its history and the Maine project.

Maine Youth Action Network (MYAN)

The Maine Youth Action Network (MYAN) trains, supports, connects and advocates for youth organized to effect positive change through school and community-based peer programs. It is a partnership of youth and adult staff working to help youth and their advisors in peer groups to fulfill their own mission. You can join the network and visit the website to gain ideas, support and information from other young people and advisors across the state.

Maine Youth Voices (MYV)

MYV is a grant funded youth organization dedicated to creating the opportunity for youth to proactively engage in prevention strategies surrounding underage alcohol use in their schools and communities throughout the state of Maine. Find information about the work MYV groups have been doing and if there's a group near you!

A Rising Tide

This non-partisan, non-profit group sponsors Civic Leadership Training Institutes for young Mainers, age 16-35.

Teen Yellow Pages

This site accesses a resource guide written with the help of teens for teens that contains information about where to find help for specific problems and how to help others in Maine.

Volunteer Maine!

Volunteer Maine! is a statewide system that links citizens with volunteer opportunities and volunteer programs with resources and each other. It's a place to find volunteer opportunities, a meeting place for people, ideas, information, news and resources and a place to tell people about your projects and potential volunteer opportunities.

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National

4-H

4-H is made up of a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. The website, created by youth for youth, is an interactive 4-H online community and a resource for 4-H information. The site for Maine's 4-H programs is http://http://www.maine4h.umaine.edu/.

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

This section of the ACLU’s website is designed for young people.  It has news, information about the issues, and a great “rants” section where people can share their opinions about their rights.

American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF)

AYPF provides information and experiences useful in the development of an effective youth education, training and transition-to-employment system for the United States (including formal and informal learning opportunities, internships, national community service and other experience-based learning methodologies).

Arsalyn

The Arsalyn Program of Ludwick Family Foundation was created to encourage young Americans to become informed and active participants in the electoral process. It views the civic and political engagement of young people as beneficial to country, community and character. The Program is firmly committed to a non-partisan, non-issue-based and inclusive approach to ensure that voting becomes a lifetime commitment on the part of our nation's young adults.

At the Table

The At the Table initiative aims to promote youth governance. This is a great forum for youth to go and voice their opinions and find out about resources for creating change.

Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government

This website provides information about how the U.S. government works and includes games and information that can help teach high-school aged students about our government.

Boy Scouts of America

This website includes information about Boy Scouts of America and all levels of scouting.

Campfire USA

Find out about one program that involves young people in outcome-based programs in areas including youth leadership, self-reliance, after school groups, camping and environmental education. Camp Fire USA's mission is to build caring, confident youth and future leaders. 

Campus Compact

Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 950 college and university presidents-representing some 5 million students-who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education. Campus Compact promotes public and community service that develops students' citizenship skills, helps campuses forge effective community partnerships and provides resources and training for faculty seeking to integrate civic and community-based learning into the curriculum. Maine's site is http://http://www.mainecompact.org.

Center for Information on Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE)

CIRCLE collects research around youth civic engagement. This is a great site to get trends and statistics to make the case for your program.

Center for Talent Development, Civic Education Project (CEP)

Based at Northwestern University's Center For Talent Development, the CEP is an award-winning leadership and citizenship program for outstanding high school and junior high school students. CEP offers promising young people opportunities to learn and serve in communities across the country, developing the knowledge, experience and leadership skills they need to make a positive impact on society.

Character Counts

This site offers resources and education materials based on six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

Child Trends DataBank

Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to improving the lives of children by conducting research and providing science-based information to improve the decisions, programs and policies that affect children and their families.

Choices Program

CHOICES for the 21st Century is a program of the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. It involves young people (high school age) in processes of deliberation where they examine current and historical international issues.  This contributes to a renewal of civic engagement among young people in the United States.

Civic Reflection

This site is a resource for people seeking to learn more about civic reflection. It features an electronic library of readings sorted by questions and topics, guidance on organizing programs and a facilitators' forum.

Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF)

CRF is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, community-based organization dedicated to educating America's young people about the importance of civic participation in a democratic society. It provides lots of resources online, including lesson plans and other publications to help engage students.

Constitutional Rights Foundation CRF Forum: by Youth for Youth


The CRF Forum is a brand-new, youth-voice web site. This exciting new Internet resource provides quick, user-friendly Internet resources to help you:

  • Get up to speed on world, national, and local events.
  • Discuss today's pressing social and political issues with your peers.
  • Write and publish your own news and opinion articles on CRF Forum.

Corporation for National and Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service-through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America programs-has mobilized a new generation of engaged citizens. National and community service programs work closely with traditional volunteer organizations to broaden, deepen and strengthen the ability of America's volunteers to contribute not only to their communities, but also to our nation.

Democratic Party

This is the official website for the Democratic National Committee. It contains news, information on the Democratic Party and its platforms, ways to get involved, a blog and many other resources.

Elks

The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America is a national organization that serves people and communities through benevolent programs, demonstrating that Elks Care and Elks Share. The group's website contains information about the Elks, youth activities and other programs, scholarship opportunities and more!

Freechild

The Freechild Project seeks to promote radical democracy by making social change action, education and resources more accessible for young people around the world, particularly those who have been historically denied participation. It is a nonprofit learning space, think tank, resource center and advocacy group that facilitates networking, training, resource-sharing and technical assistance to young people and youth-serving organizations around the world.

Girl Scouts of the USA

This site is full of information about Girl Scouts as well as international news and research on relevant topics.

Green Party  

This is the official site of the Green Party of the USA.  Learn all about what the party stands for at its website!

Idealist Kids and Teens

The Idealist Kids and Teens website introduces young people (18 and younger) to the world of nonprofit organizations and encourages them to get involved in their communities and in the activities and issues that nonprofit organizations pursue. If you're over 18, check out http://http://www.idealist.org for similar information and resources.

International Debate Education Association (IDEA)

This is a source for educational materials and exercises for teachers and students engaged in formal debates.

Kids and Politics

This site is designed to give parents and others information about policies affecting children and families in their communities so they can hold their elected representatives accountable for their choices.

Kids Voting USA

Kids Voting USA is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that engages students and families in voting and other civic activities. The program combines classroom civic lessons with an authentic voting experience that replicates the adult ballot.

The League of Young Voters

The League of Young Voters* is doing national voter-organizing out of New York City—they also have chapters in Portland and Waterville, ME. The mission is to engage 17-35 year olds in the democratic process to build a progressive governing majority in our lifetime.  The site offers news, tools, and opportunities for getting involved!

Media Awareness Project (MAP)

MAP's Writer's Resources page features tips for writers and links to other resources available online.

Mobilizing America's Youth (MAY)

Mobilizing America's Youth (MAY) is an all-partisan network dedicated to educating, empowering, and energizing young people to increase our civic engagement and political participation. We work to show young people how their lives are impacted by public policy and in turn, how we can impact public policy. 

National Alliance for Civic Education

A group committed to advancing civic knowledge and engagement. The website is a great resource for information and current news about civic education.

National Council of State Legislatures: Civic and Policy Engagement of Youth

This page has great information on the issue area of youth development, civic engagement, and policy engagement.

 

National Network for Youth

This group is working to champion the needs of runaway, homeless and other disconnected youth through advocacy, innovation and services - one community at a time.

National Service-Learning Partnership

The national site for service-learning information has resources galore on service-learning.

National Youth Development Information Center (NYDIC)

NYDIC is a one-stop website for youth workers with interest in any and all of the following areas: funding, programming, research, policy, job and training opportunities. NYDIC also provides current news to the youth development field and has one of the largest online libraries, providing practice-related information at low-cost or no cost.

NetAction's Virtual Activist Training Course

In this virtual classroom, NetAction covers how to use e-mail and the Web as effective, inexpensive and efficient tools for organizing, outreach and advocacy.

Parliamentary Procedure

This site is dedicated to advancing the knowledge of parliamentary procedure, which can be fun, as well as educational.

Points of Light Foundation

The Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network engages and mobilizes millions of volunteers who are helping to solve serious social problems in thousands of communities. Through a variety of programs and services, the Foundation encourages people from all walks of life to volunteer. This site offers research and resources on volunteering, volunteer-centered jobs and ways to get involved in your community.

Project 540

Project 540 is a new approach to civic education. In a program created to give students a greater voice in their schools and communities schools around the country have asked students to talk about what matters most to them and to work together with adults to create action plans and make positive change. The program has some great resources, but is primarily focused on a school setting.

Project Citizen (Center for Civic Education)

The Center for Civic Education presents a civic education program for middle school students that promotes competent and responsible participation in state and local government.

Raise Your Voice

The Raise Your Voice Campaign, an initiative of Campus Compact, is a campaign that has connected students across the country on over 450 campuses to support student civic engagement and address public issues critical to our democracy. This site is dedicated to connecting, challenging and supporting college and university students in community work, activism, leadership and civic growth.

Republican Party

This is the official site for the Republican National Committee. It contains tons of information and news about the Republican Party and U.S. politics.

The Southern Poverty Law Center

The Southern Poverty Law Center was founded in 1971 as a small civil rights law firm. Today, the Center is internationally known for its tolerance education programs, its legal victories against white supremacists and its tracking of hate groups.

Study Circles Resource Center (SCRC)

SCRC is dedicated to finding ways for all kinds of people to engage in dialogue and problem solving on critical social and political issues. SCRC helps communities by giving them the tools to organize productive dialogue, recruit diverse participants, find solutions and work for action and change.

Tolerance.org

Tolerance.org is a principal online destination for people interested in dismantling bigotry and creating, in hate's stead, communities that value diversity. If you want to know how to transform yourself, your home, your school, your workplace or your community, Tolerance.org is a place to start-and continue-the journey.

U.S. Census Bureau

This is the official site of the U.S. Census Bureau.

YMCA of the USA

YMCAs are the largest not-for-profit community service organizations in America, working to meet the health and social service needs of 18.9 million men, women and children in 10,000 communities in the United States. This website is a one-stop center for everything YMCA related.

Youth on Board

Youth on Board prepares youth to be leaders and decision makers in their communities and strengthens relationships between youth and adults through publications, customized workshops and technical assistance.

YouthBuild USA

YouthBuild USA is a national nonprofit organization that works to unleash the positive energy of low-income young people to rebuild their communities and their lives. In YouthBuild programs, strong emphasis is placed on leadership development, community service and the creation of a positive mini-community of adults and youth committed to success.

Youth Noise

This website is designed to engage youth worldwide, ages 13-26, in civic life and civic action.   The site offers opportunities for those who have never been involved before to those who are deeply involved in activism.

Youth Service America (YSA)

YSA is a resource center that partners with thousands of organizations committed to increasing the quality and quantity of volunteer opportunities for young people in America, ages 5-25, to serve locally, nationally and globally.

Youth Venture

Youth Venture believes that young people (ages 12 to 20) have the creativity and the energy to launch and lead their own ventures that bring about positive change to their schools and neighborhoods. Youth Venture strives to reach and support any young person nationwide who has a dream about how to make a difference and the commitment to make it happen.

YWCA USA

The YWCA USA is a women's membership movement nourished by its roots in the Christian faith and sustained by the richness of many beliefs and values. Racial justice and women's economic empowerment are the hallmark programs of the YWCA. There is wonderful information about issues, engaging in dialogue and activism here!

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International

Amnesty International

Amnesty International is an organization that works to protect human rights worldwide.

CIVNET

An online resource and service for civic education practitioners, as well as scholars, policymakers, civic-minded journalists and non-governmental organizations promoting civic education all over the world.

Kiwanis

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. The website includes member resources, information about service and the organization and a useful section with PR tips.

Kiwanis sponsors several service clubs for young people: Circle K International is for college students, Key Club International is for high school students, and Builders Clubs are for middle school students.

Lions Club

Lions clubs have always embraced those committed to building a brighter future for their community. This site has news, information on youth activities and volunteerism and resources (for members and others) on a topics ranging from activity guides to sample news releases.

Moose

Moose International is a nonsectarian, nonpolitical fraternal organization made up of men and women from the United States, Great Britain, Bermuda and Canada. The group is dedicated to bettering the lives of children and elderly in need, to helping our communities on both the national and local level and to providing family recreation at a modest cost.

Peace Corps

You will find information about a program providing volunteer service opportunities overseas.

Rotary

This site represents a global network of community volunteers. Rotary programs for young people include Interact for 14-18-year olds and Rotaract for college students.

Search for Common Ground

The mission of Search For Common Ground is ambitious: to transform the way the world deals with conflict. Resources on this site deal with conflict resolution and cooperative problem solving.

Shriners

The Shriners of North America is an international fraternity of approximately 500,000 members throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada and Panama. They foster self-improvement through leadership, education, the perpetuation of moral values and community involvement and the Shriners Hospitals for Children is the group's major philanthropic cause. Find out more information and news on their website.

TakingITGlobal

This is an online community providing youth with inspiration to make a difference. It is a source of information on issues, opportunities to get involved locally, nationally and globally.

UNICEF Voice’s of Youth

Voices of Youth is a website for young people who are interested in issues of human rights and development.  It is dedicated to making sure young people from all countries learn more, say more and do more about the world they live in.  The site has three areas where young people can explore, speak out and take action.

 

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Affordable Higher Education

Compact for Higher Education

This website represents a joint effort of the Maine Development Foundation and the Maine Community Foundation committed to raising educational attainment in Maine. You can find information, links and other resources on higher education in Maine here.

EStudent Loans

Compare student loans, learn about financial aid and search for scholarships on this site.

Finance Authority of Maine (FAME)

FAME offers programs and information about college loans and management, scholarship opportunities, timelines, cost estimates under the "Education" section. It also gives useful information about Maine's NextGen investment program under the "NextGen" heading.

Maine Advantage

An education loan program based out of Maine.

Maine Community College System

The Maine Community College System is Maine's comprehensive two-year public college system-dedicated to offering an affordable and accessible college education and building a quality workforce for Maine. Find out where Maine's community colleges are and how you can become a student.

Maine Educational Loan Authority (MELA)

MELA was established to assist students and their families in achieving their higher education goals by providing a supplemental or alternative student loan program.

MELMAC Education Foundation

The MELMAC Education Foundation is committed to supporting high quality initiatives that serve the purpose of increasing educational opportunities for Maine people. The Foundation believes that Maine people and the State of Maine will thrive in the new economy by providing access to the appropriate education, skills and training at all levels.

Mobilizing America's Youth (MAY)

Mobilizing America's Youth (MAY) is an all-partisan network dedicated to educating, empowering, and energizing young people to increase our civic engagement and political participation. We work to show young people how their lives are impacted by public policy and in turn, how we can impact public policy.  Current projects include a student debt campaign.  Visit their website to learn how you can join in!

National Education Loan Network (NELNET)

Nelnet provides student loan products and services including student loan consolidation, student loan servicing, plus loans, college planning, and college scholarship.  The website has special sections devoted to students and borrowers, parents, guidance counselors, and schools. 

 

The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education

This site has an entire section dedicated to the issue of affordability and accessibility of higher education in the United States.

National Student Loan Data System

Students can access the Government system for their loan and Pell information. This site also has a great glossary of terms related to borrowing, managing and paying off student loans.

Pathways to College Project

The Pathways to College Network is a national alliance of organizations committed to using research-based knowledge to improve postsecondary education access and success for the nation's many underserved students, including underrepresented minorities, low-income students, those who are the first in their families to go to college and students with disabilities.

The Princeton Review

This site has information about the planning and application process as well as links and resources on scholarships and aid that could make the experience more affordable.

Sallie Mae

Sallie Mae is one of the largest student loan lenders in the U.S. Its website includes information on planning for college and applying for and managing student loans.

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Alcohol/Drugs

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. This site has information on AA as well as other alcoholism resources.

Family Doctor-Drinking & Teens

A question and answer article with facts for teens about drinking and alcohol.

Focus Adolescent Services

An Internet clearinghouse of information, resources and support related to teen issues including alcohol and drug use.

Food and Drug Administration

The government's site for information about products regulated by the FDA.

Maine Office of Substance Abuse

This site provides information on substance abuse prevention, intervention and treatment. There's also an Information & Resource Center which is searchable online.

Maine Youth Voices (MYV)

MYV is a grant funded youth organization dedicated to creating the opportunity for youth to proactively engage in prevention strategies surrounding underage alcohol use in their schools and communities throughout the state of Maine. Find information about the work MYV groups have been doing and if there's a group near you!

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

You can engage in discussions and find lots of information, research, statistics and resources about drunk driving on this site.

Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous is an international, community-based association of recovering drug addicts with more than 31,000 weekly meetings in over 100 countries worldwide. This site has information about the association and resources for and about drug use.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Publications, research and news related to alcohol use and alcoholism.

No Tobacco

This is an anti-smoking teen website full of teen anti-tobacco resources.

Phillip Morris USA-Youth Smoking Prevention

This site provides information about smoking statistics and its youth smoking prevention program. Find lots of resources and research here.

Students Against Destructive Decisions

Founded as Students Against Drunk Driving, this group has expanded to lobby against issues including underage drinking, other drug use, impaired driving, teen violence and teen depression and suicide. This website has great information, resources and links for young people!

Teens Health-Drugs & Alcohol

Smoking, drinking and doing drugs can really affect people's lives. Is your life affected? Read articles in this section to discover the truth.

U.S. Surgeon General's Office

The Surgeon General of the United States is the nation's leading spokesman on matters of public health. This site provides links and resources to many alcohol/drug related issues.

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Health

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

The CDC is recognized as the leading federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people at home and abroad, providing credible information to enhance health decisions and promoting health through strong partnerships. This site includes a "Healthy Youth" section with statistics, research and useful links.

Discovery Health-Teen Center

This section of the Discovery Health website has information about dating, sex, sexuality and STDs. It also has a "Teen Talk" section of teen message boards where young people can talk about issues they care about.

Families are Talking

This site provides resources for communicating about sexuality-related issues and includes sections for young people and parents.

Healthfinder

An award-winning federal website for consumers developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies, this site has links to some online surveys for specific health issues such as drug abuse.

Iwannaknow.org

Answers to questions about teen sexual health and STDs. Includes a parent's guide and teen live forum.

Kids Health

Doctor-approved health information about children from before birth through adolescence. There are separate areas for kids, teens and parents. A one-stop shop for all issues related to teen health. This site has everything from quizzes to articles and recipes.

MedlinePlus

This site has extensive information from the national Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 650 diseases and conditions. The site can be searched by the keywords "Teen Health".

National Center for Children in Poverty

This webpage offers information about public health insurance for children. You can find general information or get a more in-depth state profile by selecting your state from a pull-down menu.

National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention

The "Resources" section of this page has great information, grant opportunities and model programs relating to promoting good mental health.

National Eating Disorders Association

The "Eating Disorders Info" page has a ton of information on eating disorders, treatment, surviving an eating disorder and everything else you might have questions about.

National Mental Health Association (NMHA)

NMHA is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. This site provides information about all types of mental illness plus information about suicide.

National Mental Health Information Center

This section on mental health in children has resources and tips for those dealing with mental illness and those trying to promote good mental health. This site is also searchable and has online publications.

Open Directory Project

This is a comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web. Links for teen health topics are sorted by subject area.

Our Bodies Ourselves

A site providing information about women's health, sexuality and reproduction.

Shaping America's Youth

Shaping America's Youth Network is a centralized forum working to reverse the health crisis of childhood obesity to fostering the development of the most effective tools and strategies for improving this condition.

Something Fishy

This site has information to help individuals with eating disorders along the way to recovery, ranging from signs and symptoms, to relapse warning signs.

Teen Health FX

TeenHealthFX.com is your online resource for any and all questions regarding your health, your relationships, your body and your sexuality. While this site is crazy informative, it's not a substitute for talking to your doctor and your parents. There are sections on emotional health, sexuality and sexual health and sports and nutrition.

Teen Screen

The Columbia University TeenScreen Program is an adolescent mental health and suicide-screening initiative active in 43 states. In addition to offering information about the initiative, this site has a great "Facts, Research & Media" section.

The Volunteer Lawyers Project

This site offers information about and eligibility guidelines for receiving Medicaid, now called Maine Care. Most low-income children are eligible for this widely underutilized option.

WebMD

A searchable directory for information on everything health-related.

World Health Organization (WHO)

This is the site for the United Nation's specialized agency for health. It contains information and research topics for health issues around the globe.

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Human Rights

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

This section of the ACLU’s website is designed for young people.  It has news, information about the issues, and a great “rants” section where people can share their opinions about their rights.

Amnesty International

Amnesty International is an organization that works to protect human rights worldwide. You can find information about its campaigns and access a resource library on its website.

Co-op America's Ending Sweatshops Program

Co-op America is a unique member supported organization promoting social justice and environmental sustainability through economic action. The website includes information on sweatshops, where you can buy sweat-free products and a variety of resources.

Holocaust Human Rights Center of Maine

The Center educates about the Holocaust, advocates for human rights and dignity and celebrates diversity. Its goal is to teach lessons, which can be learned from the Holocaust about what can happen when basic human rights are destroyed. There are great resources for students and teachers on the website and at the Center itself.

Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

HRC is a bipartisan organization that works to advance equality based on sexual orientation and gender expression and identity, to ensure that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

Human Rights First

Human Rights First works in the United States and abroad to create a secure and humane world by advancing justice, human dignity and respect for the rule of law.

Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch is an independent, nongovernmental organization dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. It investigates and exposes human rights violations and hold abusers accountable, which are reported on its website.

Kensington Welfare Rights Union (KWRU)

KWRU is a multiracial organization of, by and for poor and homeless people. KWRU is dedicated to organizing of welfare recipients, the homeless, the working poor and all people concerned with economic justice.

Maine Human Rights Commission

The State of Maine's agency charged with enforcing Maine's anti-discrimination laws.

Oxfam International

Oxfam International is a confederation of 12 organizations working together with over 3000 partners in more than 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty, suffering and injustice. Programs, campaigns, policy, analysis and news about poverty and Oxfam's work can be found online.

Tolerance.org

Tolerance.org is a principal online destination for people interested in dismantling bigotry and creating, in hate's stead, communities that value diversity. If you want to know how to transform yourself, your home, your school, your workplace or your community, Tolerance.org is a place to start-and continue-the journey.

United Students Against Sweatshops

This site offers resources for students interested in organizing anti-sweatshop events.

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Hunger

Action Against Hunger

This website includes general information about hunger. Find out more about Action Against Hunger's activities, guiding principles, background, organizational resources and international support too.

America's Second Harvest

This site represents the nation's largest charitable hunger-relief organization with a Network of more than 200 regional member food banks and food rescue programs.

Bread for the World (BFW)

A nationwide Christian citizens movement, BFW seeks justice for the world's hungry people by lobbying our nation's decision makers and engaging in research and education on policies related to hunger. It also has great "Issues and Action" and "Write to Congress" sections where young people can find the tools and resources to use their voices for positive change.

CARE USA

CARE USA serves individuals and families in the poorest communities in the world on a wide variety of issues, including food and nutrition. Its CARE Corps Teens program meets throughout the year for meetings, workshops and discussion groups.

The Coalition on Human Needs (CHN)

CHN is an alliance of national organizations that promotes public policies addressing the needs of low-income and other vulnerable populations. Young people will find the site helpful when searching for federal analyses, news reports and congressional updates.

Congressional Hunger Center

The Congressional Hunger Center (CHC) is a non-profit anti-hunger leadership training organization located in Washington, DC.  The site has resources, information about the issue of hunger in our nation as well as fellowship programs.

Food for the Poor

Food for the Poor raises funds and provides direct relief assistance to impoverished people throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. It offers a speakers' bureau as well as a "Getting Involved" section with ways to donate money and time toward its efforts.

The Food Research Action Center (FRAC)

FRAC is a national organization working to improve public policies to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in the United States. This site is a great resource for young people seeking information and analyses about hunger and anti-hunger programs.

The Great American Bake Sale

The Great American Bake Sale is a partnership of Parade Magazine and Share Our Strength as well as other sponsors. The site offers young people and adults the tools and resources to learn about and plan a bake sale in order to raise money and awareness to end domestic hunger.

Heifer

Across the globe, Heifer donors, volunteers, staff and project partners strive daily to build communities, distribute resources fairly, improve access to education and preserve the environment.  Heifer’s website has educational resources, information about the organization and its programs, and ways you can get involved!

Hunger No More

Hunger No More is a faith-based site that offers materials to religious congregations about hunger. The site is also useful to young people because it includes a very extensive directory of web resources, all focused on hunger.

The Hunger Project

The Hunger Project empowers local people around the world to create lasting, self-reliant improvements in health, education, nutrition, food production and family income.

Hunger Web

This site offers general information about hunger in the U.S. and worldwide and includes resources to help find solutions to hunger at the global, national, community and household level for anyone interested in learning more about the subject.

Maine WIC Program

The State's website for the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program for eligible families. The program's vision is that every Maine child is healthy and never hungry. The site helps you find out more about WIC, answer questions and locate a nearby WIC clinic.

Mazon

Mazon is a national, nonprofit agency which allocates donations from the Jewish community to nonprofit organizations providing food, help and hope to hungry people of all faiths and backgrounds.  Visit the website for facts about hunger, ways you can help, and more!

Online Resources for Vegetarians

The Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG) is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public on vegetarianism and the interrelated issues of health, nutrition, ecology, ethics and world hunger. In addition to publishing the Vegetarian Journal, VRG produces and sells cookbooks, other books, pamphlets and article reprints.

Oxfam International

Oxfam International is a confederation of 12 organizations working together in more than 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty, suffering and injustice. It offers young people information and resources to campaign for a variety of global issues, many of which affect hunger.

National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture

The National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture is dedicated to educating the public on the importance of a sustainable food and agriculture system that is economically viable, environmentally sound, socially just and humane.

Partners in Ending Hunger

Partners in Ending Hunger works towards ending hunger in America, hunger that persists over time in our communities resulting from the involuntary lack of access to food through normal channels. It has developed new and innovative tools, techniques and knowledge in the field of ending hunger.

RESULTS

RESULTS is a nonprofit grassroots advocacy organization whose mission is to create the political will to end hunger and the worst aspects of poverty and to empower individuals in exercising their personal and political power. It has a great "Take Action Now" section that offers easy information about simple but powerful ways to be civically engaged in the hunger issue.

Share Our Strength

Share Our Strength is one of America’s leading organizations working to end childhood hunger in America, community by community.

Stop the Hunger

Source for facts about domestic hunger in the United States.

World Hunger Notes

This is an on-line magazine about world hunger and poverty in the United States published by World Hunger Education Service.

World Hunger Year

This site includes a centralized database of food, nutrition, anti-hunger and agricultural organizations, as well as reports from around the world.

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Prejudice/Diversity

Anti-Defamation League

This page has a "101 Ways to Combat Prejudice" list and a printable version of the brochure.

Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence

This organization, based out of Portland, ME, works with young people and adults to prevent and respond to bias, harassment, and violence, by providing training, education, and advocacy in schools, colleges, government agencies, non-profit organizations and communities.

Class Action

This site is dedicated to classism issues and has a great definition section along with featured articles and books.

Class Matters

A website based off of a book, there are some great articles about classism (and other identities) on this site as well as survey responses to the question of "What's the most classist comment you've ever heard?"

Connect for Kids

This section on "Addressing Prejudice" has some great articles on topics prejudice including heterosexism and racism. On the bottom of the left hand menu, visitors can click for other "Diversity" topics.

Diversity Central

This site is designed for workplaces and employees, but the ideas on it can be applied to many other situations such as classrooms and community groups. There are more than 1,000 diversity articles, tools and resources available from basic introductions to the topic of workplace diversity to polls on diversity topics.

EqualityMaine

Find out about the work of Maine’s oldest and largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender political advocacy organization that envisions to secure full equality for these people.

GLSEN

The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network of Southern Maine is a group that works to create safe schools for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.  This site has lots of great information for everyone, including a guide for starting a Gay-Straight Alliance in your school!

Institute for Cultural Partnerships

The Institute for Cultural Partnerships is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help individuals and communities successfully live, learn and work in our increasingly diverse society. The Institute focuses on helping people understand their own culture, understand others, develop positive inter-group relations and build strong communities.

The Interfaith Center of New York

A secular educational organization whose mission is to make New York and the world safe for religious difference this site and the Interfaith Center aim to increase respect, mutual understanding and fellowship among citizens of diverse religious faiths and to foster cooperation among religious communities and civic organizations to solve common social problems.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

The official site for the NAACP, you can find headlines, history, local branches and ways to get involved. The primary focus of the NAACP continues to be the protection and enhancement of the civil rights of African Americans and other minorities.

Outright

Outright's mission is to create safe, positive and affirming environments for young gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and questioning people ages 22 and under. Outright aspires to a youth-driven philosophy in which youth needs and beliefs form decisions, and a collaboration of youth and adults provides support, education, advocacy and social activities.

Search for Common Ground

The mission of Search For Common Ground is ambitious: to transform the way the world deals with conflict. Resources on this site deal with conflict resolution and cooperative problem solving.

Seeds of Peace

Seeds of Peace is and internationally recognized program dedicated to empowering young leaders from regions of conflict with the leadership skills required to advance reconciliation and coexistence. This site offers information about Seeds programs, news and an event calendar.

Sexual Prejudice

A great guide to understanding homophobia and heterosexism.

Simon Wiesenthal Center

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is an international Jewish human rights organization dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust by fostering tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach and social action. The Center confronts important contemporary issues including racism, anti-Semitism, terrorism and genocide and is accredited as an NGO both at the United Nations and UNESCO. The site has an extensive library and archives section.

The Southern Poverty Law Center

The Southern Poverty Law Center was founded in 1971 as a small civil rights law firm. Today, the Center is internationally known for its tolerance education programs, its legal victories against white supremacists and its tracking of hate groups.

Tolerance.org

Tolerance.org is a great site aimed at helping people get rid of hate and create communities that value diversity.  It has a big “For Teens” section that includes current issues and ways to fight hate.  There is a great “For Kids” Planet Tolerance section too!

Understanding Prejudice

This is a website for students, teachers and others interested in the causes and consequences of prejudice. Here, you will find more than 2,000 links to prejudice-related resources, as well as searchable databases with hundreds of prejudice researchers and social justice organizations. This site deals with sexism, racism, heterosexism, anti-Semitism and other forms of prejudice and offers a baseline survey to discover where you stand and implicit association tests to discover your natural biases.

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