Teen Hoopla: Say What?
offers a forum for youths to express their views on issues ranging from the Sept. 11 attacks to school dress codes. Posts on the site seem to go through some monitoring to weed out inappropriate language, but differing opinions are not stifled. Links and book reviews are also included on this site, run by the American Library Association’s Young Adult Library Services Association.
Hispanics in Philanthropy
is an association of more than 450 U.S. and Latin American grant-makers and nonprofit leaders using philanthropy to support Latino groups. The site includes news for grant-makers and the public about issues that concern Latinos and their environment. The organization, run by a consortium of grant-makers (including The California Wellness Foundation, Mile High United Way and the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving) strives to increase the Latin representation on committee boards and within the nonprofit field.
The Diary Project
is designed to help teens communicate with one another through online diary entries. The network asks youth to share their life experiences by posting their thoughts on matters such as self-esteem, drugs and relationships. The “press” link features items from newspapers around the country about teen issues. The Diary Project is a nonprofit organization.
National Juvenile Court Data Archive
compiles sets of court data into researchable sets. While the site only provides a guide to what data are available, the cataloguing of these sets into relevant and understandable reference categories can save researchers hours of work. Most impressive is the “Birth Cohorts” cross-reference, which allows visitors to track series of data for an entire class (for example, court data for everyone born in 1979).
The USA Freedom Corps
is the official website of the new initiative by President George Bush to increase community service. While connecting potential volunteers to the three main components of the plan – AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and Senior Corps – the best feature of the site is the “Other Opportunities” link at the bottom of the volunteer section. Visitors can enter their zip codes and criteria and find volunteer projects close to home.
Asthma and Schools
is an excellent reference for those who have asthmatic children under their care or in their programs. The site provides the basics on asthma in a question-and answer format, as well as an extensive database that links visitors to areas of other health sites that focus on different aspects on asthma. This National Education Association site is extremely easy to navigate.
Electronic Policy Network Youth and Families Section
connects visitors to the latest research on children and families. The site features more than 100 studies, covering subjects from child welfare to teen pregnancy. Supplementing the site’s up-to-date reports, EPN – a consortium of public policy organizations and advocacy groups – also features links to American Prospect’s family issues archive.