Web Watch for July-August 2002

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Internet Nonprofit Center
features information on more than 100 issues involving operation of nonprofit agencies. Using an easy-to-navigate frequently asked question format, visitors can select from five major topics: organization, management, regulation, resources and development. The site is a project of the Seattle-based Evergreen State Society, a nonprofit policy and management organization.


Welfare Information Network
is an enormous bank of information that covers every angle of welfare and TANF reauthorization. Links connect visitors to pages about upcoming events, hot topics, promising practices and legislative updates. The main page also offers connections to about 60 more sites, each addressing issues ranging from child well-being to job readiness. Though a search engine would be nice, WIN’s vast array of research and resources makes this site especially useful for people in the welfare field. The site is run by the Finance Project, a D.C.-based nonprofit promoting improved programs and financial strategies for children and families.

Youth Workers

Pro Youth International
serves as a network for Europe’s youth service providers. The site, an effort of four European youth service providers to connect as many programs as possible, is off to a good start. The collection of directories identifies contacts in a range of youth services, including hostels, exchange programs and mental health and issue-oriented groups.


Frog Guts
is an excellent site to peruse with science-minded children. Youth can use the virtual lab tools to dissect a frog while information pops up as different layers are removed. The site combines superb graphics, sound effects and simplified science lessons, making Frog Guts a fantastic alternative for eager science learners or kids who might be squeamish about cutting into a frog. The site was designed by Richard Hill, a graduate student in instructional technology at the University of South Florida’s Center for Instructional Technology.


Parents Guide to Help Children Deal with Divorce
hosted by Ohio State University with content by family science expert Robert Hughes, includes information designed to help parents improve their children’s understanding of divorce and its impact on their lives. The site’s eight linkable sections include titles such as “Helping Children Feel Good About Themselves” and “Helping Children Manage Anger at Their Parents.” Each concludes with suggested activities to engage children further.

Civic Engagement

National Youth and Militarism Program
run by the anti-war group American Friends Service Committee, addresses the impact of war and military institutions on young people’s lives. The program is based on a belief that the military has too much presence in the lives of American adolescents. Research and articles cover subjects such as junior reserve training in public schools and non-military alternatives for scholarships.


Junior ROTC
provides links to homes pages for local junior reserves programs and information about scholarships and the activities of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps programs. The site is not particularly well-designed; its best features are the pages about military traditions, songs and history.