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  1. Federal resource  Check out more links from for helpful information on different types of careers.
  2. Federal resource  LifeWorks – LifeWorks is an interactive career exploration web site for middle and high school students.
  3. Federal resource  Environmental Health — Science Education – Check out these resources on environmental health sciences that can help you with your homework and give you ideas for summer opportunities.
  4. Federal resource Funding Education Beyond High School – The Guide to Federal Student Aid – Read this guide for information on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education. It provides information on the different programs that are available and how to apply for them.
  5. Federal resource – Check out this site to learn about how to plan and pay for your education. It also provides information on career development and military service.
  6. Federal resource Teen Survival Guide – Our Teen Survival Guide has a section about planning for you future with a questionnaire you can fill out to discover more about your interests, talents, and career goals.
  7. After High (Copyright © ThinkQuest) – If you don’t plan on going to a four-year college, check out this site to learn about alternatives such as two-year programs, academies, apprenticeships, careers, independent learning, internships, military service, travel abroad, and vocational or technical schools. 
  8. – On this Web site you will learn about careers in technology, play games, see how web pages are made, and more!
  9. Adobe PDF document Health Care for College Students (Copyright © AAP) (PDF - 456KB) – Starting college is exciting, but it also means you are more in charge of your health and well-being. Prepare yourself for this new responsibility by reading these tips your pediatrician wants you to know.
  10. Mapping Your Future – This site gives information on planning a career and choosing and paying for school.
  11. Plan for College (Copyright © – If you have so many questions about how to start planning for college that you don’t know where to start, this is the Web site for you. Take a personality test and find out what careers are recommended for you, learn about what exams you will have to take before applying to college, and a lot more.
  12. Studio 2B (Copyright © GS USA) – This site from the Girl Scouts of America provides information on life, school, and career development.
  13. The Downside to Being an Overachiever (Copyright © – Does it feel sometimes like you are expected to do it all?  Get good grades, play sports, volunteer, join clubs… But is there a downside to being an overachiever?  This article will explain how “doing it all” can hurt you.
  14. Federal resource Youth At Work – This Web site is for working youth and is designed to teach you about some of your rights and responsibilities as an employee in the real world.
  15. Federal resource – is the one-stop portal for a range of employment opportunities for students within the Federal Government, whether in high school, college, or graduate school.
  16. – is packed with all kinds of tips about what to do with your money.  It’s never too early to start saving!
  17.  Adobe PDF document 100 ways to make a difference in your community (Copyright © Youth Service America) (PDF-113KB) – Young people are serving their communities at record numbers. Each year, approximately 13 million teens give 2.4 billion hours of service back to their communities. This fact sheet list some ideas for how you can make a difference in your community.
  18. The Fun Works – Have you ever wondered what career possibilities exist in fields that interest you? For example, do you enjoy art, music, or science? Would you like to find information about interesting jobs that involve them? Are you curious about what a day on the job might be like, how much money you would make, or what training you would need? If you are a middle-level student, ages 11-15, or in grades 6-9, then this site is for YOU! Sit back, relax, and explore the exciting world of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers!
  19. My – This Web site is presented by the Department of Defense. The goal of the site is to help students understand the opportunities available to them after graduation, and better prepare them for the choices and challenges they have ahead. You can also learn more about opportunities in the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard.
  20. – The Web site is a curious look at women adventures in science. The website showcases the accomplishments of contemporary women in science and highlights the varied and intriguing careers of some of today's most prominent scientists.
  21. Our Courts (Copyright © iCivics, inc.) — Learning about our country’s laws and how they affect you is an important part of growing up. On this Web site, you can play games to find out more about your rights.


  1. Federal resource US Department of Education
  2. Federal resource Youth 2 Work (United States Department of Labor)
  3. 4-H
  4. Boys and Girls Clubs of America
  5. Girl Scouts
  6. Girls Incorporated
  7. Kids Health
  8. YMCA
  9. YWCA
  10. National Center for Juvenile Justice
  11. Youth Volunteers Corps of America
  12. Student Conservation Association
  13. International Volunteer Programs Association

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Content last updated September 22, 2009

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health.