Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Opportunities for Teens

Jobs, Careers &
How to Pay for College

Volunteer Opportunities 2012

Memorial Hall Library Memorial Hall Library has a vibrant "Volunteen" program. Applications will be available May 21, 2012 and are due June 14, 2012.

Andover Historical Society http://www.andoverhistorical.org/ "The Amos Blanchard House and Barn Museum in downtown Andover, Massachusetts, recreates the life and times of a typical middle-class family of the early 19th century. Educational programs and changing exhibits explore many aspects of Andover's fascinating 350-year history." There are many volunteer opportunities.

Andover Senior Center www.andoverseniorcenter.org/ASCVolunteer.htm "A strong core of volunteers makes it possible for us to provide a wide variety of programs and services" for the senior citizens in Andover.

League of Women Voters of Andover/North Andover www.lwv-andovers.org/contact.html The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Andona Society www.andona.org The Andona Society is a "volunteer, non-profit organization that has raised thousands of dollars from the generous local businesses and residents of the Andover community. These funds have been distributed to enhance educational, athletic and cultural enrichment programs offered to young people in Andover."

Big Brothers Big Sisters http://www.bbbsa.org/ "High school juniors and seniors provide elementary student Littles with one-on-one time and attention."

Do Something http://www.dosomething.org/ "Do Something is an organization that helps you get involved in your community."

VolunteerMatch http://www.volunteermatch.org/ VolunteerMatch is a nonprofit organization that helps connect volunteers with nonprofit and community organizations.

Special Olympics http://www.specialolympicsma.org/volunteercorner.php The Special Olympics "depends upon countless volunteers every year to train and support thousands of athletes who participate in Special Olympics throughout the year in the state of Massachusetts."

Learn About Jobs and Careers

BLS Career Information http://www.bls.gov/k12/ "Find careers you might like based on your favorite subjects in school."

Guide to the Business of Babysitting www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/babysitting/ "Learn how to be a great babysitter."

Job Corps http://jobcorps.doleta.gov/ "Job Corps… helps young people ages 16 through 24 get a better job, make more money and take control of their lives." Click on "Regions and States" to find information about local offices.

Occupational Outlook Handbook www.bls.gov/oco "See how much demand there is for the jobs you’re interested in. Find out what education and training you need."

Business, Trade and Technical Schools www.rwm.org/rwm "Information on schools in all 50 states arranged by state, then by training occupation."

Career Planning

JobHuntersBible.com http://www.jobhuntersbible.com/counseling/ "Links to online career and personality tests compiled by Richard Bolles, author of What Color is Your Parachute?. "

The Princeton Review Career Quiz http://www.princetonreview.com/cte/quiz/career_quiz1.asp "This quiz determines a general area that the test-taker has an interest in. It also links to a more in-depth career profile which is not free."

The Career Key http://careerkey.org "The Career Key goes through the skills and abilities needed for careers the individual is interested in and rates the test taker in personality areas. It provides descriptions of jobs that match the different personality types."

Find a Paying Job

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Labor: Youth Employment http://www.mass.gov/lwd/labor-standards/dls/youth-employment Information on getting a work permit for minors between the ages of 14-17, as well as laws regulating minors’ work hours and occupation restrictions.

Teens4hire http://www.teens4hire.org/jobtips.asp http://www.teens4hire.org/resource_qualities.asp http://www.teens4hire.org/resource_resume_tips.asp http://www.teens4hire.org/articles/top_places_job.asp http://www.teens4hire.org/articles/job_titles.asp Especially good for tips on landing that job!

SnagAJob.com http://www.snagajob.com/ Search for part-time and hourly jobs by zip code. Caution: There are lots of ads, so be careful where you click. Double-Caution: If it seems too good to be true it probably is a scam! You can’t make $1,500 a month working part-time from home.

Your Rights at Work

Youth at Work: US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission http://www.youth.eeoc.gov/ Learn about your rights and responsibilities as an employee.

Paying for College

200 Free Scholarships for Minorities http://www.blackexcel.org/200-Scholarships.html Links to various scholarship opportunities.

Fastweb http://www.fastweb.com/ "FastWeb lists more than 1.3 million scholarships worth $3 billion. Create a personal profile to receive a list of exactly those scholarships matching your skills and interests."

FinAid: The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid http://www.finaid.org/ This award-winning site has grown into the most comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools -- on or off the web.

FinancialAidTips.org http://www.financialaidtips.org/ "David Bernstein is a former financial aid counselor who offers lots of commonsense advice and guidance for students seeking financial aid." Includes a useful glossary of financial aid terms.

SRN Express: Scholarship Resource Network Express http://directory.edvisors.com/Colleges_and_Universities/Financial_Aid/Scholarships/SRN_Express_75443.html "Scholarship Resource Network Express contains a database of over 8,000 programs with a distribution level of over 150,000 awards for undergraduate and postgraduate students worth a total of more than $35 million!"

US Department of Education: Financial Aid Information http://www.ed.gov/finaid/landing.jhtml?src=ln "A guide for students about grants, loans, work-study, and tax credits for education and how to apply for them. The site includes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online registration form as well as information on Direct Loans and Defaulted Student Loans."

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