Additional Information & Resources

Education

A professional membership organization dedicated to promoting high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction, disseminating research and information about reading, and encouraging the lifetime reading habit.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8.

The Literacy Empowerment Foundation (LEF) sponsors a Matching Book Grant Program wherein the organization will match the school's expenditures up to $12,000 for Guided Reading and Independent Reading Collections. LEF also sponsors a Reading Recycling Project which distributes new and gently used children's books free of charge throughout the year.

Health
  • Access Point
    Access Point provides supportive coaching and counseling to individuals, couples, groups, and businesses both locally and throughout North America.
  • American Association of People with Disabilities
  • American Network of Community Options and Resources
    ANCOR is a nonprofit trade association representing private providers who provide supports and services to people with disabilities.
  • The Arc of the United States
    The Arc of the United States advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. With its network of members and affiliated chapters, the Arc works to improve systems of supports and services; connect families; inspire communities and influence public policy.
  • Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
    The mission of the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is to protect and advance the rights of adults and children who have mental disabilities. The Center envisions an America where people who have mental illnesses or developmental disabilities exercise their own life choices and have access to the resources that enable them to participate fully in their communities.
  • Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS)
    A nonprofit, policy resource center that promotes high quality health care services for low-income populations and people with chronic illnesses and disabilities.
  • Healthfinder
    A free guide to reliable consumer health and human services information, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • The Medicine Program
    Our function, in cooperation with the physician, is to assist patients who may qualify to enroll in one or more of the many patient assistance programs now available. These programs provide prescription medicine free-of-charge to individuals in need, regardless of age, if they meet the sponsor's criteria.
  • Internet Mental Health (IMH)
    Internet Mental Health is a free encyclopedia of mental health information created by a Canadian psychiatrist, Dr. Phillip Long.
  • The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)
    NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families.
  • National Council for Behavioral Health
  • Mental Health America
  • Suicide and Depression Awareness for Students
    Free online guidebook to help students better understand suicide and depression, how to recognize warning signs in themselves or their peers, and what they can do to intervene.
  • Technical Assistance Collaborative
    TAC is a national non-profit organization that works to achieve positive outcomes on behalf of people with disabilities, people who are homeless, and people with other special needs by providing state-of-the-art information, capacity building, and technical expertise to organizations and policymakers in the areas of mental health, substance abuse, human services, and affordable housing.
Projects About Homelessness
  • Gutter Tribe - Kids on the Streets
    For six weeks in January and February 1995, photojournalist Jana Birchum chronicled the lives of homeless youth in Austin, Texas. Here are the images she captured.
Research and Policy
  • Brookings Institution
    The Brookings Institution is a private nonprofit organization devoted to independent research and innovative policy solutions.
  • Urban Institute
    The Urban Institute gathers and analyzes data, conducts policy research, evaluates programs and services, and provides education on critical issues and trends to promote sound social policy and public debate on national priorities.
  • Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP)
    A national, university-based center for research into the causes and consequences of poverty and social inequality in the United States.  It was established in 1966 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison by the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity.
  • RAND
    The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decision making through research and analysis.
Volunteering
  • Idealist
    Idealist is a branch of Action Without Borders, which connects people, organizations and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives. Its work is guided by the common desire of the members and supporters to find practical solutions to social and environmental problems, in a spirit of generosity and mutual respect. This site features volunteer opportunities, organizations, and jobs, along with resources for teachers, students, and nonprofits.
  • America Project
    Project America works with corporations, large member organizations, national and local nonprofits, and communities to design collaborative service initiatives that involve people of all ages in volunteer efforts.
Other Helpful Internet Resources
  • WIOA Youth Programs
  • The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Title I Youth Program provides services to disconnected youth, ages 14-21, who face barriers to employment. Youth gain access to WIOA services through local youth workforce training providers throughout the state.
  • HandsNet on the Web
    HandsNet has aggregated current human services and community development information important to low-income communities and communities of color. HandsNet seeks to foster comprehensive thinking on approaches to improving the lives of people living in these communities.
  • Texas Homeless Network
    Texas Homeless Network is a statewide non-profit membership organization that provides information services to direct service providers and individual members all across the state of Texas. Its mission is to strengthen communities and partnerships to prevent and eliminate homelessness.
  • USA City Link
    Provides information on relocation to hundreds of cities nationwide.
  • U.S. Conference of Mayors
    The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of the nation's 1183 U.S. cities with populations of 30,000 or more. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor. The primary roles of the Conference of Mayors are to promote the development of effective national urban/suburban policy; strengthen federal-city relationships; ensure that federal policy meets urban needs; provide mayors with leadership and management tools; and create a forum in which mayors can share ideas and information.