Alternatives to College

blue bullet AmeriCorps - Volunteer in your community to help with outreach, community development, or the environment, while earning money towards your college education.

blue bullet City Year - Volunteer in an urban school to help combat dropout rates and improve student success.

blue bullet Leap Now - This program offers alternative years of accredited college education with international travel and study, or just a gap year between high school and college.

blue bullet Outward Bound - Takes people of all ages (and has a special program for struggling or at-risk youth) on wilderness adventures that build confidence, skills, and positive relationships.

blue bullet Student Conservation Association - SCA provides college and high school-aged members with hands-on conservation service opportunities in virtually every field imaginable, from tracking grizzlies through the Tetons to restoring desert ecosystems and teaching environmental education at Washington, D.C.’s Urban Tree House.

blue bullet Volunteers for Peace - Become a volunteer and work internationally to help overcome the need, violence, and environmental challenges facing our planet. 

blue bullet Where are you Headed - Get advice on whether or not to go to college, where to go to college, whether to take a gap year or get an internship or volunteer position instead.

blue bullet World Volunteer Web - Find an expansive list of volunteer opportunities throughout the world.

blue bullet Youth for Understanding USA - Provides opportunities for high school students to study abroad for a year, semester, or summer. 

Jobs and Career Development  

blue bullet Career Information for Kids - Provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Provides information on different occupations including median salary and necessary level of education.  

blue bullet Career Key - Help on choosing a college major or career.

blue bullet Mapping Your Future: Explore Careers - Learn more about choosing a career and the high school and college courses that you should take to pursue that. 

blue bullet Student Jobs - Database of federal jobs.

blue bullet Teens4Hire - Get help finding a full or part-time job, internship, work-based learning experience or volunteer opportunity. 

blue bullet Youth Rules! - From the U.S. Department of Labor.

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