The Youth Services Bureau of Monroe County is dedicated to linking citizens to resources and services that work to develop positive youth and healthy families. In this resource section we have identified local and state resources that Monroe County youth, parents, and professionals might find useful.
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Looking to go to college? Check out these links to learn about any college, their rankings, and for help on preparing for college.
http://www.monroe.lib.in.us/pathfinder/School%20After%20High%20School (a comprehensive site for all you need to know about choosing and getting into a college of your choice)
Thinking about getting a GED?
Financial Aid Info Sheet (provides an easy to understand summary of the financial aid application process)
www.fafsa.ed.gov (everyone going to college requiring aid needs to fill this online form out)
http://www.in.gov/ssaci/2345.htm (21st Century Scholars, a great program for low-moderate income families looking for college tuition assistance)
www.scholarships4college.com (a nice site that reviews the ins and outs of the financial aid process)
www.collegeboard.com/paying/ (another helpful site explaining the financial aid process)
Looking for volunteer opportunities in Monroe County?
The Monroe County Public Library runs a number of great programs for young people including the Bloomington Teen Council, homework help, and other stuff you never knew existed at the library.
- Employment and Career Guidance
Need to know who's hiring in and around Monroe County? The Herald Times Online has access to employment classifieds for the Herald Times, Bedford Times-Mail, and Martinsville Reporter-Times. Happy hunting!
Looking to learn more about a specific occupation? Visit Learn More. Here you can get career information, college profiles, and sign up for the 21st Century Scholars Program.
Another great resource to learn about specific occupations is the Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the U.S. Department of labor. Here you can find out about projected salaries and the employment needs of a particular profession.
Stepping Stones provides transitional housing and supportive services to youth aged 16 to 20 who are experiencing homelessness. They provide each resident with a furnished two-bedroom apartment which is shared with another resident. Their staffed community center, including a live-in Resident Assistant, is a place for life skills coaching and training, job skills training and support, educational support, case management and counseling, support groups and social events, and guidance in obtaining permanent housing.
For Parents & Professionals
The United Way of Monroe County has put together a comprehensive online community resource guide called 2-1-1. With the help of 2-1-1, you can identify all sorts of community resources such as counseling services, childcare, economic assistance, educational services, and so on. The 2-1-1 site is located here.
The Community and Family Resources Department for the City of Bloomington has put together a Directory of Youth and Family Services. For information on obtaining a copy of this directory you can call the CFRD at 812-349-3430 or send them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stepping Stones Transitional Housing provides transitional housing and supportive services to youth aged 16 to 20 who are experiencing homelessness. They provide each resident with a furnished two-bedroom apartment which is shared with another resident. The staffed community center, including a live-in Resident Assistant, is a place for life skills coaching and training, job skills training and support, educational support, case management and counseling, support groups and social events, and guidance in obtaining permanent housing.
Feel free to contact us if you would like your organization's information included on these resource pages.