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A Handbook for Youth about –Out-of-Home Placement Foster Care by MDHR SSA

This Handbook by the Maryland Department of Human Resources Social Service Administration (MDHR SSA) explains Out-of-Home Placement Services for youth between the ages of 14 and 21 and what you can expect while in foster care.

  •   Foster care

Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)

AVID supports students both inside and outside the classroom for continued success. AVID provides some helpful sites and links to support student persistence and success leading up to and through higher education including online references for applying to college and information about scholarships and financial aid.

  •   Job readiness

Adventure Dental of Maryland

Kid-Friendly Dental Care. Proper childhood dental care is critical for every child’s health, confidence and school performance. That’s why Adventure Dental has made it our mission to make quality care accessible to all kids. We help children ages six months through 21 years get the care they need. Services include Dental, Orthodontics & Vision Optometry care.

2111 West Patapsco Ave; 5632 The Alameda; 1253 W. Pratt St Baltimore MD

  •   Oral health
  •   Vision health

Advocates for Youth Youth Activist Network (YAN)

Do you need a refresher on sex ed policy, HIV statistics, and other topics? Did your abstinence-only education leave you in the dark about contraceptive methods? Or do you already know it all, and want to prove it? YAN 101 was conceived to equip members of Advocates’’ YAN with all the information they need to be effective, knowledgeable activists. It is a series of interactive online education modules on topics in adolescent reproductive and sexual health. Young people ages 13-24 who take all the modules and pass the final test will become Certified YAN 101 Activists.

 

  •   Birth control
  •   Sexual health education

Advocates for Youth

Advocates for Youth partners with youth leaders, adult allies, and youth-serving organizations to advocate for policies and champion programs that recognize young people’s rights to honest sexual health information; accessible, confidential, and affordable sexual health services; and the resources and opportunities necessary to create sexual health equity for all youth.

  •   Sexual health education

Alternative Paths to High School Diploma at Baltimore Public City Schools

Reference guide that helps to identify a school or program that meets has options that allow students up to age 21 to earn the credits they need. Since we realize that students can face challenges in traditional school settings and can fall behind on their credits.

  •   Schools & after school programs

Alternative Schools

City Schools recognizes that circumstances outside of school can make attending a traditional school difficult for some students, while some students thrive in settings that offer specific supports. That’s why the district offers alternative schools and programs designed to help all students succeed academically and graduate ready for college or career training.

  •   Schools & after school programs

AMAZE (YTH)

AMAZE takes the awkward out of sex ed. Real info in fun, animated videos that give you all the answers you actually want to know about sex, your body and relationships.

  •   Sexual health education

America’s Promise Alliance Parent Engagement Toolkit

The America’s promise Alliance has grown to become the nation’s largest multi-sector Alliance focused on the well being of young people

  •   Parenting

American Academy of Pediatrics

The mission of th American Academy of Pediatrics is to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults

  •   Parenting

Are You in a Healthy Relationship

Online quiz – To engage, educate and empower young people to prevent and end abusive relationships.

  •   Healthy relationships

Arts Every Day

Arts Every Day strengthens learning by making arts education and cultural experiences an integral part of classroom instruction for all students in Baltimore City Public Schools.

  •   Arts

Autism Source

The Autism Society’s On-line Resource Database. Search nationwide autism-related services and supports.

  •   Special health care needs

B’More Protected Condom Distribution Program

Welcome to the “B’More Protected” Condom Distribution Program. This campaign is an extension of our current distribution program designed for members of the LGBT community. If you are a member of the LGBT community, we are extending an offer to have free condoms shipped directly to your home. This program is completely free and confidential; your information will not be shared outside of the Baltimore City Health Department. If you are not a part of this community and wish to receive free condoms, please visit either the Eern or Druid STD Clinic in Baltimore City.

  •   Condoms
  •   LGBTQ+

Backline

Backline promotes unconditional and judgment-free support for people in all their decisions, feelings and experiences with pregnancy, parenting, adoption and abortion. Through direct service and social change strategies, Backline is building a world where all people can make the reproductive decisions that are best for their lives, without coercion or limitation, and where the dignity of lived experiences is affirmed and honored.

  •   Parenting
  •   Pregnancy, abortion & adoption

Baltimarket

Baltimarket is a suite of community-based food access and food justice programs through the Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD). Baltimarket envisions a Baltimore with communities that have equitable access to healthy, affordable, and culturally-specific foods every day. The site focuses on food sources throughout the city, with a particular emphasis on neighborhoods where healthy, affordable food is more difficult to find. Baltimarket programs include the Virtual Supermarket Program, the Healthy Stores Program, and the Neighborhood Food Advocates initiative.

  •   Nutrition & physical well-being

Baltimore Abortion Fund

The Baltimore Abortion Fund exists to help individuals in Baltimore, MD who need abortion care but cannot afford the full cost of the procedure. We operate a confidential helpline where our trained case managers offer referrals, financial counseling, and financial assistance to low-income Baltimore residents who need help paying for their abortion care.

 

  •   Pregnancy, abortion & adoption

Baltimore Art + Justice Project Blog

The Baltimore Art +Justice Blog is a place for artists, advocates, researchers, community members and granters to talk about the impact of community art on Baltimore neighborhoods. By sharing resources, ideas and even a few solutions, the Baltimore Art + Justice blog opens a much needed dialogue among our communities that will help us build a Better, More Just Baltimore.

  •   Arts

Baltimore City Clean City Guide

The Baltimore City Clean City Guide gives detailed information about trash removal, recycling, and rat prevention, as well as instructions for accessing free city services including bulk trash pickup, street light repair, and sidewalk repair.

  •   Nature & environment

Baltimore City Public Schools Homeless Services

Guide to accessing services for homeless children and youth

  •   Homeless

Baltimore City Street Outreach Information Card

Baltimore City Street Outreach Information Card by the Mayor’s Office of Human Services Homeless Services Program.

  •   Homeless
  •   Shelter & housing

Baltimore in Conversation

A movement of vibrant LGBTQ people and allies addressing sexual health and sexual identity issues in Baltimore through shared conversations and collective actions. @BaltimoreInConversation

  •   LGBTQ+

Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA)

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) serves as Baltimore City’’s official arts council, events agency and film office. By providing funding and support to artists, arts programs and organizations across the city, and by producing large-scale events such as Light City, Artscape and the Baltimore Book Festival, BOPA’s goal is to make Baltimore a more vibrant and creative city.

  •   Arts

Baltimore Regional Green Map

Baltimore Regional Green Map is for all people ready to participate in creating a healthy, sustainable and just world. The Green Map System offers a direct pathway to the significant ecological, cultural and civic resources near home through our locally published and interactive maps. Help us build the content of this map.

  •   Nature & environment

Baltimore Sports Net

Dedicated to College, High School, Recreation and Professional Sports in the Baltimore-Washington Metro Area

  •   Sports & recreation

Baltimore United for Change (BUC)

The BUC coalition came together three days after the murder of Freddie Gray, and hit the ground running. The coalition of organizations and activists have a long track record of working for social justice in Baltimore. Though newly formalized, coalition members have worked strategically for years to gain concrete wins for justice in our community. BUC meets with youth, residents, lawmakers, and other community leaders to pursue legislative and policy transformation. In the aftermath of the uprising, our coalition is actively providing for the material needs of our neighbors in affected communities by offering legal support to protesters (including a Jail Hotline, lawyers and bail money), rapid response teams in the face of police aggression, and a budding alternative food system founded on food sovereignty and food justice – not charity.

  •   Advocacy

Baltimore Volunteer Opportunities by All For Good

Whether you’re a nonprofit or just on a mission to do good, All for Good is a free resource for rallying others to your cause. Volunteer in Baltimore and find ways to #DoGood in your community!

  •   Sports & recreation

Bedsider.org

Bedsider is an online birth control support network for women 18-29. The goal is to help women find the method of birth control that’s right for them and learn how to use it consistently and effectively. The site has information about birth control methods to explore methods, compare methods and answers questions; learn where to get it including at health centers, over the counter emergency contraception; and reminders for birth control reminders and appointment reminders.

  •   Birth control

bMOREsafe app

The bMOREsafe app addresses the needs of patients in the Baltimore area by providing resources for those who have been victims of sexual or domestic assault. Are you in an uncomfortable situation? Are you unsure what to do? The bMOREsafe app can help you to know what resources are available to you. The bMOREsafe app lets you know what to expect after you have been abused or assaulted, and gives you back the power of choice.

  • Get medical help, police help, or call a crisis hotline all with the touch of a button.
  • Choose what services are most important to you and get the help you need.

  •   Relationship violence & abuse support
  •   Sexual assault & support

BmoreSTEM Resource Guide

Discover STEM – Baltimore is rich in STEM resources and experiences for youth of all ages. Whether it be camps, workshops, competitions, or events, STEM is happening everywhere. BmoreSTEM allows you to find new opportunities in your neighborhood.

 

  •   Science, technology, engineering & math (STEM)

bmoretested.org

Promotes STD testing by providing links to Baltimore-based STD testing sites including I Want the Kit, U Choose Know What You Want, and Y2CONNECT.org

  •   STD testing

Building STEPS

Building STEPS is an organization built on one simple principle; a college education changes a person’s life. The multi-year program, supplementing students’ classroom learning, exposes bright, underserved high school students to science and technology-based careers, and helps them excel in these fields where minorities are overwhelmingly underrepresented.

  •   Science, technology, engineering & math (STEM)

Camp Erin by The Moyer Foundation

Camp Erin is the largest national bereavement program for youth grieving the death of a significant person in their lives. Children and teens ages 6-17 attend a transformational weekend camp that combines traditional, fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support, free of charge for all families. Led by grief professionals and trained volunteers, Camp Erin provides a unique opportunity for youth to increase levels of hope, enhance self-esteem, and especially to learn that they are not alone.

  •   Trauma, grief & loss

Care Coordination –Program (CCP) at HealthCare Access Maryland (HCAM)

HCAM’s Care Coordination Program (CCP) is an outreach program that provides short-term care coordination services to Baltimore City residents who are covered by Maryland’s Medicaid Managed Care Program, HealthChoice. We educate clients about health benefits, help them resolve issues with their providers, link them to their HealthChoice managed care organization or primary or specialty care providers, and refer them to long-term case management services.

  •   Pregnancy, abortion & adoption

Catholic Schools

The Archdiocese of Baltimore, established as a diocese in 1789, comprises the City of Baltimore and Allegany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Harford, Howard and Washington Counties. Additional information is found below.

  •   Schools & after school programs

Charter Schools

Charter schools are public schools that all students can choose to attend, regardless of where they live in the city.

  •   Schools & after school programs

Chesapeake Regional Chapter of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (C-SAHM)

We are committed to improving the physical and psychological health and well being of all adolescents through advocacy, clinical care, health promotion, health service delivery, professional development, and research. Our members come from a variety of medical and non-medical disciplines including physicians, nurse practitioners, psychologists, social workers, health educators, and other health professionals.

  •   Advocacy

Child Sexual Abuse & Assault Evaluation Resource by the Maryland American Academy of Pediatrics (MDAAP)

Resource listing about where patients should go for evaluation for child sexual abuse and assault. Designated centers for the evaluation of acute and non-acute child sexual abuse and assault are described along with police department and child protective service contacts.

  •   Child abuse & support
  •   Sexual assault & support

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care inclusive of foster care, adoption, and more.

  • Content about Out-of-Home Care offers information about family foster care, kinship care, treatment foster care, residential and group care, and Independent Living services.
  • Content about Supporting & Preserving Families describes family support and preservation services and offers resources for managers on family engagement, cultural competence, evaluation, evidence-based practice, funding, and training.

  •   Foster care

Children’s Medical Services

CMS is a program of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. CMS can help low-income, uninsured or underinsured Marylander’s ages 0-21 years get specialty care for a chronic illness or disability by paying for needed services. CMS can pay for many different kinds of services, such as visits to a specialist, hospitalizations, surgeries, medications, therapies, lab work, x-rays, and medical equipment. CMS does not cover routine check-ups or immunizations, sick visits, emergency services, routine dental care, or mental health services.

  •   Special health care needs

Community Programs at University of Baltimore

University initiatives include major on and off-campus volunteerism programs and ongoing communication with residential neighbors and community partners including the HEROES Academy for Baltimore-area high school students and the Excel Fellowship—a one-on-one mentoring program.

  •   Youth development

Computer Programming Meetups in Baltimore

Meetup is the world’s largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. Here’s a look at some Computer programming Meetups happening near Baltimore.

  •   Science, technology, engineering & math (STEM)

Condom Finder

Cares Community Health wants you to have a safe sexual experience. That’’s why we’’ve created a nationwide Condom Finder network of organizations and friendly businesses who give away condoms—–yes, for free.

  •   Condoms

Condomology

Condomology, in its simplest form, is the study of condoms. Our goal is simple: to ensure that people have fact-based information in clear, understandable speak that we can all use and share.

  •   Condoms

Cristata Cares Inc.

Our goal is to help our next generation to understand financial literacy – know and understand how interest rates, investment, and rates of return work over time.

  •   Financial literacy

Dental Clinics at Baltimore City Health Department

Provides basic dental care such as exams, x-rays, teeth cleaning, fillings and extractions to eligible children and adults ages 12 months and older. Urgent Care services such as tooth extraction available for all ages. Dental care also available for pregnant women enrolled in Medicaid. Baltimore City residency required. Locations: Druid Dental Clinic & Eastern Dental Clinic.

1515 North Avenue and 620 North Caroline St. Baltimore MD

  •   Oral health

Disability Rights Maryland (DRM)

DRM is federally mandated to advance the civil rights of people with disabilities. We provide free legal services to Marylanders of any age with all types of disabilities (developmental, intellectual, psychiatric, physical, sensory, learning, traumatic brain injury), who live in facilities, in the community or who are homeless.

  •   Legal assistance

East Baltimore Community Corporation (EBCC)

East Baltimore Community Corporation (EBCC) is a community-based organization whose mission is one of enhancing the quality of life for those individuals and families who live and work within our communities. We believe that everyone should be treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to helping people by creating healthy, safe and clean neighborhoods.

  •   Youth development

Educational Video about PrEP

These videos explain what PrEP is, how it works, and what young men who have sex with men can do to start using it.

  •   PrEP

Educational Video about PrEP

Educational video about PrEP explains how young MSM can start using PrEP.

  •   PrEP

ExpungeMaryland.org App

This is a web app created for people with criminal records in Maryland. If you meet certain requirements, you can get your criminal record erased through a process called expungement. It’s a free online tool which helps determine, through a few simple questions, if your record can be expunged. The tool also suggests next steps which often include working with a lawyer. The entire online review takes less than 5 minutes.

  •   Job readiness
  •   Legal assistance
  •   Life skills

Fact Sheet about Foster Care for Unaccompanied & Immigrant Children

Information about the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) foster care program and who is eligible for refugee foster care. The URM foster care program is a network of specialized foster care agencies that possess particular expertise to provide care and social work to foreign born children and youth.

  •   Immigrants & refugees

FIRST Baltimore Area Alliance (BAA)

The BAA represents a group of Baltimore area FIRST Robotics Competition teams. FIRST is an international program designed to encourage and inspire students to follow careers in science and technology. The BAA was formed to assist teams by sharing fundraising resources, mentors, and knowledge.

  •   Science, technology, engineering & math (STEM)

For Parents: Vaccines for Your Children by Centers for Disease Control

Information about child and adolescent vaccines including frequently asked questions.

  •   Immunizations

Foster Care Information at Maryland State Department of Human Resource

Information about becoming a foster parent, resource parents, kinship care, child welfare policies, financial information, and youth resources.

  •   Foster care

Free Condom Prescription for Medicaid beneficiaries

Condoms do not require a prescription. A pharmacy may provide condoms at the beneficiary’s request. Both males and females are eligible to receive condoms.

  •   Condoms

Futures Without Violence

From domestic violence and child abuse to bullying and sexual assault, our groundbreaking programs, policy development, and public action campaigns are designed to build respect and healthy relationships. Our vision is a future without violence that provides education, safety, justice, and hope. The Resource Center provides extensive resources about relationships under content area labelled children, youth and teens.

  •   Relationship violence & abuse support

GED Course Search at Train Baltimore

GED Course Search at Train Baltimore if you need a GED class or an English language class to get started. This page will help you find programs in your neighborhood.

  •   School readiness

Go Ask Alice!

Alice! is not one person, but a team. The Go Ask Alice! site is supported by a team of Columbia University health promotion specialists, health care providers, and other health professionals, along with a staff of information and research specialists and writers. Our team members have advanced degrees in public health, health education, medicine, counseling, and a number of other relevant fields.

  •   Condoms
  •   Healthy relationships
  •   Sexual health education

Greater Baltimore Asthma Alliance

The Greater Baltimore Asthma Alliance (GBAA) is a community partnership that has been active since 1999. GBAA improves the coordination of asthma efforts by bringing together a range of people, agencies, organizations, and businesses with an interest in asthma.

  •   Asthma

Green and Healthy Homes

The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative works through a variety of avenues including family advocacy, legal services, outreach and education, policy and legislation, lead hazard reduction and technical assistance, towards its goal to break the link between unhealthy housing and unhealthy families.

  •   Asthma

HIV Nightline

The HIV/AIDS Nightline responds to calls annually from all over the United States. People call us for many reasons: people just testing HIV positive, people in feeling isolated and/or concerned about their medications, caregivers buckling under the stress of caring for a loved one at home, and people concerned about the HIV risks. What makes the Nightline unique is our hours. For people receiving their HIV test results after work at a clinic, to people just having a night of unsafe sexual exposure, the program is often the only resource open for immediate care.

  •   Crisis
  •   HIV testing

Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP)

HPRP provides free legal services, including advice, counsel, education, representation and advocacy, for low-income persons who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Additional services include: housing and shelter preservation project; access to public benefits; reducing barriers to housing and employment imposed by criminal records; LGBT youth homelessness.

  •   Legal assistance

How to Get a U.S. Passport

How to apply for a U.S. passport in person.

  •   Life skills

How to Get Your Birth Certificate

How to get your birth certificate in Maryland.

  •   Life skills

I Wanna Know!

Iwannaknow is designed to help you learn about your sexual health in order to make good decisions, since you will be a sexual being for a long time.

  •   Condoms
  •   Healthy relationships
  •   Sexual health education

I Want the Kit (www.iwantthekit.org)

I Want The Kit is a website that mails free STD & HIV testing kits straight to your door. Kits arrive in a plain brown package so that no one will know what’s in them. Kits test for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis in the penis, anus, or vagina.

  •   STD testing

iChooseAdoption.org by National Council for Adoption

Created by the National Council for Adoption, iChooseAdoption.org provides information about adoption or if you just need someone to talk to, we’’re here to help. You can talk with a real person who can help answer your questions, find an adoption agency for you, or just listen to your hopes and fears. We’ve put together some resources that might be helpful to you. You can also check out frequently asked questions about adoption, or find an adoption agency near you who can help answer your questions about adoption.

  •   Pregnancy, abortion & adoption

If I Knew

Baltimore-based, web resource providing quality educational experiences that increase knowledge and awareness of risky behaviors and their consequences, while encouraging people in making healthy choices.

  •   Healthy relationships

inSPOT

Tell them if you’ve been exposed to an STD – send an anonymous ecard. Learn about cures and treatments. Find a clinic near you.

  •   STD treatment

Intercultural Counseling Connection

A resource for refugees in the greater Baltimore area

  •   Immigrants & refugees

Job Searching Resources at Ready by 21

The purpose of this site is to provide Baltimore City Department of Social Service youth and staff with internet resources for assistance in job searches.

  •   Job readiness

Johns Hopkins Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH)

The mission of the JHU LEAH training program is to develop the next generation of leaders in interdisciplinary approaches to adolescent health promotion and disease prevention with a primary goal of reducing health disparities. The program trains individuals from five core disciplines including medicine, social work, nutrition, psychology, and nursing to integrate their skills through demonstrated leadership. Throughout our training the focus is on approaches that will reduce health disparities so that the next generation of African American and Latino youth will enter adulthood with health status on par with the majority of European American adults.

  •   Advocacy

KidsHealth

KidsHealth provides information about health, behavior, and development designed for parents and teens.

  •   Condoms
  •   Parenting
  •   Sexual health education

KIND (Kids in Need of Defense)

Provides pro-bono (free) legal services for unaccompanied immigrant children.

  •   Crisis
  •   Immigrants & refugees
  •   Legal assistance

Kool Smiles

Kool Smiles is a network of local dental offices dedicated to expanding access to quality dental care for children and families in underserved communities. Kool Smiles provides preventative care, diagnostic imaging and a full range of restorative care supported with electronic health records. 5 settings in Baltimore (Enter your ZIP code on our website to find the Kool Smiles dental offices close to you)

  • Baltimore – Eastpoint: 7839 Eastern Ave.; Baltimore, MD 21224; 443-503-3139
  • Brooklyn Park; 5700 Ritchie Hwy; Brooklyn Park, MD 21225; 410-609-3197
  • Northeast Baltimore; 1900 N. Broadway; Baltimore, MD 21213; 443-455-1128
  • Baltimore; 2429 Frederick Ave.; Baltimore, MD 21223; 443-844-3449
  • Northwest Baltimore; 4173 Patterson Ave.; Baltimore, MD 21215; 443-743-2110

Baltimore MD

  •   Oral health

Landscaping Baltimore’s STEM Ecosystem

In the spring of 2014 through a generous grant from the Abell Foundation, the MOST Network undertook a five month effort to research and report on STEM opportunities in Baltimore City. Through a dozen key stakeholder interviews, public data-mining, and participation in STEM work groups and collaboratives, Landscaping Baltimore’s STEM Ecosystem has produced:

  •   Science, technology, engineering & math (STEM)

LifeJourney

LifeJourney is an online experience for schools that empowers students to test-drive future STEM careers and learn directly from top industry professionals. Our mission is to provide students in schools across the nation the opportunity to learn about STEM careers, develop new skills, and understand industry challenges with the goal of helping them find their own passion.

  •   Science, technology, engineering & math (STEM)

List of Pro Bono Legal Service Providers by U.S. Department of Justice

Provides a state-by-state list of non-profits and attorneys who provide free legal services to individuals in immigration proceedings. This list also includes information on pro bono referral services that refer individuals in immigration court proceedings to pro bono counsel. Click on your state to find representation in your area. If you are seeking representation in Maryland, visit this link: https://www.justice.gov/eoir/file/ProBonoMD/download.

  •   Immigrants & refugees

List of Student Opportunities on STEMnet: –Maryland’’s STEM Innovation Network

Listing of STEM internships and summer opportunities for high school students.

  •   Science, technology, engineering & math (STEM)

Listings of Apprenticeships by Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Program (MATP)

MATP provides a listing of apprenticeship and training programs in Maryland. MATP does not place individuals into apprenticeship programs. Apprenticeships are jobs and, therefore, must be applied to through the individual apprenticeship program sponsors.
MATP provides viewable links to apprenticeship program sponsor websites can help with the search. Contact a program directly to learn how to apply and what the timeframe for applying and receiving a response is. In addition, the related classroom instruction may determine the application dates for some apprenticeship programs. This means that some apprenticeship programs will only accept applications at specific times of the year. In some cases, it may be months from the date of application to the date of interview.

  •   Job readiness

Maryland American Academy of Pediatrics (MD AAP)

The mission “to support and encourage pediatricians in the promotion of optimal health for all of Maryland’s children and adolescents” speaks to the commitment to the health and well being of all children. The MDAAP initiates and supports numerous programs that respond to the needs of children.

  •   Advocacy
  •   Sexual assault & support

Maryland CASH (Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope) Campaign

Free tax prep software and location

  •   Financial literacy
  •   Life skills

Maryland Department of Education

Here you will find information about the divisions within the Maryland State Department of Education.

  •   School readiness

Maryland Department of Human Services (DHS)

As the state’s primary social service provider, the Maryland Department of Human Services serves over one million people annually. The Department, through its 24 local departments of social services, pursues opportunities to assist people in economic need, provide preventive services, and protect vulnerable children and adults in each of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City.

311 West Saratoga St Baltimore MD 21201

  •   Financial literacy
  •   Food assistance
  •   Foster care
  •   Job readiness
  •   Legal assistance
  •   Life skills
  •   School readiness
  •   Shelter & housing
  •   Special health care needs
  •   Youth development

Maryland Division of Unemployment Insurance

Helpful information for unemployed workers in Maryland.

  •   Income assistance

Maryland Family Network After School Activities Resource Guide

Maryland Family Network (MFN) is an advocate and catalyst for the development of a strong system of quality child care, early education, and family support.

  •   Schools & after school programs

Maryland Food Bank

The Maryland Food Bank relies on local organizations, more commonly called network partners, to distribute food to those in need through many of our programs. With more than 1,000 network partners — ranging from pantries and shelters to faith-based organizations and schools — our network is ready to help.

  •   Food assistance

Maryland Health Connection

Maryland Health Connection is the state’s official health insurance marketplace for individuals and families to compare and enroll in health insurance and determine eligibility for Medicaid and other assistance programs, federal tax credits and cost-sharing reductions.

Mon 8:00am-8:00pm, Tue 8:00am-8:00pm, Wed 8:00am-8:00pm, Thu 8:00am-8:00pm, Fri 8:00am-8:00pm, Sat Closed, Sun Closed

  •   Health insurance

Maryland Healthy Smiles Dental Program 

The Maryland Healthy Smiles Dental Program (“Healthy Smiles”) provides coverage for children under the age of 21, pregnant women 21 years of age and older, and adults enrolled in the Rare and Expensive Case Management (REM) program.

  •   Oral health

Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force

The Victim Services Subcommittee of the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force (MHTTF) has compiled a resource directory to assist state agencies, providers, and members of the public in serving victims of trafficking. The following directory is a list of organizations and agencies that are actively involved in either victim services or public awareness activities to address human trafficking in Maryland.

  •   Sex trafficking & support

Maryland i-Pathways by Maryland Adult Education Online

The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation and the U.S. Department of Education now offer a GED preparation class available on the Web. Maryland i-Pathways is a free, teacher-supported online learning program for GED test preparation offered to Maryland residents. Maryland i-Pathways allows you to choose when, where and what you study.

  •   School readiness

Maryland Immigration Rights Coalition

Coordinates and maximizes existing resources to increase quality pro bono and low-cost legal representation to low-income immigrants. Provides community education on immigration and advocates on behalf of immigrants.

  •   Immigrants & refugees

Maryland InfoPortal

Catalog of State Assistance Programs

  •   Special health care needs

Maryland Legal Services Corporation

Resource listing of legal services in Maryland by geography.

  •   Legal assistance

Maryland Office for Refugees and Asylees (MORA)

MORA works through a network of public and private service providers throughout Maryland to coordinate transitional services aimed at helping refugees attain self-sufficiency. Partner groups provide resettlement support and services to federally-recognized refugees and asylees, including medical, employment, and social services, health screenings, language instruction, and youth programs.

  •   Immigrants & refugees

Maryland Out of School Time (MOST) Network

MOST is working to make sure out of school time programs are aware of the available nutrition programs and also can help connect youth and their families to important resources. For example, if a young person is eligible for Free and Reduced Meals – they and their families may also be eligible for additional benefits

  •   Food assistance
  •   Schools & after school programs

Maryland Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA)

Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA), Maryland’’s Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program, provides cash assistance to families with dependent children when available resources do not fully address the family’s needs and while preparing program participants for independence through work.

  •   Income assistance

Maryland Transitioning Youth

Site designed to help improve Maryland students with disabilities preparation to transition from high school to adult services, college, employment, healthcare and independent living.

  •   Foster care
  •   Special health care needs

Maryland Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Recipients

Provides financial assistance to foster care youth who are enrolled as a candidate for an associate, bachelor’s degree or vocational certificate at a Maryland Public institution of higher education.

  •   Foster care

Maryland WIC Program

The Maryland WIC Program is a supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children under the age 5. WIC is a federally funded program that provides healthy supplemental foods and nutrition counseling for pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children under age five.

201 W Preston St Baltimore MD 21201

  •   Nutrition & physical well-being
  •   Parenting

Maryland Workforce Exchange

The Maryland Workforce Exchange is the biggest list of job openings in Maryland. It also has resources for creating a resume and career center support.

  •   Job readiness

Maryland Youth Crisis Line (Suicide Hotline)

Help4MDYouth.org is an initiative of the Maryland Youth Crisis Hotline Network. A caller in Maryland simple dials the toll-free number and accesses a hotline center in their region. All centers operate 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, 365 days a year.

24/7 Referral and intake is available online

  •   Crisis
  •   Homeless
  •   Mental health
  •   Shelter & housing

Maryland Youth Launching Initiatives for Empowerment! (MYLIFE!)

MYLIFE! serves the youth and young adults of the Maryland Child Welfare system. This website was designed for those who are in or who have been in the Maryland Child Welfare system, foster parents, social workers, supporters, legal and court-appointed advocates, and community-based organizations.

  •   Foster care

Maternal & Infant Care Program at Baltimore City Health Department

Provides help with making and keeping prenatal care and pediatric appointments; care coordination with medical providers; guidance and support throughout the pregnancy and infancy; parenting assistance and child development guidance; maternal & infant health; family planning education, counseling and services; screening and treatment referrals for sexually transmitted infections; and referrals to other needed services.

  •   Pregnancy, abortion & adoption

MD Bio Foundation

MdBio Foundation, Inc. has been providing innovative and effective bioscience education for middle and high school students since 1997. The Foundation is dedicated to providing bioscience awareness, education, and workforce development in the state of Maryland and beyond. The Foundation accomplishes this through a diverse set of programs including the flagship program MdBioLab, summer programs, and the leading-edge game-based learning platform  MdBioSphere.

  •   Science, technology, engineering & math (STEM)

MDgo4it by Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC)

Preparation is the key to ensuring your dream of going to college is realized.  To assist you with the process, this website presents information about planning for college in a user friendly and engaging manner. Additional information for planning for college is also available http://mhec.maryland.gov/preparing/Pages/default.aspx.

  •   School readiness

Medicaid Medical Assistance Programs

Medicaid helps to pay the medical bills of needy and low-income individuals. It is administered by the State and pays medical bills with Federal and State funds. You or members of your family may qualify for Medicaid through Maryland Health Connection to receive free or low-cost health care. Enrollment in Medicaid and the Maryland Children’s Health Program (MCHP) is year-round.

Mon 8:00am-8:00pm, Tue 8:00am-8:00pm, Wed 8:00am-8:00pm, Thu 8:00am-8:00pm, Fri 8:00am-8:00pm, Sat Closed, Sun Closed

  •   Health insurance

Medical Education Resources Initiative for Teens (MERIT)

MERIT aims to eliminate health care disparities by transforming under-represented high school students into health care leaders.

  •   Science, technology, engineering & math (STEM)

Men’s Health Is Power Toolkit

American Sexual Health Association (ASHA) developed the Men’s Health Is Power toolkit, which is designed for organizations to better promote sexual health among young African American men (ages 18-30). The objective of Health is Power is to promote positive sexual health behaviors through a multi-phased campaign with messaging around 1) increased condom use; 2) healthy relationships; 3) sexually transmitted disease prevention; and 4) open partner communication.

  •   Healthy relationships
  •   Sexual health education

Mentoring Program Resource

Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence resource listing of mentoring programs.

  •   Youth development

MTV’’s A Thin Line

MTV’s A Thin Line campaign was developed to empower you to identify, respond to, and stop the spread of digital abuse in your life and amongst your peers. The campaign is built on the understanding that there’s a “thin line” between what may begin as a harmless joke and something that could end up having a serious impact on you or someone else. We know no generation has ever had to deal with this, so we want to partner with you to help figure it out. On-air, online and on your cell, we hope to spark a conversation and deliver information that helps you draw your own digital line.

  •   Child abuse & support
  •   Relationship violence & abuse support

MTV’s It’s Your (Sex) Life & Get Yourself Tested (GYT)

It’s Your (Sex) Life supports young people in making responsible decisions about their sexual health. Online includes information about communication, the GYT (Get Yourself Tested) campaign, frequently asked questions, condoms, consent, STD treatment, HIV/AIDs, birth control, and shows. GYT encourages testing for STDs, including HIV and empowers young people to have an open dialogue about STDs.

  •   Birth control
  •   Condoms
  •   Healthy relationships
  •   HIV testing
  •   Sexual health education
  •   STD testing

My Little Black Book For Sexual Health

A guide for getting the health insurance you need to prevent pregnancy until you’re ready.

  •   Sexual health education

NASA’s Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST)

NASA’s Beginning Engineering, Science and Technology, or BEST, activity guides bring the principles of engineering alive to younger audiences.

  •   Science, technology, engineering & math (STEM)

National Abortion Federation (NAF)

The mission of the National Abortion Federation (NAF) is to ensure safe, legal, and accessible abortion care, which promotes health and justice for women. NAF provides women with the resources they need to make informed decisions about their pregnancies.

  •   Pregnancy, abortion & adoption

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC)

NCMEC serves as the nation’s clearinghouse on issues related to missing and sexually exploited children. Today NCMEC is authorized by Congress to perform 22 programs and services to assist law enforcement, families and the professionals who serve them.

  •   Child abuse & support
  •   Crisis

National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation

The Prevention Coalition is a unified effort to promote the healthy development of children and youth

  •   Child abuse & support

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Operating around the clock, seven days a week, confidential and free of cost, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse. The Hotline provides highly trained, experienced advocates to offer compassionate support, crisis intervention information and referral services in over 170 languages. Visitors to this site can find information about domestic violence, safety planning, and local resources.

  •   Relationship violence & abuse support

National Human Trafficking Resource Center

The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a national anti-trafficking hotline and resource center serving victims and survivors of human trafficking and the anti-trafficking community in the United States. The toll-free hotline is available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year in more than 200 languages.

  •   Crisis
  •   Sex trafficking & support

National Parent Hotline

The National Parent Helpline is here for you and is open to parents and caregivers of children and youth of all ages. Being a parent is a critically important job, 24 hours a day. It’s not always easy. Call the National Parent Helpline to get emotional support from a trained Advocate and become empowered and a stronger parent.

  •   Parenting

National Suicide Prevention Line

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. The call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network and crisis counseling and mental health referrals are available day and night. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

  •   Crisis
  •   Mental health

Network of Care Information Portal by Behavioral Health System Baltimore

The Network of Care for Mental/Behavioral Health is an online information portal for individuals, families and social service agencies concerned with community mental health services, substance use treatment programs and help for people with developmental disabilities. This online community provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry for those seeking access to social services.

1101 W Pratt St Baltimore MD 21223

  •   Crisis
  •   Mental health
  •   Substance use & abuse

New Eyes

With 80 years of passion and experience, we purchase new prescription eyeglasses for U.S. residents and distribute used glasses to the disadvantaged in developing countries.

  •   Vision health

Operator Schools

Operator Schools are run under contracts or charters by “operators” outside the traditional district management structure. Provides listing of information about each of the different types of schools within this category.

  •   Schools & after school programs

Oral Health Resource Guide by DHMH

The Maryland Oral Health Resource Guide is produced by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to assist children, adults, patients with special health care needs and their caregivers and advocates with finding affordable public health dental care services in Maryland and in the immediate surrounding regions.

  •   Oral health

Overview of Service Learning at Baltimore City Public School System

Beginning in the middle grades, City Schools students earn “service learning hours” by engaging in projects and activities that combine meaningful service to the community with curriculum-based learning. In Maryland, every student must participate in 75 hours of service learning in order to graduate from high school.

  •   Sports & recreation

Parent-Teen Relationships: Tips for Parents for Building a Good Relationship with Teens

Good parent-teen relationships include respect, understanding, trust, and concern. We can build good relationships with our teens by spending time together, keeping promises, using humor, and appreciating their efforts and strengths.

  •   Healthy relationships

Parenting Education Resources by Love Our Children

Love Our Children USA is a Go-To’ prevention organization fighting all forms of violence and neglect against children in the U.S. Love Our Children USA provides information about effective parenting solutions and fosters kid success by creating valuable programs that empower positive changes in parenting and family attitudes, bullying and cyberbullying prevention, Internet safety and school violence prevention through public education. The goal of Love Our Children USA is keeping children safe and strengthening families.

  •   Child abuse & support
  •   Parenting

Park Heights Renaissance (PHR)

Park Heights Renaissance (PHR) represents residents, businesses, religious institutions, schools, agencies, and other stakeholders committed to shaping a better future for Park Heights. PHR offers community and web based housing, education, health, community engagement, and public safety resources.

3939 Reisterstown Rd Baltimore MD 21215

  •   Advocacy
  •   Nature & environment
  •   Nutrition & physical well-being
  •   School readiness

Parks & Trails by Baltimore City Recreation & Parks (BCRP)

Baltimore City is proud to feature approximately 6,000 acres of parkland and public space. In one of the larger parks, you may find yourself in the middle of a beautiful country estate. Visitors can take a peaceful walk in the woods on the back roads of Druid Hill Park, sit quietly and watch birds by the lake at Patterson Park.

  •   Nature & environment

Playworks

Playworks’s mission is to improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play.? Today, Playworks is the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play to transform children’s social and emotional health. 

  •   Nutrition & physical well-being

Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)

Basic information about PEP for HIV including frequently asked questions.

  •   PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV)

Prenatal Care by March of Dimes

Website resource to help you find information and answers about pregnancy, your baby, folic acid, genetic disorders, prematurity, birth defects, and more.

  •   Pregnancy, abortion & adoption

PrEP Facts

This website provides overview about PrEP including basic information, research and answers frequently asked questions.

  •   PrEP

PrEP Information at Project Inform

PrEP information as booklets, videos, email question service, and web directory.

  •   PrEP

PrEP is for YOUth

PrEP is for YOUth is a program at the Center for Adolescent and Young Adult Health at Johns Hopkins Harriet Lane. We educate, provide clinical services, and community outreach to young people ages 13-25 years old about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and other ways to stay on top of their sexual health.

200 N Wolfe Street Baltimore MD 21287

  •   Condoms
  •   Health insurance
  •   HIV testing
  •   HIV treatment & Ryan White
  •   LGBTQ+
  •   PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV)
  •   PrEP
  •   Sexual health education
  •   Special health care needs
  •   STD testing
  •   STD treatment
  •   Volunteer opportunities
  •   Youth development
  •   Youth-focused clinic
  •  

PrEP Maryland

Website designed to provide information for patients about PrEP and where to get PrEP in Maryland.

  •   PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV)
  •   PrEP

PrEPme

PrEPme is a free app for Android and iPhone that connects patients in Maryland to PrEP resources including a location-based list of providers that prescribe PrEP.

  •   LGBTQ+
  •   PrEP

Private Schools Listing in Baltimore Independent Schools Guide

Listing of Independent Schools (pgs. 7-12) in Baltimore in the Daily Record Special Supplement (2016). Each independent school has the freedom to develop a unique mission based on an educational philosophy and core values. They retain responsibility for selecting appropriate academic and extracurricular programs, and employ dedicated teachers to both offer educational experiences and use teaching methods to provide the best possible education for their students.

  •   Schools & after school programs

Pro Bono Counseling Project

The Pro Bono Counseling Project formed in 1991 provides free mental health care to individuals, families and couples who live and/or work in Maryland who can not receive care from any other source. The Pro Bono Counseling Project links clients with therapists for counseling – it does not provide medications or medication resources.

  •   Trauma, grief & loss

Pro Choice Maryland

A list of clinics that provide abortion care in Maryland. The providers are organized by county. All of the Maryland clinics are licensed by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Office of Health Care Quality as surgical abortion centers

  •   Pregnancy, abortion & adoption

Project Inform: Women & PrEP

Women & PrEP is a set of three videos that provides the nuts and bolts on cisgender women and PrEP – one in English and one in Spanish – as well as sexual health information for transgender women.

  •   LGBTQ+
  •   PrEP
  •   Sexual health education

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)

RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

  •   Crisis
  •   Sexual assault & support

Rare and Expensive Case Management (REM) Program

The Rare and Expensive Case Management (REM) Program is a case managed fee for service alternative to HealthChoice Managed Care Organization (MCO) participation for recipients with specified rare and expensive conditions.

  •   Special health care needs

Reach Higher

The Reach Higher initiative is the First Lady’s effort to inspire every student in America to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university. See featured resources listed on the site.

  •   School readiness

Register for the GED

We offer any adult who wants it the opportunity to earn a high school equivalency credential, prepare for a better job, support their family, and realize their dream for a better life. Register for the GED on your phone, computer or tablet.

  •   School readiness

Resource Finder at Kennedy Krieger

The goal of the Resource Finder is to inform consumers, families, and professionals about community services, trainings, research, and other information on developmental disabilities and related disorders across the lifespan. This is accomplished through ways that would best suit the customer such as telephone, email, conferences, printed materials, video, and other methods.

  •   Special health care needs

Resource Locator for Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs

Comprehensive database of resources for parents, caregivers, families, providers and youth to find what you and your children & youth with special health care needs may need.

  •   Special health care needs

ReSpectacle

The world’s online database of high quality used glasses that uses the power of the Internet to facilitate redistribution of quality, used eyeglasses to underserved communities worldwide. Our glasses are donated by members of our community. They are then cleaned, categorized, and loaded into our online database based on their prescription.

  •   Vision health

Resume Builder

FREE Resume Creator Online write and print your resume in a few simple steps, many styles and options with tips to guide you. Easily update and edit your resume, no fees or memberships required. We also provide help and tips that show how to write a resume, the use of action verbs, the proper format, and printing tips.

  •   Job readiness

Safer Sex for Trans Bodies by the Human Rights Campaign

Safer Sex for Trans Bodies is a comprehensive sexual health guide for transgender and gender expansive people and their partners. The guide is written by and for members of the transgender community and offers them a long-overdue resource on potentially life-saving and affirming practices, from respectful terminology and definitions to helpful practices for sexual health following transition-related care.

  •   LGBTQ+
  •   Sexual health education

Scarleteen

Scarleteen is an independent, grassroots sexuality and relationships education and support organization and website. The site and services is designed to provide information about sexuality, sex, sexual health, relationships, advice and support.

  •   Sexual health education

Scholarship Resource List by Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)

Listing of scholarship resources for Hispanic students by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) – an organization that promotes the development of member colleges and universities improving access to and the quality of post-secondary educational opportunities for Hispanic students and meeting the needs of business, industry and government through the development and sharing of resources, information and expertise.

  •   School readiness

Separate Public Day Schools

When the severity or nature of students’ disabilities affects their performance and academic success within their community-based school setting, placement in a separate public day school may be appropriate, as determined by an Individualized Education Program team. City Schools’ separate public day schools provide programming, facilities, and specialized staff to meet students’ needs.

  •   Schools & after school programs

Services & Information for Parents by Maryland Family Network

Maryland Family Network is the state’s foremost provider of services to the early childhood care community, and creator and sustainer of parent-child programs for families raising infants and toddlers.

  •   Parenting

Set To Go

A program from The Jed Foundation (JED) to help high school students prepare for the transition to college and to life after high school.

  •   School readiness

Sex, Etc.

Website and magazine designed to help teens with answers to their question about sex, relationships, pregnancy, STDs, birth control, sexual orientation and more.

  •   Birth control
  •   Condoms
  •   Sexual health education

SexualityandU.ca

The ultimate website committed to providing you accurate, credible and up-to-date information and education on sexual health. An initiative of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada, the site’’s mandate is to provide guidance and advice to help individuals develop and maintain a healthy sexuality.

  •   Birth control
  •   Sexual health education

Shelter & Housing List by St. Vincent De Paul Baltimore

Listing of programs and services for people in Baltimore struggling with poverty.

  •   Shelter & housing

SILA (Semi-Independent Living) at Ready by 21

These courses provide an overview of the eligibility criteria and services provided in SILA and structured independent living programs and to refresh and motivate SILA enrolled youth by reviewing the requirements of the SILA program and begin to and further develop individual independent living plans.

  •   Foster care

Snag-a-Job

Snag-a-Job is a job search engine website.

  •   Job readiness

Somos Latino Baltimore

A Spanish-language source of news, information, and community run by local journalist Pedro Palomino, where you can find pieces on everything from politics and education to sports and recipes.

  •   Latino

Status Update

Status Update provides up-to-date information on HIV, STDs, and other health issues focused on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) community and their friends in Baltimore.

  •   HIV testing
  •   LGBTQ+
  •   STD testing

Stay Teen

The goal of Stay Teen is to encourage you to enjoy your teen years and avoid the responsibilities that come with too-early pregnancy and parenting. The more you know about issues like sex, relationships, abstinence, and birth control, the better prepared you’ll be to make informed choices for your future. We’re not telling you how to live your life…we just want to give you some food for thought and the latest facts. It’s up to you to make your own smart decisions.

  •   Birth control
  •   Sexual health education

STEM Program and Competition Listing by The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)

Listing of STEM programs, competitions, science fairs, and extracurricular activities that can provide valuable experiences to help students navigate the road to STEM success. Among the hundreds of programs available for STEM students, the listing represents programs in which APL participates. The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) provides critical contributions to critical challenges with systems engineering and integration, technology research and development, and analysis.

  •   Science, technology, engineering & math (STEM)

STEMaction: Maryland’s STEM Organization

STEMaction ignites and nurtures a lifelong passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through events and activities for youth and their families. Listing of summer programs for STEM in the DC-Maryland metro area.

  •   Science, technology, engineering & math (STEM)

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) –at Baltimore Housing

As an extension of the National School Lunch Program, which is designed to guarantee eligible children free and nutritious breakfasts and lunches during the school year, the Summer Food Service Program was created to guarantee these same youngsters at least one nutritionally sound meal a day during their summer vacations.

  •   Food assistance

Supplemental Security Income

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes): It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or no income; and it provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.

  •   Income assistance

Talk With Your Kids

As a parent, you want to help your kids stay safe and healthy. All kids learn about sex somehow, but it makes a difference when they hear it from you. Talk with your kids provides information about how to openly, honestly and often to help them learn how to prevent pregnancy and the diseases people can get from having unprotected sex.

  •   Parenting

Teen Source

Has sexual health educational videos, STD symptoms and pictures, teen birth control information, and teen sex advice.

  •   Condoms
  •   Healthy relationships
  •   Sexual health education

The After-School Institute

The After-School Institute is a Baltimore-based capacity-building organization. Our mission is to provide after-school programs with the training and support they need to offer children and youth quality after-school and out-of-school opportunities.

  •   Schools & after school programs

The Choice Program

The Choice Program is a community-based, family-centered case management approach to delinquency prevention and youth development. Focusing on providing support in at-risk environments, The Choice Program empowers youth and engages families through a multitude of services adapted to individual needs.

  •   Youth development

The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY)

The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) identifies and develops the talents of the most advanced K-12 learners worldwide. As part of Johns Hopkins, CTY contributes to the university’’s mission by preparing and nurturing the bright young people who will go on to make significant contributions to our world.

  •   Youth development

The Maryland Book Bank

The Maryland Book Bank is committed to cultivating literacy in children from low income families. The Maryland Book Bank distributes free books to children, teachers, schools and organizations each year.

501 North Calvert Street (Back Gate) Baltimore MD 21278

  •   Schools & after school programs

The Parents’ Place of Maryland

The Parents’ Place is a Maryland organization and parent center. We help families of children with disabilities and special health care needs throughout Maryland.

  •   Legal assistance
  •   Special health care needs

The Trevor Project

he Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.

  •   Crisis
  •   LGBTQ+
  •   Mental health

The Ultimate Camp Guide.com

The Baltimore region’s only local, searchable summer camp site that provides parents a way to search for summer camps for boys and girls ages 4-18 by age, gender, type and over 100 summer camp activities, including sports camps, adventure camps and traditional camps.

  •   Sports & recreation

Thrive App by Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM)

SAHM is pleased to announce a brand new app designed to empower parents to begin a dialogue with their teen or young adult on important health topics, and help manage their own health. Available on Apple and Android products, the THRIVE app can be downloaded for FREE. The app features an extensive library of teen health and wellness topics relevant to this transformative and often complex stage of life to help parents have important discussions with their teens and young adults. It also provides parents with conversation starters for difficult or sensitive topics; health exams and preventive health information, including vaccinations and well-visits; risk-oriented behavior, such as drinking, smoking or sexual health; social media and more.

  •   Parenting

Tobacco & Smoking Cessation at Baltimore City Health Department

The Baltimore City Health Department provides smoking cessation services, community education, school-based projects, and enforcement of retailer compliance with three tobacco control ordinances.

Baltimore MD

  •   Asthma
  •   Substance use & abuse

Train Baltimore

Train Baltimore is your one-stop shop for information on job training and career advancement. It allows you to search and compare job training programs.

  • On the Training section, you can search hundreds of local job training programs to find one that’s right for you. The search results will give you detailed information on each program, so you know what to expect before you enroll. All of the programs listed here are either free or low-cost.
  • On the Resources section, you can find a variety of other useful tools and links, including:
    • Links to career exploration resources to help you find the right job
    • Information on GED classes and English language classes
    • Links to local colleges if you’re ready for a degree
    • Job search and job placement help
    • Information on community resources and services

  •   Job readiness

Truvada Patient Assistance

Information about paying for Truvada (the brand name for PrEP pills), including the Gilead co-pay coupon card and more.

  •   PrEP

U Choose’s Know What U Want

Website dedicated to helping teens in Baltimore learn about all birth control methods including long-acting reversible contraception methods, find places they can get methods, how to get methods for free, and where to find emergency contraception (morning after pill) to prevent an unwanted pregnancy

  •   Birth control

Urban Alliance

Urban Alliance is a youth development organization that empowers under-resourced youth to aspire, work, and succeed through paid internships, formal training, and mentoring.

  •   Youth development

Vaccine Schedule by Centers for Disease Control

Easy-to-read vaccine schedules for all ages in easy-to-read formats to print, tools to download, and ways to prepare for your office visit.

  •   Immunizations

Vehicles for Change

Vehicles for Change Inc. (VFC) empowers families with financial challenges to achieve economic and personal independence through car ownership and technical training.

  •   Life skills

Vision To Learn

Vision To Learn provides free eye exams and free eyeglasses to students in low-income communities. In May 2016, Vision To Learn established a permanent program to serve students throughout the Baltimore City Public School System.

  •   Vision health

VISION USA

VISION USA was established in 1991 to provide basic eye examinations to Americans in need, and is currently available in 39 states and the District of Columbia. If you need an eye exam and do not have insurance and cannot afford one, work with your social worker, case worker, charitable organization or agency to submit an application on your behalf for VISION USA services.

  •   Vision health

VolunteerMatch.org

We believe everyone should have the chance to make a difference. That’s why we make it easy for good people and good causes to connect. We’ve connected millions of people with a great place to volunteer and helped tens of thousands of organizations better leverage volunteers to create real impact.

  •   Sports & recreation

What is PrEP?

This web site explains PrEP and includes an informational video in English and Spanish.

  •   PrEP

Young Invincibles

Discover your healthcare options and find local healthcare services. Our “Find a Doctor” section helps you find both free and paid healthcare options – results are shown on a map or as a list. The “Healthcare FAQ” section helps answer questions about topics like: your healthcare options, student health insurance, and new healthcare law.

  •   Health insurance

Young Men’s Sexual Health

It is important to understand how your body works and the information in this section will help you to understand, improve and protect your sexual health.

  •   Sexual health education

Youth Leadership and Advocacy Network

The Youth Leadership & Advocacy Network is comprised of 45+ member organizations and individuals dedicated to collaboration and resource sharing in order to impact three defined areas of interest: Youth Opportunity, Youth Violence Prevention and Education Relevancy and Application. The Center is a city-wide youth leadership network, designed to connect youth leaders across the city and assist them in leveraging resources to empower their voice in the decision-making processes that impact their well-being and healthy transition to adulthood.

Baltimore MD

  •   Advocacy

YouthResource by Amplify Your Voice

YouthResource is a website created by and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) young people. YouthResource takes a holistic approach to sexual health and exploring issues of concern to GLBTQ youth, by providing information and offer support on sexual and reproductive health issues through education and advocacy.

  •   LGBTQ+
  •   Sexual health education

Zenni Optical

Provides low-cost eyeglasses.

  •   Vision health

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Career Exploration Program

The Department of Defense provides high schools with the Career Exploration Program as a career planning and exploration program. This is free to the schools and students and can provide career path information that students may not be considering. As part of the program, the ASVAB can be used in multiple ways. Your ASVAB results will help interpret your strengths from the interest inventory and to identify areas where you have an aptitude. Many people will also use the program results to help provide focus for their college major.

  •   Job readiness

Baltimore City Public School System Immunization Requirements

Provides information about immunization requirements for students to be enrolled in and attend school and resources if your child needs immunizations (also called “vaccinations” or, sometimes, “shots”).

  •   Immunizations

Don’t Spread It

Send an email or text message notifying a person they may have been exposed to a STD/STI. The process is fast, free and completely anonymous!

  •   STD treatment

Get a Pratt Library Card

Instructions on how to get a Pratt Library card for anyone who lives or owns property in Maryland.

  •   Life skills

Health Insurance Explained: The YouToons Have it Covered

Videos from the Kaiser Family Foundation explaining health insurance in English and Spanish. It explains how individuals pay for coverage and obtain medical care and prescription drugs when enrolled in various types of health insurance, including Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) and Preferred Provider Organization (PPOs).

  •   Health insurance

Job Opportunities Task Force (JOTF)

JOTF develops policies and programs to increase skills, job opportunities, and incomes of low wage workers and job seekers in Maryland. Programs include JumpStart, which prepares city residents to become licensed carpenters, plumbers, or electricians, and the MD CASH Campaign, which provides financial counseling, education, and advocacy.

217 E Redwood St, Suite 1500 Baltimore MD 21202

  •   Advocacy
  •   Financial literacy
  •   Job readiness

Maryland Behavioral Health Administration

Providing access to a quality and effective substance abuse prevention, intervention and treatment service system for the citizens of Maryland. Links to: Maryland Certified Treatment Locator, Beacon Health Options to manage substance-related disorders treatment services for Medicaid, and overdose prevention information.

  •   Substance use & abuse

Maryland Department of Human Resources- Food Supplement Program

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), called the Food Supplement Program (FSP) in Maryland, formerly known as Food Stamps, helps low-income households buy the food they need for good health. Everyone has the right to apply for FSP.

  •   Food assistance

Sight for Students

Operating through a network of community partners who identify children in need, provides free eye exams and glasses using Vision Service Plan (VSP) gift certificates. VSP gift certificate programs ensure that adults and children in need, including those affected by disaster, have free access to quality eye care and glasses through a local VSP provider. We work closely with community partners to help identify those most in need and offer multiple gift certificate programs.

  •   Vision health

So They Can Know

This website is designed to improve sexual health by giving people the ability to anonymously inform their partners of possible sexually transmitted disease (STD) transmission. Although we recognize that this is not the preferred form of partner notification, we hope that this site will help fill in the gaps when people are unable or unwilling to notify their partners some other way. We also strive to present sexual health information on this site in a way that will be as useful as possible to people who have questions about STDs.

  •   STD treatment

Way 2 Go Maryland (University System of Maryland)

Way2GoMaryland is the University System of Maryland’s (USM) information campaign to encourage more students, especially those in middle school, to begin preparing for college early. It also offers tips for parents and guardians.

  •   School readiness
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