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Pastoral practice

 

Bullying

  • Resources on Bullying - a collection of resource links created by Saint Mary's Press on bullying.

  • KnowBullying App - a mobile application that empowers parents, caregivers, and educators with the tools they need to start the conversation with their children about bullying by SAMSHA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)

  • Stopbullying.gov - Teaches kids and parents how to identify bullying and how to stand up to it safely.

  • Commonsense Media - offering age-appropriate advice, school resources, and more from parents and experts.

  • Prevent Bullying - a webpage by the CDC that offers a glance at preventing bullying including further resources to read and research.

  • Teenagers and Cyberbullying - Infograhic on cyberbullying.

Online Safety

  • Technology Guidelines for Pastoral Work with Youth - This NFCYM produced document provides guidance to pastoral ministers on the use of various technologies, and as an aid to pastoral ministers and diocesan, parish, and/or school personnel in determining appropriate boundaries in their use of technology within their professional relationships with others.

  • Faith and Safety - A resource guide brought to you by a collaboration between The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

  • NS Teens - A program of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that has interactive games and videos on a variety of Internet safety topics.

  • Common Sense Media - A comprehensive and frequently updated site that is packed with resources for improving the lives of kids and families by providing information and education to help them thrive in a world of media and technology.

  • Family Online Safety Institute - A resource to make the online world safer for kids and their families through enlightened public policy, industry best practice and good digital parenting.

  • Wired Safety - An online safety, education, and help group that provides helpful resources for children, parents, and caretakers.

  • Child Net - A network geared toward improving the lives of children and families by coordinating and providing services that strengthen and support families now and in the future

  • PACER - A center that enhances the quality of life and expands opportunities for children, youth, and young adults with all disabilities and their families so each person can reach his or her highest potential.

  • iKeepSafe - Resources for parents, educators, kids and parishes on navigating mobile and social media technologies.

  • Enough is Enough - EIE is dedicated to continuing to raise public awareness about online dangers, specifically the dangers of Internet pornography and sexual predators.

  • Helping you Talk to your Kids about - One-stop site for advice from several child safety organizations on sexually explicit and violent material, meeting strangers online, sharing too much personal information, cyber-bullying, exposure to vulgar language, sites promoting inappropriate behavior, and malware.

  • Internet Matters - A resource site that provides practical suggestions about how to take preventative measures, advice about specific issues such as cyber-bullying.

  • Platform for Good - A nonprofit organization which enables teens, parents and educators to connect, teaching digital citizenship skills so that kids make safe, smart choices online.

  • Connect Safely - A resource for parents, teens, educators, advocates, policy makers who are engaged in and interested in the impact of the social web.

  • Screenagers - An award-winning film that brings to light the technological culture that impacts our children today.

Youth at a Risk

  • At-Risk Youth Programs - A comprehensive online resource for anything you need to know about at-risk youth.

  • Redcliff Ascent - A therapeutic wilderness program for troubled teens ages 13–17.

  • National Hopeline Netowrk - A 24/7 crisis calling hotline for teens in crisis (877-968-8454 / for Spanish speaking call 800-784-2432).

  • Covenant House Nine-line - A free and confidential hotline to talk about anything with a counselor. Call 800-999-9999

  • Alcoholics Anonymous - AA is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.

  • Crisis Prevention Institute - A resource for organizations that serve society’s most vulnerable.

Loss/Death/Grieving 

Natural Disasters

Immigration

  • Catholic Legal Immigration Network - CLINIC promotes the dignity and protects the rights of immigrants in partnership with a dedicated network of Catholic and community legal immigration programs.

  • Immigration and Refugee Services - A Catholic Charities website that affirms the inherent dignity bestowed by God on every human person, including immigrants and refugees, no matter the circumstances that compel a person to begin a new life in our community.

Datings/Relationships/Sexuality/Pornography

LGBTQ

Youth with Disabilities

Racial/Cultural Discrimination

Homelessness/Living on the Streets

  • National Alliance to End Homelessness - A nonpartisan organization committed to preventing and ending homelessness in the United States

  • National Coalition for the Homeless - A basic fact sheet on homelessness developed by the National Coalition for the Homeless

  • Covenant House - An organization that provides housing and supportive services to youth facing homelessness.

  • National Runaway Safeline - A national runaway and homeless 24/7 youth crisis hotline and online service in the United States. 1-800-RUNAWAY (txt: 66008)

  • Boys Town - An organization dedicated to changing the way America cares for children, families, and communities by providing and promoting an Integrated Continuum of Care that instills Boys Town values to strengthen body, mind, and spirit. 24/7 hotline 800-448-3000

  • Catholic Charities USA - An organization that provides service to people in need, to advocate for justice in social structures, and to call the entire church and other 
    people of good will to do the same

Human Trafficking

  • Human Trafficking USCCB - A helpful page by the USCCB that includes facts, resources, and information

  • Polaris Project - An organization in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery with the hotline 1 (888) 373-7888

  • Rescue and Restore Campaign from the Office on Trafficking Persons - A campaign to increase the identification of trafficking victims in the United States and to help those victims receive the benefits and services they need to restore their lives

  • The Alabaster Gift - An organization committed to nurturing women who are currently and/or who have previously been involved in sexual and labor exploitation

  • Combating Human Trafficking (Salvation Army) - A section of the Salvation Army that serves to identify, rescue, and restore victims of forced labor and sexual exploitation