Foundation Center – Foundation Grants to Individuals Online (GTIO) – A database of foundations that fund students and other individual grantseekers. See a librarian for assistance. In-library use at Central Library only.
ModernStates.org – A non-profit dedicated to making a high quality college education free of cost and accessible. Modern States’ Freshman Year for Free™ program is intended to let students earn up to one year of college credit without tuition or textbook expense.
Square One, Learn & Earn Progam – A FREE education and career building program for young parents ages 16-24, who are seeking to earn their high school equivalency diploma and begin building their careers while raising their children. Youth attend classes as well as work throughout the week.
Tech Foundry – Springfield area 14-week IT training program that focuses on skills in four technological areas: networking, data analysis, programming, and computer troubleshooting.
U.S. Department of Education – Federal Student Aid – Read about the types of financial aid available from the government and other sources: grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study.
Job Corps – Westover Jobs Corps Center – Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training. | Ages 16 – 24 | (800) 733-5627.
YWCA of Western Massachusetts – Workforce Development – YWCA YouthBuild Springfield provides HiSET preparation and job skills training program for young adults. | Ages 16-24 | (413) 732-3121, ext. 137 – Workforce Development for Young Adults – Job skills training program for young adults. | Ages 17-24 | (413) 732-3121, ext. 108
YouthWorks –A program designed to help young people learn the skills to find employment YouthWorks is part of FutureWorks Career Center. | 16-21 years of age, in or out of school.
Recreation and Community
Boys & Girls Club – After school youth programs, evening teen programs, and summer sessions – from academic programs to the arts and athletics.
OutNow – Located in Springfield, Out Now provides a safe space for queer youth and allies to learn about themselves, develop leadership skills, explore the history of the LGBTQ movement, and much, much more.
YALSA Bookfinder – Find Great books search 4,000+ books, audiobooks, and films by author, genre or the latest award winners.