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National Immediate Help Lines:
-Boys & Girls Town National Hotline is a 24-hour crisis, resource and referral line. Call 1-800-448-3000 if you or someone you know is in need of immediate help.
-National Safe Place- just text the word “SAFE” and your current location to the number 69866 if you need a safe place to go.
-National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is there to help if you or someone you know is in emotional distress or suicide crisis. Call 1-800-273-TALK(8255) to get help.
-National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline can help if you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship. Just call 1-866-331-9474.
Local Immediate Help Lines:
-Los Angeles County Child Abuse Hotline: Call 1-800-540-4000 to receive counseling, intervention, and preparation services in cases of child abuse.
-Sexual Assault Crisis Hotline: If you have been raped or sexually assaulted, call 562-597-2000 for immediate assistance.
-United Way Hotline Los Angeles County provides generic telephone and referral services for homeless people in the LA County area. Call 310-603-8962.
Los Angeles County Social Services:
-LA County Helps: Privately and confidentially check your eligibility for many different health and human services programs (food stamps, Cal Works, EITC, Medi-Cal, etc.) in Los Angeles County. Visit online at: http://www.lacountyhelps.org
-Cal Fresh: Go to http://www.calfresh.ca.gov to see if you qualify for Cal Fresh benefits (Food Stamps). You can apply online and interview over the phone or in person. Applications take about 2-4 weeks to review, approve, and process before you will start to receive benefits.
Preparing and Paying for College:
-FAFSA: To apply for financial aid, you must fill out a free FAFSA form online atfafsa.ed.gov
-College Board: To help plan for college, find the right college, get tips for getting into college, learn about careers that are right for you, study for the SATs and more, go tohttp://www.collegeboard.org
-California Student Aid/CalGrants: To apply for CalGrants and find out how you can get free cash for college or career school, go to www.calgrants.org
– College Navigator: To find a college that’s right for you based on cost, location and majors, go to http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator
-California Dream Act- allows children who were brought to the US under the age of 16 without proper visas/immigration documentation who have attended school on a regular basis and otherwise meet in-state tuition and GPA requirements to apply for student financial aid benefits. To learn more and to fill out the application online, go to:www.caldreamact.org and for help filling out the application, go to: http://www.csac.ca.gov/pubs/forms/grnt_frm/california_dream_application_instructions.pdf
Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling
-Al-Anon/Alateen: If your life is being affected by someone’s drinking, Al-Anon offers strength and hope for friends and families of problem drinkers. Meetings are anonymous and confidential. Learn more here; http://www.al-anon.alateen.org
-GirlsHealth.gov: If you are a teenage girl, find out information about fitness, nutrition, drugs, alcohol, and smoking here: http://www.girlshealth.gov/substance
-National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens: Find drug information and research findings for teens at http://teens.drugabuse.gov