Adolescent Housing Hub: Housing Programs
What is a Lease?
A lease is a contract between a Landlord and tenant that gives the tenant the right to live in a property for a fixed period of time ( usually between 6-12 months).
What is a co-signer?
A landlord may ask for a co-signer if you do not have a history of paying bills or paying them on time. A co-signer is another person who is responsible to pay the rent if you cannot. This adult does not typically live in the apartment with you, but he or she is equally responsible for your lease.
What is a Security Deposit?
A security deposit is money held by the landlord to pay for damages, but you can get the majority back if you leave the apartment in good shape. In New Jersey the most a landlord can charge is one and a half month’s rent.
What is Renting?
An agreement where payment is made for the temporary use of property in which it can be returned.
What is a Tenant?
A tenant is a person who occupies land or property rented from a landlord.
What is a Landlord?
A Landlord is an owner of a house, apartment, land, etc. who rents or leases their property to a tenant.
What do you need for your own apartment?
- Cleaning Supplies
- Pots/ Silverware
Bills you may need to pay when getting an apartment:
- Water Bill
- Electric and Gas
- Renters Insurance
Websites for Apartment Searching:
Guide to Affordable Housing in New Jersey
- The Department of Community Affairs provides a guide to affordable housing here
Eligible for students who attend a college and are in need of housing. Students who are a part of NJ Fosters scholarship program can request to stay on campus in the winter break and summer break in which the program will fund the gap housing. For more information on embrella’s foster care scholars program click here
If you are a youth under the age of 18 and homeless call the New Jersey Department of Children and Families toll-free hotline at 1-855-INFO-DCF (1-855-463-6323)
Adolescent Housing Hub:
Are you looking for a place to call home?
The Adolescent Housing Hub helps young people locate safe and stable housing options throughout New Jersey. These programs can help you take the next step on the road to independence!
What is “The Hub”?
“The Hub” is a system that has been created for all Adolescent Transitional Housing Programs. These programs are located throughout NJ, and “the Hub” helps link up young people that are in need of housing with programs that have openings.
How does it work?
Young people or supportive adults can contact PerformCare and complete a consultation over the phone with one of their housing specialists. If you’re eligible for one or more housing programs, you’ll be contacted to set-up an interview.
How do I take the next step?
Talk with your DCP&P worker, DCBHS care manager, advocate, or another supportive adult in your life. Together you can plan a time to call. When you’re ready, contact PerformCare at 1-877-652-7624 and press "4" to access "The Hub".
Covenant House Of New Jersey
Is the largest provider in the state of services to homeless and at-risk adolescents under 22. In addition to food, shelter, clothing, and crisis care, Covenant House New Jersey provides health care, educational and vocational services, counseling, drug abuse treatment and prevention programs, legal services, mother/child programs, transitional living programs, street outreach, and aftercare. If you or someone you know is homeless and in need of a place to sleep please call 1-800-999-9999 or directly at 973-621-8705.
Life Skills programs can help you prepare to get a job, manage money, get connected with other resources in your community, make plans for your future housing and education, and many other things that can help you live more independently. For more information on the Life Skills programs in your area, click on the link to your county on the list (on the right side of this page) and then click on "Life Skills Programs".
Aftercare programs provide support services to young people between the ages of 18 and 22. They can help you find employment, housing and educational opportunities, and much more. See below for contact info for the Aftercare program in your area. For more information on the Aftercare programs in your area, click on the link to your county on the list (on the right side of this page) and then click on "Aftercare Programs".
The Youth Permanency Programs (YPP) will assist youth who are at risk of aging out of the child welfare system without a caring adult. The YPP staff will provide you with intensive permanency related services to help you develop the skills that encourage safe, sustainable connections. You will be presented with the opportunity to maintain contacts with important people in your life. The YPP will help you with the resources, skills and supports to sustain a lifelong relationships with family or other caring adults. If you are interested in this program or would addition please contact the Office of Adolescent Services at 609-888-7100.
CAFS-Youth Permanency Program- Passaic, Hudson, Bergen, Essex and Union Counties : 201-261-2800
The North Ward Center – Life Links – Essex County : 973-485-5723
Acenda -Life Long Connections - Camden, Gloucester, Cumberland, Salem, Atlantic and Cape May : 1-844-4-ACENDA (223632)
Medicaid Extension for Young Adults (MEYA)
Did you know that you might qualify to receive health insurance through the state of New Jersey until you’re 26 years old?
That’s right—if you were in foster care and receiving Medicaid when you turned 18, you may be able to receive Medicaid until you’re 26, regardless of how much money you make.
How do I find out if I am eligible?
Talk you your DCP&P case worker (if you have an open case), or call the Medicaid Extension for Young Adults (MEYA) at 1-888-235-4766.
Federally Qualified Health Centers
New Jersey’s Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) offer a wide range of health care services for the entire family. You don’t need health insurance to get care at a center. Centers serve the uninsured and underinsured, as well as patients with Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance. If you’re uninsured, your bill will be based on your ability to pay. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds. Services provided by the centers include:
- Pediatric Services/Well Baby Care
- Women’s Health/Prenatal Care
- Adolescent Health
- Internal and Family Medicine
- Foot Care
- Mental Health
- Dental Care
- Social Services
- Case Management
- Nutritional Counseling (WIC)
- Health Education
- Evaluation for Sexually Transmitted Diseases
- HIV/AIDS Counseling and Testing
- HIV/Hepatitis C Medical Care
- Eligibility for Medicare/Medicaid
- Laboratory Services
- Referrals for Specialty Care
- Pharmacy Services
- Outreach and Marketing
- Patient Transportation
NJ Family Planning Centers
These centers also service males and females. They are not part of Planned Parenthood but can assist in many of the areas already mentioned above including testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Individuals may be carried under their parents/caregiver’s health insurance plan until the age of 26 or 31. Check to see if you are covered under an existing policy and visit the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance website for additional information: Click here To find more information on Private Insurance..
Services Available through PerformCare
The Department of Children and Families provides behavioral health services to children and youth through different agencies depending on the level of need. To connect to behavioral health services contact 1-877-652-7624. This service is called PerformCare. Young people eligible for services through PerformCare are mostly between the ages of 5 and 18 and must live in NJ. Special consideration is given for services to youth under age 5.
Your mental health is IMPORTANT! If you or someone you know needs help, NJ Children's System of Care has connections to many different types of supports. You can see all they have to offer by Clicking Here
Making Healthy Choices: A Guide on Psychotropic Medications for Youth in Foster Care
Click Here to download a guide from the National Resource Center for Youth Development which was written specifically for youth in foster care, with input from youth and professionals.This guide looks at ways for youth to handle powerful feelings and behaviors and make healthy choices.
Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide
The mission of the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide is to reduce the number of youth suicides and attempted suicides by encouraging public awareness through the development and promotion of educational training programs.
High School Information
- Try to maintain your Grade Point Average (GPA) throughout high school. Most colleges base their merit-based scholarships on high school GPA and outside activities. Due to the pandemic, many colleges have waived SAT and ACT scores. Some outside scholarships may also require a minimum GPA.
- Tutoring is a great way to keep up with your schoolwork and be proactive. Some schools have active, afterschool or in-school tutoring programs, or you can request to meet with your teachers during your lunch period or after school for extra help.
- As a youth in care, you can get SAT or ACT Fee Waiver. Ask your guidance counselor for assistance to apply.
- You are also eligible for AP Test discounts. For more information click here.
- Khan Academy offers great SAT and ACT practice problems as well as instructional videos for free.
- If possible, take advantage of dual credit classes and advanced placement courses that offer college credit. This will reduce your credit-requirements in college, when you have to pay per credit.
- First Star Academy College Preparation Program at Rowan University and Rutgers New Brunswick is a great resource to get you ready for higher education.
- High school juniors and seniors have the most third-party scholarships available to them. See the outside/third party scholarship section for more details.
- Build a good rapport with teachers, coaches, guidance counselors, and don’t be afraid to ask for letters of recommendation for both colleges and scholarships.
- Talk to a school guidance counselor, PACES Coach, helpful teachers, or trusted adults. Figure out which colleges are in your budget range, have your intended major and preferred atmosphere. (suburban, urban, rural / small or large)
- Consult your English teacher or tutor when writing your college essay. Have someone you trust take a look to make sure you’re expressing yourself the best you can.
- Filling out your FAFSA and HESAA (see “Financial Aid for College” section).
- Place link on Financial Aid for College
*Note when filling out college applications AND financial aid applications, AND third-party scholarship applications they usually require appropriate documentation:
- Social security number
- Driver’s license number
- Proof of being a ward of the state
- Tax documentation
Financial Aid for College
FAFSA: Free Application for Federal Student Aid
- Filling out the FAFSA is incredibly important for securing national grants like the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), and federal loans.
- If you are a ward of the state/foster child make sure that you fill out question 52 which asks if “Parents Deceased?/Student Ward of Court?/In Foster Care?”
- FAFSA deadlines can be found on the Studentaid
HESAA: Higher Education Student Assistance Authority
- Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) awards the Tuition Aid Grant (TAG) for students attending New Jersey colleges and universities. In order to fill out the HESAA, students must complete the FAFSA first.
- Complete state records in NJ FAMS (the HESAA portal) by November 1, 2021. For more information on deadlines refer to the HESAA deadline page.
- embrella offers the New Jersey Foster Care Scholars (NJFC Scholars) Scholarship. With this scholarship you may be eligible to receive a tuition fee waiver or Educational Training Voucher that is currently up to $5000 a year to students who have experienced foster care. To see their eligibility requirements please refer to their site: embrella
- Also, for a more in depth description of their programs check out their website here
- The New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship (NJ STARS) offers free tuition at any community college in New Jersey for students who graduated in the top 15% of their class. For more information on the program click here
- The Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) Program assists students from disadvantaged backgrounds by providing additional financial aid, support services, and college preparation courses. To find out if the school you are applying to participates, click here.
Outside and Third-Party Scholarships
- Apply to third-party scholarships to reduce financial stress and the need to take out loans. Third-party scholarships can be found with a Google search using words like foster youth, financial need, GPA, specific races or ethnicities, sports, etc.
- Each scholarship usually has its own requirements and submission details.
- The Scholarship Expert has some great advice for applying to third-party scholarships. The founders are both former foster youth who have accumulated over $340,000 in scholarships combined.
Foster Youth Specific Scholarships
- The Nsoro Education Foundation
- The Nsoro Education foundation supports students who have aged out of foster care by providing a scholarship, mentorship, and other resources.
- Together We Rise Family Fellowship
- The Family Fellowship offers up to $90,000 in supports for twelve former foster youth each year including tuition, housing, mentorship, and wrap-around services. To learn more about eligibility and further information click here.
- Foster Care to Success
- Foster Care to Success provides a host of scholarships to foster youth across the U.S. For more information and deadline, click here.
- Ocean First Scholarship Program
- The Ocean First Scholarship Program provides $1,000 to community college students and $2,500 to students attending universities. The scholarship is only available to Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean county residents. For more information refer to the website here. The application is located here.
- Loans are money that you borrow from the government or private lenders for tuition, fees, and school expenses. Loans must be paid back with interest. Each loan has its own payment agreement and interest rate.
- Utilize the tutoring center and your professors’ office hours if you need extra help. If you have concerns that you might need some extra assistance, email or talk to your professor after class.
- Take at least 15 credits a semester to graduate in four years.
- You can take winter and summer classes at your local community college to lessen your semester load or possibly graduate early. It’s also a great way to save money, as credits at a local community college might cost less than credits at a four-year school.
- Discuss this option with your advisor and look at what classes transfer to your home institution at NJ Transfer.
- Meet with your advisor at least once a semester to make sure that you are on the right track and completing all of the requirements for your major.
- Utilize the resources available to you like the career center, academic advising, counseling, etc. -- You already pay for them with your student fees!
- The costs of textbooks and supplies are expensive.
- Email your professors about necessary materials and ask if you can use an older edition of the book if possible.
- Rent your textbooks when you can to save money or use an ebook version.
- College bookstores typically upcharge so look at the prices directly from the textbook company and other sellers.
- Look to purchase used books whenever possible, and look to sell your books back at the end of the semester if you aren’t going to need them moving forward.
- Try to keep your GPA above a 3.0 during your college career. The higher the better. Future employers look at GPA if you have no prior work experience in the field.
- College is a great place to network and find opportunities. Use resources at your school like career fairs, symposiums, office of career advancement, etc. to your advantage.
- Internships are great both for the experience and standing out on applications when you apply to jobs in your prospective field.
Pathways to Academic and Career Exploration to Success (PACES)
The Pathways to Academic and Career Exploration to Success (PACES) program supports current or former foster youth and young adults in their successful transition to and retention in post-secondary education (including career technical education) and workforce readiness. The target population for these programs will be youth and young adults ages 16-21 who are eligible for NJ Foster Care (NJFC) Scholars as determined by DCF. For details about eligibility please click here.
The PACES programs' academic and career coaches will address identified academic needs, typically in reading, writing, and/or math; assist students in career exploration to promote college and career readiness; help students prepare for, identify, and apply to career technical schools or colleges and universities that are a best fit; and prepare students for their adjustment to and integration into their post-secondary communities.
The PACES providers will serve youth who live within the Region they cover. The following is a list of PACES provider agencies with the counties served.
Region 1 Bergen, Hudson, Passaic, Morris, Sussex, Warren
Care Plus Inc. - Program Director Jodi Martino
Region 2 Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset
embrella - Program Director Marjorie Blicharz
Region 3 Mercer, Monmouth, and Ocean
embrella - Program Director Marjorie Blicharz
Region 4 Essex and Union
Community Access Unlimited - Program Director Tanya Johnson
Region 5 - Camden and Burlington
Acenda - Program Director Erin Klein
Phone: 1-844-4-ACENDA (223632)
Region 6 Atlantic, Cumberland, Cape May, Gloucester, Salem
Acenda - Program Director Erin Klein
Phone: 1-844-4-ACENDA (223632)
For more detailed information about the program including the referral process you may also contact Michele Safrin from the DCF Office of Educational Support and Programs/Adolescent services at 609-888-7100.
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
No matter where you plan to go to school, chances are, you'll need financial assistance. Did you know that the US Department of Education gives out $150 billion in federal grants, loans, and work-study funds each year to more than 13 million students paying for college or career school? To get your piece, you've got to apply for it, and you need to start by completing the FAFSA. Click here to learn more about the FAFSA and how it can help you finance the education of your dreams.
Also, there are some specific questions on the FAFSA that are aimed at young people in foster care, and filling these out correctly helps you maximize the amount of financial aid you can receive. For more information, Click Here for tip sheets that can help you find out how to answer these questions in the right way.
Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA)
HESAA is the only New Jersey state agency with the mission of providing students and families with financial and informational resources for students to pursue their education beyond high school. They offer a variety of grants, scholarships and financial aid programs for NJ residents. Click here for more info.
New Jersey Foster Care Scholars (NJFC)
Do you need help paying for college or trade school?
The New Jersey Foster Care (NJFC) Scholars Program helps many foster and homeless youth with tuition and fees at a public New Jersey college, university, or vocational school. Scholarships are also available for young people that go to private or out of state schools.
You may be able to receive scholarships that help with:
- Tuition and Fees
- Room and Board
- Books and Supplies
- Computers/Special Equipment
- Child Care Costs
You can also contact the NJFC Scholarship Program at 1-800-222-0047 or
New Jersey Student Tuition Assistance Reward Scholarship (NJ STARS)
NJ STARS is a scholarship program for New Jersey residents that covers the cost of tuition at NJ's 19 community colleges. Students who rank in the top 15 percent of their high school class at the end of their junior or senior year may be eligible. Click here for more info
NJ Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF)
The New Jersey Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) provides financial assistance and support services (e.g. counseling, tutoring, and developmental course work) to students from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds who attend institutions of higher education in the State of New Jersey. Undergraduate grants range from $ 200 to $2,500 annually depending on the type of institution and financial need. These grants are renewable based upon continued eligibility.
For more information, and to see if you might be eligible for EOF, Click Here
National Guard Youth Challenge
a preventive rather than remedial at-risk youth program, targets participants who are unemployed, drug-free and law-free high-school dropouts, 16 to 18 years of age. For more information please ClickHere
Budgeting: What is budgeting?
Budgeting is the management of your money by saving weekly or monthly. In order to avoid overspending or unnecessary purchases, having a budget will help you keep more of your money.
- Calculate your monthly income
- Subtract your expenses from your income
- Create a savings plan
- Build an emergency savings
Opening a Bank Account: What is a bank account?
A bank helps you manage your money safely and keep track of it.
What do I need to open a bank account?
- Government issued I.D
- Opening balance
- Social security number
- Physical address
- Birth certificate
- Adult (if under 18, to sign for you)
- Savings- an account to hold future/emergency funds with limited transactions
- Checking- a transitional account to deposit money into and make purchases
- Student Banking- Student’s financial transactions including charges and credit
Building Credit: What is credit?
Credit is m. Lenders, merchants and service providers (known collectively as creditors) grant credit based on their confidence you can be trusted to pay back what you borrowed, along with additional finance charges that they apply. Credit checks are often required to purchase items such as phones, cars and homes. Establishing a good credit history early will benefit you when you decide to borrow a larger amount of money.
What is a Credit Score?
Your credit score is a number that represents the risk a lender takes when you borrow money.
What is FICO?
A FICO score is a well-known measure created by the Fair Isaac Corporation and used by credit agencies to indicate a borrower's risk.
What is a Credit History?
Your credit history is a record of your ability to pay back your debts, whether it be credit card bills, student loans, or a mortgage. Having this history shows lenders that you would be able to make your mortgage payments on time.
What is a Credit Card
A small plastic card issued by a bank, business, etc., allowing the holder to purchase goods or services on credit.
What is Interest?
Money paid regularly at a particular rate for the use of money lent, or for delaying the repayment of a debt.
Check Your Credit/ Free Credit Score
If you are under 18 and in the custody of CP&P, they can run your credit score. For more information the free credit report site from CP&P policy is located here.
Additional credit sites are listed below:
Credit Tips from young people
- Pay monthly bill on time
- Never carry a balance on any credit card
- Avoid a lot of inquiries and collections accounts
- Only use 30% of the credit line (Example: If the credit limit is $300 don’t spend over $100)
Independent Living Stipend Info
- What is an Independent Living Stipend?
Payments to help you with your goals and as a supplement to your income. The ILP Stipend can be used to pay for independent living rent, food, and incidental stipends.
- What is a QCard?
A QCard is a debit card that can have your monthly stipend directly sent to it.
- What to do if you lose your Q Card?
Application link: www.njdcfpaymentcenter.com
DCF’s Independent Living Stipend Policy is located here.
Identity Theft and Online Safety: What is Identity Theft?
Identity theft occurs when someone uses another person's personal identifying information, like their name, identifying number, or credit card number, without their permission, to commit fraud or other crimes.
Tips to protect your identity
- Create strong passwords for online logins
- Check your credit report monthly
- Secure all devices that contain your personal information
- Update your passwords every couple of months
- Keep your SSN card in a private and safe place
- Never share any personal information with any strangers
New Jersey Career Assistance Navigator (NJCAN)
Not sure exactly what you want your career to be? Or do you know exactly what you want to do? Either way, NJCAN can help you navigate the career path that's right for you.
You can look at detailed information about different careers based on your interests, find out about the education you'll need, and how much money you can expect to make depending on where you live.There's also great information on getting your resume in shape, preparing for interviews, becoming self-employed, and jobs in the military.
Get started today by visiting the NJCAN website
NJ One-Stop Centers
Are you looking for a job or occupational training? The New Jersey One-Stop Career Centers are the place to start, and can help you develop the skills needed to succeed in a 21st century work environment.
Amongst others, resources provided include the following:
- Career exploration: help in identifying jobs that are interesting to you
- Resume writing
- Interview preparation
- Occupational Training for jobs that are highly in demand by employers
- Job Search Assistance
- Connections to employers searching for workers
- Educational Assistance
- On-site resource rooms (computers, telephones, fax, etc.)
Visit and/or call your local One Stop Career Center and ask about Youth Programming for ages 16 to 24. If you are interested in developing your resume or need help with job training/search, someone will be there to help you. Click Here to find the “One Stop” in your area
Job Corps is a free education and training program that helps young people learn a career, earn a high school diploma or GED, and find and keep a good job. For eligible young people at least 16 years of age that qualify as low income, Job Corps provides the all-around skills needed to succeed in a career and in life.
New Jersey Youth Corps
New Jersey Youth Corps is one of the largest youth service and conservation corps in the United States. Youth Corps is a year-round, voluntary program which engages young adults (ages 16-25) in full-time community service, training, and educational activities.
Guided by staff who serve as mentors and role models, teams of youth called "crews" carry out a wide range of service projects. In return for their efforts to restore and strengthen communities, Corps members receive:
- education development in basic skills and preparation to obtain a GED or locally issued Adult High School Diploma;
- life skills and employability skills instruction;
- personal and career counseling to build self-esteem, clarify values, and develop leadership skills while they are developing their career portfolio;
- transition services and continuing support services as they transition to college, training, employment or other national and domestic service opportunities;
- community service opportunities which develop positive employability skills while addressing unmet community needs. Corps members receive a stipend while enrolled in Youth Corps.
The NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development This website offers resume tutorials, a cover letter template, links to scholarship and loan websites, salary details based on occupation, and more. Click here to visit their website and get more info.
NJ Next Stop Is a state site sponsored to help NJ teens, parents, and counselors learn more about career interests, career options, and the world of work. Click here to start exploring.
The US Department of Labor A career website that has tools to help young people find training, search for jobs, explore careers and locate other helpful resources. Click here to check it out.
New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) Provides services that allow individuals with disabilities to find or keep their existing jobs. DVRS works with individuals with all types of disabilities, including significant physical, mental health or substance abuse issues and learning disabilities. Click here to get more info.
AmeriCorps Is a national network program that partners with other organizations in order to offer participants of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to receive guidance and training to develop their talents and enhance their skills. Click here to find out more about AmeriCorps service.
YouthBuild Low-income young people ages 16 to 24 work full-time for 6 to 24 months toward their GEDs or high school diplomas while learning job skills by building affordable housing in their communities. Click here to learn more about Youth Build.
Career Connections NJ This site will help guide you to some of New Jersey's best online tools for finding work, finding skilled employees and connecting to the many programs established to aid businesses and workers. Click here to see what's available.
The Corps Network Corps are comprehensive youth development programs that provide their participants with job training, academic programming, leadership skills, and additional support through a strategy of service that improves communities and the environment. Click here to find out all they have to offer.
Peace Corps The Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps Volunteers work at the grassroots level toward sustainable change that lives on long after their service, while at the same time becoming global citizens and serving their country. Click here to learn more.
Mapping Your Future
This website has some great info on career development resources, college preparation, financial aid, and money management for students, families, and schools. Click here to start mapping your future today.
America’s Career InfoNet
Career One-Stop provides free tools and resources on a range of topics including career assessment, education and training, finding a job, and starting or growing a business. Click here for more info.
O*Net Resource Center (Occupational Information Network)
This career exploration database can help match your personality, knowledge, skills and abilities with different types of jobs and careers. Click here to see what careers fit you best.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
This website has tons of great info on employment trends for the 2010-20 decade. Click here to see which jobs are hot and what you need to do to get one.
"Skills to Pay the Bills" - Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success
This curriculum focuses on developing "soft" or workforce-readiness skills for young people, ages 14 to 21. Hands-on activities focus on six key skill areas: communication, enthusiasm and attitude, teamwork, networking, problem solving and critical thinking, and professionalism. Click here to learn more, download the curriculum, or view a series of videos that focus on each skill area.
Garden State Equality
New Jersey’s largest LGBTQ+ advocacy and education organization. There are resources on the page to help you deal with bullying, to report discrimination, or to learn what programs and supports are available for transgendered students. You can also learn more about school safety and legislative advocacy initiatives.
Scholarships for LGBTQ+ Students
LGBTQ+ students can often have fewer resources than their privileged counterparts; due to perhaps having less support from their families, more demands on their expenses, and not filling out the FAFSA out of fear of discrimination and gender selection. Thus, this resource provides a comprehensive list of scholarships established for LGBTQ+ college students that are available from several public and private organizations, as well as individual donors.
Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
GLAAD is an organization dedicated to promoting and ensuring accurate and inclusive representation of LGBTQ+ individuals and events in the media, as a means of removing LGBTQ+ discrimination.
A nonprofit organization located in Princeton, New Jersey focused on offering proper sex education, mentor programs, and support groups for LGBTQ+ individuals. Tconnect is a support group for teenagers under the trans umbrella (ages 14-18) and First & Third is a support group for all LGBTQ+ individuals. In addition, Pride2Pride is a mentorship program that connects the younger generation of LGBTQ+ youth (8th-12th grade) with older mentors within the community.
Hetrick Martin Institute
Although HMI is mainly based in New York, there are many available resources for LGBTQ+ New Jersey Youth; such as scholarships, mental health resources, academic counseling, trans youth services, employment counseling, services for homeless youth, crisis intervention, resume writing, advocacy opportunities, cultural involvement, health counseling, etc. Currently the only LGBTQ+ organization contracted with the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency.
The Pride Center of New Jersey
A nonprofit organization dedicated to offering LGBT+ individuals support, educational tools, mental health resources, free HIV testing, education resources, and cultural/social opportunities. There are support groups and activities every month.
Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
A national non-profit organization that provides support for the health and well-being of LGBTQ+ individuals (including their families and friends). PFLAG offers support, online learning programs, LGBTQ+ information, cultural events, support programs, a chapter network (over 400 chapters spanning the United States), scholarships and grants, and advocacy opportunities to LGBTQ+ individuals. A few programs move in and out of hiatus.
Student Experience Guide
The top ranked colleges in the country for LGBTQ+ students. The ranking combines Academic and Affordability Metrics along with the Campus Pride Index score.
The Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
A network focused on gathering concerned teachers, administrators, students and parents to work together to end the destructive effects of anti-gay bias in schools. GLSEN’s goal is to create school environments that value the differences of students to create a more impactful and cohesive community.
The Pride Center of New Jersey
A nonprofit organization dedicated to offering LGBT+ individuals support, educational tools, mental health resources, free HIV testing, education resources, and cultural/social opportunities. There are support groups and activities every month.
Gender Spectrum provides people with information on varying resources for LGBTQ+, including medical, legal and policy, social service, etc. This organization is mainly centered on making an increased understanding of the LGBTQ+ community.
Equality Federation partners with state-based organizations to aid the LGBTQ+. Examples include Equality Florida, Freedom Oklahoma, and Basic Rights Oregon. The organization examines state-based LGBTQ+ issues such as workplace fairness, anti-transgender bathroom bans, HIV criminalization laws, conversion therapy, religious license to discriminate, etc. A useful feature of the site is the function of checking discrimination laws in each state.
Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
The organization aims to advocate for the LGBTQ+ politically; specifically by mobilizing voters in diverse communities, advancing pro equality legislation, and educating the public about LGBTQ+ issues.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
For further resources regarding LGBTQ+ health, the CDC has an itemized list for youth.
The Trevor Project: Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention
The Trevor Project focuses on providing suicide prevention and crisis intervention services to members of the LGBTQ+ community under the age of 25. The organization provides an LGBTQ+ only space and licensed specialists to help at risk LGBTQ+ people.
New Jersey Parent Link
This early childhood, parent and professional resource center provides info on pregnancy and resources for parents. Click here to check it out.
Teen-Age Parents Program (TAPP)
TAPP supports young people (under 21) in their transition to parenthood and other adult roles while reducing the risk of child abuse and neglect. The program provides counseling and case management services to pregnant and parenting teens and their families. Life skill workers offer flexible, outreach-oriented services as a means of engaging the trust and involvement of the young parents. A peer support group helps to build a supportive network. Consultation and education on issues of teen sexuality and adolescent pregnancy are available to the community. Call 609-518-5470 for more information.
Maternal and Child Health Consortia
These private non-profit organizations provide programs, activities, education, and infant and follow-up care to pregnant women and parents to help improve the health of children. Click here to check out the details.
Planned Parenthhod is a health care provider specializing in reproductive and sexual healthcare. Through pregnancy prevention, STD prevention, and sex education, Planned Parenthood empowers teens to make informed choices and lead healthy lives. With 28 offices in New Jersey, there is probably one close to where you live.
New Jersey WIC
Directory of Fatherhood Programs
Top Ten Pregnancy Apps
Office of Women’s Health – Breast Feeding
Office of Women’s Health- Postpartum-depression
Childcare Resource and Referral Agencies
Department of Human Services- Division of Family Development
Find a WIC Local Agency Near Me
Know Your Rights: Pregnant or Parenting? Title IX Protects You From Discrimination At School [pdf]
The Programs Below are Special Housing Programs for Young People that are Pregnant or Parenting
Acenda Expectant and Parenting Youth Program
phone: 844-422-3632 ext. 1216
headquarters: 42 Delsea South Drive, Glassboro, NJ 08028
Care Plus Strive for Independent Parenting
Jessica Ayala, LSW
Program Manager of Adolescent Services
Bloomfield Site Manager
Phone: 201-265-8200 ext. 5567
Life Ties (Rainbow House)
Vivian D. Harmon, M.Ed., MSW, LSW
John S. Watson Sr. Building
2205 Pennington Road, Trenton, NJ 08638
Hotline: (800) 433-0254; https://www.hyacinth.org/
Our mission at Hyacinth is to help people live with HIV, slow the spread of the epidemic, and serve as a critical voice in the public debate surrounding AIDS in New Jersey.
New Jersey AIDS Services
The mission of New Jersey AIDS Services is to respond compassionately and responsibly to the HIV/AIDS crisis by providing supportive services, housing opportunities, prevention strategies and community education in New Jersey.
The Department of Children and Families' Family and Community Partnership (FCP) network provides many services and programs for children, young adults and families throughout NJ. These include:
Family Success Centers
Offer programs aimed at making families stronger through a variety of locally-based services, and building supportive connections in your community.
School Based Youth Services Programs (SBYSP)
Provide mental health and family services; health services; substance abuse counseling; employment services; pregnancy prevention programs; learning support services; referrals to community based services; and recreation. Open to all young people ages 10 -19 enrolled in any school that hosts a SBYSP.
Home Visitation Programs
Provide early support to families with infants and young children across the state. Home visitors provide pregnant women and new parents with health information, parenting education, and links to other resources that support child and family well-being.
The FCP's also provide juvenile delinquency and child abuse prevention programs, domestic violence services, and much more.
Click here for a statewide directory of programs and services to find out what is available in your county!
Is a confidential and anonymous statewide helpline for New Jersey's youth and young adults. Youth can call 2NDFLOOR at (888) 222-2228 and find information on the website at www.2ndfloor.org
Provides information and assistance to all NJ residents in the areas of health, human services, community resources and government assistance programs. You do not have to be in crisis to seek help from NJ211. To access NJ211 dial 211 or visit the website at www.nj211.org.. The alternative telephone number is 1-800-HELP555 (1-800-435-7555).
One Simple Wish
Got a simple wish? Maybe a new bed, personal care products, school supplies, music lessons or something else that you can't afford?
One Simple Wish wants to help!
Since 2008 One Simple Wish has been granting wishes to children and young people in foster care through their website at www.onesimplewish.org. They’ve helped young people go to summer camp, get laptops for school, travel to meet with their families, and so much more. Wishes are as unique as the children who make them!
NJ Department of Human Services
Offers a website that lists a wide range of programs, information and services designed to assist individuals, families and communities throughout the State of New Jersey. Visitors to the website will discover if they qualify for any of the 28 state and federal programs designed to help find housing, employment, child care, health insurance, prescriptions, pay for food or more. For more information please visitClick Here
ALL STARS PROJECT:
Do you like to perform? Well then the ALL STARS PROJECT is for you!
This program works to better the lives of youth and urban communities in New Jersey, using the power of performance to bring everyone together . The program helps young adults between the ages of 5-25 by preparing them for auditions, talent shows, rehearsals, and performance workshops. The ALL STARS PROJECT host various programs that will engage young adults to develop their community and their talents as well.
To find out more information about The All Stars Project please Click Here
Is an organization dedicated to lead the efforts of young people in and from foster care to become connected, educated, inspired and represented so they can realize their personal potential and contribute to better life for their peers. For more information on The Foster Club please Click here
Foster Care Alumni
Foster Care Alumni's (FCA) mission is to connect the alumni community and to transform policy and practice, ensuring opportunity for people in and out of foster care.
To learn more information about Foster Care Alumni (FAC) please Click Here
Foster Care Alumni
Foster Care Alumni's (FCA) mission is to connect the alumni community, and to change policy and practice to make better opportunities for people in and out of foster care. To learn more information about Foster Care Alumni (FAC) please Click Here
The Supportive Housing Association of NJ
Provides housing resources for families and youth
Strengthens organizations capacity and advocates for innovation & systems change. http://www.shanj.org/resources/for-families
New Jersey Housing Resource Center
A FREE, online searchable registry of affordable and accessible housing units throughout the State of New Jersey. http://nj.gov/njhrc/find/