Contra Costa County
San Francisco County
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(650) 493-1186 – North
(408) 683-0601 – South
(408) 299-2071 – Central
Below are some options for immediate support.
Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org.
Text MHA to 741741 to connect with a trained Crisis Counselor from Crisis Text Line.
Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
If you are in need of support, but not in crisis, consider reaching out to a warmline.
Find a warmline at mhanational.org/warmlines.
Call 415-781-0500 or text CRISIS or YOUTH to 415-200-2920
Non-emergency resource for anyone in CA seeking mental and emotional support
Provide assistance via phone and chat on a nondiscriminatory basis to anyone in need
Call 855-845-7415 to speak to a counselor
Free and confidential, short-term counseling for 14-26-year-olds
Call 415-742-4306 to set up an appointment
Free, sessions last 50 minutes
24-Hour Teen Crisis Line: 415-621-2929
To start counseling services in SF call 415-621-2929
To start counseling services in Marin call 415-745-0867
24/7, serve young adults 25 & under
Call 1-800-447-8223 to get connected with the best resources for your situation
For youth between the ages of 5-26, that reside in Alameda, Marin, Napa, and Sonoma County
Email them at: CommCounselingAlameda@sidebysideyouth.org, CommCounselingMarin@sidebysideyouth.org, CommCounselingSonomaNapa@sidebysideyouth.org
Provides mental health services for youth and their families in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma.
Call them at 510-654-4004 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
Free 24/7 support
Text HOME to 741741
Can provide you with referrals to necessary resources
A confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities
Free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day a year treatment referral and information service that is offered in both English and Spanish, for families and individuals facing mental and or substance abuse disorders
“Our therapists support the caregivers to reduce their stress and learn how to support and better understand their children. Each therapist is specially trained in how to help families with very young children from birth to six years old”
For more information or to do an intake please call 510-508-1255
Free and confidential peer support for LGBTQ and questioning community ages 25 and younger
They provide telephone, online private one-to-one chat, and email peer support, as well as local resources for cities and towns across the United States
Call them at 800-246-7743, Monday-Friday from 1-9 and Saturday from 9-2
Can also email them at email@example.com
The crisis services team is available 24/7, 365 days a year, offering a range of support services and provide resource referrals
Call them at 1-800-786-2929
Can also reach them via, email, forum posts, live chat, and text
Helping Children Cope After a Traumatic Event (Child Mind Institute)
Helping Your Children Manage Distress in the Aftermath of a Shooting (American Psychological Association)
Helping School-age Children With Traumatic Grief: Tips For Caregivers (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
We’re excited to bring you exclusive discounts and perks as a Big! For free tickets to Bay Area sports games, check your email for our offers—we send them often.
Applying to and paying for higher education can be daunting. Consult these resources so you have the knowledge to confidently guide college-related conversations with your Little.
Many students achieve success in a more affordable way by first attending a California community college and then transferring to the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) systems for a four-year degree. Watch a webinar from the CSU on how the CSU Transfer Pathway works.
Often, navigating a college or university’s financial aid opportunities can be challenging for youth and adults alike. The Northern California College Promise Coalition created a Financial Aid Webinar Series that you can watch with your Little to better understand the process.
What is summer melt?
“Up to one third of all students who leave high school with plans to attend college never arrive at any college campus that fall. [It] tends to hit low-income students hardest, as well as students who are the first in their family to go to college.”
Most Littles fall within this demographic. This is where BBBSBA and you work together to support your Little.
Use our mentor coaching tips to help avoid summer melt:
A two-year college or community college is a great educational starting point for your Little who is interested in obtaining an Associate’s Degree, a Certificate Degree, or as a way to complete their general education classwork and transfer out to a four-year university. Here in California, we are lucky to have so many community colleges serving our Littles. Did you know that California has 115 community colleges across the state? Your Little can apply to any of these two-year colleges by using this link: California Community Colleges CCCApply
What is Financial Aid?
For Littles that are planning to attend a college or career school, financial aid is essential in making it more affordable. Financial aid is offered to Littles based on their financial need as well as merit.
Types of Financial Aid:
FAFSA: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form your Little needs to fill out to get any financial aid from the federal government to help pay for college. Your Little must be a US citizen to apply for this type of financial aid.
CA Dream Act: The California Dream Act application allows Littles interested in attending eligible California colleges, universities and career education programs to apply for state financial aid. This application is essential for undocumented Littles looking for financial aid, since some scholarships available to require that your Little be a US citizen. This application is specifically designated to undocumented Littles, DACA Littles, Dreamer Littles and AB 540 Littles. Click here for more information.
Private Scholarships: Some colleges and career schools offer scholarships directly to their students and may not require your Little to fill out their FAFSA or CA Dream Act. It’s important that your Little check with their school to see if they need to fill out other applications or provide further information to their school if they are planning on applying for private scholarships. Click here to read more on how to find and apply for scholarships.
Scholarship Search Engines: There are thousands of scholarships out there to ease the financial burden on your Littles. Your Little can find scholarships that award students for anything from studying computer science to being a great bowler. Visit search engines like the College Board Scholarship Search or Fast Web to start narrowing down the options.
California Community College provides tools and resources at ICanGoToCollege.com, including how to enroll at your local community college campus, availability of year-round financial aid, career education programs, and guaranteed transfer to participating four-year colleges or universities.
Find University of California financial aid information, requirements, and learn how to apply.
UC Campus Tours – Take a virtual tour with your Little of nine UC campuses.
Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form to apply for financial aid for college or graduate school.
California Student Aid Commission has compiled a list of the Financial Aid Programs they offer to a variety of students.
A trade school, which oftentimes is also referred to as vocational school, technical school, or vocational college, is a post-secondary institution that’s designed to give Littles the technical skills to prepare them for a specific job or occupation. Trade schools can be either public or private, but many are for-profit businesses. At a trade school, your Little can get a degree in fields like information technology, nursing and health sciences, automotive technician training, and medical assisting. Program lengths can vary, but typically they can range from anywhere between eight months to two years. Unlike a four-year college, your Little won’t graduate from a trade school with a bachelor’s degree. Instead, upon completing the program your Little will receive a diploma or trade certificate acknowledging they successfully completed the program. For some programs, your Little might also earn an associate degree, which is the degree they would get from a two-year college. Learn more about Trade Schools and how they differ from two-year and four-year colleges.
Discover occupation possibilities with the California Department of Labor.
Visit the California Career Center to start considering options.
The California Department of Employment and Development gives helpful tips and information for Littles interested in joining the workforce after high school.
The California Department of Employment and Development gives Littles information on job fairs and workshops happening regionally to get them started on their employment search.
A career in the military offers many benefits and perks to your Little. See the links below to learn about the branches of the military that your Little might be interested in joining.
Boot camp is basic training that everyone wanting to pursue a career in the military must go through. This training prepares recruits for all elements of service: physical, mental and emotional. It gives service members the basic tools necessary to perform the roles that will be assigned to them for the duration of their tour.
Each of the services has its own training program, tailoring the curriculum to the specialized nature of its role in the military. Boot camp can last anywhere between 8 to 13 weeks depending on the military branch.
Learn more about boot camp and how it pertains to each branch of the military your Little wants to enroll in.
Is your Little ready to enlist into their selected branch of the military? Once they have talked to a recruiter, they will need to set a date to visit a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) to finish their enlistment process.
The MEPS is a joint service organization that determines an applicant’s physical qualifications, aptitude and moral standards as set by each branch of military service. There are MEPS locations all over the country. Learn more about enlisting in the military and the Military Entrance Processing Stations near your Little.
If your Little is interested in attending college as well as joining the military, here are some helpful links to guide them through that process:
There are many benefits available to active service duty members and military veterans, including:
What do you want to do for a living? Whether they know what they want to be or just aren’t sure, My Next Move can help point Littles in the right direction.
Internship Search: Internships are a great way for Littles to get exposed to a potential career field, as well as gain firsthand experience.
A gap year is an option for Littles who may want to have a year to themselves before starting on their college and career pathway. Littles can explore careers, use this time to travel, volunteer, work, do mission trips or save money for higher education.
The gap year typically lasts 12 months. Proponents of the gap year believe that it can broaden their horizons and help students be better prepared and more focused once they arrive at college or other career pathways.
Learn more about the gap year and help guide your Little who might decide on taking it.
Small monthly gifts can make a BIG impact! Bigs like you know first-hand what a huge difference you’re able to make in a child’s life. By becoming a Matchmaker and making a gift of as little as $10 per month, you’ll be providing steady, stable funds that we can count on so we can focus on our mission and introduce more waiting Littles to their Big each and every month.
Some companies offer financial matching gifts in honor of their employees’ volunteer time, including time spent with your Little. Many also match employees’ charitable gifts, doubling the impact of your donation.
Your company may have a foundation or employee-directed grant program and there is no better reference than you, an in-house Big, to champion our cause. Please let us know how your company supports organizations that are important to their employees.
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