After School fosters communication between high school students and takes some of the stress out of being a teen. In the app, this is done by making your days brighter and your weekends more enjoyable by helping you connect and share with your classmates.
Outside of the app, our mission to improve your life continues. From grant and scholarship opportunities, to information about how to help a friend in need –– these resources were put together to help you and those around you.
College is expensive! If you’re planning on going, it’s always a good idea to look for a little help so you’re not stuck paying off your tuition for the next few decades. Here are a few grant and scholarship opportunities worth checking out.
YSA encourages positive change by helping you get involved in difference-making activities. There are hundreds of activities available through YSA and their partners, including Global Youth Service Day, Semester of Service, and Disney Summer of Service Grants. View available grants from YSA and their partners here.
Peace First empowers young people to change the world. Among the many ways they support young peacemakers, Peace First offers mini grants from $25–250. Learn more and apply here.
Hey U.G.L.Y empowers “youth to be part of the solution to bullying, substance abuse and youth suicide.” Through essay, acronym, photo, poetry and video contests, you have the opportunity to reflect and have a real impact on reducing bullying.
Other Grants and Opportunities Worth Checking Out
Scholarships for High School Students
Scholarships for Women in High School
Do Something Awards from DoSomething.org. ($100,000 grant is up for grabs!)
Cyberbullying Prevention for Teens Scholarship
Search Over 3.7 Million College Scholarships and Grants on Scholarships.com
After School believes in equality and supporting you. We partner with organizations that specialize in serving and supporting LGBTQ+ teens to give our team insight and additional ways to support all of our users. Among those partners are SF Pride and The Trevor Project. If you’re having a difficult time with your LGBTQ+ identity, you're not alone and there are people ready to listen and support you. Call the Trevor Lifeline now at 1-866-488-7386 or text “HI FAM” to 741-741.
The Trevor Project is the leading crisis intervention and suicide prevention organization for LGBTQ youth. We’re proud to be a partner and to share a few of their many great resources with you.
We all have a right to feel comfortable in our identity. Nowhere is feeling comfortable a more important part of success than in your school. Know what your rights as a trans* teen.
Are you exploring your non-binary identity? After School and our partner TSER support young people exploring all parts of their identity. If you’re a visual learner, make sure to check out these infographics.
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Even though we face tough times and deal with painful things, life is beautiful. Bright days will come again and you are not alone. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, feeling anxious, depressed, sad, or in crisis, please help them (or yourself) get the help they need. Need to chat with someone now? Text "HI FAM" to 741-741. This service is anonymous, free to texters, and provided by our partner Crisis Text Line.
The Jordan Porco Foundation's goal is to prevent suicide within high schools and college. They work to promote mental health, and create a message of hope for young adults. Here are a few articles and guides worth reading:
Fight injustice, make the world a better place, or just find something interesting to do this weekend. Here are a few opportunities to make positive change from our friends and partners.
DoSomething.org is where social change and YOU come together to participate in difference-making campaigns. There are hundreds of active campaigns and ways to get involved. Explore DoSomething.org campaigns here!
You don’t have to grow up in order to change the world. Peace First believes in the power of teens and is empowering you to get involved. Each year five teens are awarded the Peace First Prize, which comes with a 2-year $25,000 fellowship. Apply on PeaceFirst.org.
YSA is all about taking action and providing service. Through their partners, YSA offers many grant opportunities. Check them out here.
No one deserves to be harassed or exploited. When using technology, always remember that there is another person, like you, on the other side.
At After School, we have a zero tolerance policy against cyberbullying. If you experience or witness bullying, you can immediately remove a post by clicking "report". To report an issue, contact After School support at Support@AfterSchoolApp.com.
Here are resources we’ve found to be helpful in preventing or dealing with bullying, harassment, or exploitation.
After School is a partner of the “I Am A Witness” campaign. The campaign and eye emoji were created by the Ad Council and their partners to give silent bystanders a voice when seeing someone targeted online. Get involved. Visit iwitnessbullying.org or download the eye emoji here.
Hey U.G.L.Y. (Unique Gifted Lovable You) empowers you to be part of the solution to bullying, substance abuse and youth suicide. Hey U.G.L.Y. offers speakers, student resources, anti-bullying campaigns, and other opportunities for schools and students, including contests with cash prizes –– like turning a negative word (like “ugly”) into something positive. View the Hey U.G.L.Y. contests here.
Have you heard about Sextortion? The sexual exploitation of young people is real, and a “complex and still growing” problem. Nonprofit organization Thorn, along with partners including After School, is working to raise awareness about this issue and get people like you involved. Watch the video below and visit StopSextortion.org. Friends, strangers, and you will benefit from knowing what sextortion is and what to look out for.
Stand for the Silent gives presentations across the country about bullying and provides resources like lists of warning signs that your child is being bullied to help reduce bullying and its negative impacts.
To bring Stand for the Silent to your school or learn more about how to stand up to stop bullying, visit StandfortheSilent.org.
The Cyberbullying Research Center provides research, news, opinions and other resources on the topic of cyberbullying. Resources include guides and information for educators, parents, and teens. Visit Cyberbullying.org.
PACER provides resources and raises awareness among students, parents, educators, and others. PACER founded and leads efforts around National Bullying Prevention Month in October and Unity Day. Learn more about PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and view their online resources here.
ETCB is combatting modern cyberbullying by raising awareness and providing resources. ETCB “will work to create a global social networking arena where all users can feel safe and positive.” Start by checking out their teen information center here.
Not getting the support you need to deal with a bully? Use Stomp Out Bullying’s free and confidential help line.
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Stress sucks, and can lead to physical and mental issues, from feeling anxiety to having a hard time sleeping (insomnia). We want to help you better handle stress, so we created the Unstress Yourself guide as a collection of sites, apps, techniques, and people that you can turn to the next time you’re feeling stressed:
Note: If you are in need of help, text our partner Crisis Text Line by sending “Hi Tiger” to 741-741. If this is an emergency, call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
Stressed, or looking to help a friend? Check out these websites for help.
There are apps that can help, from daily tips to reminders to keep your attitude positive and to help you take care of yourself.
Stressed with homework or maybe a relationship? Take some time to step away from those worries and into something healthy.
Don’t sit along with your pain. Sometimes, it helps to share what is going on with someone else -- to get some feedback or just be heard without judgment. Consider talking to any of these people:
From our poll on stress and through our interactions with teens on After School, we learned that when teens are stressed, they turn to friends, and that seems to work for most. We also found that teens consider apps and other stress-help sites to be helpful -- 44% of teens said this was a resource they used. But we also learned that 35% of teens do nothing when stressed, which is not the way to go.
Remember that you are not alone. There are resources out there waiting to help you, from apps to exercises to people. Take action!
Do you know an organization that is looking to positively change the lives of teens and interested in partnering with After School?