Columbia offers many resources for families, teenagers

Saturday, April 21, 2012 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

Editor's note: This is part of a special section on Columbia's kids. Read more here.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Missouri provides one-on-one mentoring for children, including at-risk groups such as children with an incarcerated parent. Phone: 573-874-3677


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Boone County Family Resources: Service, information and links for individuals of all ages, including behavioral, speech and physical therapy, housing assistance, and other services. Phone: 573-874-1995

Central Missouri Community Action provides Head Start and Early Head Start, job training, housing assistance, mentoring and life skills training to youth. Phone: 573-443-11, ext. 1916.

Columbia Housing Authority manages low-income housing for more than 300 school-aged children and their families. Onsite services include a food pantry, parent/child training, financial management training and after-school tutoring and mentoring. Phone: 573-443-2556.

Division of Human Services: Resources offered by the Health Department's Division of Human Services include assistance with utility bills, health insurance, medical assistance, pregnancy testing and other services. Phone: 573-874-7356.

Health Department Resource and Referral Guide: Contact information for a variety of health and human services published by the Health Department.

Human Rights: The Division of Human Services' Human Rights page includes information on reporting complaints of discrimination and talking to teens and children about hate and intolerance.

Missouri Connections: Free resources that include help determining career interests, creating a resume, finding a college and paying for classes.

Missouri Developmental Disabilities Resource Center: University of Missouri Kansas City program that provides information, support and volunteer opportunities regarding developmental disabilities.Phone: 800-444-0821.

Missouri Families: Informational resources for families, relationships, health, nutrition and other topics. Phone: 573-882-7828. Education and parenting information.

Parents for Public Schools Resources for Parents of Teens: Resources range from how to deal with bullies to finding a college. Phone: 573-447-2349.

Pregnancy Resources: A list of pregnancy service and information providers. Published by Family Health Center in Columbia, an organization dedicated to providing healthcare to the under-served.

Real Teen Resources: A guide to teen-centric services including substance abuse prevention and treatment, bullying help, counseling, LGBTQ resources, education opportunities, housing assistance and other helpful information put together by the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services.

Sol House offers shelter, counseling, life skills training and case management services for homeless 17- to 24-year-olds for up to 21 weeks. Phone: 573-449-0182.

University of Missouri Extension: Information on a variety of topics, ranging from how to talk to children about sex and deal with teenage emotional changes to family problems and tips for strengthening a family, as well as how to recognize and prevent child abuse or neglect.

Youth Community Coalition (YC2): A group of more than 70 organizations and individuals that helps Columbia's youth with education and information on substance abuse prevention and treatment, pregnancy, homelessness, violence, suicide, poverty, employment and more. Phone: 573-449-1993.

Youth Empowerment Zone helps neglected, at-risk urban youth make a successful transition into adulthood.. Phone: 573-256-1896.

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