Helpful Links


The sites below are ones that students will probably find helpful. There are many more web sites you might find helpful on the Urban Education Related Web Sites page, just click here.

  • 50States.com Link to the web page of any college or university in the United States from this site.
  • A Better Chance A Better Chance is a national non-profit talent search organization. It is national resource for recruiting, identifying and developing leaders among young people of color in the United States. Through a unique assessment model, we refer academically talented students entering grades six through 11 to some of the nation’s finest independent and public schools to be considered for placement and financial aid. Students who are successfully placed in one of our 200+ member schools become a part of the signature College Preparatory Schools Program, and receive access to expanded educational and leadership opportunities. A Better Chance does not give scholarships. We match students with schools.
  • ACT-SO ACT-SO is an acronym for Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics. ACT-SO is a yearlong enrichment program designed to recruit, stimulate, improve and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. The ACT-SO program centers around the dedication and commitment of community volunteers and business leaders; to serve as mentors and coaches to promote academic and artistic excellence among African-American students. There are 25 categories of competition in the sciences, humanities, performing and visual arts.
  • Advice Every College Freshman Should Heed - This article shares several tips on adjusting to new environments, technology apps to maintain contact with loved ones, healthy dieting and of course tips to being academically successful.
  • American Chemical Society - Find out more about different areas of chemistry, what types of jobs are available in chemistry and what the next steps after college would be if you were to explore a career in chemistry.
  • App Annie - Though intended primarily for app developers and marketers, you can use the site to see rankings for free and paid apps. Here's a tip: the dollar sign marker on free apps denotes in-app purchases to pay for additional content or functionality beyond the basic app. 
  • App Lists for Education - This directory of apps for education addresses a variety of grade levels, instructional strategies and classroom settings. Nearly 2000 apps are organized according to various curriculum frameworks and approaches to teaching and learning. Here's a tip: to find apps cataloged by subject area, look under Themes and then select Apps by Subject Area from the drop-down menu. 
  •  Brightstorm.com Check out this site for free homework help videos and tutorials.
  • CampusTours.com Go to this site to get a "virtual" tour of many the country's colleges and universities.
  • Center for Children's Advocacy. Fighting for the legal rights of Connecticut’s most vulnerable children: The Center’s attorneys represent children who have been abused and neglected; children and youth in CT’s poorest cities addressing factors that influence their ability to succeed in school; prevents and diverts children and youth from involvement in the juvenile justice system by helping them access education, mental health and related services; partner with doctors to help improve children’s health. 
  • Choose Your Future The Chicago Public Schools created this site for high school students to help guide them through the process of preparing and applying for college, applying for financial aid and enrolling in college. Don't worry, you don't have to be a student in Chicago to benefit from the info on the site!
  • Citizen Science This site will take you to the Network for Citizen Science Projects and Resources. This site aims to enable and encourage people to learn about, participate in, and contribute to science through both informal recreational activities and formal research efforts. You can find a project that you're interested in, or list one that you'd like to start.
  • CollegeCareerLifePlanning.com This comprehensive web site provides free materials to students, parents, teachers, career counselors and others interested in helping young people plan a meaningful future.
  • CollegeData.com CollegeData is an Online College Advisory Service provided for students and parents of students, FREE OF CHARGE by 1st Financial Bank USA.
  • Connecticut Students for a Dream. Connecticut Students for a DREAM is a statewide organization of DREAMers and allies that seek to empower undocumented students and their families by advocating for their rights and raising awareness about issues they face. 
  • Coursera is an education company that partners with the top universities and organizations in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take for free. Coursera's technology enables their partners to teach millions of students rather than hundreds. Classes offered on Coursera are designed to help you master the material. When you take one of Coursera's classes, you will watch lectures taught by world-class professors, learn at your own pace, test your knowledge, and reinforce concepts through interactive exercises.
  • Degree Jungle An in-depth guide on eliminating distractions for more effective study sessions.
  • ECMC Foundation The organization's mission is to assist low-income, first generation college students in their journey to get to college. There are many helpful resources on the site that you can download, including "Why Go to College" and "Paying for College" which explains all the different types of financial aid available.
  • Family Education Network FEN is the web’s leading source of educational content, resources and shopping for parents, teachers and kids.
  • First in the Family provides advice about college for first-generation college students and their families.
  • High School Financial Planning Program NEFE’s High School Financial Planning Program® (HSFPP) is a turnkey financial literacy program specifically focused on basic personal finance skills that are relevant to the lives of pre-teens, teens, and young adults.
  • High School Teammates Carry On. ESPN Video: Two high school wrestlers, one blind and one with no legs, discover the meaning of true friendship.
  • Ignition Mentor Society:  Coming soon...
  • I'm First is an online community for first-generation college students—and their supporters. Hear inspiring stories and share your own, discover colleges that care about first-gen students, find answers to your questions about college, and receive guidance on the road to and through college.
  • Inroads The mission of Inroads is to develop and place talented minority youth in business and industry and prepare them for corporate and community leadership.
  • Janus Center for Youth in Crisis. The Janus Center primarily serves Greater Bridgeport youth, ages 11-17, who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and are not under the supervision of the CT Department of Children and Families (DCF). 
  • Khan Academy. What started out as Sal making a few algebra videos for his cousins has grown to over 2,100 videos and 100 self-paced exercises and assessments covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history.
  • Kids Health This site is all about kids and teens and it's for kids and teens. It has stuff about staying healthy, dealing with feelings, boy stuff, girl stuff, schools stuff, your changing body, peer pressure, drugs and alcohol. You name it!
  • Material Marvels - Science enthusiasts can enjoy watching video clips of science experiments and demonstrations.
  • NFTE National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship: Teaching Youth to Build Businesses. Through entrepreneurship education, NFTE helps young people from low-income communities build skills and unlock their entrepreneurial creativity. 
  • NSSE The National Survey of Student Engagement has created this pocket guide to choosing a college and asking the right questions.  Click here for English.  Click here for Spanish.
  • Practice Tests - This tool provides a free online testing system with detailed results and performance statistics.  These tests can serve as a tutoring tool.  It includes a comprehensive suite of completely free practice tests, flashcards, and questions of the day for standardized tests and academic subjects of all levels. 
  • PrincetonReview.com Explore schools and careers, improve scores and skills, find out about scholarships and financial aid, as well as more education news.
  • Read.gov Read books on line through the Digital Collections posted at the top of this web site. The Digital Collections also include history, arts and other collections.
  • The MAAX. Maximizing Adolescent Academic eXcellence (The MAAX) is a culturally relevant, science-based affective program that utilizes a developmental assets approach to support the academic and affective needs of urban adolescents. Through the integration of challenging academics and innovative affective programming this project seeks to improve students’ school performance by:  (a) developing requisite skills for optimal school performance, (b) increasing self-esteem and sense of self-efficacy in mastering academic tasks, (c) improving educational engagement, (d) strengthening bonding to school and peers, (e) increasing knowledge and awareness of college as a viable option, (f) and heightening educational aspirations.  The program is also designed to challenge negative myths and misconceptions many young people hold about who they are and their ability to achieve academically, and provide opportunities for youth to demonstrate success in designing and implementing projects that showcase their special skills, abilities, and talents.  Building on research conducted by the SEARCH Institute, the MAAX curriculum utilizes an assets-based approach to promote resilience and the development of multiple competencies for urban middle school youth.
  • The Real Game Series This link will take you to a web site that offers a demonstration of the Real Games Series where students can assume and explore adpects of adult life in a safe, supportive environment.
  • Study Guides and Strategies A public service helping learners to succeed since 1996. Choose from such topics as time management, problem solving, learning with others, studying, thinking, reading, memorizing, test preparation and math.
  • Success4Students Success4Students seeks to equip students to maximize their study time, improve study skills and provide time for students to live a balanced life outside of academics while achieving their long-term goals. We are dedicated to providing these tools in a creative and interesting format that will make a lasting impact on each student's life.
  • Summer Journeys - This is a directory of international summer programs that welcome high school students and combine volunteer work, cultural and language immersion. The emphasis of these programs is on summer abroad programs that put a premium on service.   Two programs, Summer Search and International Youth Leadership Institute, share a unique commitment to providing ongoing and long-term support for low-income high school students.
  • TCEA Innovative Teaching and Learning - Provides a giant table of educational apps organized by subject and grade level. Both paid and free apps are included. Here's a tip: free selections are shaded in the table.
  • Winning Habits for School - And Life - This booklet contains ideas and exercises for students – with advice from students and cognitive scientists with helpful ideas, tips and exercises.  Tips and advice are provided on the following topics:  getting the most out of homework; managing stress; self-control; motivation and challenge; persistence; curiosity and resourcefulness; and self-confidence.