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Alternatives To The Military

Materials for providing alternative solutions to joining the military including a section of documents outlining available options to a non-military future for young people by state.


53 Alternatives by State

Alternatives by stateResource documents about alternatives to the military listed by state. This Jobs & Job Training Guide is intended to provide alternatives to military service for youth in the United States and its territories who may be considering a career in the United States Armed Forces. There are thousands of links in these documents that will hook you up with thousands of job, training, and educational opportunities near your home, across the country or around the world. The U.S. government and each State Government have programs that can assist you in figuring out what to do with your life. There are many free job-search sites and opportunities with non-profit and faith-based organizations. Spend a few hours clicking around and use the opportunities search engine . In the process, you're likely to find something that is truly exciting. You don't have to join the military.

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Examples in Peace Making

Un trabajo pacifista es cualquier trabajo que no hace daño a otras personas y fomenta la cooperación y construcción de una sociedad justa.

AmeriCorps AmeriCorpshot!Tooltip 10/05/2011 Hits: 4033

AmeriCorpsBegun in 1994, the AmeriCorps programs provide opportunities for Americans to make an intensive commitment to service. The AmeriCorps network of local, state, and national service programs engages more than 70,000 Americans in intensive service each year.

AmeriCorps members serve through more than 3,000 nonprofits, public agencies,and faith-based and other community organizations, helping meet critical needs in education, public safety, health and the environment. The variety of service opportunities is almost unlimited. Members may tutor and mentor youth, build affordable housing, teach computer skills, clean parks and streams, run after-school programs, or help communities respond to disasters.

PDF Reports available by state and region.

California program California programhot!Tooltip 02/20/2007 Hits: 6607
California ProgramWELCOME to the Central Valley California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP) website. The mission of the Central Valley Cal-SOAP is to educate, empower and encourage students and their families to access all opportunities to higher education. Our vision encompasses a strong collaborative effort with our partners to ensure students succeed academically and personally so they will be in a position to take full advantage of all the educational opportunities available to them after high school.
Careers in Peacemaking and social changeCareers in Peacemaking and Social Change:
Choosing a Career that Pays in Many Ways
Brochure for high school-age youths:discusses how to make a career choice that is compatible with both income needs and ethical values.

Financial Aid Resources Project YANOFinancial aid resources compiled by Project YANO. Emphasis is on California financial aid, but some national sources are also listed.

Great CareersProject Great Futures/CAMS Booklet on Alternative Careers for High School students in the Los Angeles area, nationally, and the world.

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Source: Project Great Futures

Higher Education: A Resource Guide to Southern CaliforniaIssues covered in this brochure:

College s and Universitie s Want YOU!
WILL “REAL LIFE” GET IN THE WAY? (I have a family, a job, etc.)
COMMUNITY COLLEGE (A very smart place to begin your higher education)
Public Universities in California
I Don’ t Have A U.S. Green Card (How can I go to college without paying a fortune?)

    Source: Project Great Futures

    Options for life after high schoolList of non-military options compiled by Code Pink and Granny Peace Brigade in New York.

    Promising Practices For Helping Low-Income Youth Obtain and Retain Jobs: A Guide for PractitionersBased on a literature review and analysis of the Department of Labor’s Welfare to Work Project, this guide emphasizes lessons from the Job and Conservation Corps but are applicable to many programs serving low-income or disenfranchised youth. The guide also features a “how-to” section to help agency staff translate promising practices to their own programs. Cambridge, MA: Abt Associates, Inc, 2003.

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    Connect to Mentoring OpportunitiesMentoring Map

    Find a mentoring opportunity or locate Mentoring Partnership near you. If you are looking for a mentor, use this tool to find mentoring programs that serve your community.

    Job Training

    There are other ways to get job training in the field you are interested in, without having to tie yourself to the military for 8 years. None of the options are perfect or easy, but if you are considering joining the military, you must already be prepared to put up with a lot of restrictions and rules.

    Job Corps: This program gets you out of the house, and provides academic, vocational, and social skills training you need to gain independence and get quality, long-term jobs or further your education.

    Just Seeds

    Thea Gahr’s War Is Trauma Contribution

    War Is Trauma is a portfolio of handmade prints produced by the Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative in collaboration with the Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW). This portfolio transpired out of a street poster project, from November 2010, which a number of Justseeds artists provided graphics for “Operation Recovery” – a campaign to stop the deployment of traumatized troops and win service members and veterans right to heal. Posters were pasted in public, replacing many corporate advertisements, to focus public attention towards the issues not being discussed – GI Resistance, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), sexual assault in the military or Military Sexual Trauma (MST), and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

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    Chicago Freedom School

    Youth-led Campaigns:
    Healthy Communities

    This campaign focuses on creating or changing policies/programs that improve the health and well being of community members. By the end of the summer, students will become experts on a specific issue related to this topic and create a group action plan around a policy/program they wish to change or implement. Campaign issues may include: community violence & healing, sexual/reproductive health issues, mental/physical concerns, and food justice.

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    Jackie Robinson Fellowship

    Jackie Robinson Foundation

    • Community Service and Civic Engagement

    As part of the MLDC, JRF Scholars are required to participate in non-profit community service and/or civic engagement, recognizing both the value they add to their communities and that this is key to the enhancement of one’s personal and professional self-esteem.

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