Teen Issues

Print Resources:
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Welcome to the Maine Township District 207 educational database page. Maine 207 provides students access to many great and informational databases. These databases have been categorized by subject for your convenience. To jump to a category, click on the link below in the list. Otherwise, feel free to just browse them all. Enjoy!
Reports on social and political issues such as Teen Pregnancy, School Uniforms, Teen Drug Use, and many more.

Magazine and newspaper articles from a broad range of sources. 
Conduct a Topic Search. Look for special results pages indicated by the yellow star

Explore many of today's most important issues here. Click on Issues to see an alphabetical listing of many teen issues.
  • Select an Issue from the list on Homepage
  • or look at Homepage for Issues organized in broad subject areas

Enter a topic in the Subject Headings box and click search

Select a Top 10
Pro vs. Con Issue

Or, choose "
Topic Browse" to find subjects such as Family, Health or Visual Arts. 
Database of reference works, biographies, essays, overviews, primary works, images, and periodical articles
Browse under Topic Search or use locator bar to conduct a search.


Internet Resources:


  • Chicago Police Department's Teen Dating Violence Project~ The Mayor's Office On Domestic Violence (MODV) and the Chicago Police Department's Domestic Violence Program (CPDDVP) have combined to offer this program on teen dating violence.
  • Dating Violence Resources~ A list of links from the National Center for Victims of Crime that includes tips and tools on dating violence, online training sessions, posters, factsheets and articles to learn about dating violence.
  • Talk To Teens About Healthy Relationships ~ This website from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention offers facts about dating violence and ways in which to prevent it. Follow the links at the bottom to find factsheets, watch a video about stopping violence, or visit additional websites.

Drug Abuse
  • National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA) for Teens ~ The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) provides this excellent site for teens to obtain essential information about drug use. Click on: "Facts on Drugs" to learn about the brain and addiction, anabolic steroids, marijuana, and other drugs. Read real stories from kids who speak out about their experiences with drugs and alcohol and the impact it had on their life. Or, if you have Flash Plug In, you can "Have Fun & Learn" about the effects of drugs and alcohol on your body while you play a game.
  • Performance-enhancing drugs and your teen athlete ~ from the Mayo Clinic

  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Resources ~ Follow the links in the list to find information about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression, Eating Disorders, Schizophrenia, and suicide from the National Institution of Mental Health.
  • Depression in Teens Factsheet ~ Mental Health America provides information on depression and teens in this comprehensive factsheet. Follow links on the left side for more resources on treatment, support groups and more.
  • Eating Disorders: A general guide for teens ~ The Center for Young Women's Health provides an overview of eating disorders and a list of resources for futher investigation.
  • From ZZZZZ's to A's ~ This look inside the teenage brain from PBS Frontline includes a summary of what researchers know about teenagers' need for sleep, how sleep affects memory and learning, and links to school start time studies.
  • National Eating Disorders Association ~ Find general information, advice for women, girls, men or boys, or watch informational videos about eating disorders on this informative website.
  • Shaping America's Youth: Resources on Teen Obesity ~ A detailed list of websites and organizations to visit concerning childhood and teenage obesity.
  • Sleep Education ~ This website from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine provides facts about sleep, sleep disorders, treatments and services. Select "How Sleep Affects You" to take a "Teen Sleepiness" quiz.


  • A Teen's Life Among the 'Hidden Homeless'~ A radio broadcast transcript of an interview with a homeless teen. Includes a link to the audio broadcast of the interview.
  • Chicago Coalition for the Homeless ~ "The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) organizes and advocates to prevent and end homelessness based on our belief that housing is a human right in a just society."


  • The Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth~ "The Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth monitors the marketing practices of the alcohol industry to focus attention and action on industry practices that jeopardize the health and safety of America's youth. "
  • Film Ratings~ An overview of film ratings from the Motion Picture Association of America, including Frequently Asked Questions and a list of links for more information.
  • What's The Download? ~ This site, created by The Recording Academy (GRAMMY Awards), presents artists’ and music makers' views on downloading .
  • The Video Game Revolution ~ Learn about the history of gaming, the impact of video games on society, game ratings and more on this site from PBS.

  • National Center for Children in Poverty~ This site provides comprehensive data on low-income teens by state, demographic, or age. A number of fact sheets and data tools, including a Basic Needs Budget Calculator, provide a detailed look at teens, adolescents, and children that live in poverty.
  • U.S. Census Bureau -- Poverty ~ Data on poverty in the United States.


  • The Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health ~ Leaders and organizations committed "to promoting a positive approach to adolescent sexual health and comprehensive support for young parents."
  • The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy ~ A web site which disseminates information about the situation, such as the consequences of teen pregnancy for the teen mother, the child and for society. Find out about the health risks, the suffering and the cost. This page also provides links to an extensive list of related sites. Explore the link titled "Teen In Site" to read the emotional comments from teenage mothers.
  • Stay Teen ~ For and about teenagers, this web site from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy gives teenagers the information they need about teen pregnancy. Learn the benefits of reducing the teen pregnancy rate, and see the consequences of teen pregnancy for the teen mother, for the children of teen parents, and for society. Find national and state facts and statistics. There is guidance for avoiding teen pregnancy, and an information section with facts and stats, a quiz, and advice from other teens.
  • Study of Adolescent Sexuality and Pregnancy ~ The Guttmacher Institute is a nonprofit organization focused on sexual and reproductive health research, policy analysis, and public education. This page of its website is devoted to statistics, articles, and information about adolescent sexual behavior. There are links to fact sheets about teenagers' sexual and reproductive health


  • Cutting ~ This guide for teens offers information about the act of cutting and the reasons behind it. Learn about how cutting and self-injury starts and what you can do to stop it.
  • Self-Injury: A Guide for Teens


  • Making Cancer History ~ This animated site hosted by the University of Texas offers many interesting topics for teens: "Yeah, I Smoke, So What", "I'm Trying to Quit and I'm So Stressed", "I'm Trying to Quit and Feeling Tempted", "I'm Trying to Quit, What are the Steps", and "I've Never Smoked". Click onto any of these topics for an interesting video clip. Be sure to click onto the INDEX for even more helpful topics, such as how smoking affects the environment, the cost of smoking, testimonials from quitters, and especially "Refusal Skills: What happens when you say No".
  • Smoking: Cutting Through the Hype ~ This site discusses topics such as the reasons teens smoke, the myths, the difficulty of quitting, the truth about smokeless tobacco, the undesirable side effects, the risk of disease and how you can quit. Related information can be found in other articles and resources.
  • TATU (Teens Against Tobacco Use) ~ Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU) is a program that allows students ages 14-17 to mentor youngsters about the dangers of smoking.

  • National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center ~ This website serves as a resource for communities working to prevent violence committed by and against young people. Click "Topics" for such issues as bullying, dating violence, and school violence or click "Resources" for prevention programs, statistics, and other forms of data.
  • Youth Violence ~ Teens can be witnesses, offenders or victims of violence, which may include behaviors such as slapping, bullying, assault or rape. Visit this website created by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to learn more about youth violence and prevention.