ASVAB Career Exploration Program (CEP)
The ASVAB Career Exploration Program is designed to empower students nationwide to discover their strengths and interests then maps out plans for post-secondary education. The website and program include aptitude testing, an interest self-assessment and other career exploration tools.
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)
The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. It is administered annually to more than one million military applicants, high school, and post-secondary students.
Review eligibility criteria for joining each branch of military service
The March2Success website provides students an online study program to help prepare for standardized tests (ACT, SAT, etc.), improve school work and review materials. The website also provides tools for educators and parents to track and encourage their students.
U.S. Selective Service System
According to the U.S. Selective Service System website at www.sss.gov, “The law says that all 18-year-old men (including U.S. citizens living abroad and non-citizen immigrant males 18-25 residing in the U.S.) must register for Selective Service. The only young men exempt from registration are non-citizen males who are in the U.S. temporarily as tourists, diplomats and their family members or foreign exchange students; incarcerated or institutionalized men; men on active duty in the Armed Forces; and students at U.S. military academies. If a young man doesn’t register by his 26th birthday, he loses eligibility for student loans and grants, federally funded job training programs, and many government jobs. In some states, he may be unable to renew his driver’s license. And for immigrants seeking to become citizens, failing to register will delay the naturalization process.” To review basic requirements and facts about Selective Service, access the, “What you need to know about Registering with Selective Service” handout on the U.S. Selective Service System website.
Civil Air Patrol (CAP), the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. Civil Air Patrol, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the Civil Air Patrol cadet program, including approximately 200 in West Virginia.
To locate a nearby squadron, visit http://www.gocivilairpatrol.com/ and search in the upright corner of the website.
The Young Marines at www.youngmarines.com is a youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages 8 through completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on character building, leadership, and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Young Marines is the focal point for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Youth Drug Demand Reduction efforts.
The West Virginia National Guard’s Youth Leaders Camp (YLC) is an unparalleled leadership opportunity proven to be physically demanding, mentally challenging and rewarding.
YLC is designed for 15- to 18-year-old students entering their junior or senior year of high school. These students have expressed a desire to be a leader in their school and community. YLC enables youth leaders to build confidence, team building skills, integrity and the ability to motivate and influence others.
Prevent Suicide WV
Prevent Suicide WV is a collaborative program resulting from the consolidation of the West Virginia Council for the Prevention of Suicide (WVCPS) program component and the Adolescent Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention (ASPEN) project and the statewide suicide prevention program for West Virginia, working to ensure that we don’t lose our fellow West Virginians to suicide.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. If you need help call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text 741741 now. You will be routed to the closest possible crisis center in your area.
Safe Schools Helpline
The safe schools helpline at 1-866-723-3982 (1-866-SAFEWVA) is a 24-hour, toll-free number assigned to all West Virginia schools and allowing anyone to report information that could have a negative impact on students, school staff or school property. Reportable actions include, but are not limited to, violence, weapons, threats, theft, property damage, drug abuse, and sexual harassment.
Safe Schools Toolkit
The West Virginia Department of Education offers a variety of resources aimed at supporting the safety and well-being of students. Visit the Safe and Supportive Schools section of the Safe Schools Toolkit website, to review information about mental health services, drug prevention, bullying prevention, suicide prevention, and other important crisis assistance services.