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Becoming Independent

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Moving in with your boyfriend or girlfriend

Learn about things you need consider as you make a decision about whether to move in with your boyfriend or girlfriend.

Managing expectations

Unrealistic expectations could have a negative impact on your life. Learn about where they come from, how they affect you and how to manage the situation.

Joining a gang

People join gangs for many reasons and sometimes it might seem like the pressure to join is too much to handle. Learn more about ways to deal with pressure.

Putting your goals into action

Learn about developing a plan of action to attain your goals.

Problem solving

Your willingness and ability to solve problems has a huge effect on the way you feel. Learn eight steps to solving a problem.


You might be on the verge of running away from home or you might already have. Learn more about ways to get help to stay off the streets.

Leaving home

Many people eventually leave the home they grew up in and find a home of their own. Learn about making that decision and preparing to leave home.

Medical and financial decisions after someone dies

Making decisions after someone dies can be stressful. Learn about the types of decisions that need to be made and ways to deal with the process.

Preparing for parenthood

This fact sheet contains information about being a parent and some ways to make sure it's a happy experience for you and your child.

What are some myths about college?

Learn some of the common myths about college, and what you can actually expect when you get there.

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