Teen Resources

Reach out to a librarian with any questions or for one-on-one assistance navigating these resources!

Call 574-282-4646
Email library@sjcpl.org
Visit any library location

Teen Room

The Teen Room at Main Library is open during library hours when South Bend Community School Corporation (SBCSC) is not in session. For ages 12-18. Come visit!


  • Video Games
  • Board Games
  • Craft Cabinet
  • Computers
  • Puzzles
  • Lounging
School year hours:
Monday3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Tuesday3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Wednesday1:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
(Starting Sunday after Labor Day)
Summer 2023 hours (June 5 – August 15):
Monday9 a.m. 8 p.m.
Tuesday9 a.m. 8 p.m.
Wednesday9 a.m. 8 p.m.
Thursday9 a.m. 8 p.m.
Friday9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Help with School


  • Live tutoring for homework help, skills building and test preparation; available 2:00pm – 11:00pm (EST) each day.
  • Submit papers, resumes, or math/science questions for feedback through the Writing Lab and 24/7 Center.
  • ACT, GED, SAT, and college readiness lessons and practice tests.


  • Grades K-12
  • Magazine & newspaper articles
  • Primary source documents

Gale Courses

  • Free online classes
  • Technical, vocational, & recreational
  • Short-term certificate courses


  • Articles
  • Academic Journals
  • eBooks

Resources for College Preparation

Help with Finances or Job Search

Money Smart for Young Adults

  • FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation)
  • Includes presentation slides and worksheets.

Kids Money

  • Financial literacy tips for all ages.

Tips for Teens

  • The Mint.org
  • Includes a glossary, tips, articles, and games.
  • Endorsed by the American Library Association.

Michiana Jobs

  • South Bend Tribune

Occupational Outlook Handbook 

  • U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

At Risk and Need Help?

Call 211

  • You can call, text, or chat with a local Community Resource Specialist 24/7, every day of the week.
  • Get help with supplemental food and nutrition programs, shelter and housing options, utility assistance, emergency information and disaster relief, employment and education opportunities, services for veterans, health care information, addiction prevention and rehabilitation programs, reentry help for ex-offenders, and support groups for individuals with mental illnesses or special needs.

Safe Place

  • Safe Place provides access to immediate help and supportive resources for youth in need. As a community initiative, the program designates schools, fire stations, libraries, and other youth-friendly organizations as Safe Place locations, which display the yellow and black sign.
  • Text SAFE and your current location (address, city, state) to 4HELP (44357) for immediate help.

Youth Services Bureau

  • YSB provides safety, shelter, and an opportunity to thrive.
  • Administrative Office
    (574) 235-9231
    2222 Lincolnway West
    South Bend, IN 46628
  • Safe Station Youth Shelter
    (574) 235-9396
    1322 Lincolnway East
    South Bend, IN 46613
  • Street Outreach
    (574) 235-5517
    1330 Lincolnway East
    South Bend, IN 46613

Family and Children’s Center

  • Provides programs and lists of resources for children, teens, and families looking for help.
  • Administrative Offices
    (574) 968-9660
    300 S. Saint Louis Blvd.,Suite 100
    South Bend, IN 46617

Family Justice Center

  • 24-Hour Crisis Center for St. Joseph County, offering a variety of services to survivors of sexual abuse/assault and domestic violence and their significant others.
  • 24-Hour Crisis Line for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking. (574) 289-HELP (4357)
  • Offers several free, age specific programs to local schools, addressing sexual abuse, rape, sexual harassment, teen dating violence and domestic violence.
  • 533 North Niles Avenue
    South Bend, IN 46617
    Secure office entrance is at Door 1.

Homeless Children & Youth – Every Student Succeeds Act

  • South Bend Community School Corporation

Physical Health/Mental Health Resources


  • Alateen is not currently meeting, but call 574-236-5736 for further help or information.

NIMCHN Family Planning

  • NIMCHN Clinics offer fast, affordable & confidential testing STD/HIV to women, men and teenagers, as well as birth control services.

Hannah’s House

  • Main Office
    (574) 254-7271
    410 S. Spring Street
    Mishawaka, Indiana 46544
  • Has a maternity house and transitional, independent housing for those who complete their maternity program.

Women’s Care Center

  • Several locations in the county.
  • Offers free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds.
  • National Helpline 1-877-908-2341.

Planned Parenthood

  • (574) 255-9555
    3005 Grape Rd Suite B
    Mishawaka, IN 46545
  • Includes helpful information for teens on sex education and health.
  • Please call regarding services and costs.

Riley Children’s Gender Health Program

  • The Gender Health Program offers comprehensive support to children, teens and young adults who have experienced gender dysphoria for longer than six months and who may or may not desire to become a different gender. It is the only gender health program in Indiana serving patients under age 21.

Smoke Free St. Joe

  • Offers resources and support services to help you quit smoking.

LGBTQIA+ Community Resources

GSA Network

  • GSA clubs, or GSAs for short, are student-run organizations that unite LGBTQ+ and allied youth to build community and organize around issues impacting them in their schools and communities. Find a club in your community or find out how to start one of your own.

The Trevor Project

  • Trained counselors are available 24/7. If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the TrevorLifeline at 1-866-488-7386.

LGBTQ Center

  • Provides a variety of educational resources, support groups, social events, and enriching programming for all ages including youth.


  • Founded in 1973 after the simple act of a mother publicly supporting her gay son, PFLAG is the nation’s largest family and ally organization. PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies.

Need a Place to Eat?

Broadway Christian Parish

  • (574) 289-0333
  • 1412 Carroll Street
    South Bend, IN 46613
  • NOTE: Sundays only. Free sit-down dinner to anyone who comes at noon after morning worship service.

Hope for the Hungry

  • info@hope4thehungry.com
  • Please check their website or Facebook page for information on pop-up food pantries. Please email them if you and your family are having difficulties accessing food.

Hope Ministries

  • (574) 235-4150
  • 432 S Lafayette Blvd
    South Bend, IN 46601
  • Offers both lunch and dinner for those in need in the community.

St. Margaret’s House

  • (574) 234–7795
  • 117 N. Lafayette Blvd
    South Bend, IN 46601
  • NOTE: For women and children of the community.
  • Provide meals, address immediate needs, and offer assistance through programs.

Youth Services Bureau: Drop In Center

  • 1330 Lincolnway East
    South Bend, IN 46613
  • Requirements: Youth ages 14 – 21 who are in need or at risk of becoming homeless.
  • Stop by Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 2:00 to 6:00 and Saturdays from noon to 6:00.

National Help Hotlines

Text TEEN to 839863

  • Confidential hotline for teenagers 6:00pm to 10:00pm PST.
  • Certified by the American Association of Suicidology (1-800-SUICIDE).
  • “For 40 years, Teen Line has provided an anonymous, nonjudgmental space for youth to talk about their problems with highly trained teens who are supervised by adult mental health professionals. Teenagers from across the globe contact the hotline for personal teen-to-teen support from someone their age who genuinely understands.”

Mental Health America
800-969-NMHA (6642)

National Center for Victims of Crime
800-FYI-CALL (394-2255)

National Domestic Violence Hotline
800-799-SAFE (7233)

National Runaway Safeline
800-RUNAWAY (800-786-2929)

Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
988 (Call or text)

National Sexual Assault Hotline
800-656-HOPE (4673)

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