New website for N.D. teens

BISMARCK – A new website aims to make the transition to adulthood less scary for teenagers.

The North Dakota Department of Human Services’ Independent Living Program has launched

The site includes 15 sections with information on independent living, money management, addiction recovery, careers, employment, cultural resources, housing, education and crisis management.

There are also special features, such as tips on job interviewing, how to find an apartment and “45 things to know before turning 18.”

The site has more than 150 links to local and national organizations, as well as services young people may find helpful.

The website was developed by older teens and young adults as a resource for others, especially youth receiving foster care, juvenile justice or mental health services who are now preparing to live on their own, said Tara Muhlhauser, director of the Children and Family Services Division.