Even though it may be hard, you may be able to find a job or go to school. Talk with employed friends or neighbors to find out how they got their jobs.
A school guidance counselor, nurse, or social worker may have resources and connections that you can use to find a job or job-training program, get money for school, or get help with a bad situation.
Organizations—such as a neighborhood job counseling programs, church groups, city and state employment and union training programs—also can help you find a job.
If you want to earn money for college, find adventure, or travel, don't assume you must enlist. The pamphlet It's My Life: A Guide to Alternatives After High School can walk you through many options for thinking about jobs and careers, serving your country, seeing the world, and paying for training or college.