An "Information Center" includes local resources for troubled teens, and a selection of writing from TOTT participants over the past ten years, including Small Fry's cautionary letter to other teens.
TOTT has a simple, easy to navigate design, continuing an approach dating back to it's earliest beginnings in the mid-1980's, when most people didn't know what a modem was, much less a computer bulletin board system. It's easy for a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds to understand and become a part of the on-line community. TOTT's attracted retired military men, social workers, law enforement officers, housewives, high school students, politicians and professionals. Everyone's equal in the TOTT world. The professional, like the juvenile hall participant, uses a "handle," or assumed name, and must follow the TOTT rules of correct behavior, or lose access to the system altogether. TOTT's a level playing field, whether you're 15 or 50.
TOTT is people - an incredible group of people throughout
the community - people who would never meet otherwise, working
together in a network to support each other, to learn about each
other, and to give whatever they can from where they are. It's
computer network that allows people from their home, from their
job, anywhere in the community to reach out and touch somebody
that maybe they would never meet otherwise. A handicapped person
can post a message and reach a kid in juvenile hall. The kid in
juvenile hall, on the other hand , can reach out and touch a kid
who stutters badly in Connecticut and who feels he make a bad
first impression in person - but on the computer, no one sees
that he stutters. It's an incredible group of people just working
together and being friends. They may never meet, but they give
so much to each other.