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TeenLife is passionate about teen success.

We connect with parents, teens, and counselors who seek experiences that inspire purpose and passion for college and life beyond school. We've been the go-to site for content, college information, and other opportunities for over 15 years.

10,000+ Experiences for Students in Grades 7-12.

Discover how spending time in the world outside the classroom can help teens do better in school, during the college admissions process and in their adult lives. Our mission is to connect students, parents and educators with the best experiential learning opportunities for middle- and high-school students.

Upcoming Events

  • June 20, 2024

    Secrets of College Admissions: How to Stand Out in the College Admissions Process

    8:00 pm to 9:00 pm (ET)

    Join World Scholars Academy and InGenius Prep for a free live presentation on how to stand out in the 2024 college admissions process.

    This webinar will take place Thursday, June 20th @ 8 pm EST. Register today!

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  • June 25, 2024

    HelloCollege: Supplemental Essays That Impress

    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm (ET)

    Learn the importance of a unified essay strategy: personal statement + quality supplementals = essay success.

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  • June 28, 2024

    Free Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop

    11:00 am to 12:00 pm (ET)

    It's time to tell your story. Delve into your formative years, unravel your obsessions, and introduce us to your life.

    Creative nonfiction, also called 'personal essay' or' personal narrative', is a form that weaves storytelling with reflection and fact. In this hour-long Zoom workshop, you will read and discuss powerful creative nonfiction pieces to get inspired before setting out to write your own. The workshop is free and open to all young adult writers of any level - whether you are an essayist, fiction writer, poet, or just looking to try something new, sign up now to join us! You will receive an email a few days before the workshop with the Zoom link.

    What to expect: The workshop will last an hour with roughly 30 minutes of presentation and discussion, followed by 20 minutes of individual writing time and 10 minutes to share your work. Attendees can choose whether to have their cameras and mics on, and sharing writing with the rest of the group is optional. If you have any questions or require adjustments in order to participate, please reach out at!

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  • July 4, 2024

    College Essay Guy: How to Create an Outstanding College Application

    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm (ET)

    On this session, we’ll cover:

    What Colleges Are Looking For in 2024

    The Other Essential Parts of Your College Application

    Writing Great Supplemental Essays

    Tips for Creating a Great Activities List

    How to Make Use of the Additional Info Section

    A Sample Successful College Application

    Q&A (Bring those questions!)

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  • July 9, 2024

    HelloCollege: 20 Tips For College Admissions: Apply, Afford & Succeed

    7:00 pm to 8:00 pm (ET)

    Unlock the secrets to apply, afford, and succeed in college admissions with our workshop. We guide both students and parents through crucial strategies, navigating deadlines, maximizing acceptance opportunities, and demystifying the financial aid landscape—essential for anyone embarking on the college journey, regardless of graduation year.

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  • July 11, 2024

    Studying in Switzerland: Insights from EHL Students

    10:00 am to 11:00 am (ET)

    Join us for an engaging webinar where our students share their unique experiences studying in Switzerland. We'll cover a wide range of topics, including the language dynamics in different regions, acclimating to the Swiss climate, and understanding the local culture and safety measures. Learn about the cost of living, getting around, and student life in Lausanne. Our speakers will also discuss accommodation options, handling homesickness, and exploring internship and job opportunities post-graduation. Don't miss this chance to get firsthand insights into the Swiss student experience and how to make the most of your time at EHL!

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    "I had thought about taking a gap year for a long time, but it wasn't until I saw all the different options on TeenLife that I was finally sure. Searching through all the listings, I was able to find dozens of programs that matched my interests and budget, and it made my decision so much easier."

    - Jake, 17 Year Old

    "After the pandemic, we knew that we wanted our son to do something special with his summer, but we weren't sure what schools or camps would be right for him. TeenLife let us search by location and by our son's hobbies, and we were able to find the perfect summer program because of that!"

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    "It's been really great for my students to see gap year and out-of-school opportunities listed right next to the various colleges and universities on TeenLife. Knowing that there's all sorts of options and not one 'right' path has been very helpful to a number of teens as they decide what to do after high school."

    - Anna, College Counselor

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    We empower college counselors who provide guidance on transcripts, college applications, gap year or extracurriculars to serve more students effectively in less time.

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    The National Consortium for Health Science Education, a non-profit education organization, represents state education agency leaders responsible for middle school, secondary, and postsecondary career technical education (CTE) health science programs.

  • Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

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    Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation's longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens. Teens in grades 7-12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing. Scholastic Awards winners are celebrated via ceremonies, exhibitions, and publications. National Medalists are eligible for scholarships of up to $10,000.

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    TeenLife Media and the Gap Year Association have joined together with the mission to increase the visibility of gap year opportunities among families with high school students, as well as the college counselors and independent consultants who work with them.

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    GuidedPath is a platform that helps IECs guide students to success. It is an online tool that saves consultants time and money by streamlining the college planning process. GuidedPath lets consultants communicate with clients, record testing results, assign surveys and tasks, research colleges, create college lists, plan and track applications, record decisions, and more. It also includes financial aid and other affordability features. Its user-friendly appearance lets consultants focus on clients, not computers. GuidedPath was launched in 2005. Today, as part of the MaiaLearning family, it serves counselors, students, and families worldwide.

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    MaiaLearning is a leading Career and College Readiness platform. It provides counselors with the tools they need to guide students and provides students with the information they need to make informed decisions about their future. MaiaLearning’s intuitive interface, university research tools, application planning tools, dashboards, document sending and seamless integration with the Common App make it easy. This is why MaiaLearning is trusted by universities, schools, counselors, students, and families around the world.

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