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 10 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.
Spend the summer expanding your horizons at one of thousands of summer programs for students entering 7th grade to college. Whether you're interested in rocket science, theater, or hiking up mountains, you'll find it here.
A gap year or semester before college can contribute to personal growth and build the life skills you need to succeed. Program offerings include big-city internships, foreign language immersion, outdoor adventure trips, and more.
After-school programs can help students hone in on other skills and interests that they want to explore. From becoming a chess master to a coding ninja, after-school enrichment classes can help students embrace their passion.
Volunteering is one of the best ways for students to push themselves out of their comfort zone and experience new things. There are hundreds of non-profits who welcome students under the age of 18 as volunteers.
Explore our more than 1,000 listings and discover the advantages of private school, from small classes to specialized approaches to learning. Find the school that offers the classes, extracurriculars, and philosophy you want.
Begin your college search with our comprehensive college & university database. With focuses on arts, business, science and more, there really is a program and school for everyone.
Choosing the right school, college or program can be overwhelming. A independent advisor can help you navigate these important decisions. Find the best path for you and your personal goals, with their help.
2024 Teen Wellness Summit on Mental Health9:00 am to 3:00 pm (ET)
About the Teen Wellness Summit on Mental Health
WHEN: Saturday March 2nd from 9am-3pm
WHERE: UCSF Mission Bay Campus, Genentech Hall, 600 16th Street, San Francisco
WHAT: A FREE daylong gathering for 150 SFUSD teens to learn about mental health topics, coping strategies, and self care, feel welcomed and help build a supportive community, and have FUN!
TeenLife LIVE: Gap Year Virtual Fair (March 2024)6:00 pm to 7:00 pm (ET)
Join us at the TeenLife Gap Year Virtual Fair! Designed to offer the richness of a traditional fair, our speaker lineup is ready to navigate students, parents, and educators through the gap year experience. Unable to join live? No worries, a recording will be sent to all registered participants soon after the event ends.
TeenLife LIVE: Summer Opportunities Virtual Fair (April 2024)6:00 pm to 7:00 pm (ET)
Explore an array of summer possibilities at the TeenLife LIVE Summer Opportunities Virtual Fair! Designed to mimic the energy of a traditional fair, our speakers are poised to illuminate enriching summer avenues for students, parents, and educators alike. Can't attend in real-time? Worry not! A recording will be sent to all registered attendees soon after the event wraps up.
May 4 Undergrad Portfolio Day - ONLINE12:00 pm to 4:00 pm (ET)
Launch your future in art and design! Visit with counselors, admissions team members, and faculty from art and design schools for a portfolio review before applying to colleges or universities.
TeenLife LIVE: Performing & Visual Arts Virtual Fair (October 2024)6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (ET)
Don't miss out on the TeenLife International Schools & Colleges Virtual Expo! Structured to resemble a conventional fair, we've lined up a variety of speakers eager to engage with students, parents, and teachers. Can't make it to the live event? No problem! All those who register will get a recorded version after the event concludes.
TeenLife LIVE: Gap Year Virtual Fair (November 2024)6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (ET)
Be part of the TeenLife Gap Year Virtual Fair! Crafted to provide the depth and variety of a conventional fair, our array of speakers are geared up to guide students, parents, and educators through the ins and outs of taking a gap year. Can't attend the live session? Rest assured, a recording will be dispatched to all who register shortly after the event concludes
"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!"
- Nikki, Parent of 16 Year Old
"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
Gap Year Association
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.
We empower college counselors who provide guidance on transcripts, college applications, gap year or extracurriculars to serve more students effectively in less time.
The Independent Educational Consultants Association is a not-for-profit, international professional association representing experienced independent educational consultants. IECA sponsors professional training institutes, workshops, conferences, and webinars, publishes a directory of qualified independent educational consultants and offers information to students and their families regarding school selection issues.
USA Science and Engineering Festival
The mission of the USA Science and Engineering Festival (USESEF) is to stimulate and sustain the interest of our nation’s youth in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) by producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, and educational Festival in the world.
Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
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.
National Consortium for Health Science Education
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.
As the only network of independent educational consultants focused exclusively on supporting high school students in their search for the right fit college, The Higher Education Consultants Association creates greater access to opportunity and change lives.
Clever is committed to unlocking new ways to learn for all students. Since 2012, the Clever team has been driven by the belief that technology can make learning more engaging, give teachers superpowers, and advance educational equity.
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.
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.
SPARC is a national organization that supports independent school auxiliary program leaders. It helps its members grow professionally and achieve excellence in their fields. SPARC fosters collaboration and community among auxiliary program professionals.
PressReader, the world's premier digital newsstand, provides access to thousands of newspapers and magazines from around the globe. Our partnership with PressReader brings all of TeenLife's guides to this expansive platform, extending our reach and increasing accessibility for teens and families worldwide.
Our mission is to make it simple for teens, parents and educators to develop a meaningful personal experience portfolio, no matter the makeup of their individual interests talents and resources