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OUT NOW: TeenLife’s Guide to Gap Year Programs 2024!

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.

Upcoming Events

  • December 5, 2023

    Ingenuity Year: Gap Year Programming for ADHD/LD

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

    Join us for a small info session for you and your family to learn more about Ingenuity Year! You will have the opportunity to meet our Director, learn more about the programming and ask questions.

    December 5, 2023 at 8pm EST/ 7pm CST.

    If you can't attend on this date, don't worry, the session will be recorded and shared with registrants.

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  • December 14, 2023

    TeenLife LIVE: Summer Opportunities Virtual Fair (December 2023)

    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (ET)

    Discover the world of summer experiences at the TeenLife LIVE Summer Opportunities Virtual Fair! Crafted to capture the vibrancy of a classic fair, our line-up of speakers is set to enlighten students, parents, and educators about enriching summer options. Can't make the live session? No problem! All registered attendees will receive a recording shortly after the event's conclusion.

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  • January 15, 2024

    Teach Me Wall Street Presents: WOW Factor Workshop

    10:00 am to 2:30 pm (ET)

    Do you want to get into the college of your dreams? Crafting a standout project can help you do just that. In our WOW Factor Workshop: you can learn the skills and techniques to help your college application stand out from the rest. You will learn about the resources you need and guidance to craft a truly unique project that will show off your skills and passion. Two 90-minute time slots available, click the "Register Now" button to learn more!

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  • January 25, 2024

    TeenLife LIVE: STEM & Healthcare Virtual Fair

    6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (ET)

    Discover a universe of opportunities at the TeenLife LIVE STEM and Healthcare Virtual Fair. This digital event unites students, parents, and educators with leading experts in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and healthcare. Learn about transformative programs designed to ignite passion and guide future careers. Can't attend live? Registered participants receive a full event recording via email.

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  • February 15, 2024

    TeenLife LIVE: Summer Opportunities Virtual Fair (February 2024)

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

    Discover the world of summer experiences at the TeenLife LIVE Summer Opportunities Virtual Fair! Crafted to capture the vibrancy of a classic fair, our line-up of speakers is set to enlighten students, parents, and educators about enriching summer options. Can't make the live session? No problem! All registered attendees will receive a recording shortly after the event's conclusion.

    Register Now
  • March 7, 2024

    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.


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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!"

    - 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

Our Partners

  • GapYearAssociation

    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.

  • CounselMore


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

  • IECA


    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

    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 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

    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.

  • Heca


    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


    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.

  • Guided path logo - a product of maia learning


    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


    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 logo


    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


    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.


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