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Posted May 18, 2017, 5:05 p.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
anatomy-stem

I loved anatomy when I was in high school. It was so interesting to learn about all of the bones and muscles in my body. It was my favorite STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) class. Perhaps anatomy is already your favorite science class or you’re thinking about exploring it in a STEM summer program. Either way, it’s a good path to one of these careers: 1. Prosthetist Do you like to help people? There are nearly 2 million people in the United States who have lost a limb. Designing the replacements that they desperately need and helping them get ...

Posted May 16, 2017, 9:31 a.m. by Susan Moeller | View Comments
boarding-school-single-sex

Would your teen consider an all-boys or all-girls boarding school? If so, you’re part of a trend. Schools are increasingly focused on learning styles, leading parents to ask: Will my daughter or son do better in a single-sex school? A summary of more than 2,000 research studies by the U.S. Department of Education found that the jury may still be out on whether single-sex education is more effective in the long run or how student performance in single-sex schools is also affected by cultural and economic factors. But some studies seem to indicate that gender-specific education can boost test scores ...

Posted May 12, 2017, 8 a.m. by Matthew Jaskol | View Comments
How to Find a Teen Summer Program That's Right for You

As director of academic programs for Pioneer Academics, I work with hundreds of inquisitive young people like you, day in and day out, helping them find their academic way. Frequently that means discovering the right high school summer program. My advice: Look inside yourself. Discover your interests. Listen to your heart. Share with others. Get to work and commit to a program that helps you become the person you want to be. Look Inside Yourself Deep down in each of us are natural inclinations toward some things and away from others. That’s what makes us different and unique. Our natural ...

Posted May 11, 2017, 2:47 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
college-preparation

Graduation is approaching and seniors are amped up for all the festivities and the celebrations. It goes without saying that students should order their gaps and gowns, invitations and thank you notes. Families will be making plans for graduation parties and picking out graduation gifts. But there are many other tasks seniors should do before and after graduation to prepare for the future and making the transition to college. 1. Send in your deposit and apply for college housing First things first—by now you should have sent in your deposit to your final college choice and applied for dorm housing. ...

Posted May 9, 2017, 12:32 p.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
stem-college-guide

We are proud to announce the publication of the digital 2017 Guide to STEM Colleges, the result of an exciting new collaboration between TeenLife Media and the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools (NCSSS). At TeenLife, we connect students, parents and educators with the best educational experiences in and out of the classroom, including summer, arts, gap-year, therapeutic and STEM programs. We are particularly passionate about encouraging students to explore all that science, technology, engineering and math hold for the future. NCSSS is an association of the top STEM high schools in the country. It not only supports students, parents ...

Posted May 4, 2017, 3:44 p.m. by Susan Moeller | View Comments
community-service

You’re a teen who wants to do community service. And you love the outdoors. This summer, why not combine volunteering with being outside in the places you love or want to explore? Organized teen summer programs can connect you with community service all over the world. A Broader View, for example, runs one-week to three-month programs in Asia, Africa and Central and South America. Or, you can contact schools, state and national parks, religious organizations and others to find opportunities on your own. Search on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and other social media for organizations that interest you and watch for ...

Posted May 4, 2017, 12:40 p.m. by Suzanne Shaffer | View Comments
college-advisor

The college admission process can be overwhelming. Almost every parent needs some form of help. If you’re not a do-it-yourself type who can do the research, or you simply prefer to hire a professional for tasks that are beyond your grasp, you might consider hiring an independent college advisor. Since this could be a substantial investment for your family, you should carefully evaluate these questions before hiring one: 1. Does your high school counselor have the time and the experience? This can be a problem. Some large public schools have a ratio of 1 counselor for every 500 students. This ...

Posted May 2, 2017, 9:11 a.m. by The TeenLife Experts | View Comments
At Turn-About Ranch, each student is assigned a horse to care for on the ranch.

There are many options for teens with mental health issues. Why would a working cattle ranch in the wilds of Utah be the answer for them and their parents? “When adolescents are failing in their home environment, it is sometimes essential for them to go to an isolated therapeutic environment to get their lives back together,” says Michelle Lindsay, executive director and licensed mental health counselor at Turn-About Ranch in Escalante, Utah. “Today’s world is filled with technology that floods our lives with immediate gratification, mixed messages and constant diversions from what is most important. Our real, working cattle ranch ...

Posted April 27, 2017, 11:19 a.m. by Amy Anthony | View Comments
gap-spiritual

For some students, a gap year is a chance to get in touch with their spiritual side or to learn more about their faith. There are several gap year programs that combine adventure, community service and even academics with contemplation or religious study. Below are some examples of spiritual or faith related gap year programs. Young Judaea Year Course – Gap Year in Israel Where: Bat Yam and Jerusalem Duration: Nine months Cost: Approximately $24,000; check the website for details. Students in this program, which is the oldest gap year program in Israel, can expect a challenge and an adventure, ...

Posted April 27, 2017, 10:24 a.m. by Nicolaus Jannasch | View Comments
STEM-science-technology

Do you like understanding how and why rockets work? Do you love the challenge of solving a complicated engineering problem? Are you curious about the underlying laws of the universe? If you find all of these activities fun and you’re able to wrap your mind around complicated questions, then you might want to put your knowledge of physics to use as an adult. Here are a few career paths to consider and possibly to try out in a teen summer program. 1. Civil Engineer Do you care about your local town? You could be a leader helping to revitalize the ...

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