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Posted Dec. 7, 2017, 4:20 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Chaya Ellenbogen Inward Bound Mindfulness Education

Chaya Ellenbogen spent part of the summer with Inward Bound Mindfulness Education. Why did you choose to participate in a high school summer program? I think my Mom had suggested it as something I might be interested in and might find helpful. How did you decide which program or camp was right for you? I was looking for some new tools and experiences to help me in my life. The first retreat I went on, I was ready to run for the hills! But I started to get interested in that feeling, and it was the first time I had ...

Posted June 6, 2014, 10:28 a.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
The Value of a Summer Internship for Teens

High school can be the perfect time for a teenager to intern: teens aren’t presented with too much financial responsibility, have several months off from school, and are eager to get some work experience before college. A summer internship can benefit your teen in both the short and long term. Immediate Benefits In the short term, a summer internship can help your teen further understand his or her goals for college. While most teens are underqualified for professional jobs before college, a summer internship can get them “in” with a company and provide them with professional experience. Not to mention, ...

Posted May 30, 2014, 2 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Did You Know These Teen Facts?

Did you know these relevant facts about teenagers? If not, they are important statistics to be aware of! Did You Know? 1. 1.5 million: Total number of home schooled students in the U.S. (U.S. Dept. of Education) 2. 83% of teens cite their parents as the leading influence in their decisions not to drink. (Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility) 3. 2.8 million teens found formal summer jobs last year, an increase of 13% compared with 2012—and the percentage is continuing to go up this year! (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) 4. 65% of high school students and college students get ...

Posted Jan. 21, 2014, 12:26 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Year Programs Develop Powerful Learners

Our third major area of impact is in developing the learning capacity of TBB students. This growth is not about changing the volume students can learn. Rather, it’s about shaping how students learn. Powerful learners are humble, they are introspective, they value good questions over answers, and they understand how the pursuit of knowledge can bring people together. Great innovators are powerful learners. Great social change leaders are powerful learners, too. These are not the traits being developed by most schools in our K-12 system. Students are rewarded for having answers, not questions. Learning is done at arms length, rarely ...

Posted Jan. 21, 2014, 12:16 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
Gap Year Programs Teach Higher Order Empathy

Our second major area of impact is the development of higher order empathy in students. Teaching empathy is a hot topic. Business leaders believe it is key to strong organizational function. Educators believe it is a means of preventing bullying. Sociologists believe it is the root of healthy relationships. But, this discourse seems to rely heavily on the easier end of the empathy scale. It includes comforting someone who is the victim of violence, oppression, or circumstance. Slightly tougher — but still easy — is trying to understand and work productively with someone who holds a different opinion. Higher order ...

Posted Jan. 17, 2014, 3:46 p.m. by TeenLife | View Comments
5 Myths and Truths About Freshman Year of College

Freshman year of college is full of unknowns. Nevertheless, getting accepted into college will be one of the most exciting, rewarding experiences of your life. You deserve a big pat on the back for that one. But in the months after your acceptance letter arrives, the euphoria starts to slip away. You start thinking about all of unknowns of the upcoming year, and you may freak out a little bit. You’ve heard ubiquitous rumors about the ominous freshman year of college, but you have no idea what to really expect. I’m here to straighten out some of the most common ...

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