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Author: Marie Schwartz

Marie Schwartz is the CEO & Founder of TeenLife Media. Marie launched TeenLife in 2007 after moving to Boston with her husband and two middle school sons and discovering that there were no information resources for families with older children. Today, TeenLife's award-winning website lists thousands of summer and gap year programs, schools, college admission resources, and volunteer opportunities for teens, nationwide.

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 March 14, 2017, 3:58 p.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
boarding-school-value

Is boarding school worth the expense? TeenLife asked parents of boarding school students and the answer was a resounding “yes!” It’s not easy for many parents to consider boarding school. Students may be nervous about living away from home. Parents may be concerned that they won’t see their child every day. And college costs loom on the horizon. We spoke to parents who sent their children to boarding school to find out if the investment was worthwhile. All felt that this decision contributed to their child’s success in college and beyond, not only through academics, but by fostering independence and ...

Posted Jan. 24, 2017, 9 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Find Your Summer in TeenLife's Guide or at a Program Fair

Summer brings up all kinds of images: the freedom of a lazy afternoon; the joy of a cool swim; the wonder of a starlit sky. But what if you could have all that and develop skills that you’re going to need for college and beyond? TeenLife’s annual Guide to Overnight Summer Programs is a way to expand your world, explore a new interest, meet fascinating people, create something fantastic and, of course, have fun. At TeenLife, we know that a summer spent at camp, in an internship, learning a new skill, exploring a subject in depth or traveling to new ...

Posted Dec. 20, 2016, 3:03 p.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
gap guide

It takes a lot of hard work to get into college, and it’s a big financial commitment. Those are both good reasons to take the time to discover more about yourself and the world before diving back into academics. Download If you’re thinking of taking a gap year or semester, our 2017 Guide to Gap Year Programs is the perfect tool for exploring your options and planning your time, or finding an independent advisor who can help you. Research shows that college-bound students benefit enormously by taking a break between high school and college and that time out from academics ...

Posted Sept. 15, 2016, 9 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Announcing TeenLife's 2016 Guide to Performing and Visual Arts

If you have an “arts kid,” creativity probably runs through his or her brain all the time – snippets of script, a few bars of music, the colors for a new pot glaze. And then comes the time when all those imaginative ideas have to be corralled and discussed to figure out the next step after high school. TeenLife Media and the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) can help! TeenLife’s 2016 Guide to Performing & Visual Arts Colleges is the official program for the 22 performing and visual arts college fairs NACAC is sponsoring nationwide this fall. Founded ...

Posted July 7, 2016, 9:34 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Announcing TeenLife's 2016 Guide to Therapeutic Programs & Services

It’s a tough job to find help for a teenager with mental health or addiction issues. It can leave parents and even educators feeling isolated and overwhelmed. Just the numbers are staggering. One in five of children age 13 to 18 has or will have a serious mental illness; 11 percent have a mood disorder and 8 percent an anxiety disorder, according to data collected by the National Alliance on Mental Illness. That’s why we publish TeenLife’s Guide to Therapeutic Programs & Services. Whether you are dealing with a long-term problem or a sudden crisis, we can link you with ...

Posted May 31, 2016, 12:43 p.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Why A Gap Year is Important Before College

Do you yearn to be in the real world and discover life beyond a classroom? Consider a gap year before college. Whether you spend it volunteering, traveling, interning or working, a gap year is the kind of experiential learning that gives young people the grit, resilience and focus they’ll need to be successful once they get to college – and later in life. What is a gap year? Some people call a gap a year “off” because it’s usually spent outside a traditional classroom. But it’s really a year “on” for travel, community service, interning, research or field experience, language ...

Posted May 3, 2016, 10:45 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Why Malia Obama’s Gap Year will Make a Big Difference

Why Malia Obama's Gap Year will make a Big Difference Dear Malia: It’s great that you’re going to Harvard but hearty congratulations on a more important long-term choice: your decision to take a gap year. While Harvard encourages freshmen to take a year off after high school, it’s not easy for most seniors to buck the typical American pattern of going straight to college. Gaps may be popular in the United Kingdom and other places but here in the United States we have yet to make it realistic for the vast majority of students. Your decision encourages us to talk ...

Posted April 22, 2016, 9 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
8 STEM Programs for Your Teen this Summer

8 STEM Programs for Your Teen this Summer The school year is ending and if your high school student loves STEM, you need to move quickly to nail a spot in a chemistry camp, high school summer medical program, game-design summer camp, or another science, technology, engineering or math summer program. How do you find the right STEM summer camp for teens? Consider the program’s focus, its mentors and teachers, cost and financial aid, and how its curriculum or activities might boost the STEM skills your teen needs. For instance, is the program focused in the lab or out in ...

Posted Feb. 8, 2016, 10 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
Get Advice from an Affordable TeenLife Coach

Now more families can afford tailored coaching, admissions, and scholarship advice for every high school student in the family at a fraction of the cost. Parents of high school students have a new, more affordable way to help their children successfully navigate the increasingly competitive and expensive college admissions process. LifeLaunchr, the post- secondary and college admissions coaching platform, and TeenLife, an online resource for academic and enrichment opportunities for teens, have launched TeenLife Coach, powered by LifeLaunchr. Instead of spending thousands of dollars for a private consultant, TeenLife Coach allows families to work with a virtual counselor at a ...

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