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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 Aug. 8, 2017, 6 p.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
 8 Ways You Can Make This the Best High School Year Ever

You’ve got the new clothes, the new haircut, the latest sneakers. But what else do you need to make this year of high school the best yet? For starters, make this the year you figure out how to get organized and manage your time so you’re not super-stressed all the time. We can help with that. Second, if you’re thinking of college, find the best tool, whether it’s an app, a spreadsheet or a shoebox, to stay on top of college applications, visits and essays. We can help with that. Third, make academics a real priority this year. Figure out ...

Posted Aug. 8, 2017, 8 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
9 Things Counselors Want Parents to Know About High School

A new school year is like the first page of a new notebook: fresh and ready for a great story. Your high school student is likely to be both excited and trepidatious about how this school year’s plot might turn out. But you and your student have at least one common goal - that this story has a happy ending no matter what obstacles lie ahead. To help you out, we’ve collected advice from high school counselors and independent educational advisors on what really helps a student to succeed. Talk about it with your high school student and work together ...

Posted Aug. 2, 2017, 8 a.m. by Marie Schwartz | View Comments
TeenLife Publishes 2017 Guide to Therapeutic Programs and Services

If you know a teenager with mental health or addiction issues, then you know the meaning of heartbreak. One in five children ages 13 to 18 have or will have a serious mental illness; 11 percent have a mood disorder and 8 percent an anxiety disorder, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Almost 12 percent of admissions to substance-abuse treatment programs were teens ages 12 to 19, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Just at the age when the world is opening up to them, these teens hit an emotional wall. And their families and friends ...

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 ...

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