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Author: Camille Heidebrecht

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Camille is the former Director of Marketing and Communications at TeenLife and former Editor of Life with Teens Magazine. Outside of the office, she enjoys watching sports and has three beautiful children.

Posted Aug. 9, 2016, 1:37 p.m. by Camille Heidebrecht | View Comments
Aly Raisman Tumbles to Gold

In the spirit of the 2016 Olympics in Rio, we wanted to bring back this gem of an interview with Aly Raisman from our 2013 Life with Teens magazine. Good luck Aly! “Stick it.” That’s what every young gymnast, including my daughters and I hoped to see as we watched the teen tumbling phenom, Aly Raisman, rotate the floor at the 2012 Olympics. And stick it she did. With two air-catching vaults; a perfectly placed landing off the uneven bars; a heart-stopping performance on the beam (and bronze); and the delivery of what is now deemed the “greatest women’s Olympic ...

Posted Dec. 17, 2014, 10 a.m. by Camille Heidebrecht | View Comments
choosing a gap year program for your teen

I recently sat down with Ben Welbourn, who manages community service trips and summer programs in the Dominican Republic for Rustic Pathways to get his opinion on, as well as his advice on, choosing the right gap year program for your student. Questions to Ask When Choosing the Right Gap Year Program Ben advises parents and teens to ask themselves these important questions when researching a gap year program: 1. Does it offer a strong connection with the community? Choose a program with a strong local connection. Look for a program that has an intimate relationship with the community where ...

Posted Dec. 16, 2014, 10 a.m. by Camille Heidebrecht | View Comments
gap year benefits teens

Reflecting back to when I was applying to college, I don't recall it being nearly as stressful or that big of a deal. I picked 3 schools. Took my SATs and sent in my applications. I applied early to my top choice and was accepted even before I heard back from the others. Future planned! Download I was pretty sure that I was ready to go to college, but was I really? I had just turned 18 a month before stepping onto campus and was largely doing what a majority of teens do—going to college straight out of high school. ...

Posted Sept. 7, 2014, 11 a.m. by Camille Heidebrecht | View Comments
10 Best Back-to-School Cars Named by KBB.com

With the 2014-2015 school year right around the corner, many students and parents of teens are considering their transportation needs to and from campus and activities. To help shoppers narrow down their choices, the editors at Kelley Blue Book www.kbb.com, the only vehicle valuation and information source trusted and relied upon by both consumers and the automotive industry, have named this year’s 10 Best Back-to-School Cars of 2014. This Year’s Top New Cars for Students Determined by Kelley Blue Book, All Priced Below $20,000 As a new semester opens, KBB.com’s expert editors hand-picked a selection of new cars they recommend ...

Posted Sept. 4, 2014, 2:04 p.m. by Camille Heidebrecht | View Comments
ciara bravo, red band society

If you have watched TV in the last few months, you have undoubtedly seen many commercials for Red Band Society, Fox’s latest show, which airs September 17th at 8/9c. Ciara Bravo, a 17 year old from Kentucky, plays one of the main characters, Emma, who is hospitalized with an eating disorder. I got the chance to interview this intellectual, sweet young lady to learn more about her, her character, and the show. More insight into the characters, plot, and actors of Red Band Society's pilot can be found in our latest issue of Life with Teens magazine. 1. If you ...

Posted Aug. 17, 2014, 10 a.m. by Camille Heidebrecht | View Comments
Robin Williams’ Death Raises Awareness for Depression in Teens and Adults

Now that we've all had a few days to digest the passing of Robin Williams, I too can reflect a bit personally and try to see the true silver lining in all of this. Of course, like most of us parents of teens, I watched Mork & Mindy growing up, popped Aladdin in the DVD player a hundred million times (still one of my teen daughter's Disney favorites), and recognized the pure budding talent of two young men from Southie who penned Good Will Hunting and knew he'd rock the lead role, maybe too surreal, as a psychologist. It goes ...

Posted July 8, 2014, 10 a.m. by Camille Heidebrecht | View Comments
volunteering benefits teens

When I was a teenager, I remember helping the neighbor with her groceries or babysitting for the kids down the street a couple hours for free, but when I was growing up, I don't really remember an emphasis on high school community service. The buzz was largely about getting a job or multiple jobs to pay for the extras that I wanted and my parents would not buy. I worked at Macy's, bussed tables at a local restaurant, and scooped ice cream in the summer. Plus, did a lot of babysitting. Of course, I believe most teens still look for—and ...

Posted June 18, 2014, 1 p.m. by Camille Heidebrecht | View Comments
Why Every Teen Should Consider Working at Starbucks

I remember about ten years ago, everyone in my small town of Melrose, MA was ecstatic that Starbucks would be opening right in the middle of our Main Street. After all, Starbucks had a reputation of being this progressive west coast coffee company that sought out the best little suburban towns—hidden gems—where their business would expand and grow along with the town's cache. Starbucks Pays for College These days, you can hardly visit a town without spotting a Starbucks. That's because the company is truly "doing it right." They want their customers to be just as happy as their employees. ...

Posted June 9, 2014, 1 p.m. by Camille Heidebrecht | View Comments
Residential Treatment: The Next Step to Conquer Teen Substance Abuse

Having personally witnessed the struggles of battling teen alcohol and drug addiction in my own extended family, I understand first-hand that successful substance abuse treatment involves many factors. Of course, it is imperative that each teen’s treatment plan is not only individualized to their specific needs, but also involves a great deal of individual and group therapy, support by the entire family, a long-term plan involving the community, and the right residential treatment center. Russ Pryor, Associate Executive Director of Uinta Academy and LCSW, explains, “Most teens are struggling with identity and are trying to fit in. Teens who are ...

Posted May 22, 2014, 4:19 p.m. by Camille Heidebrecht | View Comments
9 Fantastic Summer Programs for Teens

There’s still time to fill up your teen’s summer with a great high school summer program! Maybe your teen wants to learn a language, study abroad, earn college credit, or engage in sports or the arts. The variety and types of summer programs for teens are endless. Plus, there's still time to enroll in one or several teen summer programs or camps. Just consider your teen's interests, length of stay, location, tuition cost, age parameters, and any number of these fantastic programs! 1. Aspire by API Aspire by API programs offer high school students opportunities to learn and develop relevant ...

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