The Teen Years and Beyond

...Parenting Adolescents and Planning for College

Our seminars will help you develop the parenting style that best meets your teen's needs, and provide you with a wealth of information and practical suggestions to navigate through these exciting but challenging life experiences.

Enriching Summer Programming for Teens: There's More to Life Than Good Grades

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 76-156 (Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research)

Presenter: Marie Schwartz, M.B.A.; Founder and CEO, TeenLife Media

Does your teen have summer plans? What new interests will this summer awaken, and what skills will be enriched or added? Join us to learn about the multitude of opportunities for personal and professional development outside of the classroom. During this seminar, you will receive information on a variety of unique summer experiences—including programs, jobs, and internships—that can help build your teen’s self-confidence, increase exposure to life passions and possible career routes, and cultivate skills that also align with interests and strengths.

U.S. College Admissions 101

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 46-3189 (Brain and Cognitive Sciences)

Presenter: Stuart Schmill; Dean of Admissions and Student Financial Services, MIT

The college admissions process can seem opaque and complex. If you have a child who is applying to college, it can be difficult to determine what role to play, what help to give, and how to give it. This seminar can help. It will give you insight into the current college admissions landscape, including how college admissions offices make decisions. You’ll get some practical tips on helping your child navigate through this exciting but challenging experience—and some specific insights into what to expect if he or she is applying to MIT.

Money Smart: Raising Finance-Wise Kids

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: NE49-5000 (5th floor; L-Lab)

Presenter: Stacey MacPhetres, M.A.; Director, College Finance, College Coach

This seminar will share best practices on teaching your children about earning money, saving, budgeting, taxes, investments, and credit. Parents will be empowered to incorporate these financial concepts into their children’s everyday lives. A financial educator will provide you with:

  • Suggestions on allowances and other ways children can earn money
  • Strategies for teaching children how to budget to achieve short- and long-term saving and spending goals
  • Tips for introducing children to the principles of taxation, investing, and using credit wisely
  • Concrete, age-appropriate exercises to do with children that promote good finance behavior

Financial Aid Advice That's Too Good To Be True (Webinar)

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Presenter: Alex Bickford, Senior Manager, College Finance, College Coach

There are many rumors out there alluding to strategies that will increase students’ financial aid packages or lower their college costs. This workshop will explore some of the most popular pieces of advice, identifying some that might work and those that definitely won’t. Our college finance expert will cover:
  • If it is possible to get in-state tuition at an out-of-state college
  • Whether you can reposition your family assets to create more financial aid eligibility
  • If it is possible to get the college to consider your child financially independent of you
  • Real, ethical tips that everyone can use to reduce costs and potentially maximize financial aid eligibility

Successful Scholarship Strategies (Webinar)

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Presenter: Stacey MacPhetres; M.A., Director, College Finance, College Coach

A basic web search for the word “scholarship” yields nearly 200 million results.  Many parents — particularly those with minimal to no need-based aid eligibility — are counting on scholarships to reduce their children’s college costs. But with so many options, most families don’t know how to efficiently find scholarships their child has a greater likelihood of receiving.  
This program will streamline the scholarship search process, teaching you how to:
  • Understand the difference between college-based and privately funded scholarships
  • Strategically develop a college list to maximize college-based scholarship funding 
  • Identify the best sources of outside scholarships and avoid scams
  • Organize the scholarship application process
  • Fit scholarships into an overall college finance plan

Parenting in the Digital Age (Webinar)

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Discover how digital technology and social media support and challenge parents today. In this webinar, participants will: 

  • Receive an overview of digital media, including how children and young people are using it
  • Review current American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations for children (0 - 2, 2 - teens)
  • Learn practical tips for talking to young children and adolescents about their use and your limits of technology and social media
  • Create a strategy for monitoring and setting expectations and boundaries for every member of the family's online and social media use