Marie Schwartz (pictured), the founder and president of TeenLife Media, was one of the participants at the conference. TeenLife Media is a resource for information about experiential and educational opportunities for parents, educators, and teenagers. “A lot of high schools in the United States require community service, but they don’t support it. Working parents need help finding ways for their students to be engaged in a meaningful way and get some supervision,” she said.
The company started four years ago, and has built a large database, now having about 15,000 listings of everything from overnight summer programs to local nonprofits who want to engage teens to volunteer. Students, parents, and teachers can visit the website and find all this information for free without joining.