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Finding Purpose: A Four Step Process for Teens

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The best process for developing purpose is through action, a purpose project that we call a Spike. This process is more an art than a science, but we liken it to a very simple 4-step framework that our students follow.

Beyond TSL: Monica’s College Journey

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Several weeks ago, our featured student and TSL alum Monica spoke with us about how her Spike project experience has opened opportunities for her in college.

Coach Profiles: Introducing Alex Owens

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In this post, you’ll meet Alex Owens, a former classroom teacher with a decade of experience helping students launch ambitious community-oriented projects.

A student looks out of her window, gazing at the moon, which represent family connection.

Healing The Whole Family (NYTimes)

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Illustration from “Healing The Whole Family” by Jon Han for The New York Times This New York Times article is reposted with…

September 2020 Recommended Readings

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In our work as coaches to high school superstars, we come across important stories on youth innovation and college admissions. Every month, we share our round-up of the most important ones. This month highlights the importance of social-emotional wellness during COVID and lessons on learning entrepreneurship. We hope you enjoy them!

Opinion: International Students, Please Don’t Stay Up Late for School

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This is a guest post written by our coach, Grace Chiang. It’s no question COVID-19 has massively disrupted the education of hundreds…

The Spike Lab Sees Record Interest From High Schoolers To Learn Entrepreneurship During The Pandemic

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This is an except from our press release published on multiple sites including Yahoo Finance, Market Watch and AP News. See the…

Spike Stories: Felicia’s Free Tutoring Program

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In this post, we share Buddy Tutoring, the awesome Spike that Felicia launched to help connect students with free tutoring.

Coach Profiles: Introducing Steven Eno

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In this post, you’ll meet Steven Eno, a former teacher and engineer who has built multiple successful STEM and innovation programs at high schools.

The Biggest Changes to This Year’s College Application Season (COVID-19 Edition)

The Biggest Changes to This Year’s College Application Season (COVID-19 Edition) 1000 1000 Larry Liu

Colleges are being forced to rapidly innovate a holistic admissions process that hasn’t been changed in years, all due to COVID-19. Universities and applicants both face significant uncertainty. In this post, we expand upon the issues fueling this uncertainty and how seniors can effectively navigate the upcoming application cycle ahead.

August Recommended Readings

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August 2020 recommended stories on youth innovation and college admissions.

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Spike Stories: Vanessa’s Fashion Fundraiser against Racism

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Launched recently, Vanessa’s Wear No Hate fundraiser will donate all proceeds to charities serving Asian communities impacted by COVID and Black Table Arts, a non profit improving African American student outcomes through art.