Synopses & Reviews
For some teens, the traditional four-year high school curriculum is just what they need. Others would benefit more from nontraditional learning experiences—if they knew how to find them and what to do next.
This practical, inspiring book explores the world of alternative learning, giving teens the knowledge and tools they need to make good choices. It’s not a directory of programs; there are many of those available already.
Instead, Rebecca Greene introduces and describes a world of possibilities, from study abroad to internships, apprenticeships, networking, job shadowing, service learning, university coursework, and independent study. Then she tells teens where to look for opportunities, how to decide which ones are right for them, how to overcome potential barriers (cost, distance, time), how to prepare, and what kinds of benefits they can expect to take away from their experiences.
Comprehensive and realistic, complete with first-person stories from high school students who have gone “outside the box,” this guide is for any teen who wonders “What’s out there for me?” Also recommended for school guidance and career centers.
“A valuable resource for librarians and counselors...students will come away from it with lots of ideas about how they can enrich their futures.”— School Library Journal
“In her readable, well-organized book, Greene suggests ways in which teenagers can step into the world beyond school while building a resume that will impress both employers and colleges. For both the unfocused student or the high achiever, this book is a resource that counselors will be grateful to have on hand.”—Voice of Youth Advocates
“Recommended. Speaks to all teens, not just the academically inclined and the adventurous.”—The Book Report
“A highly readable source of welcome and well-organized information.” —Booklist
“Great for counselors as well as students––this should be part of every high school library.”—KLIATT
About the Author
Rebecca Greene has firsthand knowledge of many nontraditional learning experiences, including three study-abroad programs, five internships, independent study, and job shadowing. She graduated from Carleton College in 1999 and holds a law degree from Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington.