Reminder: ““Life After High School: Surviving and Thriving in the 21st Century” This Saturday

The Montclair Fund for Educational Excellence (MFEE) and Montclair High School Guidance Department are excited to bring back the second iteration of the award-winning “Life After High School: Surviving and Thriving in the 21st Century” mini-conference for teens and caregivers. The FREE engaging event is open to all 8th – 12th grade students and their families, and it will take place on Saturday, January 11th, from 9:00AM – 1:00PM at the George Innes Annex (141 Park Street).

Participants at the 2019 event.

Teens are entering a rapidly changing world that requires adaptability, creativity, resiliency, and courage. The 21st century offers exciting new opportunities and also some challenges. To support teens – and their parents – through this dynamic time, MFEE has partnered with the Montclair High Guidance Department and Montclair Bounce to offer an inspiring series of workshops to share “wisdom nuggets” that can guide all teens through their high school and post-high school life.

Leveraging the enormous wealth of Montclairians with interesting life journeys, organizers have pulled together a team of 12 teen workshop leaders to address topics like: “life isn’t linear”, “learning to network”, “finding your passion” and “learning from life’s curveballs.”

Workshop leaders include, among others, award-winning ESPN journalist Ariel Helwani, soulful clothing designer and owner of Sofistafunk, Arlinda McIntosh, Montclair’s sole female barbershop owner January Fonseca-Sabune, DJ to the stars and to local celebrities, DJ Prince Hakim, and MHS Alums Samad Savage and Devenne Washington (Class of 2014).

Parent workshops will focus on supporting the social, emotional, and mental health of our teens. Topics include: Minding Your Mind, Redefining Success – for our teens and as parents, and Put On Your Own Mask First.

Registration is free, but pre-registration is required. Transportation will be provided for any student or parent who needs it. MFEE is grateful to The Montclair Foundation for its generous support of this event, and to additional supporters Bentham Admissions and C3 Workplace. Visit to sign up.

Alissa Brown, MHS Alum and participant in the first Life After High School event gave high praise: “This conference taught me that I can dream big, but start small, and keep working hard to achieve my dreams. I learned that there are many paths to achieve success, and that I have to keep looking for things I love and meeting people who can open doors for me.”

“Our teens are truly special, and we’re excited to support them by planting little seeds of inspiration and encouragement to explore life to its fullest whether they’re thinking of going to work, to college, or to some other path after high school,” says MFEE Executive Director Masiel Rodriquez-Vars. “We also want to give teen parents much-needed support and tools to address the social/emotional and mental health needs of our kids. We all need this.”

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