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Get a glimpse of what life is REALLY like after high school. 

For teens and caregivers, thinking about life after high school can feel overwhelming.  And scary.  And exciting. And mysterious.  And perhaps back to exciting. No matter what comes next - college, work, art, exploration, training - teens will be moving from a world they know to one with new challenges and opportunities. And caregivers of teens are shifting their role - and their identity! - from one of “primary-needs fulfiller” to “life coach.”

This conference (a partnership between MFEE and Montclair High School) is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for teens to connect with and learn from folks who are living Life After High School - with successes, with regrets, and - most importantly - with some lessons learned along the way. 


How the conference works:

  • Everyone starts the morning together with a key note and light breakfast.

  • Teens then go to two workshops of their choosing, while caregivers meet up at a panel discussion and then attend a workshop they select.

  • Everyone comes back together for a closing.

Check out the program

Our keynote speaker, journalist Ariel Helwani, will share his journey to become a successful sports broadcaster. He’ll talk about dreaming big, overcoming self-doubt, and finding your path.


Helwani has been covering mixed martial arts professionally since 2006. He is the reigning five-time World MMA Award Journalist of the Year winner. Helwani is a graduate of Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.


Can teens come without their grownups? Can parents/caregivers come without their teens?

Yes and yes!  Teens can come on their own, and we encourage teens to come with a friend or two.  Parents/caregivers (and any adults in the community) are welcome, whether or not their teen wants to come (or gets out of bed that morning...).


Is this just another career or college fair?

No!  This is actually the OPPOSITE of a fair that is designed to help teens decide on "their path."  The goal of these workshops is for teens to find new sources of inspiration, encouragement, and come away reassured that, no matter what Life After High School holds, you can survive and thrive.


Will there be food?

Of course.  There will be a casual breakfast, coffee, and snacks.


Hmmm, I'm still not convinced...

We totally get it - a Saturday morning? At the high school? But, really, this a one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet interesting people who are interested in talking to teens about what's coming next. And, for parents and caregivers, it's an opportunity to connect with other people who are swimming in the same (warm? refreshing? shark-infested?) waters you are, and get usable strategies from amazing coaches and guides. 

Steering Committee
  • Mirta Alsina

  • Helaina Altabef

  • Christy Crawford

  • Brian Fleischer

  • Jennifer Gellin Brown

  • Jason Gleason

  • Veronica Harris

  • Nakia James-Jenkins

  • Sophia Kenny

  • Kim Latortue

  • Maribel Martinez

  • June Raegner

  • Liz Rich

  • Ruth Ro

  • Dr. Doris Walker-Bennett

Artwork by Britton Korbel

Here's a highlight video from our first conference in 2018.

Support Montclair Teens:
Sponsor Life After High School!

The Future Looks Bright Level Sponsor
(Lead): $2,500

• Short promotional video to highlight your support

• Top listing on all print & digital materials

• Recognition as top sponsor at Opening Ceremony

• Premier exhibitor/vendor space

• Top listing in email blasts to 5,000 subscribers

• Social media spotlights

Oh the Places You‘ll Go Level Sponsor:  $1,250

• Top listing on all print & digital materials

• Recognition at Opening Ceremony

• Exhibitor/vendor space

• Listing in email blasts to 5,000 subscribers

• Social media spotlights

Carve Your Path Level Sponsor:  $500

• Listing on all print and digital materials

• Exhibitor space

• Listing in all email blasts to 5,000 subscribers

• Social media spotlights

You’re on Your Way Level Sponsor: $250

• Exhibitor space

• Listing in all email blasts to 5,000 subscribers

• Social media listing

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