FreeFlight Launchpad for Life
A supportive community for teens in middle or high school and their families
Is FreeFlight right for you?
Do you want to explore what you want from your life, what actually makes you come alive?
Do you worry sometimes that you are not adequately prepared for adulthood?
Do you wish for your teens to successfully carve their own unique path, and become multi-dimensional, happy adults?
Do you want to support and guide your teens wisely, but sometimes don’t know how?
Join the Community!
FreeFlight is a unique parents and teens membership club that meets on the second Saturday of each month to share experiences, wrestle with important questions and strategize solutions to common problems.
Each session provides members opportunities to learn and practice common life skills within their parallel peer groups.
Parents learn how to best support teens on their chosen pathway.
What You Get in a Specific Session
FreeFlight 2021-22 Sessions
Dr. Swati Mohan, Guidance Lead for Mars Rover Mission (bonus session)
Orientation and FreeFlight Core Values
Ready, Set, Fly!
Foundations of Living
Making choices aligned with individual core values
Communicate with Intent
What you say is not what is heard
Money, money, money!
Needs and wants, cost of things
Role Model Selena Pistoresi
Young founder of Cultivate Music Studio
Role Model Sowmya Bhat
Unusual journey to becoming a Web Developer
What’s all the fuss about food?
How to eat
What to eat
Embody your own power
Defend physical and emotional safety (taught by Personal Safety experts)
Time can be your friend
Ways to make your time matter
End of year celebration
Recap learnings and celebrate community
What Makes FreeFlight Unique?
Key Attributes of FreeFlight
FreeFlight Multi-year Themes
FreeFlight is a mindfully-crafted, multi-year structured curriculum of activities (including community building) and talks, addressing soft skills, life skills, and awareness of careers and academic paths
- Mindfulness practice
- Critical thinking
- Accepting and embracing differences
- Asking for help
- Self advocacy
- Team work
- Dealing with failure
- Executive functioning
- Emotional self-regulation
- Handling peer pressure
- Cooking Basics
- Financial Preparedness – Balancing, Budgeting
- Emergency Preparedness
- Who Am I – writing exercise
- Time Management
- Knowledge of community resources
- Wellness (emotional, social, physical)
- Diet and Nutrition
- Housing Basics
- What is a “successful life”?
- Identify interests, passions, strengths and challenges
- Unusual careers
- Role models in diverse careers
- Gap year options
- Exposure to careers via summer internships
- Vocational training and colleges that provide support
- Resume Workshop
- Job seeking skills
FreeFlight employs a spiral learning approach, with topics being revisited over multiple years from 7th to 12th grade, to allow for an age-appropriate understanding of the different topics.
Shown here are examples of how the topics of Wellness and Financial Literacy can be explored with increasing depth over several years.