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

Each session begins with an outline of the agenda about that month’s theme after which parents and teens break up into separate groups.
Date & Time
Sessions are 90 minutes long and are held on the 2nd Saturday of every month.
A parent volunteer or expert leads the parent session, youth moderators lead the teen session.
The parallel tracks begin with a mindfulness/energizing exercise followed by a fun game or activity.
The theme of the month is introduced through several activities/games followed by discussions. The parent and teen parallel tracks have identical content.
Each track ends with a reflection on the session.
Social Time
Sessions conclude with pizza and social time.
A couple of days after each session, you receive a support sheet with resources and key takeaways to help you apply the concepts in your own life.

FreeFlight 2021-22 Sessions

Touchdown Confirmed!

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?

Geared towards teens and parents
Parent and teen parallel tracks have identical content, to encourage healthy communication on critical issues
Teens cultivate a broad set of life skills
Mindfulness practice, reflection, self-advocacy, critical thinking, financial literacy and personal safety are some examples
Exposure to role models in non-traditional careers
Teens learn about financial viability of different career paths, and engage with different possibilities for their future
Organized as a multi-year curriculum
This allows for spiral learning, and deeper age-appropriate exploration of different topics

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

Soft Skills
  • Mindfulness practice
  • Critical thinking
  • Resilience
  • Accepting and embracing differences
  • Asking for help
  • Self advocacy
  • Negotiation
  • Team work
  • Dealing with failure
  • Empathy
  • Executive functioning
  • Emotional self-regulation
  • Handling peer pressure
Life Skills
  • Cooking Basics
  • Financial Preparedness – Balancing, Budgeting
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Who Am I – writing exercise
  • Safety
  • Time Management
  • Fitness
  • Knowledge of community resources
  • Wellness (emotional, social, physical)
  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Housing Basics
Career Paths
  • 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.


Financial Literacy

DISCLAIMER: Information provided in FreeFlight sessions represents the collective wisdom, based on experience and research, of many parents. They are meant to serve as a guide and not as a substitute for professional expertise.
Skill Building Summer Camp for Middle Schoolers – Mon 7/31 to Fri 8/4
Join us at a Virtual info session on FreeFlight – Wed Aug 17th or Wed Aug 24th at 8pm