In These Uncertain Times, Teens Get a Reassuring Roadmap Toward the Future

Oct 19, 2010, 16:35 ET from MyVerse

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Studies show that anxiety among teens is starting earlier and growing at 20% annually. Teens as young as 13 are already starting to wonder what direction they should pursue to secure fulfilling and stable futures. In response, a Redwood City-based startup company is tackling this problem with some innovative, web-based solutions.

" is like an interactive roadmap for teens," says Wayne Sharp, MyVerse Founder and Chief Creative Officer. "The goal is to help them imagine and achieve lives that satisfy and excite them."

While many popular teen sites are comprised solely of social networking, chatting and gaming components, MyVerse focuses on personal and professional development—drawing teens into a process wherein they identify their strengths and use them on their journey from adolescence to adulthood. For example, the site features a highly accurate personality test that uses color preferences to narrow down a list of careers that best suits each individual's aptitudes and dispositions. Once the user expresses interest in a particular career, the website reveals a path to that destination, even mapping their choice to a list of schools that specialize in their desired area of study.

The site combines Sharp's nine years of teen mentoring experience and 1,000 personal interviews with teens, by way of more than several dozen teen-research organizations.

"Being around teens and teen groups, I am constantly overhearing their frustrations with life. They don't know who or what they are going to be. I can hear the fear in their voices."

That unsettling feeling prompted Sharp to found MyVerse, a destination website designed to guide teens along the rocky road to adulthood. Integrating its Career Match with an introduction to personal finance, a resume builder and an inviting, accessible personal-development center, MyVerse is well on its way to helping Sharp realize his vision.

But MyVerse isn't all business. "Useful and entertaining needn't be mutually exclusive where teen websites are concerned," says Sharp. "My Verse offers an engaging universe of productive tools and content—as well as better versions of their favorite online features."

MyVerse is being introduced to around 250,000 teens through a teen mentoring association and is currently in partnership negotiations with several other teen-focused organizations with a combined audience of 6 million.