Our Team

So who are we to be telling you how to parent your teen?

Your Teen developed out of personal passion but grew out of universal need.

We, Stephanie Silverman and Susan Borison saw that our own parenting concerns and fears resonated with most everyone we polled. While we were wondering whether our teens’ struggles were normal, or whether our parenting woes were typical, we saw other parents dealing with the same insecurities. 

Unfortunately, the books and magazines we relied on when our children were younger didn’t help with our teenage years. 

And so, Your Teen Media was born.

These days, we’re pleased to say that Your Teen is a leading source for parents seeking high-quality information and advice about raising teenagers. 

We couldn’t be prouder.

Susan Borison
Susan founded Your Teen because she wanted to read a magazine about raising teenagers. Her five kids get final approval for any personal exposure. To her teenage self: if you share your insecurities with others, you’ll find you’re never the only one.
Stephanie Silverman
Stephanie loves being the co-owner of YT Media because it changed everything (for the better) about her parenting 3 great kids (2 still teens). Laughter goes a LONG way in their household - pretty much anything is fair game. To her teenage self: You will (mostly) outgrow your anxiety - relax.
Sharon Holbrook
Sharon is a writer whose work has appeared in many local and national publications, including Your Teen, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. To her teenage self: If she could, she’d tell her teenage self to relax about the future—there are many kinds of happy endings.
Jennifer Proe
Jennifer is a jack of all parenting skills and master of none. When not making her teenage daughters cringe uncomfortably at her dancing and singing in public, she can be found curled up on the couch watching BBC crime dramas with her husband and cats. To her teenage self: “Nobody will remember that terrible haircut you got, what you wore to prom, or who you hung out with. Just do you.”
Jody Podl
Jody has spent her life around teens, as a teacher and as a parent of three. She believes that the book is always better than the movie. To her teenage self: “Be brave.”
Jessica Port
Jessica is an aspiring writer, SEO expert, and somewhat-recent teen, who loves to read, write, and play video games. To her teenage self: “You don’t need to try to fix the world, you just need to be the best person you can be.”
Mindy Gallagher
Mindy is the mother of three boys, all in their 20's, living independently and gainfully employed! Mindy has a Master of Social Work, has been a member of Your Teen for Parents for over 10 years and lives with her husband of almost 30 years! 
Meredith Pangrace

Meredith is an award-winning designer who has been with Your Teen since their launch in 2007. To her teenage self: she wishes she could tell her teenage self to wear sunscreen, not to quit piano lessons, and to buy some Apple stock.

Shari Silk

Shari's a mother of three who believes it is never too late to reinvent herself and experience new things. She says that no matter how old she is, she always feels 16; a good thing to be young at heart! To her teenage self: Search for the things you feel passionate about, and that make you happy.

Eca Taylor

Eca likes to read, travel, and laugh; she is a wife, and a mother to 2 wonderful daughters. To her teenage self: “Stop worrying so much about everything, it’ll be okay!”

Kristina Wright

Kristina is a writer whose work has appeared in a variety of print and digital publications, including the The Washington Post, USA Today, Cosmopolitan and Good Housekeeping. She lives in Virginia with her husband, two sons and a menagerie of pets. To her teenage self: “Hold on. The best time of your life is coming.”

Emily Vitan

Emily Vitan is a lapsed lawyer, delighting in every minute of her second career on the Your Teen team. She's the mother of three teenagers who can most often be found walking the dog, working jigsaw puzzles or volunteering for her latest cause. To her teenage self: Don't worry so much about what social circle you're in. If you do the activities you love, you will find your tribe.


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