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Hi, I’m Blake, the Indie Guidance Counselor.

For more than a decade, I’ve worked with self-directed, non-conformist, and highly independent (indieyoung people, helping them transition into college, career, and gap years.
Whether you’re a high school student, homeschooler, unschooler, college student, or none of the above—I’m here to help you make your next big move in life.

What I Offer

Gap Year Design & Support

For ages 17-21: Graduating high school students, home/unschoolers, and college-aged young people who aren’t attending college

Instead of joining an expensive program, I’ll help you custom-design an affordable and meaningful independent gap year—you’ll learn more, grow more, and save thousands in the process. I also offer ongoing support while you’re taking your gap year, helping you stay on track as a self-directed learner.

College Prep & Portfolios

For ages 15-21: Home/unschoolers & alternative school students

For non-traditionally prepared teenagers thinking seriously about 4-year college, I offer concrete guidance that will enable you to continue following your interests while also preparing for competitive college admissions. I also design beautiful portfolios that tell your educational story in a clear and compelling way.

Unschooling Support

For ages 13-17: Home/unschoolers, both brand-new & long-time

For teenagers beginning their unschooling journey (or continuing it) I offer inspirational coaching to help you make the most of your freedom and opportunities. Since 2010 I’ve served as long-term coach to over a dozen unschooling teens and short-term coach to hundreds more.

Parent Coaching

For parents of all ages and stages

Indie parents are resourceful, self-directed, and autonomous—yet even they can sometimes benefit from outside guidance. While I don’t have kids myself, my 200+ weeks of running programs for highly independent 14- to 21-year-olds gives me a unique perspective on how help your child transition from home into the world.

About Me

Hi, I’m Blake Boles. As the author of College Without High School, Better Than College, and The Art of Self-Directed Learning, I’ve shown young people how to opt out of frustrating educational situations while still keeping the doors to college and career open.

As the owner and director of Unschool Adventures, I’ve led over twenty long-term teen travel programs across South America, New Zealand, Nepal, and beyond—creating big, real-world opportunities for them to exercise their independence and responsibility.

As a public speaker and publisher of articles, podcasts, and videos that explain self-directed learning, my work has appeared in The New York Times, Psychology Today, The Huffington Post, Fox Business, The Christian Science Monitor, TEDx, and NPR affiliate radio.

But most importantly, I believe that enthusiastic and empathetic adults can positively influence the life of young people. Young people in traditional schools have guidance counselors to help with their next steps; I’m here to guide young people taking more unique and non-traditional paths.

Learn more about me at

Top photo: Jaime Emery
This photo: Bryan Derballa

A few places my work and I have appeared:

A few of the places my work and I have appeared

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