Adulting 101: Preparing Teens for Adulthood

Your Library offers an ongoing series of “adulting” classes for teens ages 12-18.

These sessions introduce teens to practical topics they probably haven’t had to deal with yet, such as managing finances and building resumes. They also cover a range of life skills that will serve teens for the rest of their lives, like learning how to create healthy relationships, cope with stress, and manage time.

These sessions are a partnership between your Library and A Step Ahead Tri-Cities, and are led by local professionals in the fields of mental health, accounting, medicine, and more.

Teen Services Manager Amy Taylor sees these classes as vital to teen development. “Adulting classes are important to teens because they often cover topics that are no longer covered in school, or that can be unfamiliar to parents,” Amy says. “For example, applying for college and financial aid is very fluid and changes often.”

These kinds of classes also create a neutral environment where kids can ask questions they may be embarrassed to bring up with family or friends.

Amy explains, “Sensitive topics such as adolescent health and mindfulness can be things that teens are often uncomfortable speaking about and are afraid to ask questions about. By providing a safe space with professionals in their fields, it helps open a dialogue and provide answers.”

Adulting 101 sessions meet from 6-7:30 p.m. on select Wednesdays and Thursdays every month from January-April. The individual class topics are below, and you can learn more about each one here.

Class Schedule

January 12: Basic Finance
January 26: Time Management and Resume Building
February 9: Basic Kitchen Skills and Meal Prep
February 23: Basic First Aid
March 10: Study Skills and Self Care
March 17: Cleaning and Laundry Lessons
April 21: Basic Car Maintenance


Call (423) 434-4349 or email Amy Taylor with questions about the Adulting 101 series. If you’d like to learn more about what your Library offers for teens, click here. Follow Johnson City Public Library on FacebookInstagram, and YouTube for daily updates on your Library’s collections and services.

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