Adulting 101: Preparing Teens for Adulthood

Beginning on Wednesday, September 1, your Library is offering a 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 will be led by local professionals in the fields of mental health, accounting, medicine, and more. The first class, Surviving College, will be led by current and recent college students.

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 the first and third Wednesdays of every month from September-December. The individual class topics are below, and you can click here to learn more about each session.

Class Schedule

September 1: Surviving College with College Students
September 15: Finances, Taxes, and College Scholarships
October 6: Reproductive and Adolescent Health*
October 20: Healthy Relationships
November 3: Career Day
November 17: Reproductive and Adolescent Health*
December 1: Mindfulness, Coping Skills, and Building Resilience
December 15: Graduation Pizza Party

*Reproductive and Adolescent Health requires a permission slip to attend. You can download the slip here or call Amy Taylor at (423) 434-4349 to pick one up at the Library.

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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