Adulting 101: Preparing Teens for Adulthood

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

Our next class meets Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 6:30 p.m. Teens will learn kitchen skills and basic meal preparation from local food blogger and cooking instructor Margie Foodie. Registration is required; click here to sign up.

The full class schedule is below. The sessions meet at 6:30 p.m. on select Wednesdays from September-December. Click the event titles to learn about and register for each session.

Full Class Schedule

September 7: Personal Finance
September 21: Career Night
October 12: Adolescent and Reproductive Health*
*A parental permission slip is required, which you can download here.

October 19: Time Management and Resume Building
November 2: Kitchen and Meal Prep Basics with Margie Foodie
December 7: Consent is Like Pizza

The Adulting 101 series introduces teens to practical topics they probably haven’t had to deal with yet, such as managing finances and creating 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. They’re 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 for teens because they often cover topics that are no longer covered in school, or that might be unfamiliar to parents,” Amy says. “For example, applying for college and financial aid is very fluid and the details change 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. Providing a safe space with professionals in their fields helps open a dialogue.”


Call (423) 434-4349 with questions about the Adulting 101 series. Click here to learn more about what your Library offers for teens. Follow Johnson City Public Library on Facebook and Instagram for daily updates about your Library’s collections and services.

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