A library in South Carolina has started offering classes to teach teens how to “adult.”
What are the details?
The Pickens County Library System has started offering “Adulting 101,” a class for teens taught by millennials. The class will teach teens ages 12-18 how to do things like laundry, interview for a job, manage finances, or change a flat tire.
“It’s a program to teach them things they won't necessarily learn in school or their parents didn't think to teach them, because it's not school based,” Laura Wells, a research assistant at Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Library, told WSPA-TV.
Wells said that the course would cover "stuff that you learn kind of like on your own, sometimes" and "things we floundered with when we were out of school."
The teens, who have already signed up for the class, said they appreciated the opportunity to learn these skills. Jordan McDonald, a local high school senior, told WSPA that “having somebody tell you 'Hey, don’t worry, you’re not the only person that doesn’t know what to do' is helpful.”
On Monday, teens learned how to submit college applications. In September's class, they will learn how to sew buttons and make pincushions.
Earlier this year, the Pew Research Center tried to come up with a more clear-cut definition for the age range for the much-maligned “millennial” generation, to keep the term "analytically meaningful." Pew defined a millennial as anyone who was born in between 1981 and 1996. Based on this definition, the youngest millennial is 4 years too old to take this class.
However, as Pew noted when it declared this new policy, defining when a generation starts and ends isn't "an exact science." There is not a consensus yet on what to call the generation that begins in 1997.
The class is held at 5 p.m. every fourth Tuesday at the Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Library in Easley, South Carolina.