Trend Alert: Adulting Classes

CATEGORY / education TAGS / adulting, education, millennials, trend alert Fractals LAB / Forma DATE / June 5, 2019

Trend definition:

Teaching millennials adult life skills

Trend history:

Millennials lacking life skills — like cooking, budgeting, or time management — are now signing up for classes designed to teach them those basics.

The trend is on the rise and the number of classes geared toward teaching adults how to “adult” is growing at its fastest pace in the U.S.

Experts say millennials are behind because many haven’t left childhood homes. The U.S. Census Bureau said in 2015, 34 percent of Americans between 18 and 34 still lived with a parent, compared to just 26 percent in 2005. In fact, living with a parent in that range of age is more common than living with a roommate or with a spouse, as highlighted by demographer Jonathan Vespa.

That translates into young adults marrying later, having children later and ultimately figuring out those crucial life skills later, too.

But millennials should not entirely be blamed for that. Some say that part of the reason why young adults still haven’t learned “how to adult” could be also found in the rise of working mothers during the last decades. Pew reported that in 2000, there were more mothers of millennials working than staying at home; more than 70 percent of mothers with children under 18 at home worked, compared to nearly 30 percent who stayed at home.

As dads worked too, that means parents didn’t have time to teach their children the basic life skills our grandmothers probably taught them. But schools and organizations are here to help.

Trend evidences:

In Portland, Maine, Rachel Weinstein and Katie Brunelle launched the “Adulting School,” providing online classes for millennials on how to have a relationship, how to talk to someone, or how to resolve conflicts, among other topics.

At the E.J. Lajeunesse High School in Windsor, Canada, more than one hundred students are learning life skills to prepare them for adulthood. These include car maintenance (changing a tire, checking oil), home maintenance (patching a hole in drywall, checking breakers), financial planning, cooking, stress management and clothing (where they learn how to sew a button and how to iron).

At the Plaza Hotel in New York, etiquette expert Myka Meier teaches life skills in popular classes about business etiquette, networking, dining, dating etiquette and more.  Millennials are her biggest clientele. “It’s a generation that’s growing up on tech devices so they are losing soft skills”- she said – “They’re losing the face to face interaction, the eye contact, the body language”. Her adulting classes will also be offered by webinar.

At the end of 2018, a Kentucky high school offered a so-called “adulting day” that provided students lessons on things like how to pay bills, pay off credit cards, cook, and change a flat tire. Police also talked to students about how to interact with officers during traffic stops.

The North Bend Public Library in Oregon offered a six-part course called Adulting 101: Basic How-Tos for Ages 16–25,” where they taught young adults the most basic need-to-knows of being a grown-up. The first part in their series was a course in “Bare Essential Cooking”, then they continued with lessons in home finance and discussions about spotting fake news, getting a job or knowing when it’s time to move out.  Adulting 101 free classes were then also given at Boulder City Library ,in  Nevada.

On the Adulting: A Crash Course’s website you will read: “We believe in empowering adults with the skills critical for thriving independently”. Through crash courses and individual coaching sessions, their mission is to help young adults making confident, informed decisions. They start their lessons with the topic that students are more worried about, and provide them relevant and applicable information about that. They even have an online quiz you can take to find out wether you’re adult enough.

Stanford University collaborated with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver to launch a cooking education program for young adults called The Teaching Kitchen @ Stanford.

Located in Brooklyn, New York adult education school Brooklyn Brainery hosts a rotating assortment of classes designed to help millennials live a better adult life. Some courses offer practical advices, like how to buy your first home in New York City, invest your cash or properly use a set of kitchen knives, while others are more eclectic, teaching people how to make soap, or even how to read tarot cards .
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