Life Skills for the Young Adult II

One-semester course. Life Skills for the Young Adult II is a sixteen-week course that builds upon the skills of personal finance and decision making in Life Skills I to help students successfully navigate the adult world. The foundation of the course is an extended focus on the challenges students face with personal finance practices, combined with decision making about career choices. 

The personal finance portion of the course will build upon a knowledge of basic personal finance acquired in Life Skills I and ask students to deepen their understanding of money management, budgeting, and aligning financial discipline with career and life goals. Students will do an in depth examination of types of debt (including credit cards, personal loans, car loans, and mortgages), insurance, and the importance of taxes. Students will also discuss how to remedy bad debt situations, and practices for building personal wealth.

The career and personal development portion of this course will provide students an opportunity to critically examine the skills and strategies they need to succeed after high school. Part of this course will involve an examination of career opportunities, looking at individual aptitudes, interests, skills, and personality traits that will help students decide on career paths. Practical advice will be given on how to go about examining career suitability through internships, interviewing people in a field, and pursuing training in preparation for career decisions.

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Life Skills for the Young Adult II Information

  • Example Syllabus
  • Class meets once per week for 50-55 minutes.
  • Class cap: 20 students.
  • Designed for grades 9-12.
  • High school students may be awarded .5 Personal Finance or Elective credit upon completion of this course.

Course Materials

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    • How to Become a Straight-A Student, Cal Newport
    • Personal Finance in your 20s and 30s for Dummies
    • Shopcraft as Soulcraft, Matthew Crawford
    • Richard N. Bolles, What Color is Your Parachute

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