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I’ve had to adjust really quickly to living by myself. It’s just things that are so simple that seems really silly looking back that we didn’t learn. Like these important little simple life skills from school, where it would be really easy to learn.

It would be good to actually have programs that help us when we actually graduate, not help us going into university, help us in life in general.

If we’re able to foster this IQ and EQ, so emotional learning and mental health learning, then we can create these preventative versus reactionary measures, that are actually going to be much more sustainable for adulthood and leaving the school environment.

Transitioning into adulthood

The Youth Advocates put their heads together to come up with solutions for issues that matter most to them. High on the list was learning skills that will better prepare them for life after school and make the transition to adulthood easier.

For some people, turning 18 can be a blessing. For others, including me, it can be quite daunting.

Either way, being an adult comes with a lot of responsibility. For one thing, there are now more things you can do – legally change your name, drink alcohol, invest (maybe not in that order) – but also many more things you may have to do: vote, be called up to a jury service, find employment, etc.

There is also a great deal of life skills you’re expected to have, like being able to take care of basic finances, being able to drive and being socially competent (which is definitely not me).

Well, you may think, the gates of childhood have shut behind me – what am I supposed to do now? How do I adult?

Well, I’m afraid I don’t have an answer to that, but I’ll do my best by sharing my own experiences being a newborn adult.

First of all, don’t panic...

  - Gefion - 

Amplify Blog - Newborn Adult

Everyone's experience is different. Read the latest Amplify Blog, written by our Youth Advisory Council member Gefion.

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