"I wish someone had told me that back then!"
November 18, 2010 9:37 PM Subscribe
If you were homeless/transient as a teenager, or began living on your own without parental support/supervision at an unusually young age, what could you have learned back then that would have made your life better?
posted by Jacqueline to education (31 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
I've just begun volunteering at a local charity serving homeless youth. I'll mostly be tutoring (homework help, GED exam prep, etc.) but they would also like me to help teach their weekly "life skills" classes for the teens in their "independent living" transitional housing program.
There is no set curriculum for the life skills classes. Topics can range from things like basic cooking skills to how to establish a credit history to how to change a tire to surviving high school bullying. Or, even just telling one's own life stories as either a good example or cautionary tale (most of my life history falls into the latter category, LOL).
Personally, I moved out at 16 and had several teenage friends who were homeless, so I'm not completely clueless, but I was never homeless myself. So, I'm worried that my class privilege might make me oblivious to certain topics or priorities.
What topics or specific advice do you think would be most relevant and interesting to these teens? I don't want to be the boring "grown-up" who blathers on about shit they don't care about -- I want the classes I teach to actually be useful, not just something they endure.