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9 #Adulting T he term "Adulting" is one often used by youth today to describe performing an activity associated with adulthood. For example, when a youth first receives their driver's license they may post on social media "Just got my driver's license! #Adulting." But how can youth ACT like adults if they have never learned HOW to be adults before? That's where Ignite's #Adulting program comes in! Ignite is an initiative of the North Peace Youth Support Association in Fairview, Alberta. They provide programming for local youth and connect them with positive adult role models in the community. Ignite has recently partnered with Crossroads Resource Centre and Women's Shelter to reach the local youth together. Brad Good, the Child and Youth Support Worker at Crossroads, was looking for a space to meet the local youth. Brianne Nettelfield, the Executive Director of Ignite, knew that Ignite would be the perfect place; since youth already gathered there! Brianne was glad to welcome Brad's experience and expertise to provide stronger programming at Ignite. As a result, in the Fall of 2017, #Adulting was born! The program teaches about specific topics such as careers, well- ness, money, food and cooking. Each session usually last 4-8 weeks. Every Thursday from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Brad and Brianne invite youth, ages 11-18 to join in on learning some new skills. The program isn't all lessons, however. Less than 30 minutes is spent on the informational material and the rest of the 2 hours is used for activities and interactive games! Schools can't always teach students the skills they need to tackle everyday adult activities. Sometimes the best way for youth to learn is to participate in the actions they are learning about, and do so in a fun and engaging environment! Although schools may teach youth how to get a job, they may not focus on the skills needed to have confidence in finding and maintaining a career. Careers 101 was carried out over 8 weeks and taught youth how to obtain a job, communication skills, teamwork skills, and also some self-awareness. Similarly, another important part of adulthood that we often don't consider is how to take care of our wellness. Therefore, Wellness 101 was introduced into the program. The 6-week course focused on anxiety, stress management, depression, healthy relationships, self-esteem, and grief/loss. Teaching youth how to deal with emotional wellness will better their mental health and set them up to deal with some tough adult situations. If youth have this basic knowledge, they may better understand how to deal with stressful, day-to-day life. Now that the program is moving on to newer topics such as dealing with money, nutrition and cooking, Ignite has found the same group of kids keep coming back! They also bring along friends that are new to the programming, which builds the community at Ignite. The youth are able to build connections with other youth and the mentors of the program. Introducing the youth to positive role models and building relationships with other youth is essential to growing up! Ignite is not only teaching youth relevant and useful information but also providing them with the kind of supports every young person needs. The partnership created between Ignite and Crossroads has been a benefit for everyone involved! "We make #adulting fun with plenty of activities that teach you the skills, give you the tools and show you what you need to know to #adult." - Ignite

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