Classes are teaching young people how to succeed at “adulting”

Although often thought of as college students, many Gen Ys have come of age, entered the workforce, and are even becoming parents. However, they’re still disrupting traditional markers of adulthood—61% don’t plan on following a traditional path in life. For those who need a little extra help down that path, new classes can help them learn the basics to “adulting.”


Although 79% of Gen Ys want to achieve financial security, only 48% say they are already actively planning for it. Money is one of the many topics covered at events hosted by the Adulting School in Portland, Maine. Founded by a local therapist and a former public school teacher, the school offers Millennials the skills they need to become successful adults in fun and non-intimidating settings. They’ve hosted all-day conferences, happy hours, seminars, and more that provide education on savings, time management, healthy relationships, and additional topics.


The North Bend Public Library in Oregon is offering an Adulting 101 course once a month from February-July. As technology has begun to eliminate the formerly strong need for self-reliance in adulthood, the library wanted to offer young adults, especially 16- to 25-year-olds, the life skills that their parents knew before them. Courses cover topics like basic cooking (including hacks for students living in a dorm setting), finances, and interview skills. In addition to providing education, the library also wants to become an appealing destination for the younger crowd who doesn’t often need library services in the digital age.


Positioned as a rehab for “emerging adult” brains, Yellowbrick is a treatment facility in Evanston, Illinois that has recently been exposed as a center for stagnant Millennials who suffer from a "failure to launch.” Although some patients may grapple with mental health issues, Yellowbrick treatments—including basic life skills classes on shopping, cooking, and cleaning combined with meditation-like exercises such as yoga and group therapy—are unproven. The overall experience for up to 16 members in the four-apartment residence resembles an expensive adult summer camp, at nearly $30,000 a month, more than a legitimate health facility.