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An idea to help prospective adults prepare for life as adults. This presentation is meant to be a high-level, quick explanation/prototype of the idea. I will use it to get feedback and determine ...

An idea to help prospective adults prepare for life as adults. This presentation is meant to be a high-level, quick explanation/prototype of the idea. I will use it to get feedback and determine whether such a program is needed and feasible.

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  • Open Source Life Skills Curriculum An idea to benefit prospective adults [email_address] Feb. 2010
  • The Motivation
    • “ Hey mister, which fork do I use?”
    • Considerations
    • Social and professional norms are difficult to decipher
    • There are many rites of passage which are taught by parents, coaches, teachers and mentors
    • Not every prospective adult has access to these mentors
  • The Idea
    • Fill the knowledge gap and prepare prospective adults to function successfully as adults.
    • Develop Courseware
    • Example Courseware: Basic Personal Finance, Cooking/Nutrition, Job Search and Application
    • Courseware should be experiential and engaging!
    • Develop Curriculum, Course Materials and Instructor Guides
    • Recruit Partners
    • Potential Community Partners: AA Neutral Zone, 826Michigan, TFA Corps Members, School Districts, National Education Orgs
    • Potential Volunteers: Young Professionals!
    • Deliver Courseware
    • Deliver Courseware in an energizing and memorable way
    • Make it freely available
    • Make it easy to replicate in other places
  • Questions to Consider
      • How should the courseware be developed? - Develop the curriculum and then shop for community partners, or, shop for a partner and then develop curriculum?
      • How local should this be? - Should this be homegrown or should it sacrifice local customization for the flexibility to be used elsewhere?
      • What sort of role should the volunteers play?   - Should the volunteers be integral to the development and delivery of curriculum?
  • Feedback
      • Thank you so much for listening!
      • Please do send me an e-mail! (neil.tambe@gmail.com)
      • Check out an early, rough draft of a strategy document here: 
        • Link to Google Doc of the idea's early strategy
        • Feel free to add your own ideas and edits!