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Open Source Life Skills Curriculum


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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 whether such a program is needed and feasible.

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Open Source Life Skills Curriculum

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