Hello all! It’s Louise here and I’m traveling again. Unfortunately, due to a family issue, May Peach is not with me this week. I am traveling with two other educational consultants, one from California and one from New York. Yesterday we arrived in Spokane, Washington and traveled to the beautiful college town of Coeur d’ Alene. We spent about two hours touring a young adult program called Milestones. This program has been in existence for over 15 years, which makes it one of the “oldest” of its type! There are about 16 young men and women in the program now. We met with them and spoke about why they are there.
Many are starting back to school at North Idaho Community College, which has a vocational track as well as a four year college track. One young woman has become a dental hygienist and one is working in an assisted living home. What I like most about this program is the belief that the best way to mentor a young adult is to “come along side” the young adult and work “with” them, rather than trying to fix them or do things to create further dependence. Why don’t our colleges do more to teach young adults the skills of adult living such as budgeting, cleaning, shopping?
This was just day one of our trip. Stay tuned for more updates this week! Thanks for reading- Louise.