Workshops teach clueless millennials how to cook, budget or sew a button
Talk about life lessons.
Adulting classes are popping up from Oregon to Maine to help hapless Millennials (and maybe the odd Gen-Xer) master the fine art of budgeting their expenses, buying a house or folding a fitted sheet.
Here’s a handful of courses to help master those common-sense core skills that they didn’t teach you in school after home economics got cut:
The Adulting School
This Portland program is putting adulting education on the map with an online subscription service set to launch in April. Members will enjoy a catalog of courses like the basics of balancing a budget or writing a resume, and how-to videos for lifehacks like folding a fitted sheet or removing a wine stain, all for $19.99 a month. In the meantime, in-person events for Maine residents include a $10 “Insider’s Guide to Buying Your First Home” on March 30. There’s also an online quiz to determine whether you’re still calling mom and dad too much, with questions asking whether you get annual medical exams, or if you know how to dice or julienne a vegetable. Enroll here.
Ferrari Driving School
Learn to check tire pressure and fix a flat, check your oil, jump-start a stalled car – and even pump your own gas – with this “Car Care” basics course in Astoria, Queens. The two-hour $39 class taught by an OSHA-certified instructor covers skills every driver should have, which also includes how to buy and sell a used car, driving safely in the snow, and what you should keep in your trunk in the event of an emergency.
The North Bend Public Library in Oregon is running free monthly workshops through July that include “Getting a Job” on April 22, which covers resume writing and interview skills, as well as “Moving Out” on June 17 to help graduates get a grip on finding an apartment, signing a lease and living with roommates. “There are a lot of questions you will ask when you leave home,” the librarians write. “Let us answer some for you.” Past courses have tackled cooking in college dorms – such as making grilled cheese with an iron – and financial know-how like balancing a checkbook or filing your taxes. Enroll here.
This quirky NYC collective runs a rotating roster of crowd-sourced cooking, crafts and history classes in Prospect Heights and Windsor Terrace, but some of its most popular sessions teach adulting basics. There’s a wait list for the $32 “Meal Planning Basics” on April 8, which covers how to stock your kitchen, buy produce, prep food in advance and the other cooking habits that families have done for time out of mind. There’s also their regular “How to Buy Your First Home” sessions (the next is April 26 for $7), which guides green buyers in how to find or finance a house. Or grasp the gamut of grown up behavior with “Work Out What You Want” on April 24, which runs students through three hours of interactive activities to work on career, networking and life goals for $50. Enroll here.
Staten Island MakerSpace
Stop paying someone to sew your buttons or hem your pants. This community workspace hosts a four-week “Beginner/Intermediate Sewing” series beginning April 6 that’s tailored to those of us who’ll be darned if we know what we’re doing with a needle and thread, let alone a sewing machine. It’s $140 for four, two-hour classes. And as part of the class, you will put together a simple sewing kit with basic tools such as scissors, measuring tape, etc. to get stitching. Enroll here.
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