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Library Study Group

Life Skills


By the end of the program, students will:

  • Identify and leverage personal skills, interests, and experiences to construct effective resumes and explore potential career paths.

  • Gain practical interviewing experience to present themselves professionally and confidently in real-life job scenarios.

  • Understand various transportation options, including vehicle ownership, costs, and alternative modes of travel, aligning choices with their chosen salaries and living arrangements.

  • Navigate the nuances of finding suitable living accommodations, distinguishing between renting and buying, and comprehending associated expenses like utilities, taxes, and HOAs.

  • Create comprehensive budgets encompassing salaries, transportation, housing, and food expenses while introducing savings and investment opportunities for future financial planning.

  • Apply learned budgeting skills through simulated real-life scenarios to understand long-term financial implications and decision-making.

  • Develop meal planning expertise, budgeting for groceries, and understanding food-related expenses to make informed dietary and financial choices.

Course Information: 

Date: Monday, January 8th or Wednesday, January 10th
Duration: 8 hours (9am-5pm)

Location: Old Fort Baptist Church, Summerville 

The comprehensive Life Skills Training Program is designed to equip young adults with a holistic understanding of essential life strategies. Across five sequential modules, participants will engage in a hands-on learning experience aimed at fostering practical skills and informed decision-making for successful adult living.

The program encourages independent decision-making tailored to individual preferences, preparing students for the practical challenges of adulthood.

Courses are limited to ten students age 14 or older (at the time of the class) and held in-person at Old Fort Baptist Church in Summerville, SC. Classroom location will be sent to parents prior to the course. 

Class will begin at 9:00am and finish at 5:00pm. We will have lunch together as a class. 


Life 1 - Finding a Job & Interviewing

In this first module, we’re going to explore student’s skills, experience, and interests to build resumes. We’ll find jobs that will be used for the duration of the class. We’ll also talk about hourly wages vs. salaries, how to know what compensation expectations people should have based on market averages combined with experience. After this module, each student will have a career picked out and a salary that will be used for the following courses. In this practical application module, your student will have 1:1 interviewing experience! 

Life 2 - Finding a Place to Live

In this module, we’ll continue from Life 1 where students will take their salaries from the first module and figure out what sort of living situation they can afford based on their income and expenses. We’ll talk about the difference between renting and buying. The students will learn about HOAs, taxes, utility bills, and other expenses adults incur when living on their own. Students will search for apartments and houses and find a “place to live” which will be their pretend living situation for the rest of the course.

Life 3 - Transportation

Building off the first two modules, every student will choose their mode of transportation that will be used for the duration of the course. Using a “pick from a hat” approach, some students will be granted some savings amount for a vehicle, inherit an old family car, be given a newer car, or have to save up to buy something that will work within their budget. We’ll discuss the difference between buying and leasing, costs associated with vehicles: insurance, gas, maintenance, etc... We’ll also talk about living in a city and using public transportation. Since students will know their salary, they will be able to see if the car of their choice is something they’ll actually be able to afford or if they will need to make other choices.

Life 4 - Food

Continuing to build off previous Life modules, during this food-focused module, we will look at how to plan for meals and budget for food. Together, we’ll plan a week’s worth of meals, compile a shopping list, and figure out how much an average week of food will cost. We’ll talk about meal planning, eating out, and how to budget for food-related expenses. Students will use this as a budget amount for the duration of the course.

Life 5 - Building a Budget and the "Game of Life"

In this module, we will take the salaries, transportation expenses, and house/rental payments, food expenses, and begin to build a budget. We’ll use a budget outline to input our income, expenses, and savings. In this class, we’ll also briefly discuss a few different types of savings and investments. We’ll cover savings accounts, 401(k)s, and the stock market. Each student will make decisions of what type of savings they want to contribute to (if any at all). Please note, we don’t give financial advice, we just share what they are and how they work. It will be up to the students to save and see what happens if/when they do. We’ll finish this course by looking at some typical life experiences that affect our budgets which help and hurt us financially (promotions, car troubles, etc…). We’ll take a look at where the class is after a hypothetical year on their budget with their expenses and savings.

The goal is to take what is learned from this class to be able to apply the concepts as real life application.

Our mission? Ensuring you walk away with practical, actionable insights that you can apply immediately.

It's about making every moment count!

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Emma Haddad
Marketing Enablement
Boston, MA

One of the standout qualities of Susan is her adaptability. She can tailor her virtual training sessions to suit the specific needs of her audience, ensuring that every participant walks away with valuable knowledge and skills. She has a knack for breaking down complex concepts into easily digestible information, ensuring that everyone can follow along and benefit from her sessions regardless of their prior knowledge. Her presentations are informative and highly engaging, making learning a
delightful experience.
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