Healthy Adolescent Development
Young people who are prepared for adulthood feel comfortable with their bodies, know how to take care of their bodies, have a sense of identity, are emotionally healthy, and understand the consequences of risk behaviors.
Young people who are prepared for adulthood are able to talk with their parents, caregivers, or other adults they trust about the challenges in their lives, including sexual health and identity. Parents who are equipped to prepare their children for adulthood understand adolescent development, including sexual development. They are knowledgeable about the challenges adolescents face and are open to talking with their children about sensitive topics.
Young people who are prepared for adulthood have the social skills to develop friendships, youth-adult partnerships, and intimate relationships. They understand the dynamics of healthy and unhealthy relationships and have the skills to deal with conflicts.
Healthy Life Skills
Young people develop self-efficacy -- belief in their own capacity to succeed -- when they have opportunities to learn and practice skills in real life settings. Youth who are prepared for adulthood are comfortable demonstrating fundamental life skills such as communication, conflict resolution, and coping skills.
Young people who are prepared for adulthood know how to develop goals and explore career paths. They build job readiness skills and work toward educational goals that support career success.
Young people who are prepared for adulthood have the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to manage finances and navigate financial institutions.