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How to Help Young People Transition Into Adulthood
With so much rapid-fire change in the world, the job of preparing our young people for the future has become increasingly daunting. The Institute of the Future issued a report in 2017 that declared that 85 percent of the jobs in 2030-when today's second-graders will graduate high school-have not been invented yet.

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An Uncertain Future

As the world changes rapidly, the future becomes increasingly uncertain. This impacts the future generation, as a majority of jobs that they would be doing haven't even been invented yet.

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Rite Of Passage

For youngsters to be comfortable with challenges, failure, and uncertainty, a three-step approach is put forth, which has the elements of separation, liminality, and reincorporation. ...

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The Ordeal

A challenging ordeal, filled with frustration, setbacks, and even failure is an important step in the rite of passage.

Failure is just an opportunity to learn and grow, and this is practica...

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The Reflection of the Ordeal

Once the students have completed their ordeal, there is a sense of accomplishment and learning of new experiences along with the formation of new bonds. It is a good idea to celebrate these accompl...

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