BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) — The Baker Heritage Museum is hosting a seminar to teach teens life skills they can use in the future.
Janessa Laushaw, 16, is a student at Magnet High School in Baton Rouge, and she is already thinking about her future.
“I’m a little nervous about going to college, you know how financial aid works, just being an adult in general,” Laushaw says. The journey to adulthood is never easy and comes with many life lessons. That’s why Laushaw wants to ask the questions now rather than later.
Today, the Baker Heritage Museum enlisted community experts to teach lessons to older teens, who aren’t usually part of their high school curriculum.
“We believe that education is not necessarily limited to math, ELA, science and social studies. There are many things that allow you to function better in society. The earlier you learn how to do things, the easier it is for you,” says Kirby Gordon, who is part of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.
Gordon specializes in etiquette, teaching teenagers how to properly tie a tie and what manners are expected at a formal dinner party. He says the goal is to teach them skills to help them advance in the workplace and in society.
“Often you never know when the circumstances will arise when you need these tools. Let’s say if you have all of these items in your toolbox, you can just pull them out and be able to use them when they are needed. adds Gordon.
The teenagers learned what tools were available in their car, tools they can use to change a tire. They also discussed budgeting and learning the habit of saving when opening a bank account. Lane Regional Medical Center also spoke with teens about the importance of exercise and healthy eating.
“It was exciting to see that the kids were really receptive to what we were doing. They seem to appreciate what we were able to do. We think it’s something everyone should know, so whenever the opportunity comes your way, you have the skills you might need to do those things,” says Gordon.
The Baker Heritage Museum wants to hold more seminars in the future to help other teenagers.
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