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Adulting Program teaches life skills


December 18, 2019


LEARNING LIFE SKILLS: The second session of the Adulting 101 series featured a panel of elected officials and political party organizers to discuss voting. Shown with the young people at the Goldendale Grange are Renea Campbell, Klickitat County Clerk; Linda Roland, Democratic Party representative; Matthew Langdon, Republican Party representative; Judge Rick Hansen, District Court East; Representative Chris Corry, Washington State House of Representatives; Jim Sizemore, Klicktat County Commissioner; and Brenda Sorenson, Klickitat County Auditor. The series was sponsored in part by the Friends of the Goldendale Community Library.

The Adulting 101 series organized by Goldendale Community Library and Klickitat County WSU Extension 4-H Program wrapped up last month. The program is aimed to help 15- to 24-year-olds transition into adulthood.

Sixteen young people participated in the four-week program that included sessions on money management, healthy relationships, voting, and self-care.

The program was sponsored by Friends of Goldendale Community Library, Klickitat County 4-H Leadership Council, and Klickitat Valley Health, with support from Goldendale High School, Uncle Tony's Pizza, and Subway.

Volunteers from the community contributed approximately 80 hours of their time to share their expertise and resources with the young participants. With volunteer time valued at $31.72, that's a contribution of over $2,500 poured into the future of the community.

"We hoped to share information and skills with young people that would help them on their path to being healthy citizens of our community. And our surveys show that we accomplished that goal for the people who participated," says Erin Krake, community librarian. "But what was so heartening to see was the amount of care our community has for its young people. I don't think we were expecting the level of enthusiasm and engagement we received from our community leaders, our high school, our medical center, and our local businesses and organizations."

The organizers hope to make this a recurring series that happens at least annually.


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