Life after High School talks in Antrim 

  • The Life After High School series connects high school seniors with resources to help them think about their next steps, regardless of whether they're thinking about college, workforce, military, vocational school, or a gap year. Courtesy photo—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/8/2019 1:18:44 PM

The Avenue A Teen Center is hosting a “Life after High School” program on Tuesdays through the end of the year.

“It’s open to all high school seniors or gap year students who are thinking about what to do next,” whether that be college, vocational training, military service, work, or a gap year, said Avenue A coordinator Jacqueline Roland.

She said the group’s intent is to connect teens with information and resources that might help them in their next step. Co-facilitator Bill Horton and a number of other volunteers have stepped forward to run the program through the end of December.

Roland’s plan is to let the program evolve based on the needs of the teens who join in. She said some have already asked about how to apply their interests to a job that will support them, as well as instruction on specifics, like credit card applications, taxes, and financial aid and scholarships for college: “Things that you don’t think of that young people have to tackle when they’re out on their own.”

“We started to see it over the summer,” she said, when a number of the teen center’s incoming seniors expressed their anxiety about the upcoming year. “The reality of high school ending can be kind of rough. There’s so much pressure on teens now to have it all figured out,” she said, and that many teens believe they’re the only ones without a clear vision or plan.

Roland described the group as another layer of support beyond school resources and guidance counselors: a place where teens can admit to one another that they don’t have it all figured out - and hold each other accountable and motivated as they develop their plans.

One student is interested in the group because she’s trying to figure out how to structure her gap year. Roland said that gap years are a growing trend, and stressed the importance of structure.

“If they don’t think about how they’re going to spend that year, it’ll kind of become like they’re stuck,” she said, and one year can turn into two, or more.

The group meets from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Avenue A, 42 Main Street in Antrim. Find Avenue A on Facebook, or contact avenuea@grapevinenh.org for more information.




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