Becoming an adult is different for everyone. For some young people, it means living on your own or going away to college. For others, it means starting your first real job and becoming financially independent. No matter what the circumstances are, becoming an adult means taking responsibility for your life.
Becoming a Self-Advocate
In other words, becoming an adult means becoming a self-advocate. This involves taking responsibility for your own actions and understanding how they affect the rest of the world. It also means understanding how your surroundings affect you. If you are a self-advocate, then you know how to make choices based on your preferences, beliefs, and abilities—choices that allow you to succeed in the world.
To become a self-advocate, you need maturity and experience—and certain knowledge and skills—but there’s more to it than that. You need a certain perspective as well.
The Five Types of Real-Life Literacy
One way to measure your student’s world-readiness is to gauge his or her types of literacy. Although literacy usually refers to the ability to read and write, the term can also be used to describe other competencies. The five types of literacy that young adults need to become self-advocates are health, civic, global, environmental, and financial (which includes economic, business, and entrepreneurial).
Health literacy means understanding how to access the health resources and services you need to make good decisions regarding your health. Here are some basic ways in which your high school student can build his or her health literacy ...