Extension’s “Adults” Podcast Brings Grown Up Expertise to Teens and Young Adults | Vanburen


LITTLE ROCK – There are things high school just doesn’t teach. While teens may feel academically prepared for college or ready for a job, they often find themselves unprepared for some of the responsibilities that come with these milestones.

Alison Crane, a family and consumer science officer with the Cooperative Extension Service in Garland County, realized it as her youngest daughter, Jolie, was preparing to go to college.

“Even though I had taught her a lot over the years, it was becoming real to her and she was thinking, ‘there’s a lot that I don’t know. “

Crane shared the idea of ​​an “adult classroom” with other family and consumer science officers within the Cooperative Extension Service, which is part of the Agricultural System Division at the University of London. ‘Arkansas.

“The response has been tremendous. A lot of people saw a need, ”she said.

Crane worked with agents in over a dozen counties to create Grown Up U: Facts for Success, a new podcast that provides teens and young adults with the practical information they need to successfully navigate life through themselves.

New episodes are released weekly and can be accessed through Apple, Spotify, Facebook, and online at https://www.uaex.uada.edu/grown -up-u.

“We like to think of ourselves as aunts that you turn to for advice on overcoming some of life’s obstacles,” Crane said of the group. “This is both practical information and research-based information to live independently and satisfactorily on your own. “

High school students who are planning to go to college will find several episodes helpful. In the first episode, extension workers Pamela Luker from Pope County and Rachel Chaney from Yell County offer advice on making the transition to college or to a first job. Crane has a segment that teaches students how to budget for their FAFSA return. Monroe County Constables Valerie Turner and Phillips County Julie Goings discuss college grades and scholarships in another episode.

Additional episodes focus on personal finance – creating bank accounts, learning the basics of budgeting, buying vs. renting, paying bills, and avoiding late fees and closing notices.

The most recent publications in December offer information on buying a car, auto insurance basics and selecting credit cards.

New episodes slated for January include:

January 5 – Core Budgeting – Getting Started

January 12 – Tax filing (part 1)

January 19 – Tax filing (part 2)

January 26 – Assessment of personal property

New episodes are released on Wednesdays and each episode is no longer than 30 minutes.

“We try to keep them short enough that someone can listen to get the information they need and then act on it,” Crane said.

The group has also created quizzes and other resources for teachers who want to use podcasts as part of their classroom schedule.

Grown Up U is a podcast from the Cooperative Extension Service, part of the Division of Agriculture. Producers include Jessica Angel (Cleburne County), Tristin Bolton (Crawford County), Rachel Chaney (Yell County), Casey Ford (Franklin County), Julie Goings (Phillips County), Mary Ann Kizer (Jefferson County) ), Pamela Luker (County Pope), Amy Monk (Montgomery County), Jane Newton (Lincoln County), Pamela Pruett (Mississippi County) and Valerie Turner (Monroe County).

To learn more about extension programs in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit www.uaex.uada.edu. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @AR_Extension.

About the Agriculture Division

The mission of the University of Arkansas Agriculture Systems Division is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting reliable research with adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Agriculture Division conducts research and extension work within the historic land grant education system of the country.

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities in the University of Arkansas system. It has offices in all 75 counties of Arkansas and faculty on five campuses in the system.


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