Launch has found an effective way for our local young adults to learn how to Adult!
What is “Adulting”? Taking responsibility for ones own (and ones children’s) economic, social, mental and physical well-being.
Why the Adulting Game? We have found at Launch that many individuals are in need of a structured system in which they are able to set specific and achievable goals of which they can be held accountable. Our “game” provides the structure to do this, as well as another individual (accountability partner/informal mentor) to discuss the goals. In addition to achieving the goals, the incentives include achieving higher Adult Levels (which are posted at the Chaska Drop In Center), and gift cards to help them achieve their goals (gas to get to interviews, work, etc.).
How it Works: 1) The individual sits down with with a staff member and sets 3 goals. The goals must be achievable within a week, measurable, and focus on employment, education, character/spirituality, housing, or another related area of life stabilization. 2) The first time the individual sets three goals, they are a Level 1 Adult and receive a $10 gift card. 3) The individual returns when the goals have been achieved, meets with a staff member and discusses the achieved goals, sets another 3 goals, becomes the Level 2 Adult, and receives another $10 gift card. 4) The individual can then comes back as many times as they want to set new goals, rise in levels, and get gift cards. At every 10th level, they get a $20 gift card. Additionally, as an individual rises in levels, the goals and conversations typically get more sophisticated.
141 participants have “Adulted” 751 times
Highest Adult Level: 34!
(Please note, we have new people “Adulting” every month…with 11 new in September alone.)
Total for 2017: 73 participants “Adulted” 360 times
Please help us encourage struggling and homeless young adults as they become economically and socially independent!
Donate $10 Gift Cards: Gas Stations, Drug Stores, Auto Parts stores, Target, Dollar Stores, etc.
Please drop off at Launch Chaska (M-F 2-5pm, Tu 2-7pm) or mail to: 115 E. 4th Street, Chaska 55318
Please drop off at Launch Waconia (Th 2-5pm): 141 Depot Drive, Waconia 55387
Financial donations specifically for cards also appreciated! (All tax deductible.) (Donation Receipt below.)