Grade 7-9 Resources
Career exploration is the main objective at this age.
Choosing courses for grade 9 and 10 will be a new experience for most students.
Some students are ready to more seriously explore what options there are after high school. At the very least, recognizing the six pathways is important for young teens to understand.
Many skills - both specialized and transferable - emerge in the early teen years. It is important to be intentional in nurturing and developing these skills.
Managing money well is best introduced and practiced before teens have to make larger financial decisions, and have more money at their disposal. Learning from $10 or $100 mistakes is better than $1000 or $10 000 mistakes as an adult.
Goal-setting is important to start well. Short-term goals to improve self-regulation & self-management skills are a great place to start. Setting a plan in place to use money well is another great idea.
Grade 10-12 Resources
Building on career exploration is important for older teens. It sets the stage for making more informed choices regarding their future.
Choosing courses for grades 11-12 are important to keep as many options open as possible.
This is a time of investigating options for what will be the next step once teens have graduated high school. More serious consideration of the six pathways generally is important, and as the teen nears graduation, identifying and ultimately choosing specific programs at a college or university, apprenticeship programs.
Both specialized and transferable skills are continuing to be strengthened honed (or lost due to synaptic pruning going on in the developing brain). Being Intentional is the key to this 'use it or lose it' time of life.
Part-time or summer employment is likely starting during these years, so the excitement of spending all that money is tempting, but not the best idea. Money management is the way to go.
The stakes of decision-making is rising, so goal-setting is essential to being smart about using one's time and resources well.