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'Life 101' gets underway: United Way gears workshops for young adults

The United Way of Hastings will be starting a series of free monthly workshops designed to address the concerns and needs that teens and young adults face today.

The series, called "Life 101," kicks off 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, in the Hastings High School Lecture Hall.

Titled "How to Graduate College Without Being $100,000 in Debt: Exploring Post-High School Career & Financial Options," the first session will provide students, young adults and parents with "tools, tips and strategies to help students explore post-high school options and ways to pay less for their degree."

The workshop will be in part be led by HHS graduate Mike Tappella as he shares his journey of saving money to obtain his degree. Susan Schroeder, formerly of the Dakota County Financial Empowerment office, will co-present for the evening.

The workshop series is an extension of UWH's Helping Kids Succeed initiative, which encourages and teaches youth and adults how to create webs of support.

Future workshops will present other issues that young people face, such as dating safety, bullying, stress and mental health support.

The next workshops will be Aug. 22 and Sept. 19 at the HHS Lecture Hall.