Bam!! You turn 18, and now you’re an adult. We understand that adulting can be hard and sometimes even harder if you are leaving the foster care system or the juvenile justice system. If you are looking for a list of recommendations, resources, and information, as you take your next steps, then you’ve come to the right place. This list can help you start to navigate the new world of adulting.
#Adulting Charts for You: Visually learn how to do it!
Sometimes reading through a lot of information can be overwhelming. Perhaps, seeing this information in a chart or checklist might do the trick. Buzzfeed put together 19 charts covering topics from Miranda Rights to a checklist for moving into a new apartment.
Checkings? Savings? There’s a difference?!
Money...we all need it, but what do we do when we get it besides spend it. Learn the basics about opening a bank account.
Covered California vs. Medical, okay I think I get it. So now what?
Learn more about registering for health insurance: Covered California or Medical.
Doctors, Dentist, Optometrist, aww, where do I even start?
Check out more information here on health insurance.
Gas and electric bills: How do I pay them?
Starting, stopping or transferring your PG&E bill? It’s overwhelming! Here’s what you need to know about your gas and electric bills.
How do I get a Driver’s License? What if I don’t want to drive but I want an ID?
Learn more about obtaining a Driver’s License or an ID .
I want to talk to someone about filling my taxes. Is there a free option?
Alameda County has several sites for free tax preparation.
Important #Adulting Documents I need: Birth Certificate
How do I get a copy of my birth certificate?
Important #Adulting Documents I need: Social Security Card
Whether you are applying for your first job or a passport, at some point you will need a Social Security card.
Important #Adulting Documents I need: US Passport
Want to travel out of the United States? Or do you need an ID? Check out how to get a passport here -it’s both a travel document and an ID!
Investing: is it only for the wealthy?
This tutorial will help you to understand what investing is and which investing techniques will work best for you.
SSI? Hmm, I think I’ve heard of it.
Learn more about Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
The do’s and don’ts of your first credit card
New to the world of credit? Here’s what you need to know about how to get a credit card, from applying to paying off your first bill on time.
What is credit and how do I build it?
How are you supposed to show a history of responsible repayment if no one will give you credit in the first place!?
Will your kids turn it down?!
Is your neighbor out to get you? Learn how to deal with neighbor disputes.