Not your average school or students: Inside the 'Adulting Collective'

Founders say the "Adulting Collective" of Portland, Maine is a learning experience not only for those who are hoping to brush up on their life skills but it also works as a rotating door. (WGME)

PORTLAND (WGME) -- Founders of the "Adulting School" have decided to change their name to the "Adulting Collective."

Both Katie Brunelle and Rachel Weinstein say the "school" part will be one of several elements for the overall collective but believe the name change is necessary because it's more than just teaching lessons and learning.

Founders say the "Adulting Collective" of Portland, Maine is a learning experience not only for those who are hoping to brush up on their life skills but it also works as a rotating door.

They say some people are good at things others are not and through the collective everyone can learn something from one another.

Co-founder Katie Brunelle says their ideas for which live events they'll host come directly from those they'll teach.

"We get tagged on social media all the time "oh could you have a class about this you should have a class about that," she said.

From there, the Adulting Collective takes over a local venue charging $5 to its participants.

One of the classes I attended was at Maine Mead Works in Portland.

"I don't get to get out of the house very often so to me this is my night out at 5:30p.m.,” Sara Daigle, a participant from Windham, said.

To help out local people, founders bring in local experts to teach a variety of lessons like health and beauty tips.

"You don't have to spend hundreds of dollars to look good and feel good,” said natural beauty tip teacher Maggie Knowles.

Another event we attended was how to sue essential kitchen tools.

“I basically showed for lack of a better term some basic cutting terms,” said Christina Morrison, who taught cutting and knife sharpening skills.

For the do-it-yourself part, Victoria Parker teaches things like how to keep the at-home environment eco-friendly.

"How to clean your home toxic free with products they have in their kitchen every single day is important,” she said.

Those who participate pass a make believe phase one just by showing up.

Adulting Collective founders say taking the initiative to become a better adult is what the concept is all about.

"You heard your parents tell you so many times to do something and now it's you that has to tell yourself,” Brunelle said.

The fact some people have to tell themselves to be an adult doesn't sit well with many on our social media pages.

Some say the concept is ridiculous and parents have failed their children,

Others say millennials aren't growing up because they're babied.

U.S. Senator Ben Sasse wrote about the issue in his new book.

"For the first time, in a long time, like in one hundred and thirty years, twenty somethings [year old] and thirty somethings [year old] have moved back home instead of developing their own households part of that is the lack of developing economic opportunity,” Sasse said.

Those who participate said they think concept is an opportunity to teach and be taught.

Founders say the collective passes no judgement.

It invites people of all ages, races and backgrounds to shamelessly meet to discuss and solve a common problem. That’s the reason Adrian Esbinoza's got perfect attendance.

"It's more like a fun thing to do because you are with a bunch of people that sometimes they don't know what to do either,” Esbinoza, who’s recently moved to Portland from South America, said.

For some parents, the Adulting Collective is an outlet to understanding what their children may not.

"We just were kind of excited to see what it was they were doing,” Amy Huska said,

For those who'd like to further their life skills in person rather than googling it, founders are accepting any and all new members to join in on the fun.

"Other people are just learning about us and we hope that more people just keep coming and checking it out,” Brunelle said.

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