WHY LIFE SKILLS?
Life skills training provides teens with important tools for development, such as independent thinking, how to socialize and form healthy relationships, and how to take action in situations where adults may not be around to help or intervene (dealing with a bully or confronting peer pressure, for example.) Unlike motor skills and basic intelligence, executive function and decision-making skills are learned.
Learning life skills builds self-confidence and self-efficacy (a belief in their own capacity to succeed) by providing opportunities to learn and practice these skills in real-life settings.
Our program uses the Botvin LifeSkills curriculum which is a research validated, highly interactive, skills-based curriculum designed to promote positive health and personal development.
LST helps participants achieve competency in the following skills that not only are key to success but have also been found to reduce and prevent substance use and violence.
Middle School Program: Suitable for ages 12-14
Personal Self-Management Skills – Students develop skills that help them enhance self-esteem, develop problem-solving abilities, reduce stress and anxiety, and manage anger.
General Social Skills – Students gain skills to meet personal challenges such as overcoming shyness, communicating clearly, building relationships, and avoiding violence.
Drug Resistance Skills – Students build effective defenses against pressures to use tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs.
High School Program: Suitable for ages 14-16
Personal Self-Management Skills- Students develop strategies for making healthy decisions, reducing stress, and managing anger.
General Social Skills- Students strengthen their communication skills and learn how to build healthy relationships.
Drug Resistance Skills- Students understand the consequences of substance use, risk-taking, and the influences of the media.
Transitions Program: Suitable for ages 16-21
Personal Self-Management Skills- Provides participants with strategies for decision-making, managing stress, and managing time and money.
General Social Skills- Enables participants to strengthen their communication skills and build and maintain relationships in a variety of settings.
Drug Resistance Skills- Empowers participants to understand the consequences of substance use and risk-taking.
Our team offers parent workshops to strengthen confidence and parenting skills in the following areas:
Discuss issues related to adolescent drug abuse
How to be a good role model for your child, ways to convey a clear anti-drug message, and tips for effective family communication and parental monitoring
Helping your children develop personal self-management and social skills