Life Skills Trainings aim to equip vulnerable youth ages 12 to 16 with practical life skills that will increase their capacity to find and maintain gainful employment, understand and utilize financial systems and credit, and practice healthy lifestyles, as well as assisting them to develop computer skills and critical software competencies.
A total of 12 to 15 training sessions are offered each program year, and participants must complete a minimum of 8 modules in order to sucessfully complete the program. Session topics include human trafficking awareness, drug and alcohol abuse, making responsible choices, budgeting and money management, career planning, job seeking skills and employer expectations, housing and transportation, healthy relationships, bullying, self-esteem, setting life goals, nutrition and healthy eating, and effective communiation.
A full-time social worker coordinates the program. Sessions are taught by the project counselor, the social worker, and guest speakers who are local content experts. Youth also participate in two field trips as part of the program: one to an area workplace for a tour, and the second to a neighboring non-profit organization, to complete a group service project as a means to strengthen self-confidence and promote social responsibility.