Life Skills

The Life Skills Curriculum is geared to providing the information and developing the skills any young person will need to live independently and responsibly.This curriculum is presented through both small group instruction and experiential activities.
Life skills instruction covers a range of information and skills including:

  • Academic Planning & Preparation – pros and cons of different types of educational services (community college vs. four-year colleges; small vs. large institutions; vocational training); understanding of awareness of educational program costs, and exploration of financial aid options.

  • Career Readiness and Exploration – career interest and aptitude assessment; awareness of realistic jobs and corresponding wages; exposure to different professions through volunteerism, apprenticeships or internships; developing a personal resume; job search techniques; applying for a job, completing job applications, obtaining reference letters; interviewing for a job, participation in mock interviews; appropriate dress and grooming based on industry/company norms; workplace etiquette; legal rights within the workplace; managing emotions in the workplace; appropriate interactions in the workplace.

  • Information Technology – basic computing skills; email etiquette; Internet search skills; intermediate word processing skills; basic spreadsheet skills; protecting personal information and maintaining personal privacy; implications of social media networking.

  • Budgeting and Money Management – planning a monthly budget; distinguishing necessities from luxuries; understanding gross and take-home income; banking, checking and saving accounts; managing credit cards; paying bills and maintaining receipts; protecting against identity theft; filing taxes.

  • Housing – apartment/housing search methods; understanding lease agreements; renting etiquette and landlords; calculating start-up (cleaning deposit, pet deposit, last month in advance, etc.) and monthly housing costs; importance’s of renter’s insurance; selecting furniture, pros and cons of leasing vs. buying; taking advantage of flea markets, local Craigslist, yard sales; portable decorating (items that can be moved and used in other housing units).

  • Home Safety and Housekeeping – home cleanliness, sanitation (especially kitchens and bathrooms) and maintenance; fire safety in the home (smoke detectors, extinguishing grease fires, avoiding overloading electrical sockets, etc.); storing toxic substances; controlling costs through conservation of utilities.

  • Nutrition and Meal Preparation – proper nutrition/balanced diet; planning a weekly menu and creating a shopping list; grocery shopping, reading labels, cost comparisons; cooking and food preparation; proper food handling and storage; proper care and storage of pots, pans and utensils; costs of eating at home vs. eating in restaurants.