Give students the life skills they’re missing
In Quebec, one out of five girls, and shockingly,
one out of three boys, quit school before they graduate.
We want to believe that someone is teaching our children how to communicate effectively. How to make informed decisions – and set goals. But who? The truth is, if kids don’t learn life skills in school, they may not learn them at all.
In a constantly changing environment, having life skills is an essential part of being able to meet the challenges of everyday life. Life skills help children know what to do in everyday situations as well as how to make good decisions about more abstract, long-term choices. Children without a good support system or a stable family life often miss critical opportunities to learn some of life’s most basic lessons. We are committed to teaching these young adults and other less fortunate youth how to master basic life skills necessary to become responsible, self-reliant, successful and contributing members of society.
That’s why the F.A.C.E.S. curriculum was developed to be flexible enough to fit into everything from core content classes and advisory periods, after school and summer programs, guidance and counseling sessions, and college and career prep classes.
Our programs are designed to assist students in developing the skills and knowledge necessary to be successful as they explore their options and make the transition to functioning young adults. We have learned that the availability of these services can often mean the difference between success and failure for underprivileged youth. These unique programs are dedicated to ensuring the success of each and every participant through mentoring and a wide network of support.
Just imagine the impact if every teen and young adult had the opportunity to participate in these programs. Investing in their transition to independent living can enable them to achieve self-sufficiency and avoid many of the pitfalls for which they are at risk.
Being respectful of others and accepting people’s opinions, rights and feelings – even when they are different to our own is essential for maintaining personal relationships. From showing respect for our parents, teachers and those in our community to being respectful within a workplace environment, our course material illustrates the importance of this life skill in all facets of our daily lives.
Deciding whether to drink or do drugs is a personal choice that we each eventually have to make. Experimenting with alcohol and drugs during adolescence is common. Unfortunately, teenagers often don’t see the link between their actions today and subsequent consequences. Alcohol and drug abuse can affect your health and your ability to function and think.
Studying is an essential part of academic success. Regardless of age or grade level, learning how to be an effective learner and understanding how to manage studying is important for all students. Our course material tackle the best ways to approach learning in the classroom and beyond.
Have you ever wondered what self-esteem is and how to get more of it? Self-esteem is how we value ourselves; it’s how we perceive our value to the world and how valuable we think we are to others. Self-esteem affects our trust in others, our relationships and our work – nearly every part of our lives.
Interpersonal skills are the life skills we use every day to communicate and interact with others. We do this on a one-on-one basis or in a group setting. Young adults who have worked on developing strong interpersonal skills are usually more successful in both their personal and professional lives.
The process of setting goals helps you choose where to go in life. You knowing precisely what you want to achieve, and where to concentrate your efforts.
Interpersonal conflict is a fact of life and can arise in almost any sphere, from organizations through to personal relationships. Learning to resolve it effectively, in a way that does not increase your stress levels, is therefore important for everyone.
When you learn how to use your time wisely you not only get more tasks accomplished but you also have a higher sense of accomplishment and self worth.
The ability to apply critical reasoning, evaluate information from different sources and analyze the logic behind arguments are crucial skills in academic life. Strong critical thinking skills is now seen as essential as a solid foundation for academic success.
Living independently means knowing how to manage your finances. Carrying out simple tasks such as paying bills on time, maintaining good credit can help you purchase necessities in the short term and help you attain long term goals. In a time of credit cards, internet banking and online shopping, children don’t often see people buying products with physical money like notes and coins.
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