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.