For over 30 years, Skills for Life has been successfully moving young people
toward futures free from addiction.
We are dedicated to providing a judgement-free and confidential classroom environment that allows attendees to feel comfortable sharing and participating in all activities. Outcomes for program graduates include stopped or reduced substance use, improved decision-making skills, and increased knowledge of addiction.
Enrollment is available for individuals who are experimenting with alcohol, marijuana/THC, or other substances.
Referrals are regularly made by magisterial district judges, the Office of Probation, youth aid panels, the DA’s Diversion Program through Blueprints, attorneys, schools, and parents/caregivers, although anyone may refer a young person into the program.
- One-time fee of $125
- Scholarships available
- Certificate given upon completion
The program runs for twelve hours total, broken down into four, 3-hour classes. There are three separate age groups:
- Ages 13 to 17
- Ages 18 to 25
- Age 25 and over—Only those referred by the Lancaster County District Attorney’s diversion program through Blueprints.
- How to identify and communicate emotions in healthy ways
- Effective problem solving and goal setting
- Resiliency building
- Addiction education and resources
Parents or guardians of teens participating in the 17-and-under group must attend the mandatory, 2-hour Parent Night. Other parents and community members are invited to attend as well, and will learn about:
- The best language to engage with your child or loved one around substance use
- Reinforcing the skills your child has learned in class
- Opportunities to receive support from other parents navigating similar experiences
To sign up for Skills for Life, contact Vanessa Welker at (717) 299-2831 x228.