Skills For Life Classes

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.

Our Team

Matt Weaver, CPS

Matt Weaver, CPS

Lancaster Program Manager

Vanessa Mendez

Vanessa Welker

Prevention Specialist – Lancaster


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.

Program Content

  • How to identify and communicate emotions in healthy ways
  • Effective problem solving and goal setting
  • Resiliency building
  • Addiction education and resources

Caregiver Component

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.