Skills for Life is a group educational experience which serves as:
- intervention for youth experimenting with alcohol or other drugs;
- prevention for any adolescent or college-age population.
The program provides experiential life skills training, and may include parenting classes and referrals to drug & alcohol assessments when appropriate.
Problem Areas Addressed:
- substance use and abuse
- other risky behaviors
- poor coping skills
- abstinence or reduced substance use
- communication and decision making
- resiliency and goal setting
Age: Ages 13 to 25; an Under 17 group and an 18-to 25-year-old group
Setting: Small-group lessons during the school day or after school. Currently being held in person as of 8/31/2021.
Intervention: 12 hours of evening classes; three or four hours each
Prevention in schools: A series of twelve 1-hour sessions
Effectiveness: Documented evidence of:
- fewer arrests due to underage drinking and driving under the influence
- stopped or reduced substance use
- increased knowledge of substance use, abuse and addiction
- improved decision-making skills