Life Skills

Skills For Life

 

Each six-week class, with 10 to 15 participants, meets once a week for 90 minutes. Classes are led by a facilitator. In a safe and confidential atmosphere, individuals share their experiences and develop a support network. Topics addressed in these sessions may include, but are not limited to:

  • Anger management
  • Relationship issues
  • Parenting skills
  • Communication skills
  • Employment skills
  • Behavioral issues
  • Child or adolescent depression
  • Divorce
  • Emotional disturbance
  • Family conflicts
  • Impulse control disorders
  • Mood disorders

Emergency one-on-one counseling is also available. Skills for Life also connects participants to resources in the community to reduce the need for public assistance and to place participants on the path to self-sufficiency.

 

The Sisters’ Circle identifies adult women and teenage girls between the ages 15-49 who can be empowered through education, which includes skills for employability and sustainability. The aim is to create systems that enable every woman to thrive and achieve her maximum potential. In their Life Skills Training sessions, Sisters’ Circle women and teenage girls take part in discussions however they are comfortable–an online course, one-on-one conference or a group setting. They role-play and practice behavioral skills-building activities. Through discussions of shared experiences, the women learn and practice effective risk-reduction strategies, as well as new skills that will encourage them to become responsible for turning their lives around. The Sisters’ Circle learns the I AM THAT I AM pledge: “I am that I am because this is how I see myself. I see myself as the person that I thought I couldn’t be. I am that I am, Strong, Brilliant and Powerful. I will no longer see myself the way people want me to be.” Participants also receive the I AM THAT I AM personal journal workbook. The Sisters’ Circle program recruits teenage girls from middle and high school and other women and teenage girls from the community. In addition, SCLO recruits Circle graduates as mentors for the program If needed, emergency counseling is available.

 

The purpose of the Out of the Box after-school and summer youth program is to not only focus on the existing life skills program, but also to expand the curriculum by mentoring youth and giving emotional support in their day-to-day living. Out of the Box has collaborated with many other youth services organizations. For example, Out of the Box youth received personal safety toolboxes with information on • Suicide prevention • Preventing bullying and human trafficking • Racial profiling Second, the youth will participate in an enrichment activity at the John & Mabel Ringling Museum of Art: a special workshop with hip-hop artists. Third, SCLO is partnering with the Gulf Coast Chapter of U.N. Women for a father-daughter dance on February 29, 2020. The primary goal for the youth is to receive a variety of services including support groups, referrals, supportive counseling, educational workshops, social activities, and enrichment activities. The facilitator will lead the group in activities to foster interactive learning. The facilitator will cultivate an atmosphere of confidentiality, safety, trust and support, encouraging participants to ask questions and practice the self-skills introduced in each session. Recently, the youth were encouraged to learn the I Am That I Am pledge, and a course has been designed for the Sarasota County jail and Booker Middle School.