2) The Bridge Project - Life Skills

The effective use of personal, and relational life skills increases the opportunity for personal development and growth. Teaching relationships skills for friend...emotional skills for success. Life skills are those abilities that help promote mental well-being and competence in young people as they face the realities of life.

Life skills are those abilities that help promote mental well-being and competence in young people as they face the realities of life. Life skills empower young people to take positive action to protect themselves and promote health and positive social relationships.

The Bridge Project uses several life skills curriculums and counseling situations to help young people and their families develop the competence and resilience skills necessary to maintain a healthy perspective, and a sense of well-being.

For Children

  • Botvin Life Skills

  • Group counseling

  • Individual counseling

For Adults

  • Parenting classes

  • Relationship building skills (Communication, Conflict resolution, etc.)

  • Individual and couples counseling

A sample of the life skills classes would include:

Lesson: Self-Esteem

  • Lesson Goals: To teach students about self-esteem and how it is developed.

  • Key Skills: Sharing thoughts and feelings; reframing thoughts on personal abilities; demonstrating a personal skill to peers.

Lesson: Decision-Making

  • Lesson Goals: To teach students a simple step-by-step process for making decisions.

  • Key Skills: Group decision-making; sharing ideas in a small group.

Lesson: Smoking Information

  • Lesson Goals: To introduce reasons some people smoke.

  • Key Skills: Practicing pulse taking and exercising; small group discussion; questioning; cause and effect reasoning.

Lesson: Advertising

  • Lesson Goals: To develop an awareness of how tobacco advertisers manipulate advertisements to entice people to smoke.

  • Key Skills: Analyzing ad techniques; creating counter advertisements.

Lesson: Dealing with Stress

  • Lesson Goals: To teach students to recognize stress and to practice techniques to deal with stress.

  • Key Skills: Practicing stretching and deep breathing; finding what works.

Lesson: Communication Skills

  • Lesson: To teach students how feelings are communicated.

  • Key Skills: Group discussion of feeling words and verbal communication; practicing non-verbal communication; practicing “body language.”

Lesson: Social Skills

  • Lesson Goals: To help students learn ways of building and maintaining friendships.

  • Key Skills: Brainstorming /discussion; analysis of terms; sharing perceptions about friendship.

Lesson: Assertiveness

  • Lesson Goals: To teach students refusal skills.

  • Key Skills: Practicing & analyzing different ways to say, "No"; practicing refusal skills in pairs; practicing in small groups or in front of the class.

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