The Bridge Project - Life Skills

Life Skills

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 Lesson Goals Key Skills
Self-Esteem To teach students about self-esteem and how it is developed. Sharing thoughts and feelings; reframing thoughts on personal abilities; demonstrating a personal skill to peers.
Decision-Making To teach students a simple step-by-step process for making decisions. Group decision-making; sharing ideas in a small group.
Smoking Information To introduce reasons some people smoke. Practicing pulse taking and exercising; small group discussion; questioning; cause and effect reasoning.
Advertising To develop an awareness of how tobacco advertisers manipulate advertisements to entice people to smoke. Analyzing ad techniques; creating counter advertisements.
Dealing with Stress To teach students to recognize stress and to practice techniques to deal with stress. Practicing stretching and deep breathing; finding what works.
Communication Skills To teach students how feelings are communicated. Group discussion of feeling words and verbal communication; practicing non-verbal communication; practicing “body language.”
Social Skills To help students learn ways of building and maintaining friendships. Brainstorming /discussion; analysis of terms; sharing perceptions about friendship.
Assertiveness To teach students refusal skills. Practicing & analyzing different ways to say, "No"; practicing refusal skills in pairs; practicing in small groups or in front of the class.