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Life Skills Program

life01Saint Vincent’s Life Skills program provides youth, ages 14 to 21, with the education, skills, training and guidance to prepare them for transition to independent living and young adulthood.  Instruction in daily living and organizational skill sets as well as vocational training provides opportunities for youth to development employable skills, consider future career options, and make good choices.  The Life Skills program provides support for youth to complete their education, develop vocational interests and skills, secure employment and begin to learn the life skills necessary to live independently.  For those youth whose family ties are minimal, the program prioritizes alternative relationship-building as a means of assisting the youth in developing lifelong experiences toward self-sufficiency.

Life Skills promotes cultural sensitivity, self-determination, and community participation. The program helps to ensure that youth live, work and further their education as independently as possible upon transition from Saint Vincent’s.  Whether working toward completing their education, engaging in vocational training or meaningful work experiences, youth partner with Life Skills program staff to achieve success by building on their strengths, learning new skills, and developing competence.

Life Skills includes:


  • post-secondary education planning
  • interest inventories
  • access to Career Cruising web-based programming
  • a variety of vocational assessments and planning
  • educational advocacy and self-advocacy training
  • transitional planning
  • work-based learning and school-to-work opportunities
  • career guidance, employment assistance and job maintenance skills
  • resume writing, job applications and job seeking skill development
  • independent living skills:  personal care & safety, money, home and food management
  • social skills development
  • driver education
  • experiential learning
  • community linkages
  • relationship building