Life Skills


Harrison Homes, Inc. provides on-going life skills training for all of its residents.  Life skills training has been proven to increase educational and work readiness in young adults, as well as engagement in their communities, and their self-confidence and focus on the future.

It is a very important that youth are properly nurtured and guided as this will determine a bright future for them ahead. Therefore, it is necessary to bring in effective changes in the young minds through systematic training and guidance so that the individual becomes a well-rounded personalities and also successful in life. Life skills play an important role in molding the individual.

In order to help our residents protect themselves, there is a need to develop their repertoire of skills that will enable them to accurately evaluate various situations, and to make safe choices based upon a well-developed sense of self, and not just by doing what others do.

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Meaning of Life Skill:

Life skills mean the abilities for adaptive and positive behavior that enable individual to deal effectively with demands and challenges of everyday life. (WHO).

UNICEF defines life skills as “a behaviour change or behaviour development approach designed to address a balance of three areas: knowledge, attitude and skills

Life skills represents the psycho-social skills that determine valued behavior and include reflective skills such as problem-solving and critical thinking, personal skills such as self-awareness, and interpersonal skills.

The life skills approach that we have adopted was formulated  by Iowa  State University and has been proven to be one of the most effective programs directed at youth.  The “Targeting Life Skills” curriculum combines knowledge, attitudes and skills into actual abilities – ie. “what to do and how to do it.”  Life skills are abilities that enable individuals to behave in healthy ways, given the desire to do so and given the scope and opportunity to do so. This involves translating knowledge and attitudes into safe and adaptive actions. Life-skills training is comprised of interpersonal, attitudinal and psycho-social aspects, and includes such skills as communication, decision-making, creative thinking, negotiation, stress management, values analysis, and confidence-building

Our Targeting Life Skills education model covers areas such as leadership, ethics, accountability, adaptability, personal productivity, people skills, and self-direction.

The life skills that we teach fall into three basic categories, which complement and reinforce each other:

Social or interpersonal skills: This includes communication, negotiation/refusal skills, assertiveness, cooperation, empathy.

Cognitive skills: This includes problem solving, understanding consequences, decision making, critical thinking, self-evaluation.

Emotional coping skills: This includes managing stress, managing feelings, self-management, and self-monitoring.

Development of these skills is closely linked to the pedagogy of active learning. Through participative teaching methods such as, role play, debates, situation analysis, and one-on-one problem solving, our life skills program actively engages our young people in their own development process.

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