Vocational Skills and Life Skills
We provide comprehensive life skills resources, including problem solving, anger management, communication skills, vocational program resources, stress management, gang intervention, budgeting decision making, and basic skills for daily living. Job skills, communications skills, and making the best use of free time are critical life skills. Resources on this page are especially important to students at high schools, alternative schools, and vocational and technical (VoTech) schools.
Building vocational skills is an important step in the road to leading a life free of gang violence. Like other life skills, vocational readiness empowers at-risk populations and former gang members to stay out of trouble. This becomes especially critical as they begin to reach the age where they enter the workforce.
A critical component of any gang intervention program, this is a workbook-based curriculum addressing ten important issues.
• Let's look at your skills
• What kind of work do you like?
• Motivation: Developing a positive attitude is a critical part of the process
• Thinking Realistically About Work
• Practical Aspects of Finding a Job
• Personal Marketing for
These vocational readiness workbooks emphasize preparation, skills for success, finding the right job, proper work behavior, and practical/ethical issues in the work place. They can be of use to any gang intervention.
Topics: Practice in specific job interview skills • Identify their strengths at critical job skills • Exploring for the ideal job • Role-playing practice in preparation for common work situations • Address ethical issues in the workplace • Identify values critical to job and career
Life skills programs often include interpersonal communication skills curriculums. Our Managing Your Anger curriculum is also part of an intervention program's Anger, Aggression, and Gang Violence program resources. Each lesson in this curriculum includes a lesson plan and participant handouts. It is easy to implement and addresses many topics in aggression replacement and communication skills. Gang intervention programs will find this resource useful.