Social Advocates for youth submitted an application to the Portfolio of Model Upstream Programs on behalf of partners Petaluma People Services Center, West County Community Services and The Center for Social and Environmental Stewardship. The agencies provide Sonoma County YouthLink services to youth ages 16 – 24.  Tackling the Tough Skills: A Curriculum Building Skills for Work and Life  offers a fresh, innovative approach for welfare-to-work program leaders and social service professionals seeking to positively impact the lives of hard-to-reach or at-risk audiences. Recent research shows the curriculum is also effective in teaching soft skills to employees in the workplace. The curriculum features a unique blend of honesty, homespun humor, and hard-hitting reality to effectively impact participants.

This program allows us to offer dynamic group learning experiences that teach critical thinking — including original role plays, discussions, overheads, games and activity exercises — both motivate and challenge participants to get involved. Frequent, well-paced activities provide a blend of humor and serious content that facilitates learning, yet encourages personal reflection and models respect for oneself and others.Promising medal SCREEN

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