LSA / Blue Program – Life Skills Essentials
Students who enter Life Skills Essentials will be provided with a detailed overview of fundamental life skills and an introduction to learning concepts and reasoning processes – individually and collaboratively – that will benefit them in real life environments. Students at this level will learn of community and culture, and learn to contrast the consequences of adequate and inadequate reasoning for self, family members, others. Life Skills Essentials will help students assess personal values and goals, and demonstrate strategies for them to excel at home, at school, at work and in various social, business, and community settings arranged exclusively via AASuccess.
- Complete the AASuccess Life Skills Academy application
- Attend an interview by an AASuccess Life Skills Coach
- Successfully pass background and reference checks
- Commit to at least forty (40) weeks to participate in weekly sessions that are four to five (4-5) hours long on each Saturday
- Engage actively in weekly sessions and on assigned projects, assignments and tasks
- Complete reflection exercises and task activities by the assigned due dates
- Complete all twelve (12) Required Core Learning Modules *.
- Choose and complete at least four (4) elective seminars or workshops.
- Read recommended books and/or articles assigned by the Life Skills Coach.
- Upon completion of the required modules, students are expected to pass a three-part performance assessment: Self Evaluation, Coach Assessed Evaluation, and Written Exam.
* Each lesson is approximately one (1) hour in length, unless specified otherwise
LEARNING MODULE 2.1 – 2.6: HEAD – Thinking & Managing
- Learning to learn
- Goal setting
- Learn about AASuccess
- Learn about yourself
- Think of yourself and of others
- What to do when you DON’T like something
- Learn mannerism and etiquette in everyday interaction
- How to relate to and connect with others
Students will be asked to review the AASuccess Policies and Procedures manual with their Life Skills Coach in detail to get a better understanding of operational procedures.
Students will learn how to develop personal objectives and create a timeline that highlights accomplished milestones on a quarterly basis.
Students will begin this module by reflecting on personal, family, and societal values; then rank (or prioritize) them through a self-assessment exercise. Students will then work with the Life Skills Coach to understand their personality traits and how others may perceive them. By the end of the lesson, students will be asked to establish their own personal goals. The length of this lesson will depend on each student’s openness and comfort level.
This module is divided into two parts. In part 1, students will learn acceptable and appropriate manners through body and spoken language. In part 2, students will demonstrate learned etiquette through various social activities and/or events.
Students will analyze how their current journeys in life have shaped their way of thinking – in the context of a family, cultural understanding, and history.
Students will work with a Life Skills Coach and their parents on resources needed to prepare for college applications and educational opportunities.
LEARNING MODULE 2.7 – 2.10: HANDS – Working & Relating
- Planning & Organizing
- Wise use of resources
- Appropriate expression
- Learn what an e-mail message means in a business or social context.
- Reporting your completed tasks to your coach.
- How can you present yourself well to peers and coaches?
- Learn what blogging or news writing is, and how each may affect you.
Students will learn tips on how to write a professional e-mail message by examining examples of e-mail correspondence. Students will learn how to create personal e-mail templates for multiple needs and usage. This module will help students identify their audiences, write appropriate messages for them – to be clear and concise.
Students will formally begin using reporting templates and learn tips on how to quickly and concisely make reports in both written and verbal format.
This course will help students recognize different parts of speech, use abbreviations and capitalization correctly, and make use of punctuation properly and effectively.
Students will learn to prepare and do well on presentations. Presentation skills are useful in many aspects of real-world work assignments at AASuccess. Furthermore, displays of body language, accomplishments and skills are measurable impacts set for students as they work through their three-month plans.
LEARNING MODULE 2.11 – 2.12: HEART, MIND & HEALTH – Being & Living
- Healthy lifestyle
- Stress management
- Learn ways to avoid or productively deal with stress
- Choose activities that are not stressful or lessen stress
- How do your emotions impact people around you?
This module is designed teach students techniques, e.g., diet & fitness, mindfulness – to help improve their fitness, body, and to avoid stress.
This year-round module is designed to help students recognize the power of emotions, improve their emotional self-awareness, and better manage their emotions – all to enhance their effectiveness as individuals when experiencing changes in both the body and mind.
LEARNING MODULE 2.13 – 2.18: ELECTIVE SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS
- Reading & writing
- Accepting differences
- Concern for others
- Social Skills
- College Applications
- Financing College
- Assess factors involved in finding enjoyment through reading, technical work, and cultural related assignments
- Implement practical reasoning for responsible manners and behaviors exhibited in family and social settings, at school and at AASuccess
- Practice appropriate and courteous etiquette
- Formulate effective writing skills and strategies for college applications and job opportunities
Students who want to improve their reading skills will work with a specialized Skills Coach in this module to learn tips for becoming a better reader.
Embarrassing typos can be avoided in written works by mastering technical editing and proofreading skills. Students will work with a specialized Skills Coach who will teach them common mistakes to avoid.
Students will learn, discuss, and analyze many different cultures and philosophies that guide individuals in their daily living. Cultures change because the way traditions are practiced has changed over time.
Students will learn how to successfully carry on a basic conversation with a professional, family member, peer, or project lead. This module is designed to help students learn techniques to be poised and confident, and to present themselves in the best possible light.
Students will master the art of editing and utilizing tools available via Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite products.
Students who need assistance with writing essays for college applications should consider taking this module to learn how to write concisely, yet effectively. Students can take this module multiple times with prior arrangement with their Life Skills Coach.
This module is intended for parents and students to understand the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process and other options for funding college, including scholarships and grants.