Life Skills Curriculum is Here (By: Sandy Gross)
After years of prayer and preparation, we are excited to announce that we have successfully launched our Life Skills Curriculum.
On Monday, February 5th, Dr. Dennis Kaufman, kicked off the program. He offered our students course one in a series of twelve classes on Relational Wellness. This highly anticipated and customized course work was developed internally, based on over ten years of experience teaching and leading at risk women through Necole’s Place. During those years, Dr. Kaufman (Doctor K as we lovingly call him) realized that traditional methods of teaching may not be the most effective means to penetrate the hearts and minds of our clients. Instead, Dr. K began developing a therapeutic style teaching method that relies more heavily on group participation and guided conversation than the strict dissemination of knowledge or information. This style allows for students to develop key life skills such as communication, trust, and personal responsibility.
The Life Skills curriculum focuses on three areas for personal success: Personal Well-Being, Relational Wellness, and Financial Readiness. Personal Wellness is being taught by our Program Director, Sandy Gross and Financial Readiness is offered by two of our qualified staff members, Debbie Gahan and Client Care Coordinator, Stephanie Virg.
If you were to sit in on one of these weekly courses, you would likely see both smiles and tears as the students navigate together through the complex emotional pathways of their troubled lives. You would watch the girls interact together in positive life affirming ways, as well as eagerly encourage one another to “Raise The Bar” as we like to say.
Personal Well-Being focuses on understanding who you are (mind, body and soul), overcoming insecurity, healing emotional wounds, putting God first, learning from the past, renewing your mind through God’s word, taking control over your life, and more.
Relational Wellness focuses on learning to recognize toxic relationships, setting personal boundaries, choosing safe people, building positive communication skills, understanding men, and more.
Financial Readiness takes the students on a trip through basic money management, learning how to save, creating a budget, understanding credit reports, balancing a checkbook, breaking the dependence cycle, generous living, and more.
Each course will have its own certificate of completion culminating into a graduation certificate for those who complete the minimum requirements in all three disciplines.
Our hope is to see dozens of students graduate by the end of 2018 and to add Job Readiness to the coursework by early 2019.