Healthy Life Skills - PREP

PREP - Healthy Life Skills

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines life skills as "abilities for adaptive and positive behavior that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life." Specific skills and everyday demands may vary throughout the course of adolescence and across different sociocultural groups. Life skills include, but are not limited to, communication, decision-making, coping, self-management, goal-setting, and avoidance of unhealthy behaviors.

Example of Activities Relating to Healthy Life Skills

  • Self-Efficacy and Motivation
  • Strengths-Based programming
  • Interactive Learning/Apply Skills Outside of Classroom
  • Community-involved approaches
  • Age-appropriate skills-based programming

Tips on Incorporating Healthy Life Skills Activities

  • Incorporate self-efficacy, self-esteem, and self-determination concepts
  • Utilize a strengths-based approach
  • Provide youth with opportunities to apply life skills to real-world scenarios
  • Family members, teachers, and peers can serve as role models and continue to reinforce the skills learned after the program is finished
  • Implement booster, or follow-up, programs
  • Understand appropriate timing
  • Monitor and evaluate programs

The above was taken from: Family and Youth Services Bureau. Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, PREP Adult Preparation Subjects - Resource Guide (PDF), 2011

PREP Curricula Incorporating Adolescent Development Activities and/or Lessons

Healthy Life Skills Resources and Articles