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: 338KB/21pgs), 2011


PREP Curricula Incorporating Adolescent Development Activities and/or Lessons


Healthy Life Skills Resources and Articles

  • American Indian Life Skills Development Curriculum.
    A course for high school students and some middle school students that is designed to drastically reduce suicidal thinking and behavior. Created in collaboration with students and community members from the Zuni Pueblo and the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, this curriculum addresses key issues in Native American Indian adolescents’ lives and teaches such life skills as communication, problem solving, depression and stress management, anger regulation, and goal setting.

  • Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST)
    A research–validated substance abuse prevention program proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. Botvin LifeSkills Training promotes healthy alternatives to risky behavior.

  • Private Lives: STI/HIV Education

  • Raising Healthy Kids: Families Talk About Sexual Health