Life Skills Curriculum

Youth Skills for LIFE is the independent living skills curriculum compiled by Project LIFE for young people who are in need of learning, enhancing, or supporting life skills to effectively transition into adulthood. The curriculum focuses on six of the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) categories, providing two to four workshops for each topic. Below each workshop topic you will find a Leader’s Guide and all of the necessary files you’ll need to facilitate the workshop. The resources are free for anyone to download. Please see our FAQs below the curriculum for more information.

Curriculum Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Who is the curriculum geared towards?
We’ve developed this curriculum for social workers, case workers, and foster parents to teach life skills to older youth in foster care.

What if I am not one of the professions or the target population listed above? Can anyone download and use these materials with anyone?
Yes, anyone can download and use the materials and use them with anyone.

Do I need to ask permission before I download them?
No, you do not need permission to download and use them.

Are they free?
Yes, they are free. They were created through a grant from the Virginia Department of Social Services.

When was this developed and how long has it been in use?
It was developed in 2015 and has been in use ever since.

How widely is it in use?
We are unsure, since it is available for free without registration on the internet.

Is this curriculum research-based? It is an EBP?
No. No quantitative research has been done on this curriculum and the results of using it with youth. We have only received anecdotal feedback that it is helpful.

What if I have a suggestion about an activity or want to contact you about the curriculum?
You can contact us through our contact form found here on our website and use the “Resources and Curriculum” subject.