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CB22, Revised April 2015

Tackling the Tough Skills for Teens: A Curriculum Building Skills for Work and Life (Second Edition) — Curriculum Binder and Addenda CD

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CoverRosilee Trotta
Tough Skills Trainer and Workforce Consultant

Committed to helping hard-to-reach teens prepare for the challenges of life or the workplace? Tackling the Tough Skills for Teens™ A Curriculum Building Skills for Work and Life offers a fresh, innovative approach for educators, youth leaders and social service professionals seeking to positively impact the lives of hard-to-reach or at-risk young people.

Published by MU Extension, the revised 246-page life-skills curriculum is highly interactive and fun for participants. Complete with dozens of original, humorous illustrations that enhance content, the curriculum offers an easy-to-read format that is both convenient for educators and effective for participants.

The teen version of Tackling the Tough Skills was created with young people in mind. The exercises relate to challenges and experiences many struggle with regularly. Teens are not miniature adults. The curriculum remembers that as it encourages creative and constructive thinking.

Flexibility is a key feature. Educators may use the curriculum in its entirety, or choose sections or exercises to supplement other training materials.

Dynamic group learning experiences promote critical thinking — including original role plays, discussions, games and activity exercises — both motivating and challenging participants to get involved. Frequent, well-paced activities provide a blend of humor and serious content that facilitates learning, yet encourages personal reflection and models respect for oneself and others.

The curriculum features a unique blend of honesty, homespun humor, and hard-hitting reality to effectively impact participants.

The curriculum is packaged in an easy-to-use binder, complete with 93 illustrated addenda pages that may be copied by educators to use as handouts, in PowerPoint presentations and on overhead transparencies. The addenda CD included with the book makes copying the addenda easier and saves educators preparation time.

Tackling the Tough Skills for Teens is a must-have resource for educators and a wide variety of youth leaders and trainers, including workplace and organizational educators, GED instructors, social service professionals, social workers, case managers, youth coordinators, high school and middle school educators, prison and re-entry specialists working with juvenile offenders, faith-based program leaders, vocational and life skills counselors, and anyone seeking to positively impact the lives of teens.

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