Big Bend Community Based Care

Life Skills and Service Learning

According to the Daniel Memorial curriculum, there are 14 categories of life skills. They include money management/consumer awareness, food management, personal appearance, health, housekeeping, transportation, education planning, job seeking skills, job maintenance skills, emergency and safety skills, community resources, interpersonal skills, legal skills and housing. Each of these life skills is annually assessed for each youth in care and ultimately helps to identify areas of training needs. These trainings are delivered through on-line classes, face to face classroom style teaching and service learning projects.

Community Based Service-Learning is a strategy for young people to acquire, practice and apply needed knowledge, skills, and behaviors. The service itself becomes a means of learning, reinforcing learning and connecting to the community.[i]The research tells us that the best projects have certain steps that, if followed, will result in the outcomes we are seeking. We envision service learning projects that will engage children and youth in their communities, in large and small ways, in the “real experiences” the youth tell us they want and need. The participants will learn and practice a wide range of skills that will empower and support them in achieving a more productive future.

[i] Adapted from the Florida Department of Education definition, Florida Learn & Serve website-publications

To learn more about service learning, watch this video: