Life Skills Training

The life skills training we are currently providing originated from the NC-ACE teen court model as a sanction used for Level II and III offenders. NC-ACE partnered with NCMentor and Eckerd Programming to conduct life skills training with NC Mentor providing Casey Life Skills and Eckerd providing Botvin Life Skills. These services were provided during Years 3 and 4 of the NC-ACE project.

From the feedback from the youth and families it was discovered that the teen court participants adapted well to the curriculums and responded well to the staff facilitating the courses. Parents surveyed identified an improvement in their children who took the life skills curriculums versus those youth who were not sanctioned to life skills that were Level II and III offenders.

As a result, the Board of Directors made the decision to include Life Skills Training into the RCTCYS service continuum as a separate but vital component of the organization. The Life Skills Training curriculums will be implemented and facilitated by the Family Support Specialist with assistance from additional RCTCYS staff and interns.

We integrate elements of Botvin and Casey Life Skills, along with the 40 Developmental Assets into the modified versions of RCTCYS Life Skills Training provided by our staff. Botvin is a groundbreaking substance abuse prevention program based on more than 30 years of peer reviewed scientific research and holds the distinction of being the top research-based substance abuse prevention program in the country.

Not only does Botvin LST show decreased use in substance abuse but also behaviors resulting in violence and aggression.

Source: Preventing youth violence and delinquency through a universal school-based prevention approach. Prevention Science, (2006).

The modified version of RCTCYS’ LST is typically conducted after school or during the evening hours to meet the schedules and demands of the parents or guardians of the youth involved. The first and second Tuesdays of each month LST is conducted to coincide with the teen court hearings so that as teen court defendants are completing their jury duty come an 90 minutes earlier so they can participate in the LST. The 4th Tuesday is held for team planning & supervision and client case reviews. Monday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm are used for the teen court sanctioned workshop and educational seminars (Street Law Curriculum, Anger Management, Bullying, etc.).