ART

FILMMAKING

BOOK PUBLISHING

PERSONAL SUSTAINABILITY

Goal: Life Skills through Art

We introduce disenfranchised youth of the inner city to an alternative way of life using art and entertainment. We use the arts to help improve literacy by exposing the functionality between the two.

  • We instruct students on the inner workings of filmmaking, book publishing, etiquette and art.

Definition of Life Skills*

Life skills are a set of human skills acquired via teaching or direct experience that are used to handle problems and questions commonly encountered in daily human life.

The World Health Organization defines life skills as “abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life.” In primary and secondary education, life skills may refer to a skill set that accommodates more specific needs of modern industrialized life; examples include money management, food preparation, hygiene, basic literacyand numeracy, and organizational skills. Life skills are sometimes, but not always, distinguished from occupational skills.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) divide life skills into subsets of categories[1][2]:

Learning to know: Cognitive abilities

Critical thinking skills

Learning to be: Personal abilities

Skills for increasing internal locus of control

Skills for managing stress

Learning to live together: Interpersonal abilities

Interpersonal communication skills

Negotiation and refusal skills

Empathy

Cooperation and teamwork

Advocacy skills

Skills for managing feelings

In accordance with the World Health Organizations definitions of Life Skills[1][2],

ATL Program Participants will have the opportunity to learn:

Critical thinking skills

  • Analyzing peer and media influences
  • Analyzing attitudes, values, social norms and beliefs and factors affecting these
  • Identifying relevant information and information sources

Personal Abilities

  • Self-esteem and confidence-building skills
  • Self-awareness skills including awareness of rights, influences, values, attitudes, strengths and weaknesses
  • Goal-setting skills
  • Self-evaluation, self-assessment, and self-monitoring skills

Skills for managing stress

  • Time management
  • Positive thinking
  • Relaxation techniques

Interpersonal communication skills

  • Verbal and nonverbal communication
  • Active listening
  • Expressing feelings; giving feedback (without blaming) and receiving feedback

Negotiation and refusal skills

  • Negotiation and conflict management
  • Assertiveness skills
  • Refusal skills

Empathy

  • Ability to listen to and understand another’s needs and circumstances and express that understanding

Cooperation and teamwork

  • Expressing respect for others’ contributions and different styles
  • Assessing one’s own abilities and contributing to the group

Advocacy skills

  • Skills of influence and persuasion
  • Networking and motivation skills

Take a Look at some of Our Program Offerings!

References

  1. a b UNESCO: Introduction to Life Skills
  2. ^ UNICEF: Which skills are “life skills?”



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