1022 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06107

W. Hartford

life skills

This program assists adolescents (16 years of age and older) referred by a DCF social worker to begin to develop a high level of self-sufficiency as they move from dependent to independent living. The CBLS program teaches a variety of life skills and acquaints young people with the resources of their communities. Participants are offered incentives to continue the program and are paid a stipend when they successfully complete it. The year-long program combines a core curriculum, group work, and a community awareness segment and includes six months of individualized instruction.

The curriculum, the informational and educational component of CBLS, focuses on a variety of tangible and intangible life skills.  Topics covered may include: 
  • Decision-making, goal-setting, and problem-solving
  • Financial management
  • Transportation 
  • Career planning, job search, and interviewing skills
  • Housing search and household management skills
  • Health care options
  • Fitness, nutrition, and meal planning
  • Smart shopping
  • Consumer information and protection
  • Leisure activities
  • Self-esteem
  • Communication skills
  • Relationships and interpersonal skills
  • Healthy sexuality education
  • Parenting skills


Group discussions make the information presented in the classroom more relevant to the young people, and provide a forum where youth can discuss their expectations and fears of going out on their own. 

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