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life skills

The Community Based Life Skills (CBLS) Programs, located in New Haven and West Haven, are funded by the Department of Children and Families (DCF). CBLS provides services for youth, ages fifteen and older who are currently in or transitioning from foster care services. This program provides youth with a set of skills necessary to assist in their transition from DCF care to adulthood.


CBLS provides certification in Life Skills by utilizing the Ansel Casey Life Skills curriculum along with a combination of experiential learning approaches. This service begins with a life skills assessment. Primary caretakers are requested to take part in a matching assessment of the youth's skills as well. Once assessed, a minimum of 100 hours of combined classroom and individual, often community-based, services for each youth is designed. The program length is twelve months. Transportation is provided to and from class by a paraprofessional


The life skills curriculum includes the following domains: educational/vocational planning, career planning, communication, daily living, home life, housing and money management, self care, social relationships, work life, work and study skills and parenting when applicable. Primary care givers are engaged in the program and are encouraged to carry over the skills taught in the classroom to the home environment.


Upon completion of the program, youth participate in a graduation ceremony, receive completion certificates and receive up to a $125 check (based on attendance and participation). The youth are also provided a modest stipend (60% of CT minimum wage) for each hour of classroom time that they complete.

Marrakesh also does workforce development.

The Academy for Human Service Training (AHST) prepares individuals for entry-level careers in the Human Service or Customer Service fields through a combination of classroom and hands-on training. The program provides occupational skills training, assistance with basic education needs, case management, as well as job placement and retention activities. Instructors for this program are typically managers or administrators in the human service field who have participated in Train the Trainer activities to be eligible to teach certification and other specialized course or who have the direct experience and knowledge about the topic being addressed. Follow up services are provided post-graduation for a minimum of 90 days up to 1 full year. Classes are held Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and generally operate on a 12-week cycle.

AHST sites are located in New Haven, Bridgeport, and Waterbury, Connecticut. Students may attend from any city or town as long as their local workforce investment board or other funding source approves one of these training locations.

To be eligible for the AHST, individuals must attend an information session at one of the three sites, complete an application and onsite interview, meet the basic entry criteria for the program and the third party payer, and have secured funding from a third party payer. The AHST receives special contract funding for Out-of School Youth (ages 18-21) and individuals currently receiving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) through the area workforce development boards, including Workforce Alliance, Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board, and The WorkPlace, Inc. In addition, tuition may be paid for using an Individual Training Account (ITA) voucher from any One Stop Center in the state, as well as by the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, Worker's Compensation Commission, Board of Education and Services for the Blind, school boards and others. Each funding source has specific entrance criteria, which is reviewed with each applicant at an information session. Information sessions for interested individuals are held at each site on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. Registration is not required.

Contact Information:

New Haven Academy - 526 Whalley Ave., New Haven, CT
Gerry Zarra,  Vice President of Workforce Development Services,
(203) 389-2970 Ext. 1303

Waterbury Academy – 24 Wooster Street, Waterbury, CT
Carlton Staggers, Program Manager,
(203) 754-5298

Bridgeport Academy – 1057 East Main Street, Bridgeport, CT
Gerry Zarra,  Vice President of Workforce Development Services,
(203) 338-0642




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