The Overcoming Obstacles Life Skills Program was created to bring life skills instruction to every young person in the nation. The program, available for free, gives all educators the tools they need to teach over 20 critical skills to their middle school and high school students. Through it, students learn skills like communicating effectively, making sound decisions, setting and achieving goals, and resolving conflicts. High school students also research scholarship and job opportunities, discuss job and career readiness, develop financial responsibility, prepare for job interviews, and develop on-the-job skills.
The Overcoming Obstacles Life Skills Program provides free access to:
Overcoming Obstacles also includes on-demand teacher training workshops that introduce educators to the program, provide assistance with implementation planning, and help educators identify ways to modify the program to suit different classroom needs. The program also includes ongoing support services via phone and email.
Overcoming Obstacles changes lives. Students say that the program has resulted in fewer incidents of bullying and a higher sense of self-esteem. Educators who use the program report improved school environments, stronger academic achievement, and better readiness for college and the workforce. In 2013, the National Dropout Prevention Center presented Overcoming Obstacles with a Crystal Star Award for its success in reducing dropout rates across the country.