About the Overcoming Obstacles Life Skills Program

We created the Overcoming Obstacles Life Skills Program to bring life skills instruction to every young person in the nation. Overcoming Obstacles—which is available for free nationwide—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:

  • Middle school and high school curricula
  • Over 500 activities and 180 hours of instruction
  • Pacing plans
  • Standards alignments
  • Bullying prevention lessons
  • Additional activities

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.

For more information about Overcoming Obstacles, please visit our contact page or call (212) 406-7488.

Overcoming Obstacles Table of Contents and Sample Lessons

 

How to Get Overcoming Obstacles

App Store

The Overcoming Obstacles iPad app is available on the App Store at no cost. This app provides free, complete access to our program’s middle school and high school curricula. It also allows you to track your progress, take notes, and create custom pacing plans that are tailored to your students' unique needs. Visit the App Store to download the app today.

Online

PDF versions of the middle school and high school curricula are available on our website for free. To access the curricula, register now to create your username and password. Then, select “Curriculum Access” to download each module.

Printed Materials

Hard copies of the Overcoming Obstacles curricula are available for purchase. For more information, call (212) 406-7488.