Life Skills Curriculum for Elementary, Middle, and High School — Free Now and Forever.

Overcoming Obstacles is a free, award-winning, and research-based life skills curriculum that provides educators with the tools to teach elementary, middle, and high school students the skills necessary for success. With hundreds of easy to teach activity-based lessons covering more than 30 critical social and emotional skills, students learn how to communicate effectively. They learn how to make informed decisions. They learn how to set and achieve goals, resolve conflicts, solve problems, respect one another, and more.

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What are Life Skills?

Life skills are the competencies we all need to succeed in life. Without them, young people are dramatically more susceptible to bullying, violence, substance abuse, dropping out of school, financial problems, and unemployment. Since 1992, over 180,000 educators in all 50 states and in 150 countries have used Overcoming Obstacles’ free lessons to improve the lives of more than 40 million young people.

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Teach Life Skills and Change our World.

An education that includes life skills makes a difference, and Overcoming Obstacles offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to prepare young people for all of the challenges life will present. Students graduate from high school and are better prepared for college and rewarding careers. Misdirected youth become positive contributing community members who value themselves and others. Learning life skills helps our children create a better future.


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