Establishing What’s Important

Posted: April 9, 2019

April 14 marks Overcoming Obstacles’ 27th year of providing life skills curricula to schools throughout the world. As I reflect back over the years, one teacher’s story stands out in my mind.  Jack Wright was a teacher at Dickinson High School in Jersey City, New Jersey.  He was a champion for life skills education before schools and school districts had it on their radar, and his classroom consistently demonstrated the power of a life skills education. 

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The Power of Words

Posted: April 2, 2019

At 16-years-old, a group of students and I were introduced to Overcoming Obstacles through a lesson called “Speaking Responsibly” from the Communication Skills module.  The focus of the lesson was learning how to use words for their strength and power and, through activities and discussions, we were taught that we have control over what we say and that our words have impact and effect. We learned that good communication is clear and concise.

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An Unplanned Journey

Posted: March 26, 2019

Surrounded by poverty, gangs, and drugs, I immersed myself in my own world.  “It’s a way of life, the norm.”  Those were my thoughts growing up in Southern Los Angeles.  It wasn’t until I became a young adult that I realized I became desensitized to my own environment.  I can recall all sorts of encounters I had growing up: violent, unbelievable, and very surreal stories. But, instead, I’ll tell you about the untimely, unplanned encounters that led me to a path of success.

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Overcoming Obstacles News and Updates

Posted: March 19, 2019

Overcoming Obstacles would like to welcome the more than 10,000 new educators who registered for an account and downloaded our materials so far in 2019!  If you have any questions about your account, our curricula, or implementation strategies, please contact us through our website or Facebook page.

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Living in a Box

Posted: March 12, 2019

I grew up in South Central L.A., but whenever people ask me about what my life was like growing up, I tell them that I lived in a box.  I don’t mean that literally.  I didn’t live in a physical box on the street. I just didn’t think any other way of life existed outside of South Central.

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