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Program Description:

The Life Skills program of One Step Further, Inc. is a 20-hour program designed to provide youth ages 9 to 17 that have had difficulties at school and in the community with the resources to make healthier choices in their everyday lives.Classes are taught by trained facilitators at One Step Further, community recreation centers, and other sites throughout the community using the Botvin Life Skills Training Curriculum, an evidence-based program.  Classes are offered on Saturdays and weeknights. All classes meet twice a week for 2 hours for 5 weeks. Please be aware that the wait for weeknight classes tends to be longer.

Who Can Refer?

Juveniles can be referred by court-order, law enforcement officials (including School Resource Officers), juvenile court counselors, community agencies, or parents.

Target Population:

To be eligible for the Life Skills program, a youth must be:
• 9 to 17 years old and enrolled in school
• At risk of delinquency or currently involved in the juvenile court system
• Exhibiting poor behavior at home, in school, or in the community

Program Schedule:

Classes are scheduled Monday-Friday from 6:00pm-8:00pm and Saturdays from 10:00am-12:00pm.

Juveniles are assigned to a Monday/Wednesday, Tuesday/Thursday, or Friday/Saturday schedule for the

5-week duration of class.

Program Location:

The Life Skills office is located at 200 North Main St., Graham, NC 27253, and classes are held in various community venues. At the present time, all classes are scheduled to meet at the YMCA at 1346 South Main Street, Burlington, NC.

Program Goals:

Youths referred to the Life Skills program will be placed in either a Junior Life Skills class or a Senior Life Skills class.

Junior Life Skills (ages 9 – 13) cover the following topics:

  • Self-Image & Self Improvement

  • Making Decisions

  • Smoking: Myths & Realities

  • Alcohol: Myths & Realities

  • Marijuana: Myths & Realities

  • Advertising

  • Violence and the Media

  • Coping with Anxiety

  • Coping with Anger

  • Communication Skills

  • Social Skills

  • Assertiveness

  • Resolving Conflicts

Senior Life Skills (ages 14 – 17) cover the following topics:

  • The Value of Good Decision-Making for Health

  • Risk-taking and Substance Abuse

  • Media and Health

  • Managing Stress, Anger, and Other Emotions

  • Family Communications

  • Healthy Relationships


Is there a fee for your service?

There is NO FEE to participate in Life Skills classes.

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Jeannette Wright
JSLS Program Director

Jeannette Felder Wright is a recent graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University where she earned a B.S. Degree in Child Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Family Relations. She is also a Certified Family Life Educator.

Jeannette's drives are her passion to engage and develop families to build stronger relationships with the family unit. 

Jeannette enjoys an active church life where she is in leadership over the HIV/AIDS ministry and is also active in the youth ministry. She is a native New Yorker that has resided in Greensboro, NC for the past 24 years.

Phone: 336-690-2628

Email: jwright@onestepfurther.com