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 for 10 sessions (2 hours each), once a week. 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 in both Greensboro and High Point with 12-15 students. Classes are conducted Monday through Thursday (6pm-8pm) and on Saturdays (10am-12noon).

Program Location:

Greensboro: Glenwood Recreation Center, Windsor Center, One Step Further (Greensboro Office)

High Point: Oakview Recreation Center and St. Stephen AME Zion Church. 

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.

Ajar Williams
JSLS Program Director

Ajar Williams is a graduate of Guilford College where she earned a B.A. in Community Justice and Policy Studies.

Ajar is a 2014 Principle Problem Scholar. A leader at heart; she demonstrates compassion and a willingness to encourage, uplift and be about change. Her extensive customer relations experience has allowed her to build lasting relationships with anyone she encounters. Ajar enjoys an active church life and caring for her young son. She is a native New Yorker and resides in Greensboro.

Phone: 336-275-3699, Ext.210

Fax: 336-378-0959


Tonya DuPree

JSLS Case Manager

Tonya DuPree is a native of New York City who made Greensboro her home, soon after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1989, where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She received her Master's Degree in Agency (Mental Health) Counseling at North Carolina A&T State University in 1994.

Tonya began her career with Guilford County Government in 1989 working for Mental Health as a Case Manager. She transferred to the Department of Social Services in 1993 where she worked as a Social Worker and Social Work Supervisor for Child Protective Services until her retirement in 2019 ater a rewarding 30-year career. Tonya began contractual work for One Step Further in the late 90's as a Sentencing Specialist and later enjoyed working as a Life Skills Instructor.

Working with children and families is her passion. Her mother says it's her "calling". She has worked with youth groups and provided services for families and the community throughout her career at Social Services, in her church, and with her Sorority, Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.

When she is not working, she loves to spend time with the joys of her life - her children, her dog (Bailey), her family, friends, and sorority members. She is an avid reader who also loves to write. She is a self-proclaimed movie critic and co-owner of a small photography business.

Phone: 336-275-3699 Ext. 216

Fax: 336-378-0959