LISA Inc.'s Life Skills Academy in Southington expanded for youth

Published on Thursday, 7 March 2019 18:46
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

@brianjohnsonBP

SOUTHINGTON - LISA (Living In Safe Alternatives), Inc. has announced that it will be offering a “Life Skills Academy” for all local youth, not just those in the care of the Department of Children and Families.

LISA, Inc. came to Southington three years ago and has offered children taken from traumatic home situations programs to help them adjust to independent living. Since then, the organization has been networking with other local youth organizations and now wishes to open up their successful programs to the general public.

“We saw that there was a huge need in the community as a whole for youths to learn these important skills,” said Jackie Alpert, who runs the “Life Skills Academy” program. “We want to expand the work we do in the community and work with as many people as possible.”

Alpert said that the “experiential youth program” was announced Wednesday, at an event where two young adults who had been through the organization’s programs testified to its success.

“We started working with both of them when they were teens and they are now adults in their mid-20s,” said Alpert. “They discussed how our programs helped them to communicate with others, prepare for job interviews and get jobs, learn etiquette and learn budgeting - which is something that every kid can benefit from.”

The “Life Skills Academy” will include programs to benefit care providers. These programs will include information about dangers such as human trafficking and substance abuse and how to prevent them. They will also teach providers how to perform a “life skills assessment” to see where youths’ ability levels are -and how to teach them the skills they need to find success going forward.

LISA, Inc. has also partnered with other community organizations to help youths in the community. They have partnered with the STEPS Coalition to offer a substance abuse prevention group. They have also partnered with The Bridge Family Center to offer a similar prevention program.

“Our life skills coordinator also goes once a week to Bread for Life to see what they need and to connect people to services,” said Alpert.

For more information on LISA, Inc., call 860-426-0946 or visit lisainc.org.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Southington Herald on Thursday, 7 March 2019 18:46. Updated: Thursday, 7 March 2019 18:49.