Many young people have difficulty standing up for themselves and making decisions that are in their own interest. They are drawn into situations where they are uncomfortable because they have weak decision making skills and have difficulty standing up to peers. Essential life skills may be developed and enhanced through the Real Life Issues approach.

In language arts and social science classes students may read, write about, and role play:

  • Alternative ways to effectively respond to at risk situations promoted by peers,
  • Ways to disengage from and resolve conflict,
  • How to avoid situations involving high risk sexual behavior, or
  • Methods to deflate, stand in opposition to, and seek support in the context of bullying and social ostracism.

All of these activities encourage the development of important social skills students need to bypass unhealthy behavior.

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