Friday, June 17, 2005

ALL IN A DAY’S WORK: Conflict resolution skills are key to success in helping youths gain jobs and independence

Conflict resolution skills viewed as necessary to get and keep a job.More and more people are getting the message that certain fundamental life skills, including conflict resolution, are key to getting and keeping a job.

In support of that point, consider a great story in this morning’s Phoenixville News about the Chester County Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC), a non-profit organization in Pennsylvania dedicated to providing adult literacy and life skills programs. Its goal is to provide training to prepare individuals to gain independence and employment.

OIC recently honored its second graduating class of the Independent Career Action Network (I CAN) Program. This program, aimed at out-of-school youth in the 16-to-21 age bracket, in addition to teaching basic job and learning skills—resume writing, job application strategies, interview techniques, and time management and office technology skills—also teaches conflict resolution skills, along with active listening, problem solving and anger management techniques.

For more on this program or what you can do to support it, please visit the OIC web site.