the spring of 1997, Washington State Cooperative Extension was
awarded a 5-year State Strengthening Grant from our federal partners
at USDA, the Cooperative State Research Extension and Education
System. State Strengthening Grants are awarded to states to accomplish
improve the statewide capacity to support community-based programs
for children, youth, and families at risk.
improve the quality and quantity of comprehensive community-based
programs for children, youth, and families at risk.
Washington, our State Strengthening Grant project, strives to
attain these goals through community collaborations, strengths-based
programs and inclusivity of community partners. In order to measure
if the goal of the quality of programs was being met by the PIPS
project, this evaluation system was created. It was felt that
everyone doing youth and family programs could benefit from this
evaluation system, so the process of creating a statewide life
skills evaluation system was employed.
skill outcomes were chosen as measurements of quality because
Family Living and 4-H Youth Development programs focus their work
on teaching youth and adults the life skills necessary to become
capable, competent and caring citizens. The life skills model
"Targeting Life Skills" (TLS)
by Pat Hendricks of Iowa State University was used as a model
to create this system.
VALUE OF THE TLS MODEL
The Targeting Life Skills (TLS) Model consists of 35 life skills.
These life skills were identified through a process of reviewing
and integrating numerous life skills models. Those life skills
or competencies that consistently emerged as being necessary for
individuals to attain success in life were used (Hendricks, 1999).
that incorporate the TLS Model help individuals reach their full
potential through a positive approach to life skill development.
The model provides a format incorporating major points of program
information and skill practice at the appropriate developmental
level for the target audience
specific learning objectives for life skill development that
an instructional plan that creates experiences based on experiential
learning theory to achieve life skill development
observable/measurable indicators of change using these indicators
to effectively evaluate program impact/goal. (Hendricks, 1999)
more about the TLS Model and to order support materials, see the
Model Web site.
EIGHT LIFE SKILLS have
been selected in Washington State to measure on a statewide basis.
These were chosen through a consensus process with over 70 Family
Living and 4-H Youth Development faculty and staff in the spring
of 1999. In the future, more life skills may be added. Currently
the life skills are:
Wise Use of Resources
Useful / Marketable Skills
Healthy Lifestyle Choices
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