6 Life Skills All Teens Need Before They Graduate


Life skills are necessary to become a successful, independent adult.  Here are 6 life skills all teens need to achieve self-sufficiency.

1.     Managing Money

Managing home finances is a key skill that will affect their financial welfare throughout their whole lives.  It is important to teach teens about making good financial decisions before they are out on their own.  A few such skills include:


  • Developing a budget and sticking with it
  • Paying bills and taxes
  • Obtaining credit and using it responsibly
  • Saving for the future
  • How interest works
  • Investing
  • Giving to charity

2.    Securing Housing

Many youth have no idea what is involved in finding stable and affordable housing.  Teens need to be aware of various housing options and available financial support as well as the many responsibilities related to housing.  Here are just a few:


  • Insurance
  • Rent
  • Security deposits
  • How to get approved
  • Moving Costs

 3.     Building Relationships

Permanent, supportive relationships and connections are critical to a young adult’s well-being.  In addition, as teens become more independent and begin to explore career opportunities they must understand how to relate well to and work with others.  Interpersonal skills and character education skills are essential.  These are just a few of those important skills:


  • Communication skills
  • Civic responsibility
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Anger Management

 4.     Pursuing Educational and Career Goals

Whether it be college, vocational training, military, or finding a job, youth need the knowledge and skills to navigate the road ahead.  A few of the major ones include:


  • Job and school applications
  • Interview tips
  • Resumes and cover letters
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Study Skills
  • Tuition, scholarships, and grant opportunities

 5.    Maintaining Health and Wellness

It is important to teach youth the importance of a healthy lifestyle.  As listed below, this includes everything from diet, exercise, coping with stress, and teaching the risks involved with drug and alcohol abuse.


  • Making healthy food choices
  • Securing health insurance
  • Physical activity
  • Stress Management
  • Medical Needs
  • Alcohol and drug abuse

6.     Daily Living Skills

Youth also need guidance and practice to learn the many aspects of home life on their own.  These daily living skills are important in teaching youth to be successful on their own:


  • Housekeeping skills
  • Transportation needs
  • Decision making skills
  • Grocery shopping
  • Laundry
  • Preparing meals
  • Making house repairs
  • Handling emergencies
Posted in At-Risk Youth, Education, Independent Living Skills by craig.templeman at June 3rd, 2014.

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