Life Skills

The Life Skills component of the RISE program aims to provide information, resources and strategies that can increase participant employ-ability and general social stability through improved understanding of cognitive awareness, professionalism, and civic/family responsibility.

Life Skills/ Community and Personal Responsibility (CPR):
Life Skills/CPR is designed to serve as the first step in helping prepare the formally incarcerated for their transition back into the community. The curriculum enables participants to understand what is necessary to begin making responsible decisions. In addition, participants are encouraged to address the issues associated with the trauma of incarceration. Life Skills is an 10 day training class that runs Monday-Friday from 9am-12:30pm for 2 consecutive weeks. This class is also offered within the Philadelphia Prison System.

Life Skills focuses on:

  • Improved Self Esteem/ Confidence
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Positive Relationships
  • Community Service
  • Community Involvement (i.e. registering to vote)
  • Financial Literacy:
    Through a partnership with Clarifi, RISE provides individuals with the tools needed to begin to understand the importance of financial awareness, credit counseling and budgeting. (
  • Anger Management/Parenting (Fatherhood Enrichment Program):
    In collaboration with The Fatherhood Enrichment Program, RISE provides a realistic approach to addressing anger issues and learning best practices for conflict resolution. In addition, fathers are given tools to better their parenting skills and become more engaged with their children in a positive manner (See Fatherhood)

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