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The Ready for Life Program

  • The Ready for Life Program provides workshops, case management and other services.
Newcomer families may find it difficult to balance old ways of solving problems versus new ways here in the U.S.

When newcomers arrive to the U.S. some of their initial priorities include settling into their new home, finding a way to pay their bills, and trying to establish some level of normalcy. Newcomer families may find it difficult to balance old ways of solving problems versus new ways here in the U.S. In addition, as with any major life-changing event, other concerns and issues may arise that were not present before. This is where the Ready for Life program at NSC comes in. The program aims to help participants learn skills to strengthen relationships at home, at school, with friends and at work, reduce stress, problem solve as a family or with others, and work through financial issues with family members.

The Ready for Life program provides the following services to participants:

Workshop Series: The workshops will focus on teaching participants communication and life skills. ​In these workshops, participants will learn skills to effectively communicate within their relationships, solve difficult problems with family members and friends, and address financial concerns as a family. The 16-hour workshop series is completed in four weeks including a makeup session. ​Classes will be held twice a week for 2 hours via zoom for 4 weeks and will be given Mondays through Thursdays in the mornings and the evenings. 

Some of the communication skills that will be covered include:​ Showing understanding, expressing more directly, discussing a problem, & resolving a problem. 

​Some of the life skills that will be covered include: ​Saving money, budgeting, planning for education, resolving trauma, dealing with peer pressure, and planning for healthy relationships.

Light Case Management: R4L will offer light case management to all participants. ​Participants will receive these services for 7 months. ​Light case management translates to resource referrals on a need's basis. ​Each client will receive a needs assessment at intake to determine which needs they currently have and what resources can be provided. ​R4L will provide the following types of referrals: ​Education, Employment, Food, Clothing, Legal, Health, Mental Health, Social Groups, and Arts & Culture.

Program Evaluation: The Ready 4 Life program is part of a Randomized Control Trial (RCT) funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Wellness Office of Family Assistance. NSC is collaborating with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) on this new venture and program evaluation. In order to ensure that what is provided to participants is effective, the Ready for Life program will continuously track participant progress with the use of pre and post-testing tools.

Eligibility and Referral: The program is open to individuals 14-24 who have moved to the U.S. and would like help improving their relationships through skill-building and community resources. For more information about the Ready for Life Program or to make a referral, please contact: Colin MacFarlane at cmacfarlane@nscphila.org.

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