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Life Skills Training offers instruction in daily living domains such as budgeting and financial management, communication, decision making, self care, and housing.  Assistance in obtaining a high school diploma, career exploration, vocational training, job placement, and job retention are also included.

Case workers can refer adolescents, who are at least 14 years of age and in a DCP&P paid placement, for Life Skills training.  If adolescents are in a DCP&P sponsored living arrangement or a congregate care setting, they may be receiving this training as part of their ongoing programming; if they are, then they need not be referred to the stand alone Life Skills training programs.  There are only a limited number of Life Skills training slots contracted for in each county.  Following is the list of contracted Life Skills training providers:

Atlantic County Atlantic County Youth Advocacy Program (YAP) (609) 345-7333
Bergen County Care Plus NJ "Homeward Boud" (201) 797-2600x 125
Burlington County Burlington County Youth Advocacy Program (YAP) (609)261-9300
Burlington County Crossroads Programs, Inc. "Just for You" (609) 880-0210
Camden County Camden County Youth Advocacy Program (YAP) (856) 546-3701
Camden County Crossroads Programs, Inc. "Just for You" (609) 880-0210

Cumberland/Cape May

Cumberland & Cape May Counties Youth Advocacy Program (YAP) (856) 691-1540
Essex County Multicultural Community Services (732) 650-0330
Essex County Independence: A Family of Services (973) 372-5601x210
Essex County The Bridge (973) 589-2287
Gloucester/Salem Gloucester/Salem Youth Advocacy Program (YAP) (856) 848-0165
Hudson County Urban League of Hudson County "Life Skills Program" (201) 451-8888
Hunterdon County Catholic Charities (908) 782-7905
Mercer County LifeTies, Inc. "T.I.L.T." (609) 671-0040
Middlesex/Monmouth Multicultural Community Services (732) 650-0330
Morris/Sussex/Warrren Plaid house, Inc. "Aging Out Program" (973) 285-1982
Ocean County Preferred Children's Services "Project Independence" (732) 367-1352
Passaic County Paterson YMCA "Aging Out Youth" Program (973) 684-2320x55
Somerset County Somerset home for Temporarily Displaced Children "Pathways Program" (908) 526-4567
Union County Community Access Unlimited "Transitional Services Program" (908) 354-3040