This course helps students understand and cope with personal, family, and social challenges. Emphasis is paced on communication, decision-making skills, and building stable relationships with family and peers. The course enables students to implement positive coping mechanisms and promotes understanding of self. It addresses issues that impact teenagers: self-concept, family and peer relationships, substance abuse, personal loss, dating and teenage pregnancy, and child abuse. Emphasis is placed on students taking personal responsibility for life. FCCLA may be an integral part of the course.
Teen Living students in Ms. Judkins class at Wahlquist Junior High participated in a small service learning project. Students gathered materials such as washcloths, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and soap to make hygiene kits to give to local people in need. They were challenged to carry the bag with them or put it in their car and pay attention to the people they see in their community. When each student finds a person they think will benefit from receiving the kit they are to give the kit to that person.
Ms. Lucero presented information to the students about local humanitarian organizations and about the non-profit humanitarian organization she has created called Hands for HOPE. Her organization works to perpetuate education for children in Ghana. During Ms. Lucero visit each student wrote a letters to a child in Ghana. Their letters explained what life is like here in Utah and what it is like to be a teenager in the United States.