LIFE SKILLS "building human capital for a happier, healthier and successful future"

Each Friday crew members gather for personal development. training and program planning. They assess their resources, identify their strengths and review their personal goals. Partners support the members with healthy coping skills, financial management, nutrition and supportive services.

Crew members complete a full week orientation learning the history of conservation corps programs beginning with President Roosevelt's "tree army" in 1933 to the Gulf Coast Restoration Initiative which supported Franklin's Promise Coalition to establish the Conservation Corps of the Forgotten Coast in 2014. The majority of the orientation week is spent completing the "Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin' By World" curriculum including both personal and community assessments as well as goal setting. This training facilitates crew members to investigate barriers to their personal success and presents tools to navigate the hidden rules of economic class and build their human capital.

Each Friday consists of trainings and supportive services which include healthy coping skills, anger management, employability skills, financial management and health/nutrition.

Crew members engage in volunteer projects and service learning opportunities with a broad range of community partners as a way to expand their support systems, build additional skills and bridge their social capital. 

Life Skills Developed:

  • Nutrition for the Workplace, UF/IFAS and the Franklin County Health Department

  • Healthy Coping Skills and Anger Management Techniques, Dr. Sarah Madson, PHY.D

  • Financial Management, UF/IFAS, Capital Area Community Action Agency

  • Skills for the Workplace, CareerSource Gulf Coast

  • Civic Engagement and Responsibility, supporting the Apalachicola Oyster Cook-Off, the Florida Seafood Festival, Franklin Toy Project, Bay Day Open House, Estuary Day, Seniors Services, the Apalachicola Volunteer Fire Department, and the Franklin County Food Pantry

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