Welcome to Youth Life Skills

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Youth Life Skills

Marc Outlaw
1200 South Barr Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Main Office
Youth Life Skills Building

Academic Assessment (TABE) Dates:

(8:00 A. M. Starting Time/11:30 Ending Time)

2018 Dates

 2019 Dates

August: 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 January: 9, 16, 23, and 30
September: 5, 12, 19, and 26 February: 6, 13, 20, and 27
October: 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 March: 6, 13, 20, and 27
November: 7 and 22 April: 10, 17, and 24
December: 5 and 12 May: 8, only

Youth Life Skills (YLS) was designed to assist in the prevention or discouragement of students leaving high school before they graduate. Youth Life Skills is an alternative to mainstream or traditional classroom structure. Youth Life Skills offers a non-traditional approach to education, focusing on the student as an individual and catching those who have fallen through the cracks. At Youth Life Skills we believe leaving school without a diploma negatively impacts the lives of individuals both their professional and personal. Youth Life Skills primary goal is to prepare students for lifetime achievement by creating an innovative and academically excellent school. Many students and parents choose Youth Life Skills because of the small class sizes, an individualized learning process that equates to positive productive and an environment conducive to each student’s learning style. Youth Life Skills acknowledges the fact that students who attend Youth Life Skills enjoy an individualized high school experience in an environment that offers: 

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 -Anonymous As someone who struggles to focus in general, my home school had so many distractions.  I was bullied, distracted, and not getting one on one time I needed in my classes.  I never pushed myself so neither did my teachers. I tried many different approaches to getting my education such as home schooling and other high schools in our area.  I was looking for motivation but I never found it.   Instead I found the same mean kids, rude teachers and various distractions.  I tried to return to my home school, my counselor explained to me that my lack of academic success prevented me from returning.  However, the counselor explained Youth Life Skills to me.  I have been attending YLS ever since.  On my first day I fell in love with the teachers, the accepting people, the open minds and the diversity of the students attending there.  Everyone is friendly, caring and wants to see me succeed. At Youth Life Skills we are not viewed as charity cases.  We are hard, determined students treated with respect.  This year I will graduate.           

- Dajanique W. My home school was not at all right for me.  Since coming to YLS, I have seen and felt like I matter as a person.  At YLS I am not just a GPA or test score even though I know both are important.  I am a student trying my best to get an education. At YLS I can go to my teachers and they know who I am.  In my courses the teachers know many of my strengths and weaknesses.  When I am struggling, on assignments, the teachers provide the one-on-one assistance I need to understand.   I really love the time I have spent at YLS.  It has made my high school experience so much better than where I started.  I am a more confident me, much more than I ever was.  I do believe being here helped me grow as an adult.

- Jackie S. I believe Youth Life Skills has a learning environment more suitable for me than my home school.  With smaller classes, one-on-one help from my teachers and the ability to work at my own pace has allowed me to be more comfortable and more willing to work.

- Derrick M. I feel as though I can be more open with the teachers and staff at Youth Life Skills.  I also feel safer here than at my home school.  I can focus more on my education and my future. 

- Mrs. Relue Although I have not been with Youth Life Skills nearly as long as some of the other staff, I know I am in it for the long haul. I truly enjoy walking into school every day to be greeted by students and staff alike. It is a close knit community that I would compare to being a family. The staff works closely and harmoniously together to meet the goals of students. Communication and common ground seem to be the key to student success.Youth Life Skills receives a diverse population of students and it is a pleasure getting to know each and every one that walk through my door. Making that connection with each student goes a long way. This paves the way for a mutual respect which I find leads to a productive learning environment. Here students have the guidance and the discipline to find what really helps them excel and I think that is what makes this place so special. I love that here at Youth Life Skills every student gets rewarded for their hard work and no person gets lost in the crowd. Helping students to stay on track and meet their goals is tremendously rewarding to me.