A Day in the Life

Project L.I.F.T. members are presented with skilled trade work assignments that they will experience in the “Real World”. Throughout their time with Project L.I.F.T., task is completed simultaneously with an individualized treatment model and mentoring plan that runs throughout the entire course of the program. This program is designed to be intensive for the first 14 to 16 weeks (or 4 months), and then decrease into an "After-Care" program specific to each member’s needs, with no set time limit or completion date.

Work Experiences

Through Project L.I.F.T.’s Work Experiences program, members engage in paid work experiences. We currently focus on auto repair, boatbuilding, sewing, screenprinting, upholstery, gardening and general carpentry work, as explained further under Occupational Skills Training. However, we also explore members’ individualized interests and find resources to help foster the exploration of those unique interests.

Project L.I.F.T. also offers a Screen Printing work-training program, where teens can learn a trade while being exposed to the operations of a small business. They are able to use our textile printer, offer competitive rates to clients and learn about invoicing and the value of making a profit while providing a desired product to customers. 

Occupational Skills Training

Through Project L.I.F.T.’s Occupational Skills Training program, members’ gain valuable hands-on work experience and introductory employment training in areas that include, but are not limited to: auto repair, tiling, plumbing, welding, textile printing, graphic design, auto body, boat building and general carpentry.

Leadership Development through Community Service

Through Project L.I.F.T.’s Leadership Development program, members are given the opportunity to participate in repair and restoration activities. For example, members worked to repair a vehicle that was donated to Project L.I.F.T.  That vehicle is then given to a struggling family who is in critical need of the vehicle.  Members are also given opportunities to use their new skills to benefit families and individuals in need throughout our community and also to collaborate with other non-profit service organizations through the repair or restoration of homes and buildings.

Mentoring

Project L.I.F.T. utilizes a set of exceptional volunteer mentors and skilled tradesmen who are paired with each of our members. These skilled tradesmen and female business leaders are pre-screened and follow certain criteria that enhance Project L.I.F.T.'s philosophy of clear-minded decision making, sobriety and mental health.

Comprehensive Mental Health Counseling

Through Project L.I.F.T.’s Comprehensive Mental Health Counseling, our goal is to provide accessable and sustainable mental health services for the most at risk, needy and dependent patients in our community. Often these patients are victums of crime or abuse with a past history of delinquency due to trauma inflicted during a trying time of their life!  This treatment includes substance abuse counseling, individual and/or group mental health treatment, group treatment which deal with anger, depression, anxiety and family functional issues.

Project L.I.F.T. combines three different components to foster and support good mental health: leadership group training, mentoring, and unique opportunities to give back to a community in need.

The first component is a skills streaming cognitive behavioral approach. The intention is for participants to learn from life events while discovering new ways to handle situations that would otherwise lead to trouble. The second component is anger management, which establishes the steps to prevent angry reactions and instead encourages participants to choose proactive problem-solving solutions. The third focus is moral reasoning, which prompts participants to evaluate a situation with an appropriate level of maturity, while also applying values such as loyalty, honesty and trust.