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Tackling the Tough Skills

Tackling the Tough Skills is an evidence based program that was developed by the University of Missouri Extension to assist those receiving assistance from the Department of Social Services to address some of the barriers to achieving self-sufficiency.

This is one program Prowers County Department of Human Services uses as one of its Welfare-to-Work initiatives.

The curriculum has been utilized by agencies from all 50 states and numerous countries including Canada, England, Australia, Ecuador, Korea, and Hungary. It’s designed to serve clients who may have experienced under-employment, unemployment, criminal history, incarceration, poverty, or generational poverty.

The program focuses on five main components to accomplish this goal. Throughout this six week program, participants will explore and identify their strengths and weaknesses and develop a plan of action for their family.

Some of the learning outcomes are:

• Interpersonal Skills

• Conflict Resolution

• Communication

• Financial Literacy

• Responsibility

• Problem Solving

• Volunteerism

• Preparing for the Workplace

• Job Search/Job Placement

• Ways to gain more education/experience

• Nurturing Parenting


For more information, please contact  at 719-336-7486 ext. 182 or email: