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Youth in Transition Toolkit:



Skills for success

Build interpersonal skills

Does the youth exhibit positive interpersonal skills?

Interpersonal skills include attributes such as:

  • Teamwork, cooperation and collaboration, including working effectively with people from diverse social and cultural backgrounds
  • Listening (both active and passive) and respecting opinions
  • Demonstrating empathy and self-control
  • Demonstrating respect for self and others, including personal space and social norms
  • Conflict resolution
  • Awareness: Understand appropriate skills for interpersonal relationships and the importance of these skills in the work environment.
  • Exploration: Identify personal strengths, preferences, interests and needs related to interpersonal skills.
  • Preparation: Practice interpersonal skills at home, school and in the community.
  • Implementation: Use interpersonal skills successfully on the job.

Workplace readiness training

LEARN: Develop your knowledge

Learn how to help youth in demonstrating interpersonal skills.

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DO: Work with youth

Find resources to help youth demonstrate interpersonal skills.

Soft skills to pay the bills is designed for youth development professionals as an introduction to workplace interpersonal and professional skills. The curriculum is targeted for youth ages 14 to 21 in both school and community environments.

Workplace readiness skills from Virginia's CTE Resource Center provides lessons for teachers and other professionals focused around three core areas: personal qualities and abilities, interpersonal skills and professional competencies.

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