Essential Life Skills for Adolescent Empowerment

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Going from childhood to adulthood is a path full of challenges and responsibilities for adolescents. During this time, they also develop life skills that will sustain them from their adolescent years to young adulthood – helping them adapt to change and thrive as they get older. A study showed that 75% of adolescents between the ages of 12 and 25 lack a clear sense of purpose and are intimidated by “adulting.”

Group support can be an important part of learning life skills.

The Significance of Life Skills for Adolescents

Recognizing the significance of this developmental phase and providing life skills assistance becomes an important part of equipping adolescents with the tools needed to lead fulfilling and successful lives. This guide will help identify some of the essential life skills that Launch Centers’ programs can help with for young adults who want to claim independence in their life.

Help with Housing

For many adolescents, transitioning to independent living can be daunting. Life skills assistance should include guidance on securing stable housing, whether through renting, purchasing, or alternative arrangements. Adolescents should learn about tenant rights, lease agreements, and budgeting for housing expenses to foster a sense of security and autonomy in their living arrangements.

Nutrition Planning

A balanced diet is crucial for physical and mental well-being during adolescence, a period of rapid growth and development. Life skills assistance should encompass nutrition planning, educating adolescents about healthy food choices, meal preparation, and portion control. By fostering healthy eating habits, adolescents can fuel their bodies and minds for optimal performance and overall well-being.

Meal Planning

Learning to plan and prepare meals is an essential life skill that promotes independence and self-sufficiency. Adolescents should receive guidance on meal planning techniques, grocery shopping, and culinary skills to create nutritious and cost-effective meals. Meal planning empowers adolescents to take control of their dietary choices and cultivate healthy eating habits that last a lifetime.


Financial literacy is a cornerstone of adult life, and adolescents benefit greatly from learning essential budgeting skills. Life skills assistance should include education on income management, expense tracking, and creating a realistic budget that aligns with their financial goals. By mastering budgeting skills, adolescents can develop responsible spending habits and lay the foundation for financial stability.


Understanding the basics of credit is essential for making informed financial decisions and building a positive credit history. Life skills assistance should cover topics such as credit scores, credit reports, and responsible credit card use. Adolescents should learn how to establish and maintain good credit habits to access favorable borrowing terms and achieve their long-term financial goals.


Planning for the future is crucial for financial security and stability. Life skills assistance should include education on the importance of savings, retirement planning, and investment strategies. Adolescents should learn about different saving and investment vehicles, such as savings accounts, retirement accounts, and stocks, to grow their wealth and prepare for future expenses and milestones.


Prioritizing self-care is essential for maintaining physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Life skills assistance should emphasize the importance of self-care practices, such as relaxation techniques, mindfulness, and stress management strategies. Adolescents should learn to recognize signs of burnout and implement self-care routines that promote balance and resilience in their daily lives.

Time Management

Effective time management is essential for juggling academic, personal, and social commitments. Life skills assistance should include strategies for prioritizing tasks, setting goals, and managing time effectively. Adolescents should learn to create schedules and routines that optimize productivity and balance, allowing them to achieve their goals while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.


Regular physical activity is vital for overall health and well-being. Life skills assistance should promote the importance of exercise and provide guidance on incorporating physical activity into daily routines. Adolescents should explore various forms of exercise and find activities that they enjoy to foster a lifelong commitment to fitness and healthy living.

Personal Care

Maintaining personal hygiene and grooming habits is essential for self-confidence and social well-being. Life skills assistance should cover basic personal care routines, such as bathing, grooming, and oral hygiene. Adolescents should learn the importance of self-care and develop habits that promote physical health and self-esteem.

Health Appointments/Progress

Taking an active role in managing one’s health is crucial for overall well-being. Life skills assistance should encourage adolescents to schedule regular health appointments, such as check-ups and screenings, and track their health progress. Adolescents should learn about preventive healthcare measures and how to communicate effectively with healthcare providers to advocate for their health needs.

Stress Management

Adolescence can be a stressful time, with academic pressures, social challenges, and personal responsibilities. Life skills assistance should include stress management techniques, such as relaxation exercises, mindfulness practices, and time management strategies. Adolescents should learn to identify sources of stress and develop coping mechanisms to manage stress effectively and maintain emotional resilience.

Meal prep and nutrition can be an important life skill to learn.

Launch Centers’ Approach to Life Skills for Adolescents

Life skills assistance plays a vital role in empowering adolescents to efficiently transition to adulthood with confidence and resilience. Even when their path is overcome with mental health issues or addiction, recovery accompanied with life skills assistance supports the journey to adulthood. By providing guidance and support in essential areas such as housing, nutrition, budgeting, self-care, and stress management, we can equip adolescents with the tools they need to thrive in all aspects of life. Launch Centers’ life skills program focuses on the emotional growth needs of young adults – allowing them to manage all components of their mental and physical health and transition into adulthood with confidence. Call us today to discuss our life skills program.

About Our Founder

Jose Hernandez, for over a decade, has been involved in alcohol and addiction recovery helping people succeed in overcoming substance abuse and regaining control of their lives. He has experience in all aspects of the recovery world, from facilitating entry into treatment as an intervention specialist to counseling and case management at rehabilitation facilities. Jose has worked one-on-one with individuals as a sober companion and with groups as a resident counselor at addiction treatment centers and is certified by the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC) to practice as a substance abuse counselor.

Through his professional experiences in crisis intervention, drug and alcohol detoxification, substance abuse counseling, and relapse prevention, Jose has developed a unique plan for case management that bridges the gap between a person’s painful past of substance abuse and a future of sobriety.

At Riviera Recovery, a sober living facility with multiple locations, clients continue their transition from the supportive environment of a treatment center to living well and happily in the “real” world. The program he designed at Riviera Recovery personalizes treatment plans that enable clients, including those with a single or dual-diagnosed mental health disorder, to embrace a satisfying life.

His greatest endeavor has been establishing LAUNCH, a Los Angeles-based life skills intensive outpatient program for young adults. LAUNCH works with recovering men and women to establish personal vocational and educational goals and develop the tools to successfully meet them. His mission is to ensure that no one stands alone in his or her recovery.

Meet Our Clinical Team

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Jess Beck, LCSW

Clinical Director

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Eric Chaghouri, MD


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Chloe Kruskol, LCSW

Family Program Manager

Our Testimonials

Clients and Professionals Share Their Experience

  • HO

    Launch provided care on multiple levels. The highly skilled therapist coupled with the focus on purpose and long-term goals refocused my recovery from what previous treatment centers pushed onto me. I went from believing that I needed years of treatment to believing I needed years happiness and success. I began to focus on what I wanted to accomplish with my life. I came to realize all the things my addiction and mental illness had taken from me, and I used my future goals as a reason to never pick up again. Due to the passion that Launch instilled in me, I have pursued my future with excitement and dedication.

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    This place changed my life! I’ve had good laughs, good cries, shared a lot of heart to heart moments and grew a loving bond with everyone at Launch Centers. I will always be grateful!!! I really do miss it time to time. I highly recommend Launch Centers!

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  • Ben

    This treatment facility has changed my life. I have always struggled with my mental health and this young adult program provided me with the necessary skills to launch to adulthood. I commend anyone who struggles with mental health or substance use (which was not me) to try this program out. It will change your life.

  • Conner

    Launch Centers Treatment was a major help to me. The therapists and staff genuinely cared about me and truly helped me to make a plan for my future. My personal therapists helped me to discover where some of my deeper issues came from. All of the staff worked tirelessly with me to talk through my issues, or just about life, and offered realistic solutions to my current problems and situation. All of the staff went above and beyond and advocated relentlessly for me. I am very grateful that I was able to have such a wonderful experience with Launch.

  • Adam

    In no uncertain terms Launch Centers changed my life. The staff at Launch are professional, knowledgable and relatable. They keep the format diverse and interesting which kept me engaged in the process. The greatest thing we can do in life is seek to improve ourselves. Launch gave me a skill set I consider to be invaluable in the journey of becoming the best version of myself. I would implore anybody considering Launch to step outside their comfort zone and go, you will not regret it.


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