Tackling Tough Skills

Tackling the Tough Skills is a fun, innovative and highly interactive life skills curriculum published by University of Missouri Extension to help hard-to-reach adults prepare for success in work and life. The program teaches life and soft skills to improve the ability of adults with children and help them find sustainable employment in a career of their choosing.

Accepted to the Portfolio: 

  • March 2016 - (Social Advocates for Youth)
  • January 2017 - (Becoming Independent)
  • May 2017 - (Goodwill of the Redwood Empire)

Target Outcomes

Short Term Outcomes

  • Access to services & resources
  • Acquire life, job, and parenting skills
  • Learn job search and retention skills
  • Increased awareness, motivation, & career aspiration
  • Family support services through the Family Strengthening & Stabilization program Substance abuse or mental health services

Long Term Outcomes

  • Reduced child/adult welfare costs & poverty
  • Improved financial literacy
  • Family strengthening & stabilization
  • Reduced instances of child abuse/neglect
  • Reduced unemployment
  • Improved economic outcomes in the County
  • Increased community involvement & enrichment
  • Employment, self-sufficiency, career development leading to a sustainable career path

Target Population


  • Transitional Age Youth (16 - 24)
  • Adult (25 - 60)

Service Area


  • Southeast (District 1)
  • Southwest (District 2)
  • Central (District 3)
  • Northeast (District 4)
  • Northwest (District 5)

    Program Implementers

    Program Funders

    Many thanks to the following funders for making this program possible.

    Local Funders

    • Becoming Independent
    • City of Santa Rosa
    • Sonoma County Community Development Commission
    • Sonoma County Human Services Department

    Other Funders

    • California Wellness Foundation
    • Finely Foundation
    • Heck Foundation
    • Hud
    • Kimball Foundation
    • The Press Democrat
    • Workforce Investment Act