Youth Life Skills

Youth Life Skills

Phone: 260.467.6370
Principal: Marc Outlaw
Address: 1200 South Barr Street Fort Wayne, IN. 46802


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Academic Assessment (TABE) Dates:

(8:00 A. M. Starting Time/11:30 Ending Time)

2015 Dates

2016 Dates

August: 4th, 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th January: 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th
September: 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th February: 10th, 17th and 24th
October: 7th, 14th and 21st March: 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd
November: 4th, 11th and 18th April: 13th and 20th
December: 2nd, 8th and 13th May: 4th

Youth Life Skills saw a final enrollment of 316 students

At closing of the 2011-12 school year, the staff at Youth Life Skills saw a final enrollment of 316 students. Of the 316 students, based on credits, 123 students were classified as seniors. Of the 123 classified seniors 86 students completed the academic course work required to obtain their high school diploma. We salute all 316 students for not giving up and dropping out of school. We are especially elated with the 86 students who faced the challenges that caused them to contemplate dropping out, overcame them and gained the academic credits they needed to obtain their high school diploma.

Contemplating dropping out of school extends far beyond that of Fort Wayne Community Schools into a life of social, psychological and economical challenges. The Fort Wayne Community Schools Youth Life Skills, the alternative school by choice, embrace the opportunity to educate all students to high standards, enabling them to become productive, responsible citizens. We are committed to working cooperatively with parents and the community to prepare our students for success in the endeavors of their choice.

Youth Life Skills

Youth Life Skills (YLS) was designed to assist in the prevention or discouragement of students leaving high school before they graduate. Youth Life Skills is an alternative to mainstream or traditional classroom structure. Youth Life Skills offers a non-traditional approach to education, focusing on the student as an individual and catching those who have fallen through the cracks. At Youth Life Skills we believe leaving school without a diploma negatively impacts the lives of individuals both their professional and personal. Youth Life Skills primary goal is to prepare students for lifetime achievement by creating an innovative and academically excellent school.

Many students and parents choose Youth Life Skills because of the small class sizes, an individualized learning process that equates to positive productive and an environment conducive to each student’s learning style. Youth Life Skills acknowledges the fact that students who attend Youth Life Skills enjoy an individualized high school experience in an environment that offers:

  • close student-teacher relationship
  • student decision-making
  • diverse curriculum
  • peer guidance & Parental involvement
  • more flexibility in academic scheduling
  • diverse curriculum built around each student’s goals, needs and learning style (s)
  • an environment where students feel engaged, empowered and challenged
  • an environment of mutual respect for every person
  • a certified High School Diploma from their home school
  • Instructional standards designed by the Indiana Department of Education and implemented by certified teachers

General Information:

  • Founded: 1995
  • Licensure: IDOE – State of Indiana
  • Accreditation: NCA CASI (North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement)
  • Professional Development: District support, conferences, seminars and online opportunities.
  • Located: 1200 South Barr Street (Anthis Career Center).
  • Enrollment: Year Round
  • Program Duration: 9 months

Students Admitted:
  • Grades: 9-12
  • School District: FWCS (Fort Wayne Community Schools)

Admission Process:

  • Determine whether Youth Life Skills would be a good fit for your son or daughter.
  • Determine whether your son or daughter is a good fit for Youth Life Skills. (We only accept students who are strongly interested in obtaining their high school diploma or credits leading to their high school diploma).
  • Contact your son or daughter’s high school guidance counselor for required documents (referral form, transcript and any specialized testing – ECA).
  • Schedule a diagnostic test to determine your son or daughter’s academic skill level. (A testing score of 7.0 or higher is preferred). Contact Youth Life Skills to obtain results of testing at (260) 467-6370.
  • Schedule an orientation and start date. (First 30 days are a probationary period to determine the student/program cohesion).

IDOE identification number: 0992

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Student Testimonial

Being here at Youth Life Skills has been a very enlightening experience. I absolutely love the staff and the young adults that I work with daily. I've worked at other organizations at which I had direct interaction with young men and women, and YLS is completely different. At YLS the young men and women understand what is expected of them and they meet that expectation. What I really enjoy most is the order and structure of Youth Life Skills. Mr. Outlaw and the staff provide a loving and supportive atmosphere for the young adults, but they don't compromise on the rules or regulations. This practiced model is absolutely opposite from the organization I came from. I can confidently say, without any doubt or uncertainty, that I really do see the impact that we are making on the lives of the young men and women that choose to participate in Youth Life Skills Educational Program of Choice.

--Jermaine Jackson

Staff Stories

Although I have not been with Youth Life Skills nearly as long as some of the other staff, I know I am in it for the long haul. I truly enjoy walking into school every day to be greeted by students and staff alike. It is a close knit community that I would compare to being a family. The staff works closely and harmoniously together to meet the goals of students. Communication and common ground seem to be the key to student success.

Youth Life Skills receives a diverse population of students and it is a pleasure getting to know each and every one that walk through my door. Making that connection with each student goes a long way. This paves the way for a mutual respect which I find leads to a productive learning environment. Here students have the guidance and the discipline to find what really helps them excel and I think that is what makes this place so special. I love that here at Youth Life Skills every student gets rewarded for their hard work and no person gets lost in the crowd. Helping students to stay on track and meet their goals is tremendously rewarding to me.

--Mrs. Relue

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