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Life University

At "Life University", people experiencing homelessness can learn personal self-care skills, professional development skills, and housing and life skills. Classes can be taught by service providers, community members/mentors, and other people experiencing homelessness. Classes can be hosted in underused spaces that are temporarily repurposed for pop-up classes.

Impact: 

  • People stay emotionally, mentally, and physically healthy through learning, and increasing self-efficacy, self-care, self worth, coping skills, and mindfulness.

  • People are able to self-resolve their homelessness through gaining skills, connections, development of support networks, and creating/identifying opportunities.

  • People are better at maintaining housing and jobs because they have the skills to integrate into society.

  • Volunteer opportunities for community members are more meaningful when they can connect with people experiencing homelessness through teaching of skills.

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We asked members of Austin's Homelessness Advisory Committee to participate in a poster activity where they came up with possible classes they'd like to see at Life University. Here are some of their ideas: 

Social Skills

Social Skills

Conflict Resolution

Conflict Resolution

Anger Management

Anger Management

Health Club

Health Club

Coping Mechanisms

Coping Mechanisms