Life Steps

These Life Steps are available at The Franciscan Center to help youth learn emotional maturity.

The ABCs of Emotional Intelligence

This vital program outlines the key elements of emotional intelligence – Assets, Balance, and Character – as students discover they have the power to bounce back, balance emotional and academic demands, and make positive choices.

Knowing Who You Are/Values

Self-knowledge, the most fundamental life skill, is promoted as teens learn how to reflect on their own behavior, learn from experience, develop integrity, moral and spiritual character to develop a good value system.

Taking Charge

This critical program builds the emotional skills of responsibility as students integrate the fundamentals of self-control: taking charge of their emotions, coping with stress, avoiding impulsive behavior, developing self-discipline, and managing anger.

Bouncing Back

In this indispensable program, students learn the essentials of resiliency: how to identify internal strengths and external support, build perseverance, and maintain a positive sense of self-worth and optimism. The complex issues of depression and suicidal thoughts are also explored.

Empathy, Caring and Compassion

Students explore the critical skills that make up empathy: the importance of compassion and the moral imperative to help others in need – particularly the victims of bullying.

Creative Problem Solving

This central video presents the LifeSteps Eight Point Problem-Solving Program, which teaches teens how to identify problems, deal with them forthrightly, brainstorm creative options, and choose positive solutions.

Building Character

Teens develop the elements of good character as they learn to navigate complicated dilemmas of adolescence: what to do when friends are making bad choices about drugs, stealing, lying to parents, and drinking and driving. Moving portraits of courage and will power are spotlighted.


This program fosters respect as the fundamental value of democracy in a diverse society. Barriers to respect, such as prejudice and bigotry, are explored as students learn that empathy and respect are the basis of all healthy relationships.


Teens master the first rule of responsibility: to do no harm to themselves or others as they confront difficult choices about sex. Dependability and trustworthiness are championed as students learn to ask themselves the guiding question: What is the most important thing I need to be doing right now?

Developing Healthy Relationships

Teens learn to build their own personal support system, recognize true friends, and develop positive refusal skills. This program also advances the critical skill of negotiating with parents.

Doing Your Best

This inspirational program instills the essential skills of success: motivation, commitment, goal setting, persistence, and the power of self-confidence and optimism. An appreciation of excellence is stressed.


(716) 822-8017

1910 Seneca Street
Buffalo, NY 14210