Helping Tweens/Teens On and Off the Spectrum

Life’s toolbox is a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit that offers life skill classes for teens, young adults, and veterans. Our goal is to assist participants in gaining or regaining productive life skills though engagement in activities while focusing on their strengths and gifts. In our teen and young adults programs, we explore how to gain life skills which will increase community and vocational opportunities. For veterans, our goal is to introduce or reintroduce life skills to assist in assimilating back into the community.  We will be offering small classes and workshops with an emphasis on pre vocational skills, artisan activities, productive social skills, and coping mechanisms taught by professionals (occupational therapists, MFTs, and behavior therapists) and local artisans. Occupational therapy interns from a local colleges and universities will also be part of the life skills team.

We have private, public, and member classes and workshops.

We go to private schools and clubs to provide classes for the students at those locations.  While the classes are listed on the calendar to illustrate our openness to travel and provide classes, they are not available to the general public.  

Tweens, Teens, and Young Adults

Our classes and workshops have five levels.

The public is welcome to sign up for Level 1 classes and workshops. These classes provide a jumping off point where the teens can explore basic classes in small group settings and begin to learn about life skills.  This is also a trial period to determine if the teen has the skill sets to move onto level 2 classes.

Level 2: Gaining and Refining Life Skills

After a teen has successfully completed at least five Level 1 classes, they can seek to explore more higher level classes.    Perspective teens and families need to go to a leveling up workshop to gain information on what is expected for level 2s.  Following that, family and teen will have a comprehensive assessment to determine if the teen has the initial skill set to move onto level 2 classes. This takes about 2 hours and there is a $150.00 one time assessment fee. 

Level 3: Community Service

Once the life skills have been practiced in the small group setting, it is important for the teens to transfer the skills into community settings.  Teens and families will be required to attend another leveling up class to determine if the teen is able to move to this level.  If accepted, they will be required to attend preparatory classes to go onto community service field trips so they may practice how to adapt skills they gained in Level 1 and 2 classes into community settings.

Level 4: Transitioning to a Mentor’s Apprentice

Participants continue their journey and begin to assist at classes and workshops with level 1 and 2 teens.  This is the time for them to hone the skills they have gained and practice and begin to explore leadership skills.

Level 5: Creating a Class of Their Own

Participants and families seek out a mentor from Life’s Toolbox and begin to design a life skills class or workshop

Tinkerer’s Workshops

Participants who have successfully completed certain vocational classes will be invited to a Tinkerer’s Workshop where tools and supplies are available for the participants to use. An example course would be leather tooling or scrapbooking.


Our veteran programs run on an individual basis with local groups.  For additional information, please go to the Contact Us section to ask for specific programs offered at this time.

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605, 2019

04/27/19 TASK

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04/27/19 TASK Last weekend, Life’s Toolbox had a great day full of fun at Tewinkle Park in Costa Mesa. There, Life’s Toolbox had the opportunity to set up a booth TASK, which is a family fun day and resource fair for individuals with disabilities, as well as their families. During

605, 2019

04/29-05/03 Golden View

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04/29-05/03 Golden View  This week at Golden View big changes were completed at the garden! The planters will be labeled so that students, family, and faculty can navigate easily through the garden. In planter 3 we covered the weeds with plastic and resurfaced it with our new mulch (which has

2704, 2019

04/22-04/26 Golden View

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This week at Golden View, mentors continued to focus our theme on life skills in the garden. The particular life skill we focused on this week was responsibility. Classes completed a number of activities including garden crafts, soil sifting, pulling weeds, and mulching. The students have been working so hard

1504, 2019

TASK’s 2nd Annual FREE Family Fun Day and Resource Fair

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Dear Family Day Exhibitors and Sponsors: Thank you for supporting and participating in TASK's 2nd Annual FREE Family Fun Day and Resource Fair, which takes place on Sat., April 27th, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at TeWinkle Park in Costa Mesa.  As you know, this day is geared towards


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