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The Life Skills Institute was created to help our neighbors learn skills that are needed to live well.  We host a number of free classes that help our neighbors develop practical skills for living, including how to keep a healthy home environment, budgeting, career strengthening, and basic computer classes. 

Life Skills Institute is thankful for all our volunteers, instructors, and partners from the City of Lynchburg, Virginia Career Works, First National Bank, & Virginia Cooperative Extension that make what we do possible. 

Please Note:  Some of our grant-funded classes require income verification.  Speak to Susan at LSI for more information. 

To learn more about any class, please email LSI@ParkViewMission.org or call (434) 845. 8468 ext 800.

Unless noted, all classes meet at LSI, located on the lower level of the plaza at 2323 Memorial Avenue, Suite 26 Lynchburg, VA 24501.



Home Essentials

Home Essentials is a series of basic skills classes that focus on the importance of home care, laundry procedures, cooking techniques, first aid in the home, handling money, and the world of work.  Guest speakers are featured along with hands- on training.  Transportation is available by request. 

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Career Essentials

Career Essentials is designed for the neighbor who needs help becoming more employable.  This class will teach career "soft skills" and professional behavior, which will include learning how to handle conflict and issues in the workplace, how to interview well, and how to move up in your career.  

Financial Literacy Workshop

Financial Literacy Workshop is a monthly class that is designed to help teach you how to take control of your home finances. If you have a hard time with finding a budget that works for your family, have loans and credit card debt that you feel like you can't dig your way out of, or you just want help with understanding your finances, this is the class for you. You will be taught by an instructor who has years of expertise working in banking and a passion for helping you get back on your feet and excel.  

This workshop is held the first Tuesday of every month from 6pm-8pm. You must sign up ahead of time. 

Presented in partnership with First National Bank. 


Computer Classes

This computer workshop is a weekly class that exists to help neighbors improve their computer skills.  This class will assist those who have had no experience with computers, and for those that need to improve their skills for job readiness. Our teacher will cover subjects such as Microsoft Word and Excel and tools that will improve typing speed.  

Held each Monday from 9a-11:30a

Career Workshop

Join us for a Career Workshop each Monday! 

  • 1st Monday of the month: Resume Building- designed to help you put your experience on a professional resume and then use it to secure job interviews

  • 2nd Monday of the month: Success in the workplace: Soft Skills- In this workshop, you will learn how to stand out compared to other job seekers and secure skills that will help you get and keep a long term career

  • 3rd Monday of the month: Mastering the interview-This workshop was created to help you learn the "do's & don'ts" of interviewing and will help you to effectively communicate your skills to a potential boss. 

  • 4th Monday of the month: Start the great race- This workshop will help you identify & define your strengths, weaknesses, & skill-sets to create resume summary statements & answer important job interview questions.  You will develop a strong, healthy mindset & attitude that will improve self-confidence, self-motivation, & the qualities that employers are looking for.