The Amer-I-Can Program 269 S. Beverly Drive #1048 Los Angeles, CA 90212
Curriculum The Amer-I-Can Curriculum is a 15 chapter, 60 hour self esteem and life management course. The Program works within the structure of a self-help, peer group relationship, with a trained facilitator monitoring the group’s achievements. The chapters are studied and reviewed using a combination of two systems, the examination system (subject heading-to-subject heading only) and the entirety system (lesson played through to the end of the chapter). The curriculum is presented by a trained facilitator who serves as a mentor and guide. Tests are administered at the end of each chapter to assess the trainees understanding and learning. In addition, personal growth inventory questionnaires consisting of sixteen questions are completed by the participants rating themselves on a scale from 0 to 10 both before and after the course which they keep for their own future use. In addition, Life Management Skills Survey, rating the trainee 1 – 5, is completed by the trainees, their parents or guardians, facilitators, and counselors at the end of the course. The Amer-I-Can Curriculum is designed to assist in the development of life management skills in eight critical areas of (1) Motivation, Habits, Attitudes; (2) Goal Setting; (3) Problem Solving and Decision Making; (4) Emotional Control; (5) Family Relationships; (6) Financial Stability; (7) Effective Communication; (8) Employment Search and Retention. The core of the program is contained in a 15 chapter manual. Each chapter contains at least one concept of human development coupled with instructions of how to develop the particular skill required to successfully merge the concept of behavior into the individual’s life. As they progress through the manual, an accumulation of various skills and techniques are incorporated into the trainees lives this equipping them with tools for success. Methodology The curriculum is based on a three-pronged teaching methodology including Dual Sensory Perception, Control Group Discussion, and Spaced Repetition.
1. Dual Sensory Perception. Utilizing audio-visual aids to assist trainees with reading and/or learning disabilities or who are marginally literate.
2. Control Group Discussion: A group teaching methodology guided by the Facilitator, wherein each participant is allotted time to comment without interruption; group members may comment on what was previously said or offer new subjects for discussion.
3. Spaced Repetition: Lessons are presented up to three times to ensure comprehension and maximum retention of the principles of success, focus, determination, and responsibility.
A trained Amer-I-Can staff member guides each class and encourages honest expression in the interpretation and application of the curriculum. The class size shall be approximately 15 to 30 students per facilitator. At the completion of each training session, the graduates are recognized by a ceremony honoring their work in front of their family and friends.