Amazing Recipes Like Chicken Tiki Masala

Amazing Recipes Are Finding Their Way Onto Our Student’s Dinner Plates…

As the mentor in charge of our student food and cooking committee I often get the opportunity to observe first hand the talent had by our students.

Each week they are responsible to prepare, shop for, and cook a meal for everyone and they do a wonderful job.

They find amazing recipes (not always the easiest ones either!) and they taste good to boot.

Whether it’s jalapeno poppers, beef enchiladas, or some Korean dish no one can properly pronounce, you know we won’t be going hungry any time soon here at TFL. 

-Josh, TFL Mentor

Good evening technicians, I’m pleased to announce dinner will ready, piping hot, in 30-40 minutes.
Tonight’s dish is a Mexican Torte.
Fluffy flour tortillas with layers of sumptuous ground turkey, onion, and green peppers, buried under a hearty serving of refried beans and a field of jalapeno buttons.
All this covered by a cozy blanket of tortillas, and crowned with an alabaster helm of pepper jack and queso fresco.
Also: I’m making guacamole!
-TFL Student, Grady
Life Skills class car maintance

Life Skills- Car Maintenance

We were able to learn about basic car maintenance this week.

Jason showed us how to check fluids and change our oil.

It was fun being able to learn some of these basics

so I’ll be able to hopefully solve problems on my own in the future,

and prevent problems.

—Amber, TFL student


Understanding credit cards

Life Skills Class With Kristin, Topic- Credit Cards

In one of our recent life skills classes we discussed credit cards.

Credit cards can have benefits if used successfully without getting into financial difficulty, but…

it requires good management and good understanding of how credit cards work.

We were able to discuss credit card terminology,

the pros and cons of credit cards,

how minimum payments are calculated,

how paying only the minimum payment will result in maximum cost,

we also covered how credit scores are calculated and credit score ratings.

It was interesting to see how much prior knowledge the students had – or in most cases – did not have regarding credit scores and credit cards.

–Kristin, Program Director

Getting out of comfort zone.

Mentor Moment- Watching Students Step Out Of Their Comfort Zone

As a mentor I really enjoy the opportunities to watch the students step out of their comfort zone and do things they’ve never done before.

I have countless opportunities to give advice and feedback to the students in many areas such as social ballroom dance, dating, talking about their feelings, being an advocate for themselves, etc.

The one thing I always tell the students is, “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.” and many of the students have told me how true this statement is.

As they look back on things that challenged them the most, they seem to always end up being the most rewarding and that’s what life is all about.

Being slightly uncomfortable, whether or not by choice, can push us to achieve goals we never thought we could.

—Brittani, TFL Mentor

Life Skills Class-Feel

Life Skills Class- How To Get A Life…And Feel Amazing!

In our Thursday Life Skills class, we’ve been focusing quite a bit on feelings.

  1. WHAT IS A FEELING?- A feeling is a chemical reaction in our brains that sends a vibration to our bodies. Sometimes the brain creates a chemical that feels good and sometimes it send one that doesn’t feel very good. For example, a nervous feeling is often described as a feeling of butterflies in our stomach or as sweaty palms. It’s important to remember that a feeling can never actually hurt us.
  2. AUTO/PILOT- Our brains like to be efficient. They like things to be familiar because it saves energy. It also gives our brains a sense that it can predict the future, have more control and be safe. For example, when we drive the same path to work we don’t have to think very much about it, but when we go a different unfamiliar way we have to concentrate and our brains don’t know what to expect.
  3. CONTROLLING THE EXTERNAL WORLD- Many of us try to feel better by controlling our circumstances that are often completely out of our control. Our brain naturally wants our outside circumstances to change so it doesn’t have to change.
  4. FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE- To create a life we want we must get out of our efficient brain mode and be willing to feel uncomfortable, awkward, nervous, afraid, etc.
  5. FEEL AMAZING- To feel amazing we must be willing to feel uncomfortable long enough to create new brain pathways or new “coding” until that is the new norm and the new comfortable.

True fulfillment and confidence comes from overcoming challenges, learning and progressing.

We can stay miserably comfortable or we can step into the discomfort to progress.

Our ability to grow and develop is directly proportional to our willingness to feel uncomfortable.

—Debbie, TFL Admissions & Marketing Director

Dav Graduated to Phase Two

Congratulations To TFL Student Dave On His Advancement To Phase Two

TFL would like to congratulate Dave for his advancement from Phase Two!

Dave went up for vote and was unanimously sustained.

Here are some of the requirements students need to accomplish to go up for advancement from Phase Two:

  • Student is actively participating at TFL in all ways they are asked.
  • Student is fulfilling their responsibilities on the student committee and had this signed off by their TFL representative.
  • Student is consistently on time to 90% or more of classes.
  • Has good hygiene to be ready for a job; including hair and facial hair trimmed, washed, and neat, nails cut and clean, face washed so not greasy in appearance and clothes kept clean, unwrinkled (Hang them up!) and changed daily.
  • Allows themselves to be mentored and chooses to utilize others to receive feedback and support.
  • Takes initiative to be involved with and learn from Life skills classes, and has completed Life Skills class work when assigned.

—Kristin, TFL Program Director