Portage residents are encouraged to work on the following 21 competencies during their stay. In doing so, they develop the hard skills (abilities) and soft skills (attitudes) which enable an individual to succeed at school, work, and in relationships.
- To be organised and orderly:
Organise your daily activities; set and follow your schedule; be orderly.
- To be consistent:
Maintain a line of conduct that is both predictable and positive and that is congruent with what you say and do.
- To be reliable:
Be someone that people can trust and depend on; be true to your word.
- To be able to plan activities:
Consider the activity, and make a realistic plan outlining its goal, its components and how it can be carried out.
- To exercise positive leadership:
Guide other people and rally them around a common, positive goal.
- To be able to transfer learning:
Apply the skills you have learned by adapting them to different situations and combining them together.
- To be able to convey your knowledge:
Pass on your knowledge to others by setting an example and coaching them.
- To show initiative:
Be proactive while taking reasonable well thought-out risks.
- To express yourself appropriately:
Communicate your thoughts and feelings clearly and respectfully.
- To be able to support and encourage peers:
Encourage someone to persevere or improve; provide support and reassurance.
- To accept supervision by others:
Accept reasonable direction and instructions from individuals in authority and from your peers.
- To be able to work as part of a team:
Work together with other team members towards a common, positive goal.
- To communicate effectively:
Convey your message in a well thought-out manner and at the appropriate time; listen attentively to the other person’s response.
- To be able to integrate socially:
Be able to join a group and accept its rules and customs, while retaining your integrity.
- To be objective:
Understand facts without altering them as a result of personal preferences, prejudices and feelings.
- To be empathetic:
Show understanding and respect for other people’s feelings.
- To be able to make decisions:
Make an informed choice between various options and hold to it.
- To be able to solve problems:
Identify the causes of a problem, find the best solution, implement the solution and assess the results.
- To be able to ask for help:
Know when you need help and who to ask for it.
- To be able to resolve conflicts:
Identify the causes of a disagreement and take into account the needs and interests of each party in order to reach an agreement.
- To be self-aware:
Know your strengths and weaknesses, your personal values and beliefs, and be aware of what you project.