What Are Life Skills?

You might know them as soft skills, social-emotional skills, essential skills, or noncognitive skills. We call them life skills to encompass the ways self-confidence, responsibility, teamwork, and communication—to name just a few—are transferable across a day, career, and lifetime. These skills are as necessary to navigating the relationships and day-to-day decisions that determine success in a family as they are at school, on the job, and within a community.

Over almost 20 years, IYF has grown Passport to Success (PTS) into a world class, award-winning life skills training program. Used in over 50 countries—and in 20 languages—PTS has been proven to reduce school drop-out rates, enhance education outcomes, increase employee retention and promotion, and improve workplace climate.

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  • 40%
    of Hilton Team Members that took PTS have been promoted six months after completing training.
  • 32%
    reduction in dropout rates among PTS graduates in Chihuahua, Mexico.
  • 31%
    improvement in work climate at Cummins in Peru, thanks to increased mutual respect and teamwork.
  • 6
    national technical educational & training systems have selected PTS as their life skills training program.


Why Life Skills

Our experience around the world has taught us how critical confidence, responsibility, and problem-solving are for young people’s success. Based on employer demand, life skills like these are key to getting work and growing on the job. They have broad and long-lasting value.

Passport to Success® prepares young people to be the kind of employees every company wants to hire and retain: responsible, motivated, and engaged team players.

Chris Nassetta

President & CEO,

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We are proud to announce that PTS Traveler and PTS Concierge both won prestigious Brandon Hall Group GOLD Medals for Excellence in Technology and Excellence in Learning. Brandon Hall entries undergo a rigorous judging process and are evaluated by an international panel of independent industry experts. The judging was based on the following criteria: fit the need, design of the program, functionality, innovation and overall measurable benefits.

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