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Why 21st Century Life Skills are Important

So, why are 21st century life skills important? Well, the answer seems pretty obvious. They are fundamental skills of the 21st century. Still, it begs the question of what makes these skills the ones that are essential to this modern age? The South Jersey Innovation Center (SJIC) took a closer look at a few of these skills to see how they are applicable to the real world. 

Critical Thinking:

Critical thinking involves the ability to analyze information objectively, evaluate arguments, and form reasoned judgments. In today’s complex and rapidly changing world, critical thinking is essential for making informed decisions, solving problems, and navigating the vast amount of information available through various media channels.

Digital Literacy:

Being digitally literate is crucial for effectively using technology to access, evaluate, and create information. Digital literacy encompasses skills such as navigating online platforms, discerning credible sources from misinformation, and protecting privacy and security online.


Collaboration is essential for success in both professional and personal endeavors. Whether it’s working on team projects or planning a surprise birthday party for a friend, the ability to collaborate effectively enables individuals to share expertise and achieve common goals.


In the face of challenges and setbacks, perseverance is the quality that drives individuals to keep striving towards their goals. In a rapidly changing and competitive world, the ability to persevere through obstacles, setbacks, and failures is essential for achieving long-term success and personal growth.


Innovation is the engine driving progress and change in the 21st century. It involves the ability to think creatively, identify opportunities, and develop novel solutions to complex problems. In a world characterized by rapid technological advancements, fostering a culture of innovation is essential for bettering our future and the problems it may bring. 

The SJIC is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) education and activities for children in the South Jersey area. Through its innovative programs and classes, the SJIC aims to equip students with the essential 21st century life skills discussed above.