Our program focuses on six areas of a student's life. We take an individualized approach to ensure that each student is able to realize their full potential. No cutting corners, just the help they need when they need it.
We focus our academic program based on the goals of the student and family. Once an individualized plan has been created, we help each student apply for school and for classes, tailoring our services to make sure that the academic goal is met. Students also learn to navigate a college campus and public transportation.
Taking into account each student's unique interests, we review the student's abilities with our Career Development Coordinator to determine a successful career path. We help build resumes, prepare for interviews and provide job coaching along the way. We assist students in finding part-time jobs, internships as well as volunteer opportunities with local businesses. We have had tremendous success in this area. Our philosophy is two-fold: strong self-esteem builds a strong work ethic and vice versa.
INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS
Witness the transformation! Each student in our residency program will receive at least 2 independent living skills sessions each week with one of our ILS instructors. These sessions help them learn to live healthy, organized and autonomous lives. Sessions cover exercise (including a membership to a health club feet from the apartments), nutrition, hygiene, safety, security and transportation. Each plan is individualized to focus on the areas that the student and parents feel is deserved of most attention.
Responsible spending, we can all agree, is paramount to a reducing stress. Working with each family, we create a realistic monthly budget. Students learn finance skills in order to live within their budget, which is enforced by meeting at least once a week with a finance manager. They learn how to track expenses, pay bills, avoid scams, develop good credit, use ATMs as well as writing, depositing and endorsing checks.
Students meet individually with our staff psychologist on a weekly basis in addition to group sessions. The psychologist is available for additional support as needed. Students go on planned activities together and are encouraged to interact with others outside of the program as well. Group meals happen regularly are very popular with no shortage of restaurants in the area.
Students receive a calendar of social events each month based on suggestions provided and agreed upon by the group. Everyone is allowed an opportunity to plan a social event to ensure that we offer a broad variety. Whether its a movie, a concert, the beach or a trip downtown, we aim to keep things exciting. Each event is safely chaperoned by our on staff Resident Advisers and we welcome people outside of our program to apply to join!