Young and Empowered Wrap-Up

We just recently wrapped up our first ever Young and Empowered program (you’ll remember that Y&E is our youth transition summer program) and our first year was a great one!

I liked coming here for the Transition class. I have learned many skills that will help me when I am living on my own. My favorite was the Job readiness class, and the Emergency preparedness class. Barb has taught us a lot about our IEP’s and she has been great!”  Grace Chabak

This six week program was designed to help youth with disabilities transition (or prepare to transition in the future) from High School to adult life.  For our first year we had 10 participants ranging in age from 10 to 22.

This class has kept me focused on learning about very important subjects. I met many new friends. I liked all of the activities and I would like to come back.”  Victor Gonzalez Muniz

Some highlights included:

  • “Money Sense” workshop by MetroBank
  • A Self-Advocacy program by Donna Hornberger of The ARC of Lancaster
  • A demonstration by the Lancaster Mounted Police
  • Ongoing sign language classes
  • An Emergency Preparedness training by Brian Long of the ARDC
  • A UDS Service Dogs presentation
  • A fitness introduction by Gold’s Gym

It has been very rewarding for me to see these young adults grow so much in such a short time. I have watched them form friendships, learn new skills, and teach one another. Each person brought something special to the table which made this experience a very fun memorable one. I look forward to continue being a part of their journey to independence. My hope is that we will build on this program each year and empower many young adults to be the strong independent adults of tomorrow. They are our future!!”  Barb Feaser, DEC Director of Independent Living

If you’d like to be notified about our next Young and Empowered session, click here to sign up.

I liked meeting new friends and learning new things. This will help me be more independent. My favorite was the Emergency Preparedness class. I don’t want this to end.”  Andrew Wright

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