Friendship Life Skills & Job Training Program: Welcome to the Family!
Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

Mission:
Our Life Skills/ Job Training Program was created with the goal to provide our Adults with special needs an immersive, real- world environment where they can practice critical life and job skills. The program includes hands-on training in The Friendship Cafe, interpersonal & communication skills, academics such as basic math & reading, Yoga & relaxation techniques, a Mentorship program, Arts & more. 

Purpose: 
For our Young Adults to gain confidence & have a sense of belonging and a personal purpose. Seeing them shine in their abilities makes all the hard work worth it!

Criteria:
Our program is for Adults 20+ with developmental disabilities. Participants must come with an open mind & willingness to participate, be independent with self-care restroom needs, & be respectful to those around them.


A Sneak Peek at what goes on during the day 😊 :

1. Shop Front Skill Training:
Our young adults get on the Job training in the Friendship Cafe which includes everything from food preparation, to stocking shelves, taking orders, cleaning the
shop front, greeting customers, how to run the cash register in addition to many other shop systems.

2. Health, Safety & Wellness:
Encompasses a multitude of significant topics such as Personal Hygiene & grooming, Wellness and self care, Dental Care, Fire Safety, Urgent protocol, Self Defense, as well as Relaxation & Breathing Techniques through Yoga just to name a few.

3. Social Skill Development:
We cover a wide variety of crucial social skills from Interpersonal Relationships & People skills, Clear and effective Communication, Respect for others, Personal responsibilities, Mental and Emotional health, Empathy & Sympathy, Personal space, Expressing Personal Needs, Self control & others!

4. Finances & Math Computation:
Over the year our Young adults learn important money math skills & math computation, as well as priorities & luxuries when it comes to finances & spending. Some other topics up for discussion: How to use a Credit Card, cash checks, open a bank account as well as Applying for a Job, wages, and saving up!

5. Reading and Penmanship:
Nothing like reading Classics to practice reading literacy & comprehension and of course Penmanship.

6. Lunch: 
All together as a family! Makes for a great way to get everyone involved, whether setting the table or just shmoozing together!

7. Food Prep, Baking & Cooking:
Whether learning about healthy food and what makes for a balanced, healthy meal or creating fun & yummy recipes together, practicing our measurements.. this is definitely a favorite by all!

8. Art:
Our young adults get a chance to explore & discover their inner talents through a variety of arts.

9. Music and Movement:
Brain Gym, Meditation, & Drum circle to list a few

10. Housekeeping:
Our Adults gain important knowledge to help with daily tasks from Bed making to Laundry, washing dishes and basic house cleaning tasks.

11. Group Mentoring: Sharing is Caring!
Members from the community come in to speak with our young adults to inspire them to
grow & work towards their dreams!

12. Public Speaking: Building Confidence & Growing abilities.
We start off slow with personal introductions but don't stop there! From small speeches on a variety
of topics to speaking for a crowd we believe it's possible!

13. Toolbox Talk:
We always end our day in a group setting discussing the Highs and lows of the day, brainstorming for tomorrow, discussing challenges and of course with some rewards & praise!

For further information about the program, please fill out the Life Skills Application Form HERE & we will reach out to you shortly or call (754) 800-1770