Youth Services

The Transition to Adulthood staff facilitate independent living groups local schools. They also work with youth on an individual basis. Students are educated on topics such as budgeting, communication, socialization, disability awareness, cooking skills, etc. The groups provide a fun, educational and supportive peer environment for the students. The students who are involved in these groups are ages 14-22 and have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or a 504 Transition Plan. Staff will attend IEP and/or 504 Plan meetings upon request to provide advocacy and support to students and their families. Additionally, the TAP program provides an internship program for youth (TIP). The TIP program is grant funded by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) that provides an opportunity for students with disabilities to gain employment experience. The students are between the ages of 16 and 22, in high school. They attend a six week, soft skills training program at NILP preparing for their internships. The skills taught are not limited to: interview skills, job search techniques, budgeting, transportation, communication skills, workplace etiquette, etc. Students are then placed in internships within their home communities.

TRANSITION AGE YOUTH SERVICES

Serving Students Ages 14 - 22 with Disabilities


TAP - Transition to Adulthood Program

  • Target Population: High School students ages 14 - 22
  • School Year Programming:
    • In-school independent living skills groups
    • In-school individual transition planning
    • After school social/recreational group at NILP
      • Wednesdays¬† 3:30pm - 5:00pm
  • Summer Programming:
  • POWER Project: Preparation, Opportunity, Wisdom, Empowerment, Responsibility
    • Seven weeks
    • July - August
    • Monday - Friday 9:00am - 3:30pm

TIP - Transitional Internship Program

  • Target Population:
    • High School students ages 16 - 22
    • Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) consumers - referred by MRC
    • Students with little to no prior work experience who would benefit from basic job skills training
  • School Year Programming:
    • Twelve (12) weeks of soft skills employment readiness training
      • November - January
    • Twelve (12) weeks of an independent internship in their community
      • February - April
      • Six to eight hours a week
  • Summer Programming:
    • Seven (7) weeks of soft skills employment readiness training
      • May - June
    • Seven (7) weeks in an independent internship in their community
      • July - August
      • Minimum of 12 hours a week
      • Up to 20 hours a week

Pre-ETS - Pre-Employment Transition Services

  • Target Population:
    • High School students ages 16 - 22
    • Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) consumers - referred by MRC
    • Students with prior work experience who would benefit from assessment based pre-employment readiness training
    • Students who have developed basic work-related skills and could benefit from training to improve these skills
  • School Year Programming:
    • Twelve (12) weeks of soft skills employment readiness training
      • November - January
    • Twelve (12) weeks in an independent internship in their community
      • February - April
      • Six to eight hours a week
  • Summer Programming:
    • Seven (7) weeks of pre-employment readiness training
      • May - June
    • Seven (7) weeks in an independent internship in their community
      • July - August
      • Minimum of 12 hours a week
      • Up to 20 hours a week