The Job / Life Skills Training Program is a pre-transitional program focused on increased community engagement and development of work skills needed for greater success in desired environments. It is designed to provide a therapeutic environment for skill acquisition, increased independence, and community engagement to individuals with unique abilities and challenges.
During the Summer of 2016, Partners For Progress ran a pilot version of the Job / Life Skills Training Program. The goals/ objectives of the pilot program were to increase indpendence in everyday activities, improve social interactions/skills, elevate self-esteem, develop leadership skills, build up teamwork ethics, and promote acceptance, engagement, and opportunties within the communty.
The Job / Life Skills Training Program Goals were to be achieved through practicing basic life skills students had learned growing up within their family. Skills were grouped into the following categories: housekeeping chores, barn maintenance, program support, horse care, horticulture, and culinary skills.
The Job / Life Skills Outcomes were incredible. As a group the students,
came to class everyday with enthusiasm and a willingness to work at the barn,
were eager to begin each task and would ump up to resume the task after a break even when tired,
transitioned smoothly between taskes, excited to be starting something new,
developed a "can do" attitude when approached with a new or difficult task,
approached the task with excitement, even when knowing they had to do a really hard job, i.e., unloading hay,
were flexible with the rogram plans when things did not work as intended,
exhibited resiliency when confronted with difficult tasks,
practiced patience with teammates to complete tasks when issues arose, and
felt personal responsibility in the care of their chosen horse.
Immediate future plans for the program are to,
expand the garden by adding vine vegetables, additional herbs, and bush vegetables
be able to harvest the vegetables for sale at a Farmer's Market or for Farm to Table restaurants,
educate about the community with outtings/field trips to farmer's markets, grocery stores, local farms, restaurants, etc., and