My students need a couch and coffee table to complete the cafe run by our life skills program so that they can gain skills that will help them function in the greater community.
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My students are from one of the poorest and most violent cities in the country.
Every day they strive to broaden their horizons and reach for the stars. For many, school is the only safe haven they know. I work to teach them that there is a bigger world out there than the one they see every day, that they matter, and that they will always have a safe place to explore the world around them in our classroom.
We just opened up a life skills program here for our most needy students. Many of these kids have Cognitive Disabilities, Autism and Physical Disabilities that prevent them from being able to function independently within the greater community.
Our program needs furniture and intends to teach these kids the adaptive and functional skills to integrate into the larger community and to lead productive and fulfilling lives where they are contributing to society.
Our life skills program is brand new. We have established a community based instructional program where students work outside in the community developing adaptive skills so that they can function independently within the community. They learn how to take public transportation, budget their money, juniors and seniors go out to work twice a week and receive pay checks. The program is promotes inclusion regardless of the students’ disability.
Our goal is to open a room, which has already be designated, as a life skills room where the kids can learn to cook, do laundry and shop for themselves. The long term goal is to prepare our kids for independent lives outside of the school. After we arm them with the adaptive and functional skills to participate as productive citizens within the community, we have several local agencies that help support our kids transition to adulthood by working with the students and their families to provide housing, work as well as providing these students with job training opportunities. The furniture such as the couch and coffee table are needed to make this room inviting so that the staff and students want to be in our cafe. Without staff and student buy-in, our program will not be successful.
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