Via Community Connections
Teen Summer Experience
June 12 thru August 18, 2017
Via Teen Summer Experience is for teens and young adults, ages 12-21, with varying disabilities. Via provides instruction on a variety of skills throughout the program to assist participants achieve their personal goals.
Via Teen Summer Experience runs from 9am to 2pm, Monday through Friday; sign up for full weeks or select days throughout the summer.
Focus On You
Via partners with employers, local agencies and schools throughout the Lehigh Valley to provide opportunities for teens and young adults to participate in:
- Life skills development for students transitioning from high school to adult life.
- Occupation awareness through job shadowing, career exploration, interview skills and resume preparation.
- Opportunities to participate in continuing education and enrichment courses.
- Recreational activities to build and develop socialization among peers.
Teens participate in volunteer activities to continue to expand job skills. Volunteer sites include:
- Meals on Wheels
- Project of Easton Food Bank
- Moravian House Square
- Cancer Support Community
- Jordan UCC Peace Garden
Planning for the Future
After high school graduation, young adults are faced with a complex system of services that can make the transition to adult life challenging. Via offers guidance, support and planning services alongside high school transition teams to help create a seamless move to adult life.
Teens visit Lehigh Valley employers to learn about job opportunities, interviewing techniques, employment applications, and the qualifications that are required for various positions at job sites like:
- Meals on Wheels
- Coca-Cola Park
- Martin Guitar
- Mack Trucks
- PBS Studios
- Giant Food Stores
- Bear Creek Mountain Resort
- Cat Country 96.1
- Cetronia Ambulance
In addition, teens learn about secondary education options and visit local colleges and business schools.
Via seeks to discover teachable moments throughout the summer whether ordering food at a baseball game, talking to friends at the local swimming pool or asking for a job application while exploring the community.
Via understands that the summer is meant for fun so teens participate in a variety of social and recreational activities like baseball games, swimming, sports, and picnics and other creative activities to expand gross and fine motor skills and work on team building.
For more information, please contact:
Meghan Larkin, Teen Program Coordinator
610-317-8000 x483 | M.Larkin@ViaNet.org