Youth Links is an experiential learning program that prepares students with disabilities ages 16 to 21 for post-secondary education, training and employment. The program fosters independence and improves social and employability skills and prepares youth with special needs to transition successfully into adulthood.
During the school year, students participate in a series of learning experiences addressing career development, social skills, life skills, self-determination, and advocacy through a combination of classroom and real-life settings. On non-school days, students participate in field trips to local colleges and businesses, as well as complete service learning and volunteer experiences. During the summer, students have the chance to participate in paid summer employment, ranging from 16 to 30 hours per week.
Students who do not participate in paid employment participate in community-based learning activities such as job shadowing, job tours, mock interviews, and volunteer work experiences. Staff-to-student ratios vary during the school and summer months and while participating in internships and employment.
Youth Links is funded primarily by the Children’s Services Council of Broward County. Services are provided free of charge. Referral sources include teachers, ESE Specialists, community case managers, and by word of mouth.
Call Us Today to Learn More About our Youth Links Program at (954) 746-9400.