Teen Summer Experience
June 10 thru August 16, 2019
Teen Winter Experience
December 26 to 31, 2019
Teenagers want to be connected to friends, family and their community, gain independence, and be respected for their choices. During teen years, critical social skills and peer networks are developed, leading teens to success in young adulthood.
What is Via Teen Experience?
Teen Experience, held over summer and winter breaks from school, is for teens and young adults, ages 12 to 21, with varying disabilities. Via provides instruction on a variety of skills that help participants achieve their personal goals.
Teen Summer Experience runs from 9am – 2pm, Monday through Friday; individuals can sign up for full weeks or select days throughout the summer. Teen Winter Experience typically runs 4 to 5 days between the Christmas and New Year’s break.
Via partners with employers, local agencies and schools throughout the Lehigh Valley to provide opportunities for teens and young adults to participate in:
- Job shadowing, career exploration, and interview and resume preparation.
- Exploring continuing education and enrichment courses.
- Life skills development for students transitioning from high school to adult life.
- Recreational activities to build and develop socialization.
- Excursions around the Lehigh Valley.
Via understands that breaks from school are meant for fun. We provide a variety of social and recreational activities, like baseball games, swimming, sports, picnics and more, to expand gross and fine motor skills and work on team building. These activities all bring teachable moments, whether it’s asking for a job application while exploring the community, ordering food at a sporting event, or learning to relate to peers from different schools.
From Volunteerism to Vocation – What Will Teens Do This Summer?
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
- Feed the Children
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 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
For more information, please contact:
Delaney Varano, Community Connections Coordinator
D.Varano@ViaNet.org | 610-317-8000 x444