Teenage & Young Adult
Arc Broward offers a variety of specialized programs for teens and young adults with disabilities as they transition to adulthood. Our programs are designed to meet them where they are and include a behavioral and social skills afterschool and summer camp, a career focused school based high-school transition program, and school-to-work afterschool and summer camp options.
Arc Broward’s School of Hire Education is an exciting opportunity for eligible Broward County students with developmental disabilities (ages 18 to 22) to obtain career/workforce education, community-based instruction, and independent living skills. School of Hire is a unique option for post-secondary students. The school provides students with opportunities to directly prepare them for a career after high school.
Students are presented with four vocational track choices and are assisted by their support team to help design curriculum based on their goals and career path interests.
School of Hire is funded primarily by Broward County Schools. Services are provided free of charge. Referral sources include teachers, ESE Specialists, community case managers, and by word of mouth.
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.
We offer youth with varying disabilities between the ages of 14-21 a fun summer camp that doubles as a way to prepare them for entering the workforce. They learn a variety of skills that will prepare them for a successful work experience in the community.
The summer youth career camp covers the essential building blocks to excel in the workplace, including social skills, dressing to impress, self-advocacy, and ethics. Students cover how to stay punctual and safe at a workplace. They’ll also learn how to get the job, including mock interviewing, job exploration, resume development, and referrals to other transition supports and services.
Summer Youth Career Camp 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.