This year, teens at the Y.A.L.E. School’s Cherry Hill campus are “headed for the hills” to build transition skills. The “hills” are the hills of Manayunk, a vibrant residential section of Philadelphia, and home to Y.A.L.E. School’s newest transition service.
Y.A.L.E.’s Manayunk Overnight Experience gives students a chance to practice IEP transition skills in a home and community setting.
After first planning their trip as a class, students depart from Y.A.L.E. School on a Wednesday morning. They spend the day in Manayunk, learning about the area and its history. They shop, cook, clean up and stay overnight at Y.A.L.E.’s practice house, returning to the Y.A.L.E. campus the next morning. The practice house, a six-bedroom renovated rectory, is in a family friendly neighborhood a few short blocks from downtown Main Street with shops, businesses, and cultural sights.
“It’s kind of like staying in a college dorm, or in an apartment, but with the help and support of the Y.A.L.E. overnight team,” said Megan Bowen, a student in Y.A.L.E.’s Standard 9 program. “Being at the house gives us a small taste of independence – and a taste of our own cooking – at least for 24 hours.”