Pathways: a Vocational and Life Skills Program
What is Pathways?
The Pathways program at Silver Lake Regional High School supports transition-aged individuals (18 - 22 years old) with disabilities who are ready to learn life skills and vocational skills in community-based work environments.
"A Road to Independence" created by Pathways Students with the assistance of Harbor Media
Pathways creates opportunity & independence through a six prong approach:
- Building vocational skills through internships with local employers
- Developing strong community connections with human service stakeholders: Department of Developmental Services, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, Social Security Administration and mental health providers.
- Utilizing community resources: Gatra, The Ride, local libraries, One Stop Career Centers, adult education providers and local colleges.
- Building social skills and community by developing a network of social supports with other young adults with disabilities
- Learning healthy living skills through exercise routines at The YMCA and cooking skills through practice.
- Building positive money management habits through lessons with shopping.
Pathways staff support program members as they apply for state identification and apply for Social Security Disability Benefits.