Including Communities is a transitional program based within the Village of Goshen serving students aged 18-21 years old. The program targets students' individual strengths and interests to find a viable counterpart in the community setting as a volunteer internship. In addition to the community component, students also work in a non-traditional classroom in the heart of the village. Students work on independent living skills, money management, employability skills, travel training and self-advocacy skills. These skill sets are taught and practiced in the community-based classroom, then generalized and applied in the community setting.
The goal of the program is to work with students within a community setting to help facilitate the transition from school to adulthood. Each student will leave the program with a variety of internship references, volunteer involvement, a complete resume and a genuine experience of being a valued member of the workforce and the community.
When working in the community settings, students are always accompanied by a staff member. Since they come to the program with a variety of work experiences, including retail, food service and hospitality, students are matched to the businesses based on their skills and preferences. However, students are trained on job-specific tasks at each job site.