March 29, 2016 | By: Uniting Parents/Coalition of Health Services, Inc.
Categories: Transition to Adulthood
The Panhandle Independent Living Center (PILC) provides education, information, and a positive place for young people with disabilities to learn to make good life choices on their own.
PILC’s Youth Encountering Success (Y.E.S.) program was created to help middle and high-school youth with disabilities make good decisions as they move toward adulthood. The focus is on creating a place to give youth a positive setting––a place to have fun with their peers after school and during summer break, while learning what they will face in daily life.
PILC offers this program to young adults, ages 12 to 21, who have any type of disability. There are volunteers there as well, ages 16 to 21, who do not have a disability.
The program offers help with life skills. It is free and has a small staff-to-student ratio. Space is limited. This is not a daycare, day camp, or full-time program. It is an after-school program and a 10-week day camp in the summer. Transportation to PILC is not offered.
Y.E.S. also provides educational field trips, guest speakers, hands-on activities, role-playing, and lessons on building communication skills. The youth learn to create goals for themselves at work, school, and home.
Transition is an important phase in children’s lives. This program can help them gain the life skills they need to grow and care for themselves. Y.E.S. can be a key step to get them involved in learning social skills.
PILC is located at 417 W. 10th Avenue, Amarillo, TX 79101. For questions, visit the PILC website or call at (806) 374-1400.
For more information on transition, visit Transition to Adulthood on this site.
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