Young Adult Program

The Millard Public Schools' Young Adult Program was established in 1994 to serve the transition needs of developmentally disabled young adults, ages 18 to 21.
This program emphasizes skills development in functional academics, personal management, motor development, vocational development, and independent living. Students, according to their Individual Educational Program, are taught the necessary skills needed for competitive employment, volunteer activities, sheltered workshops, or day programs. Work experiences have included:

  • Outside maintenance
  • Motel housekeeping
  • Stocking in retail department stores
  • Office Cleaning
  • Hospital daycare and laundry
  • Church and public library clerical assistance
  • Cafeteria work
  • Project assembly for the NRD
  • Counting and binding for Sherwin Williams
  • Shredding and cleaning for Millard Public Schools
  • Packing for Martin Luther Homes

The classroom setting is used for training of vocational skills, as well as independent living and personal management skills. Students are given opportunities to practice the following skills:

  • Consumer economics and financial management
  • Meal planning and preparation
  • Household maintenance
  • Safety
  • Wellness
  • Self-care
  • Work performance and behavior skills
  • Community access
  • Leisure and recreation skills
  • Social skills
  • Communication skills
  • Reading and writing skills

Activities for students that require gross and fine motor activities and sensory stimulation are provided in the classroom as well.

For additional information contact Hayley Mentzer, Coordinator, Young Adult Program, at 402-715-6330.
The Young Adult Program has developed and operates a Creative Cottage Crafts business. The young adults create craft items from donated, recycled and purchased products. gift bags, wall hangings, baskets, wreaths, flowerpots, picture frames, posters, and jewelry are created and sold by the young adults. Students participate in this business at many different levels depending on their interest and ability. Proceeds are used to purchase supplies for the crafts made by the students.
Transition services, moving from school to the community, are emphasized in this program. Agency involvement is critical for the young adults. Representatives from several different agencies participate in Individual Educational Program meetings and Multidisciplinary Team meetings. Parents, students, and staff all benefit by having information about the services and options available. Local, state, and federal agencies can assist the students, parents and staff in planning for, advocating for, and accessing services. For more information please use the following links:

Special Education Home

Early childhood special education

SPED k-5 Link

Psychologist Link

SPED 6-12 link

Child Find link

Young Adult Program Link

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