This focus area is for those who would like to build skills necessary to pursue educational goals. Long term goals would include: obtain a GED, taking classes at the library, completing adult education classes and registering for college classes. Milestones that will be monitored include: preparedness, attentiveness, time management, appropriate social interaction, utilization of compensatory strategies, organization and reading skills, just to name a few. Participants who fulfill 50 credits in this focus area will have the opportunity (depending on their long term goal) to apply for the RES Education Scholarship.
Individuals who would like to build the necessary skills to live independently and decrease their dependence on others would be part of the independent living focus area. A few of the long term goals would include: obtaining their own apartment, decreasing 24 hour oversight, money management and safety awareness. Effective communication, receptiveness to redirection/feedback, judgment, self advocacy, utilization of compensatory strategies and follow through are some of the areas that will be assessed. The participant's team members will also closely monitor their ability to maintain themselves safely in the community.
Those who would like to build skills necessary to pursue vocational goals would be part of the vocation focus area. Long term goals would include: volunteer work, obtaining employment (at RES Hut or in the community) or event planning at RES. Initiative, follow through, working well with a team, effective time management, organization, communication skills and self awareness are just a few of the areas that will be assessed. Some individuals may already be in pursuit of these goals and can utilize this focus area to sharpen their skills and learn new ones.
This track is for those who are interested in pursuing vocational, educational or independent living goals. Classes are scheduled daily for 4 month intervals/semesters. Participants will be earning "credits" toward each class and must fulfill certain criteria to obtain full credit. Participants will be assessed throughout the semester to determine credit status. Toward the end of each semester, it will be determined if there needs to be a change in the focus area if responsibilites are not fulfilled. It is important to note that enrollment is limited to ensure individuals pursuing specific goals have the support/attention necessary. RES instructors will provide feedback as necessary and communicate with participants' support staff to facilitate success.