TREK gives neuro-divergent youth the opportunity to partner with peer-mentors and executive functioning coaches, to learn the skills needed to confidently access their community and demonstrate independence while navigating activities of daily living.
This three-part program takes the community working together and includes TREK Adventurers, peer mentors and community partners.
In order to be involved in the community, neuro-diverse youth need skills to be able to navigate it successfully. Through the TREK program they will practice real-world education on social reciprocity, skills for emotional regulation, cognitive flexibility and building self-empowerment, all while learning to navigate their community.
Check out Clubhouse which has components of TREK during the school year.
PLEASE CHECK BACK EARLY 2024 TO REGISTER FOR SUMMER TREK
This is a great opportunity for high school students to come along side their peers in a leadership capacity while earning volunteer hours.
PEER MENTORS NEEDED! SIGN UP
As a community partner, you’ll be bridging the gap between community members and neuro-diverse youth. Inclusion clinics will be held for community leaders, business owners and staff that will teach: environmental considerations to support individuals with disabilities beyond physical barriers such as ADA ramps, doors and restrooms. Our intention is that this program will create a wave of a new “reverse inclusion” standard in the community through community partners.
COMMUNITY PARTNER SIGN UP
Each TREK is one week, Monday-Thursday. Adventurers will start their week by setting SMART goals with their facilitator and mentor from one of the five Specialized Habilitation Categories. Below are those categories and examples of goals that could fall into them.
1. SELF EMPOWERMENT
Building self-esteem and confidence
Adjusting behavior to reach goals/handle problems
2. SAFETY AWARENESS & SELF ADVOCACY
Safely navigating life online and in the community
Learning to set boundaries
3. INTERPERSONAL EFFECTIVENESS & EFFECTIVE SOCIAL COMMUNICATION
Developing listening skills
Balancing goals with ‘wants’ and ‘shoulds’
4. COPING STRATEGIES FOR LIFE CHALLENGES
Flexibility with unexpected changes.
Adapting to a new caregiver/roommate/family member
5. LEARNING NEW SKILLS
Ordering food in a restaurant
Shopping and paying for things
Paying bills and managing money
Questions and Registration 509-325-1515 DDA waivers accepted for TREK Programming.