Spaces are filling up quickly for the 2011 CIP Teen Summer Program, and staff and students alike are excited for this year’s fun two-week session of social, academic, career and life skills training.
Now in its third year, the CIP Summer Program gives teens with Asperger’s and LD between the ages of 16 and 19 the opportunity to experience a taste of college, while developing new friendships and learning independent living skills.
The sessions occur during July at Indiana University; Florida Institute of Technology; University of California, Berkeley; Elms College and University of Buffalo.
Each session is run by experienced CIP staff members, as well as Master’s Degree students and special education teachers, and includes workshops in social skills, self-advocacy, person-centered planning, managing priorities, navigating college campuses and handling academic demands. They are also given support with everyday tasks like doing laundry and getting up and out on their own. Students live together in dorms, eat two meals a day at the school and share a third meal out at a restaurant, where they learn about ordering, tipping, budgeting and socializing. Students also participate in fun activities and events with students from CIP’s full year program, as well as CIP alumni mentors.
According to Summer Program Coordinator Abby Tierney, the program has been very successful and continues to grow year after year.
“It’s been very well received,” she said. “Students come away with a lot of self esteem. For many, it’s the first time they have been with a group of others like them, and that’s a great experience.”
Abby said they have several return students this year and those that are returning are very excited to be coming back.
Those interested in applying for this year’s summer program should contact CIP by calling 877-566-9247 x13 or by sending email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Prospective students will need to provide testing results, reference forms, transcripts, an application and a $50 application fee. Appropriate candidates are selected on a first-come-first-serve basis. There is a 12-student limit at each location.
For more information, visit www.cipsummer.com.