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Meaningful Life Learning Circles


Meaningful Life Learning Circles

As we begin to build our adult transition pathway at Club 21, we are prioritizing the following four pillars:

  1. Lifelong learning
  2. Independence and Interdependence
  3. Communities of belonging
  4. Meaningful employment

Each of these 5-week virtual seminars will teach students tangible skills in relation to their topics with our four transition pillars at their center. This is a pilot program which will inform the development of further adult transition programs as Club 21 continues to provide the tools and resources for individuals with Down syndrome to be fully included. 

The instruction will be conducted virtually via Zoom and will use resources from the Center for Independent Futures My Full Life curriculum in addition to supplementary materials compiled by the instructor. 

Young adults must 17 years old or older to participate.

When: All seminars will last for 5 weeks and meet virtually twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4pm-5:30pm. 

Session 1: Lifelong Learners: September 12th, 2022 - October 12, 2022
Outcome: In this class, participants will be exposed to the idea that learning is a process that lasts a lifetime. Students will create an action plan with SMART goals for self learning. They will also learn how to identify a problem, determine important details about the problem, and follow a set of specific problem solving steps to solve it.

Topics will include:

  • Advocating for learning
  • Goal setting
  • Choices and decision making
  • Problem solving 

Session 2: Time Management and Employment Skills: October 17, 2022 - November 16, 2022
Topics will include:

  • Time management in employment settings
  • Job applications and resumes
  • The interview process
  • Solving problems on the job 

Session 3: Community Engagement and Getting Around: February 7, 2023 - March 9, 2023
Topics will include:

  • Self advocating and safety
  • My rights and obeying the law
  • Getting around/transportation
  • Getting involved (volunteering and community engagement) 

Session 4: Health and Wellness: March 21, 2023 - April 20, 2023
Topics will include: 

  • Self care
  • Physical health
  • Mental and emotional health
  • Physical safety

Cost: $200 for each 5 week class

Lead Instructor: Heather Blanco

Contact: OR

My name is Heather Blanco and I am an Education Specialist. I have worked in education for over 15 years. I started as a Preschool teacher and then transitioned into being a paraprofessional. I've worked in Elementary, Middle and High School settings. In 2010, I started working as an Education Specialist in High School. I have over 10 years of experience working as a teacher, case carrier and the department chair. Recently, I’ve led the Club Connections Programs for both High School and Beyond. My mission is to help individuals work towards their goals to be more independent, engaged and lifelong learners.

Center for Independent Futures (CIF) "Full Life Model"