High School CLASSP & Advanced CLASSP

Are you a high school or college student interested in learning about autism and neurodiversity? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of youth with autism? 


Consortia for Learning and Service to Special Populations (CLASSP) is designed to provide students with meaningful professional development and work experiences to embark on careers in fields such as education, recreation, social work, and psychology, while helping to build and retain a workforce at agencies that can provide quality programs for youth with autism. CLASSP accepts motivated and caring high school and college students into this highly competitive program of learning, training and service sponsored by the UJA-Federation, JE&ZB Butler Foundation, and Ramapo for Children


High School CLASSP is for high school students with an interest in youth recreation or autism. Participants are provided an internship in a program serving youth with autism, such as the Y’s Sunday Funday program, under the mentorship of an experienced program supervisor. Participants attend five virtual educational sessions throughout the 2020-2021 academic year, and receive a college credit and stipend upon the successful completion of the course.


Advanced CLASSP is for college-age students who have either completed the High School CLASSP program or have experience in youth recreation and/or working with youth with autism. Participants are provided an internship in the Y’s Sunday Funday program and receive ongoing mentorship from the program supervisor. Participants engage in 30 hours of virtual classroom instruction throughout the 2020-2021 academic year. Course topics include:
• Characteristics and strategies of an effective youth worker
• Effective language that fosters communication and helps children learn
• Effectively structuring programs to include youth with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
• Understanding learning disabilities
• Promoting resiliency
• Teaching social skills
• Positive reinforcement and preventive discipline
• Understanding the conflict cycle – managing stress, restitution
• Facilitating effective inclusion; understanding models of inclusion
• Case study presentations

Upon the successful completion of this course, participants receive a stipend and transcript indicating a recommendation for 3-6 college transfer credits approved by the NYS Board of Regents.


For more information or to express your interest in participating in CLASSP, please contact Lauren Summerill at lsummerill@ywashhts.org.