High School CLASSP & Advanced CLASSP

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High School CLASSP – Consortia for Learning and Service to Special Populations – accepts motivated and caring high school students into to a highly competitive program of learning, training and service sponsored by the UJA-Federation, JE&ZB Butler Foundation, and Ramapo for Children.

Participants are hired to work in programs serving children with special needs in our Be Me: After School Program at the Y or in our Sunday Funday program. They will attend five mandated sessions throughout the academic year and receive a college credit and a stipend upon the successful completion of the course.

The goals of the High School CLASSP program are:

  1. To engage and educate teens for service within programs that service individuals with special needs.
  2. To increase awareness in job opportunities available when choosing a career path.
  3. To increase the range of socialization and positive role modeling for children and adults having special needs.
  4. To provide opportunities for teens to develop job skills and training.

Advanced CLASSP is designed for college-age youth workers who have completed the introductory CLASSP program and/or have experience in the field of youth recreation. Participants are recruited from agencies in the NYC metropolitan area who provide out-of-school time educational and recreational programming and activities for children with disabilities. The program includes 30 hours of classroom-based instruction and 200 hours of supervised field experience. Participants successfully completing the program will receive a stipend and a transcript indicating a recommendation for 3-6 college transfer credits approved by the NYS Board of Regents.

The goals of the Advanced CLASSP program are:

  1. To provide college-age youth with meaningful professional development and work experiences to embark on careers in fields such as education, recreation, social work, and psychology.
  2. To build and retain a workforce at agencies that can provide quality out-of-school time and respite programs for children with disabilities.
  3. To increase skills of agency supervisors in providing effective supervision and evaluation of developing youth worker staff.
  4. To produce a college-level internship program that addresses and compliments the staffing needs of community-based agencies desiring to provide inclusive programming that meets the needs of all children.

Students will be provided internship placement in a program working directly with children with disabilities under the mentorship of an experienced program supervisor. Students are required to successfully complete both their paid internship and academic requirements in order to pass the course and receive a stipend.

Overview of Course Topics:

  • Characteristics and strategies of an effective youth worker (Review of Back Pocket Guides)
  • Effective language that fosters communication and helps children learn
  • Effectively structuring programs to include youth with autism spectrum disorders
  • Understanding learning disabilities
  • Promoting resiliency
  • Teaching social skills
  • Preventive discipline
  • Understanding the conflict cycle – managing stress, restitution
  • Facilitating effective inclusion; understanding models of inclusion
  • Case study presentations