LifePrep@Naz is an interagency college campus-based program for 18-21 year old students and young adults with developmental disabilities. Developed and implemented by Nazareth College, Victor Central School District and the Arc of Monroe, the overall goal of the program is to provide individuals the opportunity to continue their education while working towards meaningful employment. LifePrep@Naz opened its doors to their freshman class in the fall of 2011; the current program capacity is 20 students.
LifePrep@Naz is based on an inclusive framework; students will spend a minimum of fifty percent of their day with same aged peers without disabilities. LifePrep@Naz utilizes the Life Centered Career Education (LCCE) curriculum, in alignment with New York State and Common Core standards. Each student participates as a guest in a Nazareth elective each semester, supported by peer mentors who are Nazareth College students. Each semester, students will also participate in experiential vocational opportunities, health/wellness activities, service learning, and individualized Person Centered Planning. Throughout the day, peer mentors will provide academic support to students and promote the inclusiveness of LifePrep students in the campus community. School-aged students accepted into LifePrep@Naz are eligible to remain in the program through the school year in which they turn 21.
The mission of LifePrep@Naz is to provide community learning experiences that allow for the transformation of individuals with intellectual disabilities from students to self-determined contributors in our society.