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Young Adult Programs offer young men and women the opportunity to learn social communication skills for living on your own, navigating college, turning your interests into paid careers, engaging successfully in a workplace, peer relationships, dating, life skills and more.  Programs focus on the development of self-awareness, social thinking, executive function, and life skills in a supportive and structured setting. 

SUMMER PROGRAMS
 
FALL AND SPRING PROGRAMS
Young Adult Intership Program   Young Adult Intership Program Young Women’s Group
Career Development   Social Skills/Social Thinking™ Young Men’s Group
College Boot Camp (pdf)   Adult Life Saturday Excursions  

Young Adult Intership Program

Young Adults 19-30 years old

The Aspire Internship Program is designed to help young adults navigate the various aspects of a work environment while gaining important on-the-job skills.  This program is designed for participants who do not require a job coach on site at all times.  However, a job coach is available to help coach and problem solve social situations that may arise. Individuals participating in this program will have graduated high school and/or college and be ready for a work experience. A key feature of this program is the weekly seminar. The seminar addresses the social aspects of a work environment and the hidden curriculum as well as practical skills such as resumes writing, interviewing and job searching skills. The Aspire job coach helps participants transition into their internship placements and to learn about the social interactions needed to succeed in the workplace.  Placements take place in established companies and organizations in the Boston metropolitan area. Click here for details.

Highlights

  • Learn the social aspects or “soft skills” needed to succeed in the workplace
  • Get placed in jobs that are interesting and useful
  • Apply job related skills that will prepare young adults for future employment
  • Receive on-site and off-site support to ensure the outcome of a positive and successful experience

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Social Skills/Social Thinking™ - Young Adult Groups

Older teens and young adults 17-30 years old

Description:  Aspire’s adult groups focus on social skills and social thinking™, life skills, relationship/friendship development, stress management and self-awareness. Our 3-Legged Stool of: social competency, stress management and self-awareness are the backbone of our approach.  In our adult groups we focus on life goals, relationships/dating and specific interests/topics that are generated from the participants.  The groups’ objectives are to give young adults the opportunity to practice these skills within a group and to see themselves as part of a community of learners. Focusing on life skills and relationship building, participants will also learn ways to improve self-awareness. The format includes interest-based activities, supportive discussions, social coaching, direct instruction, and community outings. Meeting times and schedule.

Highlights

  • Building relationships
  • Life skills exploration
  • Strategies for dating
  • Expanding range of leisure activities
Young Women’s Group
Women 18-30 years old

Description:  Aspire’s young women’s groups provide an environment for young women to learn social pragmatic skills, self-awareness and stress management strategies.  The women practice these skill areas through group-oriented activities and outings.  The group is encouraged to engage in social in “real world” settings but through Aspire’s therapeutic support.  Outings may include going out for meals, trips to the mall, miniature golf, etc.  Staff assists women with preparing for these outings and exploring the often puzzling social world.  Topics for discussion include developing friendships, boundaries in relationships, online social networking, nutrition and exercise, education/career planning, etc.  The group is guided by topics relevant to the participants.  Improving how to think socially, become more self-aware and manage stress are key components to social success and overall success in life.  Meeting times and schedule.

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Young Men’s Group
Men Ages 18-30

Description:  Aspire’s young men’s groups provide an environment for participants to learn social pragmatic skills, self-awareness and stress management strategies.  The men practice these skill areas through group-oriented activities and outings.  The group is encouraged to engage in social development in “real world” settings but through Aspire’s therapeutic support.  Outings may include going out for meals, fly fishing, bowling etc.  Staff assists participants with preparing for these outings and exploring the often puzzling social world.  Topics for discussion include developing friendships, boundaries in relationships, online social networking, nutrition and exercise, education/career planning, etc.  The group is guided by topics relevant to the participants.  Improving how to think socially, become more self-aware and manage stress are key components to social success and overall success in life.  Meeting times and schedule.

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Adult Life Excursions

Young Adults 18-22 years old

Description:  Adult Life Excursions is a Saturday program where young adults participate in supported recreational and social activities while learning a variety of practical life skills.  Topics covered include money management, excursion planning, use of public transportation, peer negotiation and time management. Participants are encouraged to balance their needs with those of the group.  Activities, community trips and relevant social topics are tailored to the ages of participants.  This program is community focused.  Meeting times and schedule.

Highlights:

  • Increasing independence and decision-making
  • Community excursions
  • Increasing positive social connections
  • Developing and using budgets
  • Improving self-awareness

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Meet the Staff
Brett Mulder, Ph.D.