CURRICULUM DETAILS

Venture Bound’s curriculum is an individual training instrument, used for facilitating and assessing each participant’s progress toward completing personal objectives.

Employability Skill Building:

Through a variety of career exploration and volunteer opportunities, assist students with obtaining employment in the community by developing knowledge on attendance, arrival/departure routine, schedule management, time management, communication and socialization in the workplace, decision making/problem solving, professional behavior, group participation/teamwork, self-determination and advocacy, managing different environments, assistive technology use, developing work habits, and personal hygiene expectations in the workplace. Training is conducted in the classroom and within the community.

Self Determination and Advocacy Skills:

Applying effective advocacy techniques, exercising personal responsibility, understanding the connection between actions and consequences, considering options, resolving conflicts, voting in public elections, developing an awareness of social reform legislation, attending advocacy conferences, understanding the Bill of Rights, attending city and county council meetings, attending municipal and county court proceedings, and understanding the role of responsibility within the framework of independent living instruction. Training is conducted in the classroom and within the community.

Personal Care, Hygiene, Health, and Safety:

Applying daily hygiene and grooming skills (bathing, wearing clean clothing, caring for nails, shaving, applying deodorant, brushing teeth), recognizing the onset of illness, taking temperature, applying basic knowledge of illness management (drinking liquids, resting, keeping temperature down, limiting exposure of others), scheduling and keeping medical and dental appointments, asking pertinent information from medical professionals, following medication schedule, and renewing prescriptions. Training is conducted in the classroom and within the community.

Money Management and Budgeting:

Keeping receipts, safekeeping of cash, making change, using ATMs, making bank transactions, making a monthly budget, updating and following the monthly budget on a weekly basis, managing checking and savings accounts, writing checks, balancing checkbooks, keeping a personal financial file, paying bills, calling businesses, mailing monthly check stubs to SSI, mailing bank statements to payee, prioritizing needs and wants, saving for large purchases, understanding credit and interest, and understanding information on paycheck stubs. Training is conducted in money management class and at local banks/credit unions.

Mobility Skills:

Using public and private transportation, understanding transportation schedules, mapping routes, preparing for the written driver’s test, applying bicycle laws, and applying pedestrian laws. Training is conducted in the classroom and on public transportation in local and nearby communities.

Household Cleaning and Maintenance:

Dusting, sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, disposing of trash, changing linens, using cleaning supplies, replenishing cleaning supplies and personal bathroom items (e.g., toilet paper, Kleenex, hand soap), eliminating clutter, defrosting the refrigerator, using household pesticides safely, cleaning windows, sanitizing the bathroom, and requesting household repair and/or maintenance. Training is conducted in the classroom and within the community.

Menu Planning and Preparation:

Planning menus, making grocery lists, preparing nutritional meals, using leftovers, preparing proper quantities, and coordinating food preparation. Training is conducted in the classroom and within the community.

Shopping Skills:

Checking freshness dates, putting purchases away, identifying proper clothing sizes, making and following shopping lists, comparison shopping, using coupons, displaying shopping courtesy, requesting assistance, returning pirchases, accumulating necessary household goods, and demonstrating an understanding of contracts (e.g., layaway, credit terms, rental). Training is conducted in the classroom and within the community.

Cooking Skills:

Cooking from a basic menu, using cooking utensils, using pots and pans, using appliances, food storage, cooking techniques, applying safety rules, cleaning the kitchen, sanitary kitchen procedures, and using recipes. Training is conducted in the classroom and within the community.

Leisure Skills:

Accessing campus and community recreational resources, developing personal leisure interests, volunteering in community projects, and participating in community service organizations. Training is conducted at school events and within the community.

Use of Community Resources and Awareness of Community Support Systems:

Communicating with service coordinators, calling for assistance in the event of an emergency, locating and accessing community resources (fire and police departments, hospitals, medical and mental health offices, libraries, colleges and universities, and various businesses). Training and activities are conducted in natural community locations.

Safety:

Applying guidelines and awareness of personal safety, household safety, job safety, and community safety. Training and activities are conducted in the classroom, vocational sites, and various community locations.

The curriculum is implemented during program hours. Activities and materials are utilized in and from the natural environments and are age appropriate.