More than 100 Nazareth College student mentors and volunteers were recognized during a recent luncheon for providing guidance and support to people with disabilities through the LifePrep@Naz program.
LifePrep@Naz provides people ages 18 and older who have disabilities with a learning community that guides them through the transformation from high school to employment. The program prepares students for success not only in the classroom, but also at college gathering places, competitive work placements and for life in the community after their college experience.
Nazareth students serve as mentors to LifePrep@Naz students through work-study, volunteering, service-learning and internship and practicum placements. Mentors assist and support LifePrep students in class settings, and accompany them to lunch and other campus activities.
The program is the first of its kind in Rochester. It was designed to provide people with disabilities a superior college experience. The program was created through a collaborative relationship among The Arc of Monroe, Nazareth College and Victor Central School District.
Off-campus internships are made possible by the support of shift supervisors at local area businesses such as Weiders Hardware, YMCA, Mendon Schools and The Bop Shop.