Functional learning at YES include daily-use language, everyday Mathematics and information and communication technology. We considered these skills fundamental for our young adults to master, as they play their roles and gain the most out of life, at work, at play and in society.
Vocational Studies and Experience
Each young adult comes to YES with different levels of abilities and interests in all areas. With diversified vocational skills practice and experience at YES, we work towards the goal of helping each young person reach their work potential.
YES has the privilege of getting access to vocational units of our parent organisation Yang Memorial Methodist Social Service, for weekly onsite practice, on top of the training we do at the Centre.
As part of our YES Transition Plan process, YES staff and social worker help our young adults explore different vocational opportunities. Local employment support services can be referred through our social worker, if appropriate.
Self-expression and Self-determination
While there is a lot to learn and practice at YES, our young adults enjoy various opportunities to express their feelings and explore their emotions. Different art forms such as music playing, singing, dancing, painting and art and craft are only some of art forms they have experienced, but we are always looking for something new.
Self-determination are skills essential for potential success. These skills include decision-making with regard to education, leisure, vocational training, and independent living.
We at YES seize every opportunity for our young adults to make decisions, whether big or small, individually or as a group. This helps them develop problem solving skills, set personal goals as well as owning their responsibilities as an individual. We are always pleased to hear from parents on how their children improve in this area.
YES Transition Plan
The length of stay at YES for each young person varies, depending on the trainee’s progress. It takes a lot to prepare for each individual’s exit, thus it is crucial to have solid planning for the next steps towards the path of success for each YES graduating adult to step into the community and adulthood.
When a young person first joins us, once settled, he or she will have his or her own Individual Development Plan (IDP). The 6-month goals are team-set by the trainee, the guardians and YES staff.
YES Transition Plan involves the trainee, the trainee’s guardians and YES staff team of professionals.
As the adult’s potentials and strengths are explored with different experiences and grow, transition plan meeting starts to take place. The person’s future directions are discussed among all IDP team members, and a transitional portfolio for showcasing his or her abilities and talents is set up. Goals are to be reached before the person is ready to move on to the next stage of his or her life.
Life Skills and Independence
Life skills training is one of YES’s most focused areas, as our young adults work toward independence. They are offered opportunities to strengthen their skills by regular practice. The training areas are:
- money management
- time management
- self care
- household management
- health management
- food management
- community involvement
Life skills training is acquired in real life settings and as well as via interactive small group activities. Life skills is also one of the most focused criteria on trainee’s Individual Development Plan*.
*Please find out more about YES’s Individual Development Plan in Transition Planning.