Functional Learning

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

Self-expression

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

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.

Transition Planning

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.

Relationships and Social Integration

Relationships

Relationship education is to be learnt and practiced at YES. Everybody at YES has formed beautiful friendships since our beginning in April 2014. Stepping out of our MST Centre, it can be a lot trickier to make friends and build new relationships with others. We are pretty proud that we have made a few friends in our Wong Tai Sin neighbourhood and other Yang units on our weekly outings.

Relationship education at YES starts from learning about me and my family, understanding social boundaries with friends and the opposite sex, to knowing how to face acquaintances and strangers. Issues are explored and discussed at the Centre interactively.

 

Social Integration

Have you tried ringing us at the Centre but nobody picked up the phone? YES young adults split their time learning on different modes and at different locations. We go out a lot! We believe in the importance for YES young adults to see themselves as part of the community and therefore we go out to use public transport, use community facilities and interact with others in the community as much as possible. Our young people are taught and encouraged to speak a few simple Cantonese phrases to communicate with people we meet.

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:

  1. money management
  2. travel
  3. time management
  4. self care
  5. household management
  6. health management
  7. food management
  8. 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.