Program

Overview

Brighton Launch is for young adults 18+ with challenges, who are preparing to move from school to post-school activities: employment or supported employment, further education, independent or supported living and community participation.  Whatever the destination, we help to prepare our young adults for “lives of success.” The program runs Monday - Friday, 9:00 - 5:00, September though June, with optional summer camp weeks during July & August. There is a full-time, five day/week program option or a three day/week program option. Program length is unlimited - students may participate in the Launch program as long as they wish to continue their development.

To create ‘lives of success,’ we need to consider all of the factors that contribute to a well-rounded, fulfilling and complete adult life. The Brighton Launch program follows our proprietary TASC© (Transition to Adulthood Skills Curriculum) to provide a comprehensive, all-inclusive and integrated approach to skill acquisition in six key domains: Independent Living Skills; Workplace Skills/Job Training; Community Skills; Private Matters: Social Skills & Self-Regulation; and Foundation Skills (Language, Literacy & Numeracy). 

Program Options
Our Full-time program is best for students who want to work on both job skills and independent living skills; may not yet be fully independent in the community; may need transit training, need to gain life skills for increased independence; need coaching to understand laws and/or social expectations; and need assistance socializing with peers.

Our Part-time Monday/Wednesday/Friday program is best for students who prefer to work on community living and life skills; are not yet independent in the community; need transit training; need to gain life skills for increased independence; need coaching to understand laws and/or social expectations; and need assistance socializing with peers. 

Our Part-time Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday program is best for students who prefer to focus on job-specific training; are working towards independence in the community; may be independent or may be working towards independent travel via public transit; need to gain skills for increased independence in the workplace; need assistance socializing with peers and co-workers.

Program Features

  • Twice weekly supported external work placements focus on developing workplace skills through placements with a variety of employer-partners including California Sandwiches, Planet Fun, Sears, Toyota,Kennedy Bowl, Habitat for Humanity Restore, Tim Horton's, North Beach Volleyball, Fitness Connection, Party City, Don Valley Animal Hospital, Celestica, Glow Fresh Grill & Wine Bar, Petopia, Ontario Health Coalition, Canadian Cancer Society, Brighton School...with new employers being added each term.
  • Twice weekly supported internal work placements continue the development of workplace skills.  Students participate in creating, packaging and selling spa products made for our ETSY store. The products created through our ETSY social enterprise program give our students experience with production, teamwork, project & time management, quality control, photography and website editing skills, customer service and order fulfillment.  Check us out here!
  • A partnership arrangement with Employment Ontario, Labour Education Centre, which assists with both career planning and placement of students into paid positions as they are ready
  •  Training in WHMIS, Food Handler's Certificate, and Smart Serve
  • A focus on skills for independent living, including nutrition and meal planning, cooking and food preparation skills, dining etiquette, shopping and purchasing, and home maintenance tasks to prepare students to manage or at least contribute to the running of a household
  • Our unique Real Economy program teaches personal financial management through the use of real cash, 'earned' through work placements. Note that the Real Economy program fee is charged to student accounts
  • Lunch is included in the program through our Real Economy - student groups cook three days/week, and can purchase or make own lunches on the other two days using their Real Economy money
  • Home Ec units teaches and practices important skills such as sewing, laundry, first aid, etc.
  • Coaching is provided in the areas of personal care, hygiene, sexual health, relationships and dating
  • Both direct teaching and an integrated focus on continued development of social skills and self-management strategies
  • Skills assessments track progress through the program
  • Our fabulous bright facility features classrooms, kitchen, laundry room, student business centre, student lounge and, of course, a hub!
  • Students are placed in groups that match their program needs

 

Admissions

To find out more about our program and to arrange a visit, please call our Program Manager, Raneta Krylov, M.A.D.S., BCBA, at

416-932-8273, ext. 220, or email: rkrylov@brightonlaunch.ca