LifePrep@Naz is an innovative program designed to provide individuals with disabilities with a college experience. Created through the collaborative relationship among Nazareth College, Victor Central School District, and The Arc of Monroe County, the LifePrep@Naz program thrives on the passion and commitment of all involved parties.
The design of the LifePrep@Naz program stems from the overall goal of providing individuals with disabilities, ages 18 years +, a similar-aged learning community that allows for the transformation from high school students to self-determined and competitively employed contributors in our society. LifePrep@Naz is designed to prepare students for success, not only in the classroom, but also at college gathering places, competitive work placements, and for life in the community following completion of this college experience.
Nazareth students serve as mentors to the LifePrep students, through work study, volunteering, service-learning as well as internship and practicum placements. The mentors assist and support LifePrep students in LifePrep and Nazareth classes, accompany them to lunch and to any campus evening activities that the group plans. Faculty have the opportunity to participate in the program by offering guest seats in their classes to interested LifePrep students. Recently, LifePrep@Naz has stemmed into the community, working with local businesses and organizations to provide job placements for the Lifeprep Students. This ground-breaking advancement provides opportunities for independence and real-life work experience, with guidance from mentors and business owners.