LifePrep@Naz is an innovative program designed to provide students with intellectual and developmental disabilities with a college experience, strengthening their life skills, vocational skills, self-sufficiency, and independence. Created through the collaborative relationship among Nazareth, Victor Central School District, and The Arc of Monroe, the LifePrep@Naz program thrives on the passion and commitment of everyone involved.

Through campus employment, Nazareth students serve as peer mentors to the LifePrep students, providing consistent peer-to-peer interaction. The mentors assist and support LifePrep students in LifePrep and Nazareth classes, and accompany them to lunch, as well as their on-campus vocational experiences. 

LifePrep students are fully immersed in campus life, including but not limited to:

  • Enrollment in a Nazareth course
  • Involvement in clubs & organizations
  • Attendance at college functions and athletic events
  • Internship on campus
  • Participation in Commencement upon completion of the LifePrep program


For eligibility, acceptance criteria, and applying for LifePrep:

Mentor Experiences

What is your favorite experience with LifePrep?
How will you integrate what you've learned from LifePrep into your everyday life moving forward?
Why are you a mentor?


LifePrep@Naz is an approved pathway for Experiential Learning, which is one component of the core curriculum at Naz.

Life Prep

Naz in Action

LifePrep students and Naz mentors participate in the fall Orientation's day of service called Naz in Action. Where the LifePrep students get to give back to the community and form new connections!

Naz students: Interested in Becoming a Mentor?

The Duties of a LifePrep@Naz Mentor
Naz students: Who to contact
Ready to Join Our Team?