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Via to host Teen Winter Experience in late December

Thursday, November 22, 2012 by The Press in Local News

Via is again offering Via Teen Winter Experience for teens and young adults with disabilities Dec. 26, 27, 28 and 31.

The event is for ages 13 to 21.

Via Teen Winter Experience is a valuable program for participants between Christmas and New Year's when schools are typically closed.

This program helps young adults with disabilities connect to their community through recreational, social, volunteer and educational activities to help prepare for adult life.

"We provide meaningful activities to enhance social connections during the time teens and young adults are not in school," said Jess Elliott, Via Teen Experience coordinator. "Participants in Via Teen Winter Experience spend the winter break building their social skills in community settings and reconnect to relationships and friendships they formed over the summer."

Via Teen Experience, a part of Via Community Connections, helps students develop life skills to help them make transition from high school to adult life.

While Via Teen Winter Experience focuses on fun and friendships, Via's 10-week summer program encourages participants to learn about their community, do career shadowing and mock interviews with company human resources representatives and volunteer at organizations across the Lehigh Valley. The Via Teen Summer Experience runs from June to August.

Visit www.ViaNet.org to learn more about Via's services.