NYIT's Vocational Independence Program offers Introduction to Independence (I-to-I ), a seven-week summer work-study-recreation program for students ages 16 to 22 at NYIT's Central Islip site. It consists of high school students as well as those enrolled in post-secondary programs (such as the Vocational Independence Program) who have moderate to severe learning differences. Students are screened for emotional needs to determine the level of support need. I-to-I students work four mornings or afternoons per week and receive a stipend for their work. During the other half of their four days, the students participate in classes that are practical in nature and provide a foundation for their movement toward independence. On Fridays, students take educational trips to cultural centers on Long Island and in the New York City area.
Evenings and weekends are focused on social/recreational activities. Trips to Shea Stadium, local beaches, theaters, and amusement parks are part of the students’ weekend activities.
High school students in the program are introduced to a college campus and the responsibilities and rewards of living away from home. For the post-secondary students, the program reinforces their classroom education and offers them an expanded social and vocational experience.
For more information about the Introduction to Independence program, or for a tour of NYIT's Central Islip site, please contact Ernst O. VanBergeijk, Ph.D., Associate Dean/Executive Director, at 631.348.3117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.