In 2015, Vanguard Preparatory School started the Launch Transition Program to support families and students as they navigate the challenges of life after high school. Launch helps participants learn vital life lessons such as getting a job and managing a budget and teaches everyday skills such as transportation, shopping, cooking, and housekeeping. Launch also provides critical therapeutic support, helping participants to build self-determination and healthy relationships while minimizing barriers to employment. Launch offers job placement assistance and (through Texas Workforce Solutions) supported employment services with guidance in identifying applicable state and federal employment programs.
No classroom setting or vocational training program can substitute for real world experience in practicing learned skills and behaviors so that they become habit in everyday life. In collaboration with the parent of a Vanguard alumnus who purchased a home within 10 minutes of the school, Vanguard created LAUNCHPad, where students can practice life and social skills. Launch participants benefit from a customized learning program, family involvement and education in the following areas:
- Exploring the “You” in work to discover interest and aptitudes
- Soft skills for work success such as interviewing and communications
- College and trade school preparation
- Independent living instruction
- Authentic volunteer and community work experiences
- Collaborative family and peer networks
- Continuing job support follow-up
The Vanguard Launch Transition Program is open not only to former Vanguard students but also to high school graduates within the larger community.
Launch program students and staff volunteer in cleanup effort after tornado damage in North Dallas.
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