Menta Academy Oak Park
Menta Academy Oak Park is designed to assist districts in meeting their obligation of post-school goals and transition outcomes according to IDEA 2004.
The Menta Academy Oak Park Program is outcome driven. As a transition team, our goal is to engage youth and young adults in their own futures planning process, provide them with developmentally-appropriate services and supports, and involve them and their families and other key players in a process that prepares and facilitates them in their movement toward greater self-sufficiency and successful achievement of their goals related to each of the transition domains – employment, career-building education, living situation, personal-effectiveness and quality of life, and community-life functioning.
The Menta Academy Oak Park Program endeavors to provide students with:
- Enriching collegiate experiences
- Interactive and inclusive environments
- Learning activities that will transfer to lifelong independent living skills
- Job skills necessary for gainful employment
- Self respect and knowledge of individual strengths
- Empowerment through education
- To provide life skills training enabling the student to successfully live independently. Typically, students will complete the program within 24 months. However, completion time may be extended for students who need the additional time.
- To provide job development and placement enabling the student to acquire employment during the program.
- To provide realistic and inclusive learning experiences and activities while utilizing the natural progression of a community college campus as a higher learning opportunity.
- To coordinate with the student, family, district, and agency personal, in the development and implementation of specific objectives that increase independence in the community.
- To assist the student and family in coordinating the transition into independent life.
Anticipated Student Outcomes
- At least 90% of the young adults participating in the program will leave the program with competitive employment.
- At least 95% of the young adults entering the program will successfully complete the program.
- At least 95% of the young adults entering the program will be able to coordinate and advocate with service providers independently.
- At least 95% of the young adults entering the program will develop capacity to locate and access resources independently.
- All students entering the program will show improved functioning in two or more life areas/transition domains (educational opportunities, employment and career, living situation, community-life functioning, and Personal Effectiveness and Well-being).
44 West Madison
Oak Park, IL 60302
Phone: (708) 679-5220
Fax: (708) 294-3179