For more information, call Heidi Solomon at 216.378.3434
The Horvitz YouthAbility program serves disabled and at-risk youth by engaging them in volunteer service, vocational activities, and social enrichment. YouthAbility participants help themselves by helping others.
Individual & Community-Based Volunteer Experiences
Approximately 100 to 125 youth and young adults, ages 14-26, participate annually. Participants are placed in individual volunteer assignments based on their individual strengths and interests. The goals of these experiences are to develop job skills, explore possible future careers, gain self-confidence, and provide a valuable service to the agency of placement. Examples of placements include:
- Animal shelters
- Grooming salons
Group projects are designed to give members a positive connection to the community and allow them to feel like community heroes. Projects may last one day or be on-going and help participants develop self-esteem, soft job skills and provide a valuable service to the community. Examples include:
- Creating greeting cards for sick children
- Making and serving lunch for victims of domestic violence
- Tending to community gardens that provide fresh vegetables and fruit to the elderly.
On-going group projects require a higher level of commitment on the part of the student. Projects last most of the year and work toward specific goals. Participants develop specific skills related to the project, serve as community leaders as part of the project, and develop self-confidence. Examples include:
- Creating and performing in a play about overcoming disabilities
- Learning about advocacy and government through field trips
Each year the group hosts learning trips to various locations throughout the US and internationally as an opportunity to travel and perform volunteer activities with other non-profit organizations. Trips are supervised by JFSA and adult volunteers. Over the past 7 years, the group has visited Washington DC, Buffalo, Niagara, Chicago, Philadelphia, New Orleans and San Francisco.
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