Creative Minds services are individually designed around each individual’s personal, vocational, community membership and self-advocacy goals.  Services and supports are provided both at our Van Nuys location and in the community to assist young adults transitioning out of high school to obtain necessary skills to transition into adult life.  Our program also enables participants to gain skills and self-esteem that will empower them to become more independent and able to better advocate for themselves.  Participants may utilize public transportation as a means of getting to and from various locations throughout the community. 

Classes:
  • Reading, Writing & Spelling
  • Computer Class
  • Money Management & Banking
  • Math Skills
  • Cooking & Nutrition
  • Personal Hygiene and Grooming
  • Physical Fitness
  • Performing Arts; dance/music/drama
  • Arts, Crafts & Ceramics
  • Current Events & Communication Skills
  • Building & Sustaining Friendships
  • Laundry Skills
Personal Outcomes include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Develop reading, writing and spelling skills
  • Learn to operate and use a computer
  • Learn to identify and manage money
  • Develop cooking and kitchen safety skills
  • Develop personal hygiene and grooming skills
  • Develop self-confidence and learn self-advocacy skills

Vocational Outcomes include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Learning RESPONSIBILIEIES, DUTIES AND BEHAVIORS appropriate for work and/or volunteer positions
  • JOB SHADOWING to determine interest and understand specific job duties and requirements
  • INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEWS to learn specific information about various employers and job availability
  • RESERCHING various job duties, pay rates, labor market, etc. through the Internet and/or local One-Stop Workforce Center

Community Membership Outcomes include, but are not limited to the following:
  • VOLUNTEERING at local non-profits or community-based organizations
  • SERVICE CLUB MEMBERSHIP
  • Museums
  • Resource Centers
  • Special Events; sports arenas
  • Theme Parks
  • Bowling
  • Shopping; personal/grocery
  • Movie Theaters
  • Local Parks
  • Beach & Public Pools
  • Public Transportation Instruction
  • Monthly Beauty Salon Services

Self-Advocacy Outcomes include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Developing/enhancing SELF CONFIDENCE through the demonstration of calm assertive behavior
  • ADVOCATING for self by facilitating individual service planning meetings