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Minda Builds New Opportunities for Teens

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Media Release
Community and Lifestyle Services
General News
30 May 2023

Minda, SA’s largest intellectual disability provider, will for the first time deliver a program to help teenagers make the transition from their high school environment to young adulthood.

MyPathway to Day Options is designed to help 16–18-year-olds build greater life skills by providing them with a range of learning opportunities in two 10-week activity cycles.

Each session, held on a Saturday from 9.30am–12.30pm, will start with a physical activity such as yoga, stretching, or musical movement to help regulate the body and mind.

This will be followed with a main skills-based workshop, each week based on a different theme including seasonal gardening, cooking, creative arts or music, with key learning areas such as teamwork, practical, sensory and emotional development.

MyPathway to Day Options program coordinator Daniel Smith says it aims to expose younger participants to a vast range of life skills that will help build their confidence as they enter the next stage of their lives.

“Minda is thrilled to deliver this program to teens,” Mr Smith said.

“From building safe and hygienic practices in the cooking classes, to developing skills in information and technology, our clients will get to explore and utilise knowledge learned throughout the program, so they can build self-confidence, work on those skills practically at home and feel empowered for the next stage of life.”

Minda CE Dr David Panter says all the organisation’s programs are designed to give the support that young people and adults with an intellectual disability need to inspire purpose and live as independently as they can.

“Minda is opening opportunities for teenagers to have hands-on experiences. Connecting with others and learning new skills are so important as they become adults, so we hope this will lay the foundation for their futures.”

MyPathway to Day Options will start on Saturday mornings from August for school leavers to ease the transition from school to a young adult environment.

What: MyPath to Day Options Program

When: Starting from August 2023

Where: MyPath Lifestyle Precinct, Minda Brighton

Cost: Funded through the NDIS

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