Summer Skills Development Program (SSD)
The Summer Skills Development Program (SSD) is an innovative program developed by FCSA over ten years ago to provide academic and nonacademic therapeutic activities, as well as vocational and job readiness training to special needs youth during the summer months. This comprehensive program runs for a ten week period during the summer and serves 25-30 youth ages 6-21.
The program focuses on gaining success in academics through our summer school program, social skill development that is woven throughout daily activities, and vocational/work skills to explore career interests and aptitude, gain personal skills (soft skills) needed to prepare for employment, and instill a sound work ethic and solid vocational skills by providing them with an opportunity to work in a paid position complete with benefits and responsibilities. Being successful at a job has proven very therapeutic for client workers, providing them with a positive employment experience while boosting their self-esteem and resume.