• Graphic logo for The Bridge program. What is The Bridge program?

    The Bridge  is a program for students ages 18-21 who remain in the school system and continue to require Special Education services. Programming prepares students to function effectively and independently at the next stage of their life.  This includes exploring recreation and leisure opportunities in their community, social skills development, specific skill development and employment skill acquisition.

    Young adults at The Bridge  are placed at work sites within the community to develop work-based skills.  The skills they learn are then transferable to competitive employment or job coaching opportunities once they age out of the program.  For students who are unable to work in the community, The Bridge offers various in-house opportunites to allow students to still obtain work skills.  The young adults participate in student enterprises such as making dog treats, running a needs closet for district families and doing kitchen laundry for district elementary schools.

    If you would like additional information about The Bridge, please contact Melynda Kaifes at 913.667.6200 x2413 or mkaifes@usd232.org