Naperville 203 Connections Hosts First Chicagoland Transition League Meetup of Year
The Naperville 203 Connections program hosted this year’s first Chicagoland Transition League (CTL) event on September 28 at the Edward Hospital Athletic & Event Center in Romeoville for a fun morning of games and socializing. The goal was simple - have fun and meet new friends! Each student was tasked with getting the names of ten new friends as part of the recreational activities.
Connections is a founding member of the Chicagoland Transition League, a consortium of seven area school district transition programs including Naperville 203, Valley View School District 365U, Community High School District 99, Indian Prairie School District 204, Joliet Township High School District 204, Community School District 303, and Hinsdale High School District 86. The CTL is an opportunity for young adults, in educational transition programs, to meet new peers and network while engaging in athletic and recreational activities.
“The Chicagoland Transition League offers our students unique activities outside the confines of their normal routines,” said Maura Anderson, Naperville 203’s Supervisor of Transition Services. “We hosted the first event and other consortium members will take turns planning activities including a CTL Gives Back, CTL Winter Formal Dance, and a March Madness Basketball Tournament.”
The Naperville 203 Connections program provides systematic transitional services that expose students to activities which promote positive outcomes in: social skills, communication, pre-vocational/vocational/employment skills, community living, functional academics, navigation through the community and self-determination. Each student has an individual plan that is unique to his or her choices, special needs and personal vision. Connections builds upon the strength and interests of each student in order to prepare them for a successful post-secondary life.
Connections assists students to become effective self-advocates and in exploring work and post-secondary options with the goal of helping students have a seamless transition to adult services, community opportunities and life. Connections accomplishes this goal by providing a coordination of services, with an interagency collaborative approach, for access and connection to adult services that support and assist a student's vision and generate skills that can lead to a full life.
The Naperville 203 Connections program currently serves 55 students and is consistently reviewing programming and has engaged in a five-year strategic plan to continually improve transition services in the District.