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  • Summer Matters offers educational and recreational programming for young people, 4–24 years of age, with special needs and learning challenges. Summer Matters programs vary in purpose, format and length and build on participants’ interests to help them succeed, learn and grow. From the development of social and daily living skills to experiencing opportunities to have fun and make new friends, Summer Matters programs maximize each participant’s potential.  

    Summer L.I.F.E. Traditional Day and Overnight Camp offers traditional camp activities such as fishing, canoeing, zip lining, crafts and nature study during week-long sessions on a 200-acre wooded camp property in Schwenksville, PA. Programs are designed for campers experiencing social challenges.

    Summer L.I.F.E. School-Year Programs and Weekend Retreats Recognizing the importance of year-round recreational and respite programming for youth of all abilities, Summer Matters offers day and overnight programs throughout the year. These programs offer affordable, engaging opportunities for young people to develop independence, strengthen healthy relationships and broaden their recreational experiences in the real world while giving their families much-needed respite.

    Extended School Year (ESY) at The Vanguard School We offer a five-week, full-day extended school year program (ESY) to support academic, social and emotional skills maintenance based on IEP goals and objectives. The program also includes enrichment activities and community trips to enhance learning and social opportunities.

    ESY Career Prep Academy is a part-time ESY program designed for high school students who may not have specific academic goals or related service needs. The Academy combines small-group career preparation, financial literacy, customer service, peer interactions, career education and executive function skill building.

    The Vanguard Transition Center Summer Experience is an ESY program for young adults, 18–21 years of age. This unique program offers the transition-aged population their own ESY program with an emphasis on maintaining vocational and daily living skills. This program includes a week-long independent residency at a local university.

    The Vocational Immersion Program (VIP) equips young adults with developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder and related social challenges, 18–24 years of age, with key social and employment-readiness skills through a four-week intensive program that includes classroom-based instruction, online learning, workplace internships with job coaches and a week-long supported living experience.

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