Why Youth Navigation?
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires schools to provide “transition services” to youth with disabilities. The ability to successfully navigate local transportation systems is critical for youth with disabilities who seek to transition to the adult world of postsecondary education and/or the workplace. Being able to safely and independently travel from one location to another creates opportunity. Here at New Horizons, we work hard to help our Members and those we serve create opportunities for themselves.
Thanks to generous funding from the Windsong Trust, we have been able to offer the Youth Navigation program to more than 250 students from across Southern California, including LAUSD. We teach the importance of being safe and responsible while traveling out in the community. Our program is a 10 -12 week program that covers:
- Pedestrian safety
- Stranger danger
- Bus etiquette
- Utilizing public transportation
- Route planning
These lessons are a great way for the students to learn independence as well as safety and responsibility when out in the community.
High Quality Training
Our staff consists of Certified Travel Training Instructors (CTTI) who have completed the Easterseals Project Action (ESPA) training through the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR).
Free. This program is offered at no cost to partner schools through funding from the Windsong Trust.
Classes were launched during the pandemic, and we offer Virtual, In-Person, and Hybrid training to our school partners.