What We Do

Summer Vocational

Variety’s Vocational, Career Exploration, and Work Readiness Programs are designed to teach job readiness skills and socialization to children with developmental disabilities in the “transition ages” of 16 to 21 years old.

Career Exploration 

  • Students 16-18 work in vocational areas- Kitchen, snack bar, crew cleaning, clerical/office skills, maintenance, woodworking, manufacturing/ quality control and greenhouse/gardening.
  • Pop-up shops in community provide retail and customer service experience.
  • Social skills related to community employment settings.
  • Emphasis of the program – “soft skills” and career exploration.

Work Readiness 

As students progress, emphasis is placed on skill attainment & areas of job interest. Students pick two areas of interest or specialty.

  •  Students 18-21 work in off-campus job sites and on-grounds areas based on their interests.
  • Emphasis of the program is skill acquisition, work based learning experiences and appropriate community workplace behaviors.

Culinary Skills Class

  • Students must be able to work independently in a group and have mastered soft skills.
  • Emphasis is on increasing culinary skills, finding tasks suited to each individual and functioning in a work environment.
  • Curriculum includes: introduction, safety skills, accurate measuring and recipes, baking techniques, cakes, cookies and cupcakes.
  • Students run full production with bakery sales weekly and provide baked goods to pop-up shops.

Date: June 20th through August 5th           

Pricing: $4,200 for base services  – $90 per 30 minute session or related services/therapies

If you are interested in this program, contact Tyler Kammerle at tyler.kammerle@varietyphila.org


All Summer 2022 Program applications will close May 1st.

2022 Health Form