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MISSION STATEMENT/WHO WE ARE

VUnited is a new organization on Villanova's campus seeking to enhance the lives of our friends with intellectual disabilities. The 6-week program is designed to expose participants to a college experience with both social and academic components, as they work towards achieving a certificate from Villanova University.

  • Social: We have designed a mentor program to partner participants with a one-on-one current Villanova undergraduate that will foster a lasting relationship with them throughout the program.
  • Academic: We have developed themed modules each week to focus on application of pivotal life skills, in hopes of enhancing participant independence and job reputability, including:
    • Basic Money and Math
    • Health and Nutrition
    • Grocery Shopping and Meal Preparation
    • Internet/Social Media Safety and Job Applications
    • Public Speaking and Interview Skills

WEEKLY GOALS

INTRODUCTION
You will become familiar with the program:

  • Who we are
  • What we have to offer
  • What we hope you leave with

Each participant will be matched with a current Villanova student mentor to act as a friend, teacher, supporter etc., throughout and beyond the duration of the program. We hope to make Villanova feel like home via a short campus tour. 

BASIC MONEY AND MATH
This week will focus on budgeting small sums of money and about the importance of saving. Stations include:

  • Comparing prices - generic versus brand names
  • Budgeting for a night out
  • Smart shopping - needs versus wants 

HEALTH AND NUTRITION 
This week will focus on you and how to be your best self through daily hygiene, healthy meal choices, stress management, exercise, etc. We'll wrap up class this week with a yoga class!

GROCERY SHOPPING AND MEAL PREPARATION
After last week's focus on lifestyle choices, we'll prepare some healthy meal options this week. As a group, we will put together an ingredients list, practicing picking out the items in a simulated grocery store, then work with one of Villanova's favorite chefs to follow a simple recipe/prepare meals (which we will, of course, eat when complete)
 
INTERNET/SOCIAL MEDIA SAFETY AND JOB APPLICATIONS
This week, we will take some time to talk about appropriate computer etiquette. Stations include:
  • Email structure and features
  • Using search engines
  • Assessing appropriateness on social media
These workshops are designed to be applied to daily life, as well as the job application process, which we will discuss with a Villanova Career Center counselor.
 
PUBLIC SPEAKING AND BANQUET
You get to be the teacher now! Each participant will prepare a 2-3 minute presentation to speak in front of our small group about anything he/she is passionate about (great interviewing skill). We will work on this throughout the program to prepare you. We will wrap up our program with certificate distribution.

ABOUT US

Founded by Morgan Sturgis ('17) and Amelia Gabor ('20) in September 2016. Since then, the two have been collaborating with Dr. Steve McWilliams and Mr. Greg Hannah in the Office of Disability Services and are excited to launch the program with their first cohort this Spring. 

CONTACT US

Please feel free to contact us for any inquires, questions, comments, etc at villanovaunited@gmail.com

PARTNERSHIPS

  • Delaware County Intermediate Unit
  • Divine Providence Village
  • The Communities of Don Guanella
  • Villanova University Office of Disability Services