VUnited Program Outline
VUnited is a two-semester program that runs for two hours on Saturday mornings at Villanova University. Our first semester is 6 weeks in the fall and provides life skills in the areas of basic math and finances, health and nutrition, cooking, professional skills, and public speaking. Our second semester is 6 weeks in the spring and expands on the knowledge learned in the first semester.
The VUnited mentor program pairs participants with a current Villanova undergraduate to foster a lasting social relationship throughout the program.
2022 Recap of Events from Rachel Grace
Rachel is a social media coordinator for the VUnited program and works with the Villanova women’s basketball team as a manager. Follow Rachel on Twitter @gracerg66
On Thursday, March 31, the VUnited program held a special event to celebrate the end of the academic year. Scholars, mentors and everyone involved with planning the program met at Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza in Wayne, Pa.
Everyone had a great time, enjoyed some pizza, and even celebrated three birthdays (visit Instagram @VUnited2022 to see pictures and interviews with guest attendees).
On Friday, April 22, the VUnited program held a special event to celebrate the end of the academic year. Scholars, mentors and everyone involved with planning the program met at Café Nova. Everyone had a great time, enjoyed food and celebrated the prom.
On Saturday, April 23, the VUnited program held a special event to celebrate the end of the academic year. Scholars, mentors and everyone involved with planning the program met at Driscoll Hall. Everyone had a great time, and some parents came to support their kids, enjoyed food and celebrated the graduation.
For more information about VUnited, a new organization on Villanova’s campus seeking to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities, visit www1.villanova.edu and search for VUnited.
Participants become familiar with the program, including who we are, what we offer, and what we hope to leave you with.
Each participant is matched with a current Villanova student mentor to act as a friend, teacher and supporter throughout and
beyond the duration of the program. We hope to make Villanova feel like
home via a short campus tour.
Week 2 focuses on budgeting small sums of money and the importance of saving. Stations include:
- Comparing prices: generic versus brand names
- Budgeting for an evening out
- Smart shopping: needs versus wants
Week 3 focuses on you and how to be your best self through daily hygiene, healthy meal choices, stress management, exercise, and more.. We'll wrap up class this week with yoga!
After focusing on lifestyle choices in Week 3, we'll prepare healthy meal options during Week 4. As a group, we will put together an ingredient list, practice picking out items in a simulated grocery store, then work with one of Villanova's favorite chefs to follow a simple recipe and prepare meals... which we will, of course, eat when complete!
During Week 5, we will take time to talk about appropriate computer etiquette.
- Email structure and features
- Using search engines
- Assessing appropriateness on social media
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 they are passionate about, which is a great interviewing skill. We will work on public speaking throughout the VUnited program to prepare. Additionally, we will wrap up our program with certificate distribution.
VUnited was founded by Morgan Sturgis '17 and Amelia Gabor '20 in 2016. VUnited is proud to partner with the Delaware County Intermediate Unit, Divine Providence Village, The Communities of Don Guanella, and the Villanova University Office of Disability Services.
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