Welcome to Stride
STRIDE is a program of the YMCA of Greater Whittier. It is a day program that helps developmentally disabled adults achieve their highest potential in the community and in everyday life. Participants are at the STRIDE program center daily up to 30 hours per week, with activities focusing on daily living skills, practical math, computer usage, using community resources, functional reading and vocational prep. The STRIDE program is located at the Uptown YMCA facility. For more information please call 562-907-5304.
Here at STRIDE you will be able to enjoy our year round program with many resources. We observe national holidays and extended breaks at Christmas and Spring.
STRIDE benefits from the resources of the Whittier YMCA including the pool and fitness programs. We offer program hours from 8:30 am-2:30 pm Monday through Friday. We are glad you are showing interest in the STRIDE Program.
- Lead Teacher - A credentialed teacher plans and directly implements the program including individual goals in accordance with your IPP.
- Program Aides - Instructional Aides work with you to carry out the program goals, both in the community and in a small group learning environment.
Stride Program Courses
- Daily Living Skills - This class offers you a wide spectrum of learning opportunities which include, but are not limited to, hygiene and grooming, shopping skills, cooking, telephone usage, laundry tasks and other household activities.
- Practical Reading – Reading as it relates to specific daily activities, safety words, appointment info and reading package labels.
- Practical Math - This instruction will guide you through he basics of time telling, using a calendar, counting and recognizing money, basic calculator usage, the fundamentals of budgeting, banking and check writing. Emphasis is placed on using the skills learned to manage their own money, using catalogs and making purchases in the community.
- Computer Usage - Technology will allow you to learn additional skills using new software programs, websites, and the internet.
- Community - Our goal is increase your independence in community settings. Activities include: community safety presentations, writing and/or recognizing their own name and being able to produce their I.D. You will practice utilizing public transportation and community services.
- Library - You will be given practical experience in obtaining and being responsible for a library card, making book selections, checking out library materials and returning them on a timely basis. Responsibility includes paying any fines you have.
- Vocational - As students you will be preparing for a job participating in an open forum where a variety of issues are discussed (i.e., vocational choices and what they involve, appropriate dress and social behavior, interview skills and other student concerns). You will also use known information to practice filling out forms and practice applications. When it is appropriate you may be supported in a volunteer job placement.
Entrance Criteria for Stride Participants
- Age 21 or older
- Regional Center Registration
- Independent toileting skills
- An absence of severe, disruptive and/or violent behavior problems.
- A basic degree of maturity that enables treatment as an adult rather than a child
- Manage medication independently
- Ability to learn in a small group environment without one-on-one supervision.
Stride strives to develop and maintain:
- Daily independent living skills
- Social development
- Communication skills
- Self confidence and a better self image
- Expanded community mobility
- Academic skills and opportunities
- Personal management.
- Healthy physical fitness habits
- Recreational opportunities.
- Participation in an enclave.
Instructors: Marti Woodward & Kristine Yeseta
Address: 12510 Hadley St., Whittier CA 90601