Since 2011, The Nicholas Center has spearheaded inclusive initiatives, enabling people who think differently to get to work. Combatting an 85%+ unemployment rate, the vocational supports we've put in place have had an impact on hundreds of lives.
Services that provide learning and work experiences where individuals can develop general skills enabling them to attain the highest level of work in the most integrated setting, with a job that matches their interests, strengths, and abilities. The optimal outcome of prevocational services is competitive, integrated employment in the community where an individual is compensated at or above minimum wage. The Nicholas Center offers skills training to develop and teach general skills such as the ability to communicate with supervisors, coworkers, and customers; general workplace and conduct; hygiene and dress; the ability to follow directions, complete tasks, and problem-solving skills; and workplace safety and appropriate behaviors in and outside the workplace.
Cruisin' Cantina: Interoffice snack concierge for The Nicholas Center and Spectrum offices. This program teaches skills in order taking, inventory, customer service, and finances.
NC Concierge Service (in collaboration with other nonprofits): This program supports elderly Long Island community members who may be homebound. Workers provide companionship or run errands. NC Neighbors (in collaboration with other nonprofits): Helps broaden the impact of nonprofits that focus on feeding and supplying the impoverished with food and necessities. Workers help by assembling packages and delivering goods to pantries.
Nicholas Center News: A weekly news broadcast written by, produced by, and starring our participants and broadcast on Facebook and YouTube.
Creative Arts: Opportunity for participants to self-expression and further explore the world through the lens of visual arts, music, theater, and dance.
Health & Wellness: Allows participants to engage in physical fitness and emotional well-being pursuits including yoga, aerobics, outdoor activities and classroom-based exercises.
NC Theater (in collaboration with epicplayersnyc.org, a theatre company dedicated to creating professional performing arts opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities): The Nicholas Center participates in programs including productions, musical cabarets, original showcases, and skills-based classes.
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