The Yellow Bird Way!
All Life Skill and Vocational Training is rooted in curriculum-based instruction. Subjects include nutrition, vocational practices, career awareness, and life skills. Clients track their learning through reflection-based activities and portfolio collection. Instruction is delivered in a small group or on a one-to-one basis.
Direct Instruction in the Community
Yellow Bird focuses on prevocational instruction within the community to provide direction and focus to clients throughout their learning experience. These learning experiences are delivered in a meaningful and applicable manner so clients can directly practice these concepts in the community and at home throughout the week. The ultimate goal of prevocational instruction is to foster a healthy and independent lifestyle.
A Culture of Goal Setting
Yellow Bird understands that clients come with varying needs, interests, and abilities. A culture of goal setting has been established to support clients exactly where they are in growing in their abilities to become productive and independent members of their communities. Goals are formed and tracked each week based on prevocational learning, current progress, and future goals as expressed by clients.
Yellow Bird Focus Areas!
Health and Wellness Program
Yellow Bird’s Health and Wellness Program provides access to health and well-being for clients. Here, at Yellow Bird, we focus on “whole person” development that addresses both body and mind. One day per week, clients engage in a nutrition class, cooking activity, and mindful art pursuit! Throughout the week, clients have opportunities to engage in fitness activities including park hikes and trips to the Recreation Center! All clients receive a free pass to any Denver Recreation Center that can be used outside of programming hours.
Service Learning Projects
Yellow Bird’s Service Learning Projects focus on serving those in need in our community. It also provides clients with work experiences within the safety and support of an understanding volunteer -based environment. Clients are expected to use their vocational learning during volunteer experiences in order to make work purposeful and applicable to learning. Clients end programming with a community outing for all of the hard work they put in for the day!
Yellow Bird engages clients in social outings throughout the month! These outings provide authentic connections between clients and their communities, specifically in the Denver Metro Area! Activities include trips to:
- Bowling Alleys & Arcades
- Movie Theaters
- Botanic Gardens
- Local Parks
- The Denver Zoo
- Sports Stadiums
- Colorado-Based Factory Tours
Yellow Bird also provides access to shopping trips to Goodwill so clients can select items needed to carry out cooking and/or life skill activities at home!
Yellow Bird Partnerships!
Job Shadowing Program!
Yellow Bird is creating partnerships with the Stanley Marketplace in Aurora, Colorado to offer Job Shadowing Experiences to clients! Clients will be able to observe innovative careers in action! These sites include restaurants, specialty fitness studios, food vendors, and shops. Our Stanley Partners are super enthusiastic to have clients and show them the ropes of their business. There is also the possibility of clients trying out some job roles alongside an employee!
Yellow Bird has created a partnership with Johnson & Wales University! One day per week, clients spend the day on campus volunteering in the cafeteria alongside other students and engaging in Yellow Bird’s Mindfulness Program. J&W students serve as peer mentors to clients to develop friendships with them and model appropriate social skills.