Welcome to the Young Adult Vocational Program

The Young Adult Vocational Program (YAVP) is a transitional program that provides daily structure for young adults with psychiatric disabilities. The program's mission of integrating the individual back into the community is accomplished through daily structured groups and individualized support. Groups have been established to help build pre-vocational, vocational, and educational skills, as well as daily life skills as they relate to work or school. Specific skill areas that have been targeted include:

  • Appropriate work habits and attitudes
  • Time management
  • Confidence building
  • Dependability
  • Job seeking and interviewing skills
  • Resume writing
  • Filling out applications
  • Social Skills
  • Communication skills
  • Determining strengths
  • Evaluating work goals
  • Assisted job coaching when requested
These are among some of the many skills that are built upon, each member works on different skill building according to their individual needs.

YAVP Members

The members attending YAVP range in age from 16-25 and have been referred to the program through various support agencies. Typically, these individuals have faced obstacles in job situations. The young adult members of YAVP take part in small group instruction that fosters and supports a well-rounded approach to educational and vocational skill building. In addition, each member works with their individual job developer to set and accomplish desired goals. The members at YAVP have a wide array of interests which adds to the richly diverse learning atmosphere of the program. There is a broad range of interests such as painting, drawing and graphic design to radio and TV, teaching, mechanics, carpentry and human services.

This year, YAVP collaborated with STEPS in organizing and participating in a flash mob as a way to burst the stigma of mental health. To read more about it and see the video, please click on the following link. FLASHMOB IN ARLINGTON CENTER.

StrengthofUs.org: Live a Better Life through Community

StrengthofUs Reaches More Than 1,600 Community Members and Continues to Grow.

StrengthofUs.org is NAMI's online resource center and social networking website for young adults (ages 18-30) living with mental health conditions. It exists to empower young adults to live out their dreams and goals through peer support and resource sharing. We believe every young adult deserves to feel hopeful, supported and encouraged to love who they are.

Also, check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/StrengthofUs to keep up with the latest happenings on StrengthofUs.org.

If you are interested in Strength of Us E-mail Dana Markey, Program Manager, at danac@nami.org to learn about opportunities to get involved!

Speakingofhope.com: The Transformation Center and Massachusetts Department of Mental Health

Resources for Young Adults promoting recovery, resilience and wellness! Supported by The Transformation Center and Massachusetts Department of Mental Health.


Also, check them out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/speakingofhopeproject to keep up with the latest happenings on SpeakingofHope.org.

If you are interested in Speaking Of Hope E-mail Jonathan, Youth Development Committee Co-chair at admin@hearvoices.org or Annabelle, DMH Transition Age Youth Initiative at annabelle.lim@state.ma.us to learn about opportunities to get involved!

REACHHIRE - Young Adults Building Carreers in MA


ReachHIRE was developed expressly for, and with extensive input from, young adults with lived-experience in Massachusetts. The site is designed to be “YA-friendly” in both its content and layout, and includes core sections on Going to Work, Going to School, and Financial Independence, with links, language, materials, and videos created for the site as well as compiled from across the web.