The Millard Young Adult Program provides transition services to young adults ages 18 to 21 who qualify for Special Education services. Placement is done by the high school Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team. Young adults are transported by the Millard Public Schools District from their homes to the Young Adult Program. The primary instructional focus is on vocational development and independent living skills with functional academics interwoven in meaningful, real-life applications. Personal management and motor skills are addressed as needed for each student. Recreational activities and volunteer civic community services are conducted during the day. Young adults also participate in vocational field trips and shadowing experiences to community sites matching individual interest and ability areas as identified through interest inventories and vocational evaluations. Community speakers present life skill information. Young adults access the community at volunteer work sites in Omaha area businesses and nonprofit agencies. School personnel provide job coaching at the volunteer ​work sites. Transportation to volunteer and exploratory experiences is provided by the Millard Public School District.


Weekly Schedule

Most students at the Young Adult Program attend classes two days a week, participate in a vocational setting two days a week, and have a community outing one day a week. Student’s schedules are based on their IEP.

Program Description


The Young Adult Program emphasizes skill development in personal management, vocational development, and independent living. Functional academics are embedded into these life-skills areas. Students, according to their Individual Educational Plan, are taught the necessary skills needed for competitive employment, volunteer activities, or day programs.  The community is accessed for volunteer job sites.  School personnel provide job coaching at these sites.  Work experiences have included: stocking in retail, cleaning, inventory check-in, office work, clerical assistance, cafeteria work, project assembly, making and selling items, shredding, facing and produce work, warehouse work, filing, production line work.

The classroom is used for training independent living skills and personal management.  Practice is given in consumer economics and financial management, meal planning and preparation, household maintenance, safety, wellness, self-care, work performance and behavior skills, community access, leisure and recreation skills, social skills, communication skills and reading and writing skills.  Activities for students that require gross/fine motor activities and sensory stimulation are provided in the classroom as well.

Transition services, moving from school to the community, are emphasized in this program.  Agency involvement is critical for the young adults.  Representatives from different agencies may participate in Individual Education Plan meetings and Multidisciplinary Team meetings with parent approval.  Parents, students, and staff all benefit by having information about the services and options available.  Local, state, and federal agencies can assist the students, parents and staff in planning for, advocating for, and accessing services. Job training, job placement and/or job coaching support are arranged by state agencies during the last year of attendance in the Young Adult Program (YAP).  Services provided are dependent upon funding available and the eligibility of the Young Adult for state agency services.

A variety of related services are available to the young adult based on their Individual Educational Plan.  A speech/language pathologist works with groups of students to develop social communication skills necessary for success in the community.  Physical and occupational therapists are available to provide consultation regarding the students’ access to their educational environment.  Psychology and nursing services are available as needed. 

YAP Site Plan


Regular attendance is very important and will allow each young adult to receive the instruction and transitional services needed to reach his/her goals. If a young adult is absent, it is the student or parent’s responsibility to call 402-715-6331 or 402-715-6332 before 7:45 A.M. If the student attends the Project SEARCH Program they must call 402-715-8583. Most students will also need to notify transportation of their absence. Transportation can be reached at 402-715-8474.

Student Handbook
Partners for Education

Thank you to our Partners for Education for their dedication to our students and staff: Godfather’s, HyVee, and Douglas County Health Center