The inaugural Vocational Life Skills Challenge sponsored by Junior League of San Joaquin County on May 3, 2019 at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds was an unmitigated success! Over 375 people attended this event featuring specially designed Olympic-type challenges to help motivate the special needs young adult students in San Joaquin County to learn a multitude of skills. The Challenge pushed students toward greater independence and self-reliance by testing their competence against themselves, and others. After completing the 16 Challenges designed by the County’s special needs teachers, the students were treated to Festivale 6, a party celebrating their achievements with lunch, dessert, ice cream, popcorn, a Photobooth, music and everyone’s favorite…dancing!
Collaborating with San Joaquin County school district’s special needs teachers and administrators, the Challenge events were custom designed to foster important daily skills. The students work all year, or many years, to become adept at these skills and the Challenge provides a tangible target for them to show off their achievements. Completion of each Challenge was rewarded with a button which was pinned onto the students’ lanyard. First place prizes were rewarded with rubber bracelets. Students wore these with pride, wrist laden with bracelets, and lanyards covered with pins. The patriotic red, white and blue theme only accentuated the pride and joy of everyone who attended!
Many organizations, institutions, companies and individuals collaborated and contributed to the success of the Vocational Life Skills Challenge and Festivale 6.
It absolutely takes a village to help this deserving group, which has few advocates. Thank you to all who generously provided funds, time and dedication to these students.