BELL Students work closely with support staff throughout the program to self-determine goals in academic, social, and vocational areas as steps toward meeting their overall program goals.
- Students age 18-21 are supported by special education teachers and support staff from Monroe #2 Orleans BOCES.
- Students age 21-26 are supported by CP Rochester staff.
Roberts Wesleyan College undergraduate and graduate students and BELL students serve as mentoring partners in two different types of roles:
- Academic: Academic mentoring partners support BELL student access to college courses at Roberts. They attend together class regularly, meet weekly for individual academic coaching sessions, and are available throughout the week as needed. Training is provided to support students’ executive functioning and academic growth.
- Social: Social mentoring partners work together to become better acclimated to the RWC campus, participating together in a variety of campus social activities and experiences (during and outside the school day).
BELL students participate in a variety of paid and/or unpaid experiences as they work toward the goal of competitive employment. These experiences prepare students for the workforce by providing them with hands-on opportunities to learn transferable job skills.
The BELL Program is administered by Roberts Wesleyan College, in partnership with CP Rochester and Monroe 2 Orleans BOCES. The BELL Program is part of a Rochester –area colleges and university consortium that is coordinated by the regional Institute for Innovative Transition, and is connected to the national THINK COLLEGE Institute for Community Inclusion.