Youth Skill Building Program


Whom We Serve

Our Youth Skill Building Program caters to children in kindergarten through 12th grade with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, mental illness, or brain injury. At SMB, our goal is to equip the people we serve with life skills, help them identify their unique gifts and talents, and arm them with the confidence they need to live a full life. 

Our Program

The Youth Skill Building Program is designed to provide your child with opportunities to grow at home, in the community, and with peers. Your child will work one-on-one with an advisor as they learn the ins-and-outs of life in Rochester. This may include learning how to order food at a restaurant, bake some cookies or use the public library. Our program also features leisure activities and field trips.

Admission Criteria

  • Is physically, mentally, and medically safe to participate in programming

  • Does not have a communicable disease

  • Does not cause harm to self or others

  • Has no unmanageable wandering

  • Is able to be easily redirected

  • Is motivated to participate in all areas of programming


Why us?

This innovative youth program offers an integrated system for meeting the needs of participants while challenging them to do and be their best!

  • Our program offers a holistic approach that goes beyond meeting their basic needs.

  • We encourage connectivity with fun social outlets to build friendships.

  • We help them find meaning in life, attain personal acceptance, and reach their full potential.

  • Our program provides an opportunity for the caregiver to have respite.

  • We embrace each individual's uniqueness, encourage increased self-awareness, and foster self-confidence for participants.

  • We provide opportunities to develop independent living skills.

  • We encourage and acknowledge each person's creativity.