For Parents

Why Prep?

It has been said, “There are two things that parents can give their children: the first thing is roots. The other, wings.” As parents, you have spent years giving your children roots. Now that they are young adults, Barnabas Prep wants to help give them wings. Our program is designed to challenge students to learn independence in a nurturing Christian environment.

Through Prep, your student will grow in the following areas:

  • Classroom and hands-on experience in the following:
    1. Personal Development
    2. Communication
    3. Relationships
    4. Home and money management
    5. Career planning and vocational orientation
    6. Business Etiquette
    7. Health and Nutrition
  • Individually performing a wide range of daily life skills
  • A deeper understanding of their relationship with Jesus Christ and their identity in Him
  • Practical, on-the-job experience in several career fields

Barnabas Prep Program Expectations

The Barnabas Prep program provides a 9 month residential life-skills college experience for young adults with special needs, helping them build skills that will lead them to a more independent life. Barnabas Prep is a certificate program and exiting students will receive a certificate of completion along with their personal portfolio. 

Candidates for the Barnabas Prep Program will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 30 years of age at the time of the application
  • Have been diagnosed with an intellectual, cognitive, or developmental disability prior to the age of 18
  • Have been eligible for a free appropriate public education
  • Completed a high school level of education
  • Demonstrates basic communcation skills, either through language or a communication device
  • The student must possess a personal desire and the potential to benefit from a post-secondary educational experience, in which they will be participating in daily activities such as cooking, cleaning, community living, full time social interaction, classroom work, and work programs 
  • Be motivated to become an independent adult
  • Possess sufficient emotional maturity and stability to participate in all aspects of a community, residential college-like program
  • Demonstrate the ability to accept and follow reasonable rules and expectations
  • Interact respectfully towards others whether they are leaders, teachers, staff members or other students
  • Agree to attend and participate in classes, work, and on campus or off campus activities related to the Barnabas Prep Program
  • Medication administration: students' medications will be sorted on a weekly basis, stored in a locked area, and passed out by the medical director and/or staff members. However, students must be able to take medications independently on a daily basis

“If parents are afraid to send their child 12 hours away, 10 hours, 6 hours or however many hours away, they shouldn’t be. Do it for them. They will learn a lot, like I did.”
–Suzie, Barnabas Prep Student 2011-2012


“Prep has given [students] an avenue to express their true personality and their true strengths."
–George White, Barnabas Prep founder

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