The Work Appreciation for Youth, or WAY Program provides a person-centered approach to helping youth and young adults understand the value of education and work while they develop the skills to achieve both academic and personal success.
Students design and create products to be sold through the WAY Program and the online catalog. Students develop 21st century skills and foster creativity while creating handmade greeting cards, jewelry, custom T-shirts, spice rubs and more! Check out our products here!
Beginning at age 14, students have the opportunity to participate in both community based and agency based worksites. Students continue to develop soft skills, while also learning skills specific to different industries, including food service, hospitality, retail, manufacturing, and housekeeping.
Through the WAY Program, students create transition plans for post-secondary school life. WAY works with students and families to determine appropriate service linkage on a client centered level. WAY ensures that students are linked with appropriate services through ACCES-VR, OPWDD, and Children's Health Home.
Students and worksite mentors operate the LunchWAY Cafe, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 - 1:30. Students offer daily specials and homemade soups at 790 Ridge Road in Lackawanna, while practicing customer service, order taking, and money management.
The WAY Program offers a full service catering menu to make your event special! Students learn the ins & outs of the catering and hospitality business while working with mentors to meet customer needs, whether that's boxed lunches for ten or a dinner for 50! Check out our holiday promotions!
OLV Human Services acquired Mazurek's Bakery, located in the Old First Ward, in June of 2020. Students participate in career exploration at the bakery, while serving customers in the community Wednesday through Friday, 8a - 5p and Saturday 8a - 3p.