This program was created to provide a stepping stone for young adults transitioning from School Age into Adulthood. This can be a very confusing and frustrating time for the families and young adults, due to the fact that after the age of 21 most programs are no longer available to them. Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett is one of the only programs that allow their students to grow from pre K and then simply transition into the YALLS division as young adults. Our hope is that each individual will grow their independence in the community, workplace, and within their homes. We strive to help each of our Young Adults find their niche that will provide them with the fulfillment and pride that will keep them pushing forward.
The YALLS group is a division of the Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett. YALLS stands for Young Adults Learning Living Skills. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit adult day program for individuals 18 years or older with mild/moderate cognitive deficit’s. We follow a 12 month calendar with days off for major holidays and some planning days. In inclement weather we stand with the Gwinnett County schools procedures.
In order for a young adult to participate in our program they need to be able to or be willing to learn :
Each individual is treated with respect and we encourage them to be proud of every attempt and outcome. Not only do we want them to succeed in our program but we want them to excel in life and be upstanding, kind citizens.
The YALLS program was developed to provide an experience for our young adults who have mild or mild/moderate cognitive deficits. We work on independent and social skills within the community, home, and work environments. We strive to have our adults out in the community each and every day tackling various projects and jobs.
We are fortunate to partner with some of our local businesses to help our Young Adults learn and develop various job skills. In return they have each given back to our Young Adults is some special ways.
We are always looking for more partners and jobs. Please contact us if you have any opportunites for our Y'ALLS group.
Here is a list of our current jobs:
Clean tables, vaccuum, clean restrooms, break down sports equipment, set up for events, wash dishes.
Count and bag items, stock shelves, break down boxes, take out trash.
Sorting items, assist with flyers, clean equipment.
Weeding, planting, and mulching. Working with farm animals. Gardening.
In addition to the skills learned in and around the community we strive to equip our young adults to be independent in their homes.
Carli Razzsetti is a friend and facilitator in our YALLS program. Carli's career began with SNS in 2016, she began working in a primary class but very quickly moved to the Young Adults. Carli says she has always wanted a career in which she was helping others.
"It has been such an honor and pleasure working with our young adults. To be able to see them grow each week is so rewarding. They have become so much more comfortable going out in the community for fun or on our jobs. There is so much laughter in this group. I can't imagine doing anything else. We are growing and expanding every day, and I absolutely can't wait to see what the future holds for the YALLS."
Carli was born and raised in Lawrenceville Ga giving her a strong connection to the community. She has played a key role in finding partners for our young adults to work with in the community. Carli has a 5 year old son named Micah. "He is my motivation through so much, and keeps me on my toes" They enjoy experiencing outdoor adventures together.
Elinore Trotter is an educator with a dream. Her dream began many years ago and through her desire, perseverance, dedication and hard work she has been watching that dream become a reality, a destiny and a legacy. Her dream has been to provide continuing education and hope for a better future to children with disabilities and their families. She has been doing just that for over 40 years. Elinore Trotter is the director and principal of Special Needs of Gwinnett, a private non-profit school for handicapped students located in Lawrenceville, Georgia. She has been with “SNS” since its conception in 1987. The school began as an early intervention preschool and now teaches special needs children from toddler through adult.
Ms. Trotter’s degree is in Early Childhood Education where she graduated with honors from the University of Virginia. However, Ms. Trotter’s area of expertise and specialty is in behaviors. Her special training and natural ability enable her students to reach their potential in an environment where an “I Can” attitude is instilled in them and where they can feel safe enough to take risks and strive to succeed. Children of all ages naturally gravitate to Elinore. They instinctively know that she loves them, believes in them and understands them. Then can sense what everyone who knows her understands – that she has the heart and soul of a child. She works tirelessly for her “children” and all who love them. Her day is not over when the school bell rings. After school she is tutoring students one on one, teaching staff new techniques, taking students to bowling lessons, movies, horseback riding, coaching a special “Strive” Softball Team, leading the Sibling Group where brothers and sisters are taught compassion, tolerance and respect for everyone who is different; fundraising and advocating for students in the county system when their parents have nowhere else to turn.
Ms. Trotter’s hard work has not gone unnoticed. She has received numerous awards through the years including the Retarded Citizen’s of Atlanta’s Vital Service Award, the Louise M. Suechting Memorial Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service from the Lutheran Ministries of Georgia, Five Outstanding Georgians Award from the Georgia Jaycees, United Ways Outstanding Service Award, GECIC’s Outstanding Service to Children with Special Needs and the Autism Society of America’s 2008 “Hero for Autism” Award. She has been a Girl Scout for 54 years, and a leader for the special needs Girls Scouts for 18 years. She is an active member of Christ the Lord Lutheran Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Elinore has been married for 36 years to her husband Jim (former Gwinnett County Deputy Sheriff) and has three adult children, one grandson and one granddaughter.
660 Davis Rd, Lawrenceville, GA 30046