Brianna is going to the dogs…..and Villa La PAWS has been busy showing her how! Brianna, a student at Deer Valley High School, is a part of the Youth Transition Program, geared toward helping students that might have learning challenges, find a post-graduation vocation while they are still in high school. The students are able to pick a desired field, and are transitioned into a training program.
Although the most popular field for girls is cosmetology, according to Colleen McLoone the program instructor, Brianna has chosen to work with dogs, which she has a great love for. We have to say, we love her choice!
The program is a hands on experience, with students completing two, 4-hour shadows in the field of their choice, accompanied by Ms. McLoone. Brianna’s first shadow was at a dog grooming school and her second was in the daycare group at VLP. Jordana Klein, our customer service representative, was happy to show her the ins and outs of what it takes to be a great customer service representative. Lead Counselor Cullen Meade also spent several hours working with Briana in the group situation. Brianna learned that working in the VLP setting is more than playing with dogs (although that is quite fun), but also a lot of hard work that goes into keeping our canine customers happy and content.
VLP and its staff was delighted to assist with this program. The success stories from the Youth Transition Program are inspiring, and we know Briana will be one of them!