Generating All Possibilities Valley (GAP Valley) is the sister program to the GAP Program in West Los Angeles. The GAP Valley Program was developed in response to the community’s need for a program aimed at supporting young adults who are transitioning from high school to college and independent living. This unique community based day-program serves the San Fernando Valley area and is an authorized vendor of North Los Angeles County Regional Center.
GAP Valley offers educational support to individuals with developmental disabilities who are on course to obtain a degree from a four year university. Through a variety of hands-on learning experiences, young adults successfully integrate into college life and manage responsibilities associated with independent living. Support include on college campus help, internships and volunteer opportunities with community partners. There are also a variety of workshops and activities.
Current Service Locations
- California State University, Northridge (CSUN)
- Los Angeles Pierce College
- Los Angeles Valley College
- Los Angeles Mission College
*If your college is not listed, please contact us, as we may still be able to provide support
GAP Valley Workshops & Activities
Assigned GAP Valley Direct Support Staff/Coaches
Throughout the semester, participants will meet with their assigned coach on a weekly basis to review academic and goal progress. Scheduled meetings will take place in the community.
Daily Study Hall Workshops
Daily workshops from 3-5pm provides students a distraction-free environment where they can get assistance on homework and participate in a variety of workshops. These workshops include, but are not limited to, independent living skills, budgeting, safety and emergency preparedness, management of unstructured time, and resume building. Workshops are conveniently located across the street from CSUN.
Monthly Social Outings
With the support of staff members, participants of the GAP Valley Program will coordinate with their peers to select social events to attend on CSUN campus. Staff will assist in the necessary steps for a successful outing.
Some CSUN Event Includes:
- Neon Nights
- Open Mic Nights
- Karaoke Nights
- Laugh Your Class Off
IFiT (Into Fitness Together) is a peer mentoring physical activity program that GAP Valley works closely with. The program links our participants to kinesiology students who will serve as their health coach for the academic year. Coaches will work with the participant’s schedule to coordinate a minimum of 2 hours of physical activity each week. In addition, the program also addresses other health and well-being topics during the weekly group workshops.
Participating GAP Valley members have served hundreds of hours of community service, are able to be boost their resumes and can qualify for community service scholarships. GAP Valley is privileged to provide support services for our participants at the following current support locations:
We Rock The Spectrum Northridge (WRTS)
Participants gain experience interacting with children on the spectrum.
The Salvation Army
Participants are exposed to a retail setting where vocational skills such as organizing and sorting are developed and job opportunities are possible.
Researching religious institutions that have space for gardening and are open to a partnership to have a community garden. Participants interested in volunteering with Netiya research potential gardening sites and compile information.
Hours of Operation: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
Main Location: Near CSUN
GAP Valley Admin Office: 15760 Ventura Blvd, 7th Floor, Encino, CA 91436
Regional Center Vendor #PL1497
For further information or to arrange a visit please contact:
Tina Castro, MSW at [email protected] or (310) 701-9930