“The Link program at SEU has been the highlight of my semester. I love being a part of such a wonderful family. Stepping into this program, I had no clue what to expect, but from it I have made wonderful friendships and had great experiences. Although I am given the title ‘Social Mentor’ and my Link student, a ‘Mentee’ we have created a relationship that is much more than that. This year she has become my best friend. We go on weekly lunch dates, Disney trips, and to the movies. The Link program not only helps its students grow, but it also touches the lives of everyone involved in it.”
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We are solely focused on increasing independence and employability in young adult students with mild intellectual disabilities, helping them to make the transition from high school to adulthood. This unique and exciting program is an excellent opportunity for students who are looking to hone their skills and grow as individuals in a supportive, caring, and Christian environment.
In this video, you'll meet some of our SEU Link students and hear why this program is so beneficial to them.
“The two Link students in my Introduction to Education course have been a joy. On the very first day of class, they both came up to me and introduced themselves (none of my traditional students did). They sat in the front row during the entire semester and participated in every discussion and activity. When the class had to sign up for a small group PowerPoint presentation, they did so as well. The traditional students embraced them in their groups and let them participate as much (or little) as they felt comfortable. Both Link students were accepted and treated just like every other student. It was a very positive experience and we all benefited from having these students in our class.”
"We couldn’t have asked for a better transition program for our daughter. Even though we started with some apprehension, we soon realized the SEU Link program is well-designed. There were ample scaffolds to help her succeed and to achieve her goals. It has been amazing to see her growth and her happiness. She has flourished and has developed many meaningful peer friendships and a loving relationship with God.
The program has helped her become emotionally mature, more composed, and comfortable with difficult conversations and conflicts. She demonstrates greater self-awareness of her strengths and areas of opportunity, which has in turn led to her increased ability to self-advocate.
Living by herself and leading a full, independent life now seems well within reach for our daughter because of the supportive, enriching experiences the SEU Link program has provided."