District 219’s Bridges program, which provides special education transition services to young adults, will have a new home in Lincolnwood. The Lincolnwood Village Board at its May 7 meeting gave final approval to the district’s proposal to locate Bridges in a building at 4700 Chase Avenue that D219 will now purchase.
The Bridges program provides young adults ages 18 to 22 with training in the areas of independent living, job and vocational skills.
Over the coming year, D219 will convert the existing office and warehouse space in the new location into a flexible learning and training location where Bridges participants can learn specific vocational skills that they can then apply to a real-life workplace setting. The program is currently located at Niles North High School but it has outgrown the space available there.
The new location provides approximately 50,000 square feet of space and ready access to public transportation. The large space will allow for the development of job training and life skills training.
“We are very excited to enter this new era for the Bridges program,” said Bridget Connolly, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services and Special Education. “We have received enthusiastic support from the Village of Lincolnwood and from its business community. Over the coming months we hope to identify a number of businesses that can become partners with us to employ Bridges workers.”