This unique day program for young adults with disabilities uses the community as a classroom.
Monarch Academy is designed for those who are eager to learn, enjoy an active schedule and a wide variety of social interaction with peers. It fosters the development of a wide range of meaningful skills that facilitate social relationships, self-esteem, employment, and recreation.
Two program locations are available in Naperville or Burr Ridge at the Hanson Center’s Gutzmer Building.
“Monarch Academy is a place where I’ve learned life skills, problem solving, how important it is to give back to our community, and how to be a good friend.” –Tom D.
“When I first came to Monarch Academy, I was shy and nervous. Now, I’ve made new friends and have learned a lot about myself.” –Sam R.
“I like volunteering in our community. It makes me feel good to help others. I really like volunteering at West Suburban Humane Society.” –Liz O.
“I’ve enjoyed learning how to make different kinds of food in cooking class.” –Adam
“I like going to different places in my community.” –Tom
“We use really cool and amazing technology in our classroom and in the community. We use the iPad when we are in the community to update our Facebook page. We use our touch screen computer to look up recipes for cooking class. We also have cameras that we use to take pictures when we are out and about.” –Sam R.
“We volunteer in our community at least once a week.” –Dustin M.
Kim Zoeller, President & CEO of RGA, and Chris Michalski, Naperville Market President from BMO Bank, sit down with Liz Spencer from Naperville Community Televistion 17 on Business Connection!