Judy Voron Life Skills Studio

Judy Voron Life Skills Studio


This wonderful studio opened in our Pleasantville location, June 2014. We now offer a wide variety of recreational respite programs such as music, healthy cooking, pottery, fitness, DJ classes, game night, monthly Friday evening social events and much more. The studio also provides an excellent space for staff training and provision of community habilitation mentoring and person-centered supports. In addition, it is our venue for many informational presentations and stress reducing special events for parents and caregivers of individuals with developmental disabilities. Please check out our calendar and/or Facebook page to see our current offerings.

All programs are held in the Judy Voron Life Skills Studio at Select Human Services, Inc., 17‐19 Marble Ave., Pleasantville, NY 10570. GET DIRECTIONS


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Studio Social Nights

The Studio Social Nights are nights designed to let individuals come out and socialize right here at the Judy Voron Life Skills Studio! We dance the night away with a local DJ, play video games, enjoy pizza together and just have some good fun! Participants are encouraged to socially interact with each other in a natural setting. 3:1 support is available plus dinner and dessert is always served (pizza and cookies unless otherwise noted).
All Studio Social Nights will now be held on the 1st Friday of every month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm (please note the NEW time!). It is offered to young adults, ages 15-25.
Each Studio Social Night offering requires a minimum of 12 registered participants. If for any reason the event is cancelled or postponed due to weather, an email will be sent 24 hours prior to the event. Should the event be canceled, any fees received will be refunded.


INTAKE: All new participants must complete an intake interview with the event coordinator. Please contact Dan Gilsenan to make an intake appointment or call him at: (914)741-6300 x123


Already registered? Pay ONLINE HERE .
If not registered, please email Dan Gilsenan dgilsenan@selecthumanservices.org for an intake interview.


Fitness: Fun and Games

Join your pals and Recreation Therapist Linda Tibaldi for this fun and interactive after school fitness program that will include team type sports, structured games and social activities that will get everyone up and moving!
Program is appropriate for individuals 15 to 21 years old. Program fee includes all activities and 3:1 support. Meets after school for 8 Tuesdays starting March 21st from 3:30 to 5:00pm. NOTE: no class on April 11th
 The 8 week spring session is $125 per person and can be paid by check or on line using the link below.



Mixed Media Arts & Crafts

 We’re excited to offer this innovative new recreation program that will explore a wide range of creative arts like paint and clay as well as “old school” crafting methods, like sewing and knitting. Join Recreation Therapist Linda Tibaldi for this hands on and multi sensory after school program for young adults 15 to 21 years old.
Program fee includes all supplies as well as 3:1 support. Class meets after school for 8 Thursdays starting March 23rd from 3:30 to 5:00pm. NOTE: no class on April 13th.
The 8 week spring session is $125 per person and can be paid by check or on line using the link below.




NFiL Westchester & The City Summer Program

Come enjoy the best of both worlds as New Frontiers in Learning expands their Summer in the City program to Westchester! (Drop off/pick up at Select Human Services in Pleasantville.)
Program includes: Skill-building lessons like meditation, brain/body connection, leadership in life, time & money management, organization skills, current events/public speaking, shopping and cooking skills, and more!
Trips in Westchester and NYC are supervised and supported by NFiL staff. This will include various Metro North stops along the Harlem Line as well as trips to New York City.
Students will learn to navigate the NYC subway system and experience several NYC favorites like The Metropolitan, Museum of Art, The Museum of Moving Image, The Intrepid Sea and Space Museum, among other exciting destinations. NOTE: this is NOT a Select Human Services program
Marty McGreevy brings many years of experience in the human services and special education field to New Frontiers in Learning. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Management from Providence College. Marty is a former AmeriCorps volunteer; during his service he taught environmental studies in the Adirondacks. Additionally, he holds an M.Ed in Special Education from The University of Vermont. He brings a passionate and committed energy to our team and works to build on each student’s strengths to promote a sense of purpose and independence. MEET MARTY ON APRIL 19TH AT 3:30PM AT SELECT!
This program is geared towards high school students and young adults who need moderate support. All program candidates will be screened by NFiL prior to application. Session Dates: August 14th – August 25th. Drop off/pick up at Select Human Services in Pleasantville. Space is limited! Reserve your spot now! NOTE: this is NOT a Select Human Services program. 
For more information contact (646)-558-0085 or info@nfil.net.
 All of the details are available at http://www.nfil.net/ or in the file attached below.


**Click HERE for additional information**


It’s Complicated! A Navigation Skills Group for Teens.

Join social worker Carleen Miller-Verna for this 4 week pilot program in the Studio at Select Human Services in Pleasantville. This NEW social skills group has been developed specifically for high school teens with developmental and learning challenges. Discussion will include, but may not be limited to, issues like: defining safety & boundaries in peer relationships and learning how to navigate social media & media images in relation to those peers.
This social skills group has been developed specifically for high school teens with developmental and learning challenges. Group will meet from 5:00pm to 6:00pm on 4/28, 5/5, 5/12 and 5/19. Group will be capped at 8 participants.
Registration fee is $60 per person and includes pizza at all sessions as well as admission to the May 5th Studio Social Night, which starts at 6:30pm and ends at 8:00pm.


*REGISTRATION: Click HERE for the form and HERE to pay on-line*


Restorative Yoga & Meditation

Join Nannette Wasserman for this unique  yoga experience! In this class, yoga props (such as blocks, blankets and bolsters) are used to support the body in the poses allowing for passive stretching and deep relaxation. Pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation, and sound vibration also accompany this yoga practice.  Tension is removed from the body and mind – energy and joy is restored. No prior yoga experience is required.
Nannette has practiced yoga and meditation for over thirty years. As a teenager, long before yoga was popular, Nannette joined her artist mother in yoga and meditation classes. Together they studied Iyengar and much later,  ISHTA yoga. Nannette received her certification in Hatha yoga through Yoga With Intention and is a Registered Yoga Teacher with nationally recognized Yoga Alliance. Her teachings focus on building flexibility and strength within the proper alignment while cultivating an open heart. Nannette consistently provides modifications as well as progressions for each asana so that all students, from beginners to advanced, are able to find their edge and breathe fully and deeply while moving through the poses. Nannette is trained in HeartMath, a practice of mindfulness and energy management which builds personal resilience. Resilience may be thought of as “the capacity to prepare for, recover from and adapt to stress, challenge, or adversity.” Nannette enthusiastically shares her HeartMath practice with her students as it is a tangible way to take their yoga off the mat and into their daily lives.
 With the focus of supporting the unique needs of women with disabilities over age 21, this class will meet for (4) Wednesday’s from 1:00 to 2:00pm in the Studio on April 19, 26, May 3 & 10.  Mats and props will be provided.
Fee for this class is $60/per person. Space is limited to 6 people and registration is required.

*Registration FORM HERE and PAY ON-LINE *

2017 Select Culinary Arts Programs!

 Select Culinary Arts Programs has expanded! We are now offering a NEW class for the over 21 crowd from 12:30pm to 2:00pm which will work on independent kitchen skills while supporting others in our community.  Concept: by developing partnerships with community based NFP organizations in Westchester, locally grown/available products will be incorporated into the cooking classes each week. Students will work collaboratively to develop recipes, cook and/or bake together and share their culinary creations with the community. Each student will participate according to his or her ability while the entire class works together to prepare delicious and nutritious food. All specific dietary needs will be accommodated.

Jenna Lebowich, MS, RDN, is a Registered Dietitian and Culinary Nutritionist. Jenna founded Cook Learn Live in 2010 as a way to share her love of cooking and healthy eating with others. Jenna made a career transition after 15 years in Human Resources and found it easy to reapply her skills in training, development, and counseling to the field of community nutrition education. She teaches cooking techniques and general nutrition to students of all ages both through her own classes and as a vendor to community organizations, schools and companies. Jenna has been teaching for Select since October 2014. Other clients include Abilis, Inc. and Community Centers, Inc of Greenwich, New York Medical College, Fordham University, Challenge Day Camp, and the Pleasantville Union Free School District’s Special Education PTA.

 This class will meet in the beautiful kitchen at St John’s Episcopal Church on Sunnyside Ave, just a few blocks up Bedford Road in Pleasantville. This location will also give us access to the adjacent Community Garden for fresh produce.
This class will meet for (8) Thursday’s from 12:30pm to 2:00pm. Classes start March 23rd. (Dates are March 23, 30, April 6, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18. NOTE: class does not meet on April 13th.) 
Cost for eight sessions is $125.00/per person. Registration deadline is March 20th, 2017. This class will be capped at 6 registered participants. Should the class be canceled, any payments received will be returned.
Pay on-line, mail or drop off registration and payment to:
Select Human Services, Inc.
Attn.: Tara Klein
17-19 Marble Ave.
Pleasantville, NY 10570
Have questions about the class?
Contact Tara Klein via email at: tklein@selecthumanservices.org or call #(914)741-6300 ext. 118



#SHSCares is a new initiative being launched at the Judy Voron Life Skills Studio. Young adults, ages 18 to 25 who need minimal assistance will work collaboratively to help others throughout the Hudson Valley. 
Though still being formed, #SHSCares plans to have monthly meetings to plan community outreach efforts and connect with each other socially. Dates TBD.
There is no charge for this program but registration will be required.


**To register, email tklein@selecthumanservices.org**