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The resources and services in this directory are provided by external partners and not by San Diego Center for Children.

Institute for Effective Education: Urban Skills Center

(619) 243-1325

Urban Skills Center serves up to 50 young adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities, ages 18 – 22. Some of our students are studying to complete a high school education and obtain a diploma from their school district. All of our students are acquiring important social, vocational, and independent living skills that are designed to optimize their post-school employment and living options.


Urban Skills Center emphasizes student transition to adult life from the time of enrollment. Students are initially taught skills on the Urban Skills Center campus and then they are taken to the community settings that are chosen in order to maximize generalization of the newly acquired skills. The typical student spends only part of the school day on the Urban Skills Center campus. The remainder of the school day is spent at job sites or at other community locations that permit practicing the social skills, independent living skills, and vocational skills they have been taught. By the time our seniors graduate, most have experienced a wide variety of apprentice-like job opportunities, both volunteer and paid. They are ready for work or junior college enrollment.

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Urban Skills Center enrolls male and female students who are 18 to 22 years of age and have not yet obtained their high school diploma because of learning and behavior disabilities. Although, at present, all of our students have qualified for special education and services and all have Individual Education Plans, this is not a requirement for the program. We currently educate students whose disability is associated with learning disabilities, autism, Asperger Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD and ADHD), medical disorders, and behavior and emotional disabilities.

Types of Needs:

Career Counseling, Educational Support, General Life Skills, Job Readiness Training

Transition Resource Categories

Independent Living Skills
Job & Career
Physical Health & Well-Bring
Emotional & Behavioral Well-Bring
Community Centers & Recreation
Benefits Assistance

Funded by the Generosity of

Bank of America

St. Germaine Children's Charity

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We do not endorse any specific organization listed nor are we responsible for ensuring the quality of the services listed. Users should always select services at their own discretion. Additionally, this information is subject to change as funding for programs can shift over time, though we do our very best to keep the resource center as up-to-date as possible.

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