Consortia for Learning and Service to Special Populations (CLASSP)

The Consortia for Learning and Service to Special Populations (CLASSP) provides high school and college students with meaningful professional development and work experiences to embark on careers in fields such as education, recreation, social work, and psychology. 

CLASSP is designed for junior and senior high school students who are interested in learning about special population and in exploring career in education, recreation, social work and psychology. The program includes 15 hours of classroom-based instruction and hours of paid supervised field experience.  Participants successfully completing the program will receive a stipend and a college credit.

The goals of the CLASSP program are:

  1. To engage and educate teens for service within programs that service individuals with special needs.
  2. To increase awareness in job opportunities available when choosing a career path.
  3. To increase the range of socialization and positive role modeling for children and adults having special needs.
  4. To provide opportunities for teens to develop job skills and training.


The Y’s Commitment

  1. To provide paid hands on experience to each teen within our Sunday Funday program designed for children having special needs
  2. To provide ongoing supervision with a professional mentor at your job placement.
  3. To provide a regional comprehensive 15-hour virtual educational experience for the program participants equaling one college course credit upon completion


Classes will be held virtually in the fall and in the spring at 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Click here for the 2021 – 2022 CLASSP Application.

Each fall, CLASSP accepts applications from motivated and caring students to this competitive program. Over the course of the academic year, participants intern in a program for youth with autism while engaging in classes and coursework through Ramapo for Children. Upon completion, high school students receive one college credit and a stipend, and college students receive three to six credits and a stipend.

CLASSP is sponsored by J.E. & Z.B. Butler FoundationButler Foundation.


Our Team

Victoria Neznansky
Chief Development and Social Services Officer
212-569-6200 x204

Session Dates

10/6/21 – Orientation for Students held by Mara Roberge

Classes will be held virtually at 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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