Potential Development Focuses on Students’ Interests

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Paul Garchar, CEO of Potential Development, says the school has added a lot of programs, including Special Olympics, bowling, basketball, track, prom and bringing students to Youngstown State University for its English festival.

Katie Petridis, high school program coordinator, says in addition to the other extracurricular activities, Smarts staffers visit the school to teach music and art classes. The school also makes weekly visits to the Jewish Community Center for organized gym activities and swimming.

“We are building our transitions program,” Petridis says. “We like to gauge our students’ interests for what they would like to do after high school. That could be going into the workforce, going into college or going into a day program.”

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