Career/Vocation

Career Skills and Competency Development That is Essential in the Workplace

TDP is an affiliate of The Pennsylvania Academic and Career/Techincal Training (PACTT) Alliance. Through this accreditation, we utilize nationally recognized assessment tools and provide industry recognized certification; our program also assists in guiding youth toward a career path best suited to their strengths. We provide a foundation that includes an employability portfolio, career plans, phase sheets, sample job applications, and resume skill building.

Our career readiness training program assists youth in developing core competencies in areas such as:

  • Pro-social skills
  • Moral reasoning
  • Life skills
  • Work readiness
  • Leadership
  • Entrepreneurship

Vocational Training Opportunities

Industry Recognized Certifications That Matter

The employment world today is filled with semi-qualified job seekers. In order to give the youth attending our program a “leg-up” over the competition, we provide a plethora of nationally recognized certifications and training utilizing on-site instructors.

These include:

  • American Red Cross First Aid/CPR
  • OSHA 10 General Industry
  • Microsoft Office 2013 Specialist
  • ServSafe Food Safety Program for Managers
  • American Red Cross Babysitting Basics
  • Valvoline Career Tech Motor Oil Education

In the near future,  we will offer the Skills, Tasks, and Results Training (START) Program created by the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute. This program provides 180 classroom hours of knowledge and skills needed for a long-term career in the lodging industry. Youth enrolled will be given the opportunity to earn a portable industry certification in one of four related areas of study: Front Desk Representative, Guestroom Attendant, Maintenance Employee, or Restaurant Server. Youth in our programs will also be encouraged to participate in community service projects and job placement opportunities in the local and surrounding areas.   

Also emerging in 2016 will be a welding opportunity for youth and families to gain skills that will be sure to improve the lives of youth, families and communities.

Our Growing Folk School

Learning By Doing

TDP’s Forest Folk School is an on-site opportunity that assists youth in gaining skills in traditional crafts and workmanship.

Folk initiatives assist in providing youth with purpose by productively connecting tradition with current trends and experiences. The intergenerational opportunities are sure to create memories that will last a lifetime. For more information on how you can learn and grow at TDP by participating in the creation of timeless artisan crafting, see our contact information.

Some future opportunities will be, but are not limited to:

  • Boat building
  • Fiber Arts
  • Digital Photography
  • Painting
  • Leather Making
  • Guitar Building
  • Woodcarving
  • Pottery
  • Timber Framing
  • Blacksmithing/Tool Making
  • Fly Rod Building/Fly Tying
  • Traditional Long Bow and Arrows
“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.”Jim Rohn
Through our diversion programs, TDP provides experiences that give youth the opportunities they need to increase their chances for success and the necessary skills to better manage their risks through strength enhancement.

What others are saying…

  • Taylor Diversion Program not only addresses the development of competencies necessary for a successful transition to living independently in the community, but also includes a family component which assists in the rebuilding of relationships between family, caregivers, schools and communities, an area in which most of these youth have ‘broken many bridges’. Mentoring is a critical component of this program which will be an ongoing process throughout the stay.Children and Youth Services Representative
  • “After visiting the site and hearing the plans you have for TDP, I believe the types of programs and services that you propose to offer will fulfill an important need in the region. The intent of this mentoring program is to help at risk children develop the competencies needed to develop a successful lifestyle and assist in rebuilding relationships between family, caregivers, schools and communities.”Congressman
  • “I am firmly convinced that having this leadership and mentoring program in our area will have a very positive impact on our students, our schools, and our communities. It is discouraging to witness deteriorating behavior and performance in young people who we know have ample potential, but are not served adequately by the confines of public education. I know that the motivation behind Taylor Diversion Programs is to reach students before they head too far down the wrong path. Even at our small, rural high school, we encounter numerous students that become involved with juvenile probation, placement facilities, and/or incarceration during and after high school. Taylor Diversion Programs will create a scenario where caring adults can have a positive impact in preventing the patterns of negative behavior, rather than reacting to it after the fact.”-Guidance Counselor

Our Mission

TDP provides supportive prevention services for troubled youth and their families by using proven strategies in education, vocation, nature and wellness in order to create stronger, healthier communities.

Our Promise

As TDP grows, we will continue our commitment to exceed the expectations of the populations served; moreover, we will remain committed to treating every youth as family.

Multi-faceted Approach

TDP has created a unique,  four-dimensional Prevention/Intervention program for youth: 

Taylor Diversion Programs, Inc.© does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or disability in the employment or in the provision of services.

TDP is a 501(c)(3) organization, fully licensed by PA 3800 regulations to operate a residential independent living program. We also have a private licensed school, through the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Lighthouse Island Academy.