Pepin Transition Program Partnership

New Life Village is currently a work site for Pepin Academies Transition Program students. This comprehensive individualized program is a vocationally based training for young adults, ages 18-22, who have learning or learning-related disabilities. With deferment of a high school diploma, Pepin’s Transition Program provides life and job training skills through hands-on experiences to explore various career pathways. This program is state funded and is provided at no cost to the student.

In addition to classroom and community-based instruction for career exploration, Pepin provides classes for social emotional functioning skills, self-determination and self-advocacy skills, employability, and independent functioning skills for adulthood.

Various pre-vocational experiences allow Pepin students to have real work training with ongoing support and supervision from Pepin’s Job Coaches, ESE Teacher and Transition Director.

Pepin’s Mission

To empower young adults with learning disabilities to explore vocational pathways and develop independent living skills for a successful transition to adulthood.


To cultivate an inclusive community for young adults with learning disabilities to achieve independence, build confidence, and become productive members of society.


To serve, teach, and model restorative practices and student empowerment through the values of respect, responsibility and integrity within our school community.

At New Life Village, these young adults are learning maintenance and landscaping skills through hands-on experiences to help them launch a career in these trades. Many Village children attend Pepin Academies charter school for 3-12 schooling. Several are projected to attend the Transition Program.

New Life Village has partnered with the Pepin Family Foundation to launch a Capital Campaign to build the Village’s 3rd Phase, a Multi-purpose Program Building which will also be home to the  Pepin Academies Transition Program. The building will have a state of the art learning lab, office space, a therapy and sensory lab, art and music rooms as well as a culinary teaching kitchen and Pepin Campus Café where Pepin’s Culinary students will service residents, staff and visitors to the Village Campus.