Equipped with a Laptop and a Life Skills Toolkit, Jacob Maher-Vanmeter Begins Building His Young Adult Life

April 29, 2019 — Equipped with a new laptop computer and a toolkit of life skills, Jacob Maher-Vanmeter has completed his first semester at Rowan College.

The computer came courtesy the Youth Advocate Programs (YAP), Inc. Tom Jeffers Endowment Fund for Continuing Education scholarship. YAP is a nonprofit organization in 23 states and the District of Columbia, that provides community-based alternatives to out-of-home placement of youth and young people referred through social services or youth justice partners. YAP established the scholarship to help individuals and families served in its programs pursue their educational and professional goals

Jacob’s life skills toolkit came through Gloucester/Salem YAP’s Life Skills program.

“I had the pleasure of working with Jacob since February 2018,” said YAP Life Skills Coordinator Audrey Owens. “We met weekly for about two hours where we would discuss various Life Skills curriculum topics. He was like a sponge, ready to soak up the lessons. During our time together, Jacob moved to a stable environment, started his first job, passed his driving test, and opened his first bank account where he started saving money to purchase his first car.”

Audrey recommended Jacob for the Endowment Fund scholarship, emphasizing that he will be the first college graduate in his family.

“In addition, to being on my own and applying the life skills lessons to my actual life, I am a majoring in Engineering where I can hopefully help my community in the future,” he said.

Jacob added that the laptop is a huge help, “because college is expensive!”