Young adults with special needs
graduate from Barnabas Prep

Branson, MO (May 4, 2018) – Barnabas Prep, a two year collegiate program for young adults with special needs, will celebrate 7 graduates this Saturday, May 5 at 8:30 am at The Doulos Center (282 Doulos Road) in Branson, Mo.

The graduation ceremony will feature an address from Pastor Richard Marks, Jr., the Senior Pastor at New Beginnings Fellowship in Hollister, Mo.

Saturday’s ceremony will also headline a speech from 2018 Barnabas Prep graduate, Zachary Bennett.

“When Zach first arrived at Prep, he was essentially non-verbal and extremely shy. Over the past two years, he has made leaps and bounds in his confidence. He found his voice and a platform in which to share it. It’s going to be a really emotional moment for all of us when he steps up to speak on behalf of his class.” Cristin Tippin, Programs Director

The 2018 Barnabas Prep graduating class includes: Zachary Bennett of Little Rock, Ark.; Taylor Driskill of Tulsa, Okla.; Clint Holloway of Huntsville, Ark.; Laura Owen of Marshfield, Mo.; Jake Schoenborn of Austin, Texas; Andrew Thorn of Fayetteville, Ark; and Anna Trotter of Leawood, Kan.

Over the past two years, students have completed courses and training in vocational work, food and nutrition, personal care and living skills, as well as social and emotional learning. Students work closely with Barnabas Prep staff and fellows, mentors who live alongside students to help them achieve their highest potential.  

“Barnabas Prep was an idea born out of Camp Barnabas. Over the years we witnessed campers grow from young children to young adults, and saw firsthand the challenges their families faced as they prepared their students for life after high school. We wanted to walk alongside campers and their families, so we started to brainstorm ways to expand our ministry outside of a camp experience.”Jason Brawner, CEO of Barnabas Foundation

The program is currently celebrating its seventh year and has seen more than 85 graduates.

Barnabas Prep is based in Branson, MO and offers is an independent living learning experience that helps individuals recognize their strengths and potential and challenges them to grow into their best selves. Barnabas Prep is an extension of the Barnabas Foundation, which also includes Camp Barnabas. All exist to offer opportunities to all individuals, regardless of their disability or diagnosis, and to the people who serve them by providing social experiences that increase spiritual knowledge, social learning and human dignity.