Our youth services include educating students and young adults to live independently by providing systems advocacy for improving educational opportunities and coordinating independent living services for youth with disabilities and their families. This knowledge will increase the well-being of the student or young adult to strive to reach their full potential and be successful in our community. Our youth services coordinator also has the knowledge of educational rights of children, IDEA, and inclusion to children, their families, and the community.
The Youth Services Coordinator is available to visit schools and youth organizations to talk about services or provide presentations on disability awareness to students with and without disabilities. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Jump into J.A.C.K.
Jump into J.A.C.K. is provided to students as a pre-employment transition service with disabilities to increase the improvement of skills and their chances to enter employment or post-secondary education upon leaving school. The student must be between the ages of 14-21, be a student with an IEP, 504 plan, or any medical condition and not enrolled in the S.T.E.P. program.
There are five required Pre-Employment Transition Services.
- Job Exploration Counseling: This can be offered individually or within a group setting: career exploration for in-demand occupations, as well as nontraditional employment; labor market trends; career interest inventories and identifying careers of interest to the student.
- Work-based learning experiences: Work-based learning experiences, which may include internships and apprenticeships that are provided in an integrated environment to the maximum extent possible. These will include: On-the-job experiences and On-the-job training, Employer Paid Work experiences, Work-Site tours to learn about necessary job skills, job shadowing, mentoring opportunities in the community, internships, apprenticeships, short-term employment or fellowships.
- Counseling on Post-Secondary Education: Counseling on opportunities for enrollment in comprehensive transition or post-secondary education programs at institutions of higher education. This would include advising students and parents or representatives on academic curriculum, career options, providing information about college applications and admission processes, completing the FAFSA, advising on the types of academic and occupational training needed to succeed in the workplace, or providing disability support services.
- Workplace Readiness Training: This can be provided individually or within a group setting. These are skills received beyond that received in a work related class. This typically provides training in skill areas other than vocational development that students will need to function independently within the community. Skill areas may include, but are not limited to, use of public transportation, meal preparation, money management, household management, communication and interpersonal skills, job seeking skills, understanding employer expectations and are tailored to the individual’s needs.
- Instruction in Self-Advocacy: Learning about rights, responsibilities, and how to request accommodations or services as well as being able to communicate any thoughts, concerns or needs while seeking services. Conducting informational interviews, mentoring with educational staff, employers, individuals in the community, or other areas and participating in youth leadership activities are all examples.