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Education & Career Awareness Workshops

Working professionals provide educational and career awareness training for youth to increase work ethics and employment retention by providing presentations & mock interviews.

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For Youth Ages 15 - 18

The program is two six-week courses where topics & soft skill sets like the following will be taught & reviewed.

Part I

This six-week course is designed to help youth prepare for a career and personal success through soft skill development. We will cover six topics throughout the course:

  • Teamwork– Learn about positive teamwork behavior and discover how their conduct can impact others on a team.
  • Communication– Learn how they communicate with others and how to recognize how others communicate.
  • Networking– Learn the process of networking and its relevance and importance to career development.
  • Attitude– Learn about the importance of enthusiasm and a positive attitude in the workplace.
  • Critical Thinking– Learn how to problem solve in a variety of ways.
  • Professionalism– Learn what does professionalism include.

There will be a different employer each week that will cover one topic. Each instructor will be given an outline with decisions and activities ideas to use as a guide. We will be using “Skills to Pay the Bills” by The Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (O.D.E.P.) as our outline. Staff will give assignments each week to the students.

A graduation celebration will be held after the class is over where parents and instructors can celebrate each student’s accomplishments.

Part 2

This six-week course is designed to be a hands-on class. Applying the skills, they learned and enhancing new ones. Over the six-weeks we will:

  • Review previous course materials
  • Put together resumes
  • Hold mock interviews
  • Job Shadowing Day
  • College tours
  • Site Visits

This course will be held during the summer. Each student will provide 3 careers they are interested in learning more about.

A graduation celebration will be held after the class is over where parents and instructors can celebrate each student’s accomplishments.

Mock Interviews

Mock Interviews

Mock Interviewing is valuable for youth with disabilities. By participating in Mock Interviews, youth

  • gain the confidence to enter a business and ask for the employer,
  • learn the importance of dressing appropriately;
  • receive valuable feedback from employers on how to improve their interviewing skills along with compliments on their interviewing strengths.

They also have the opportunity to network with businesses and learn about possible jobs

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Previous Workshop Topics have included:

  • The Do’s & Don’ts of Interviewing
  • Taking The High Road“: How underage drinking, felonies, sexting, and drugs use can affect the rest of your life.
  • Employer Panel: With questions like
    • What do you look for in an employee?
    • What are your employee pet peeves?
    • Why are employees with a secondary education important to employers?
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Interested in participating?

Or email Wanda at director@di-ucw.org.