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YouthCare Transitions: Career Skill Development, page 2

Program Goals and Detailed Program Description :

Program Goals

Career Skill Development was developed to meet the needs of teens and young adults with social cognition challenges, including Asperger’s Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, and Nonverbal Learning Disorders.  Based on the premise that participants learn best through “real-life” experiences, the program offers career and post-secondary education exploration opportunities in the community with staff support. Integrated throughout the curriculum is social skill and self-awareness education.  Its goals include:

  • To help develop social and workplace competencies.
  • To give participants an internship experience in a structured, supportive environment.
  • To provide direct feedback to participants as they develop career competence.
  • To increase participants’ social and problem-solving skills through hands-on activities.
  • To provide opportunities to explore post-secondary educational possibilities.
  • To create an age-appropriate environment that supports a sense of empowerment, in which self-monitoring and self-advocacy can be discussed and practiced.
  • To be responsive to feedback provided by participants and their families about their needs.

Program Description

Career Skill Development is a six-week therapeutic skill-focused summer program for teens and young adults, providing structured and unstructured activities, career skill instruction, internship experiences, job coaching, college visits, community trips, team building activities and therapeutic groups.

    • Small groups with high staff-to-youth ratio
    • Career Readiness Instruction
      • Resume and Cover Letter Writing
      • Interview Skills
      • Telephone and Email Conversation Skills
      • Career Awareness, Planning & Job Searching
    • Career Skill Instruction
      • Attendance Rules
      • Personal Presentation
      • Workplace Communication Skills
      • Time Management, Goal-Setting, & Conflict Resolution
    • 72-Hour Internship Experience
      • Example internships include assisting a veterinary technician, photographer, computer teacher, graphic artist, website designer, camp counselor, lighting or sound technician, librarian, inventory specialist, landscape designer, copy editor, craft maker, or researcher
    • Job Coaching
      • 1 coach for every 2-3 particpants
      • Assistance with necessary job skills, as determined for each participant
      • Ongoing verbal feedback
      • Daily written feedback
    • College visits
    • Team-building Activities at Hale Reservation weekly
    • Community Lunches
      • Picnic or going out to lunch
    • Educational Presentations throughout the summer
      • Presenters may include college students and adults with autism spectrum disorders, students’ services representatives from colleges, and human resource specialists from local businesses.
    • Therapeutic Group Meeting once weekly
      • Reviewing Self-Assessments and Job Coach Feedback
      • Problem Solving of Internship Challenges
      • Social Coaching & Instruction for Group Work

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YouthCare, 73 High Street, Charlestown, MA 02129
Telephone: (617) 726-0060
Fax: (617) 726-0064

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