Show-Me-Careers Bulletin

Show-Me-Careers Project Update

We recently had our annual Technical Assistance visit from Institute for Community Inclusion representatives, who came together with the Consortium Leadership and our 8 Pilot Communities in Jefferson City, Missouri. We heard great updates on the progress each community is making towards early work experience for youth with I/DD. The meeting was also a time for identifying and discussing barriers to early work experience and action-plans to overcome them. Our hope is that collaboration between agencies, communities, and families, as well as access to the right information, will open the door for more youth with I/DD to begin career planning and exploration much earlier.

Events & Trainings

Youth to Work Coalition (YTWC) provides resources for work-based learning. Click -HERE

"The Importance of Soft Skills in Entry Level Employment and Post-Secondary Success - Perspectives from Employers and Community Colleges"  Click - HERE

The National Governor's Association has launched the Better Bottom Line Blueprint for Empowering People with Disabilities which highlights employment challenges and the role of state government and businesses in creating opportunities for employment.

Read this month's AUCDigest! Find links to blogs, activities, resources, and people. Click- HERE



Pilot Community Spotlight

St. Joseph, MO

The St. Joseph project is uniting our local businesses and community resources to promote the employment of youth with disabilities. We are working together to provide information and training to youth and their families on planning for a smooth transition from school to work. A Part-time Outreach Coordinator has been hired to carry out the activities of this project.

The loss of benefits was a concern of some of our families. The Outreach Coordinator is going through training to become a Certified Benefits Specialist to meet this unmet need and to reduce this barrier of youth seeking employment.

Our team is also participating in the implementation and evaluation of the Field Initiated Program grant for the Self-Determined Career Development Model (SDCDM). We will be trained by staff from the University of Missouri Kansas City – Institute for Human Development and the Kansas University Center on Development Disabilities to facilitate the discovery process using the SDCDM. Individuals with a disability will identify and set a career or employment goal and develop an action plan to achieve that goal. Data will be collected to measure the gain individuals with DD make as a result of their interaction with this model. We are excited about the opportunity to receive this training and technical assistance.

Our Show Me Careers Team was chosen as a United Way Leadership St. Joseph class project to develop information and marketing materials. Leadership St. Joseph is a yearlong program for new business leaders in St. Joseph. This partnership will provide the team with much needed marketing materials and help introduce the benefits of employing youth with disabilities to local business leaders.

A lot of planning and preparation has happened during the first six months of Show Me Careers in St. Joseph. We have identified our key issues and have an action plan in place to address them. The 2013-14 school year will give us a chance to really impact the transition for students from school to work.

Teresa Gagliano

Executive Director

UCP of Northwest Missouri

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