Students and Youth Programs
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Services and Programs

Transition Youth Services

Job Exploration Counseling

Job Exploration Counseling includes discussion or counseling on job options and is intended to foster motivation, consideration of various opportunities, and informed decision-making. Counseling helps students recognize the relevance of a high school and post-school education to their futures, both in college and/or the workplace.

Peer Mentoring

VR Youth Peer Mentoring is an intensive, time-limited service which leverages like-aged peers to engage youth by connecting them to long-term community resources and delivering the initial social supports needed to effectively transition into postsecondary training, education and employment.

Postsecondary Educational Counseling

Postsecondary Educational Counseling increases the student’s awareness of the wide range of career pathways, the demand for careers in their local labor market and potential growth of jobs in that field. This includes discussion about Comprehensive Transition Programs, Career and Technical Education and other postsecondary training or education programs.

Self-Advocacy Training

Self-Advocacy Training is designed to prepare individuals on how to better communicate their strengths, abilities, interest and needs when interviewing with potential employers or applying to trade schools, colleges or universities. Students who participate in this service learn how to plan, set goals, represent themselves, and make decisions that affect their lives. Throughout the training, students learn skills that increase confidence and self-esteem while helping them develop a sense of independence and self-empowerment.

Work-Based Learning Experiences

Work-Based Learning Experiences (WBLE) are community based work experiences that use the workplace or real work to provide students with disabilities the knowledge and skills that will help them connect their experiences in school to real life work activities and career opportunities.

Work Readiness Training

Work readiness skills is designed to prepare students with a set of skills and behaviors that are necessary for any job. Work readiness skills are sometimes called soft skills, employability skills or job readiness skills. Training may include instruction on interviewing, resume writing, problem solving, and communication.