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Texas Transition Conference February 2016 Curtis Richards Institute for Educational Leadership, Center for Workforce Development Career Exploration & Development Strategies & Resources 1

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Guideposts for Success Five Essential Components for All Youth: 1.School-Based Preparatory Experiences 2.Career Preparation & Work-Based Learning 3.Youth Development & Leadership 4.Connecting Activities 5.Family Involvement & Supports 3

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Texas Transition Conference February 2016 Curtis Richards Institute for Educational Leadership, Center for Workforce Development Career Exploration & Development Strategies & Resources 1 Who We Are & What We Do Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL)s Center for Workforce Development National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) Funded by Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), U.S. Department of Labor National TA Center assists state & local workforce development systems to integrate youth with disabilities into their service strategies Partners: IEL; Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota; Boston University 2 Guideposts for Success Five Essential Components for All Youth: 1.School-Based Preparatory Experiences 2.Career Preparation & Work-Based Learning 3.Youth Development & Leadership 4.Connecting Activities 5.Family Involvement & Supports3 Career Development Defined An iterative process of developing skills in three domains: 1.Self-exploration 2.Career Exploration 3.Career Planning & Management 4 Self-Exploration Who Am I? Definition: Ability to identify personal interests, skills, and values to better understand oneself and inform decisions 5 6 Self-Awareness Many youth dont know what their disability is, or havent practiced telling others about it. It is crucial that youth know how their disability affects them in school and employment (to the greatest extent possible). Self-Exploration Activities Career Interest Inventories Personal Interest Inventories Understanding your learning style Finding your strengths Family activities such as travel or community events 7 Research to Practice Program Examples Self-Exploration Using Career Assessments Shasta Co 21st Century Career Connections, CA Adapted RIASEC Inventory, Holland codes, universal design Created Multiple Intelligences and Interests tool Created TIPS for Success Guide to Transition document Tech-Now Oklahoma High School/High Tech Use state career info system: Career Cluster Inventory Ctr for Independent Living of North Central Florida (CIL/NCF) High School/High Tech Use state career info system: Work Values Sorter, Learning Styles 8 Self-Exploration Resources ILP How-to Guide:to-guide/section-1/self-explorationhttp://www.ncwd-youth.info/ilp/how- to-guide/section-1/self-exploration Sample Lessons, Activities & Tools: I Am Who I Am And As Others See Me (Guideposts for Success Activities) O*NET Ability Profiler (identify your strengths), Interest Profiler (identify types of work activities you like), Work Importance Locator (identify what is important to you in a job) Identifying Personal Values (Utah) How Likes and Dislikes Can Influence Career Choices (Georgia) 9 Self-Exploration Resources Using Career Interest Inventories to Inform Career Planning, Innovative Strategies Practice Brief,strategies/practice-briefs/using-career-interest- inventories-to-inform-career-planningstrategies/practice-briefs/using-career-interest- inventories-to-inform-career-planning Career Planning Begins with Assessment Guide,begins-with-assessmentbegins-with-assessment 10 Career Exploration Based on who I am, what are my best options to explore? Definition: Ability to identify and analyze various career options in terms of what education, training, experience, and competencies are required for success 11 Career Exploration Activities Informational interviews Workplace visits and tours Job shadowing Career fairs Career camps Hands-on career projects Career-focused mentoring 12 Research to Practice Program Examples Career Exploration Transitional Age Youth Program, Long Beach, CA Career Cruising: Airport visit exposed youth to 27 jobs Five-Day Checklist Extravaganza: Week-long job rotation Bay Cove Academy, Brookline, MA Job shadowing includes career scavenger hunt activity Linking Learning to Life, NH Learn to Earn Program: Employers trained to give interactive career presentations in schools Applying math, science, communication skills on the job 13 Career Exploration Resources ILP How-to Guide:to-guide/section-1/career-explorationhttp://www.ncwd-youth.info/ilp/how- to-guide/section-1/career-exploration Sample Lessons, Activities & Tools: Exploring Customer Service Jobs in Your Own Community; Generations at Work (Guideposts for Success Activities) Career Investigation (Utah) Career Clusters Review and Occupational Exploration (Georgia) My Next Move - match interests with different careers Career One Stop videos (U. S. DOL ETA) 14 Career Exploration Resources Career Exploration in Action, Innovative Strategies Practice Briefbriefs/career-exploration-in-actionbriefs/career-exploration-in-action How to Build Partnerships for Career Exploration: Using Job Shadows to Explore the World of Work, Monadnock Center for Successful Transitions,nh.org/images/stories/pdf/build_partnerships_for_career_explorati on_sept10.pdfhttp://www.mcst- nh.org/images/stories/pdf/build_partnerships_for_career_explorati on_sept10.pdf My Skills My Future, O*NET tool for those with previous work experience,MyFuture.com, from U.S. Defense, Commerce, Education & Labor MyFuture.com Occupational Outlook Handbook,15 Career Planning & Management What do I need to do now to make my goal a reality? Definition: Various skills needed to maintain employability and navigate career changes throughout the lifespan 16 Activities for Career Planning & Management Skills Building Opportunities to learn and practice: 1.Soft Skills 2.Career-Specific Skills 3.Job Search Skills 4.Youth Leadership and Development competencies 5.Financial Literacy 17 Work-based Learning Builds skills in all 3 domains: self-exploration, career exploration, and career planning & management A supervised experience sponsored by an education or training organization that links knowledge gained at the worksite with a planned program of study 18 Research to Practice Program Examples Career/Work Readiness Skills Training First Jobs Academy, ME All youth must complete 4 weeks (6 hr/week) of pre-employment life skills & job retention training (Curricula available online) Training on Communication, Critical Thinking & Problem-Solving, Professionalism, Teamwork & Collaboration; Employer partners assist in delivering training Open Meadow Alternative School, OR Several weeks of training hosted by employer partner Training in professional work culture, career planning, competitive interviewing strategies, self marketing techniques, and networking skills 19 Career Planning & Management Skill Building Resources Soft Skills Training ODEPs Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success curriculum, Helping Youth Develop Soft Skills for Job Success: Tips for Parents and Families InfoBriefyouth.info/information-brief-28http://www.ncwd- youth.info/information-brief-28 Soft Skills Podcast series,youth.info/podcast/helping-youth-develop-soft- skills-for-job-successhttp://www.ncwd- youth.info/podcast/helping-youth-develop-soft- skills-for-job-success 20 Research to Practice Program Examples Work Experiences Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential, OH 10-week summer internship: various jobs at VA Medical Center and other work sites matching individual youths interests Internship Learning Contract clarifies expectations for all Worksite Progress Report, supervisor shares feedback Palm Bay High School/High Tech, FL Students obtain internships through various connections: program mentors, Chamber of Commerce, parents Internship Agreement defines intern duties, expectations Supervisor provides feedback via Student Evaluation form 21 Successful Strategies for Work Experiences 1.Provide youth with soft skills training and guidance 2.Train youth in technical skills, or hard skills, as needed for specific work experience setting 3.Devote significant time to developing and maintaining relationships with employers 4.Clearly communicate what is expected of employers, youth, and families upfront 5.Carefully match youth to opportunities based on individual interests and skills 6.Provide on-going support to youth and employers throughout the work experience 22 Career Planning & Management Skill Building Resources More Sample Lessons, Activities & Tools in the Online ILP How-to Guide address: Job Search Skills Youth Development and Leadership Career and Work Readiness Skills Work-Based Learning Financial Literacy1/career-planning-and-management/job-search-skills 23 Career Planning & Management Skill Building Resources Work-based Learning Engaging Youth in Work Experiences: An Innovative Strategies Practice Brief,strategies/practice-briefs/engaging-youth-in-work-experienceshttp://www.ncwd-youth.info/innovative- strategies/practice-briefs/engaging-youth-in-work-experiences Work-based Learning Jumpstart:youth.info/work-based-learninghttp://www.ncwd- youth.info/work-based-learning High School/High Tech Program Guide (Ch. 3: Career Preparation and Work-based Learning Experiences),youth.info/hsht/program-guidehttp://www.ncwd- youth.info/hsht/program-guide Road to Self-Sufficiency: A Guide to Entrepreneurship for Youth with Disabilities,sufficiencyhttp://www.ncwd-youth.info/road-to-self- sufficiency 24 Career Planning & Management Skill Building Resources Work-based Learning Internships: The On-Ramp to Employment, A Guide for Students with Disabilities to Getting and Making the Most of an Internship, National Consortium on Leadership & Disability for Youth (NCLD-Youth),final.pdfhttp://ncld-youth.info/Downloads/intern-guide- final.pdf Quality Work-Based Learning and Postschool Employment Success: NCSET Issue Brief, Work-Based Learning and Future Employment for Youth: A Guide for Parents and Guardians NCSET Information Brief, 25 Disclosure and Accommodations Disclosureyouth should decide when and how much to tell others, and understand how their disability affects their capacity to learn and/or perform effectively; they should also be aware Accommodationsyouth should be empowered to determine what environmental adjustments, supports, and services they need in order to access, participate and excel in school, at work, and in the community. 26 Disability Disclosure Resources The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities,disclosurehttp://www.ncwd-youth.info/411-on-disability- disclosure The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Families, Educators, Youth Service Professionals, and Adult Allies Who Care About Youth with Disabilities,youth.info/411-on-disability-disclosure-for-adultshttp://www.ncwd- youth.info/411-on-disability-disclosure-for-adults Cyber Disclosure for Youth with Disabilities, Disability Disclosure Videos,youth.info/videoshttp://www.ncwd- youth.info/videos 27 Accommodations Resources The Job Accommodation Network (JAN), JANs Searchable Online Accommodation Resource, Entering the World of Work: What Youth with Mental Health Needs Should Know About Accommodations, ODEP,htmhtm 28 Individualizing Career Development IEPs ILPs IPEs ICDPs More about ILPs:youth.info/ilphttp://www.ncwd- youth.info/ilp 29 For More Information National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth:Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy:Contact: Curtis Richards, Ph. (202) Ext. 30