We are a training alliance of Employers, Pioneers, Parents, Partners in the Community and Candidates.
Our mission is employment preparation and workplace readiness for young people challenged by learning differences.
We are a collective group of friends, mentors, and employers working to help our young adult community members with learning differences to achieve their utmost best in leading a full and productive life with confidence and joy.
We have formed a Facebook group to be used as a means of communicating with, cheering on, and advising those in need of direction. We encourage the sharing of LinkedIn profiles, resumes in progress or completed, up coming events, and of course ask questions and share where your need may be. *** When uploading a resume, please be sure to indicate if it is still a work in progress or if it is ready to be shared. We want our group members to feel confident in sharing a resume with those they feel could empower and employ our young people and/or provide a safe learning environment to further their interests.
Employers We help train niche workers, who will reward you with strong workplace loyalty and minimal turnover.
You will also benefit from governmental programs, comply with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and generate community good will. We will insure you receive excellent community recognition for your stewardship.
SBA Benefits Tax Benefits Employer Assistance & Resource Network Benefits of Internships U.S. Business Leadership NetworkWorkforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (Opportunity Nation Blog) Opportunity Index Job Accommodation Network (JAN) More WIOA Info DoL FLSA Section 14(c) Advisor DoL WHD Employment of Disabilities
Parent Want some help in preparing your child for the workplace? What can you, in turn, teach others?
Partners in the Community You are needed to share your areas of expertise, as according to the Code of Conduct in the areas of professionalism, confidentiality, and accountability (1). You can make a huge difference in the life of a young person facing challenges. It's a great feeling to help prepare challenged young adults for employment. Everyone knows someone who struggles due to special needs and learning differences.
Candidates The Candidate is the primary decision maker using informed choice (1). We are collaborating with other dedicated and awesome workplace-readiness, job-training groups. Our objectives are to help the Candidates achieve "integrated employment normalization, defined by what they do and how they contribute to the workplace, knowing that they might need additional supports or accommodations" (1) . So far, our candidates have chosen LinkedIn as their professional platform.
The Lives We Impact
We donate 1 hour a month, filling in whatever gaps exist, using best practices of discovery, naturally-occurring community and workplace supports, full employment, mutual respect and courtesy, professionalism, accountability and full networking knowledge of what everyone else is offering. Here is our Road Map to Success and our experience so far.
We are delighted to see each new resource to help those challenged with learning differences continue to learn ever-increasing functional skills. If there are holes, we seek to help fill them.
We will get to know each other better, will practice People First language, and will do all we can to ignite the intrinsic motivation that supports the Candidate as the primary decision maker, using informed choice. (1)
They will be our own and our children's. We are neighbors and friends working together to prepare our young people challenged by learning differences to blossom after high school, enter the workplace and create meaningful adult lives.
A community cooperative, allowing everyone to contribute and participate
Taking advantage of all the local talent we have to teach each other
Benefiting young adults with learning differences as they prepare for the workplace
Offering a reliable and diverse local base of knowing and being known
Supply community outreach
Share so many talents and expertise.
(1) DARS Job Skills Trainer/Job Coach course, using concepts of Employment First