ERIC Number: ED346976
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
JobStart: The Road to Independence.
National Council on the Aging, Inc., Washington, DC.
Family Friends is an intergenerational program that brings senior volunteers into the lives of children with disabilities or chronic illnesses. JobStart is a training program in which volunteers help children with disabilities who are 10 years of age or older prepare to enter the world of work. A JobStart team is formed for each child in the program. The team consists of the child, a parent, the senior volunteer, a representative from the child's school, and persons with special skills appropriate to the child's situation. Team members complete a questionnaire describing their perceptions about the child, and children complete a questionnaire about what they like and do. The child is introduced to future work possibilities by doing work around the home, meeting resource people in the community, and visiting work sites. The child is taught techniques for finding a job, such as locating job advertisements, writing a resume, and answering questions in an interview. Finally, the child is placed in a temporary job in the school or community. Each member of the team completes a checklist evaluating the effectiveness of the team's work. Assessment instruments are included. A resource guide relating to employment and disabled children is appended. Resources include organizations, publications, newsletters, resource centers, and videos. (BC)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Adult Child Relationship, Career Planning, Check Lists, Disabilities, Education Work Relationship, Helping Relationship, Intergenerational Programs, Job Training, Middle Aged Adults, Older Adults, Preadolescents, Program Descriptions, Questionnaires, Volunteers
National Council on the Aging, Inc., 409 Third Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20024 (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, New Brunswick, NJ.
Authoring Institution: National Council on the Aging, Inc., Washington, DC.