ERIC Number: ED420802
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: 0
YES. The Young-adult Employment Supports Project. School-to-Work Outreach Project 1998 Exemplary Model/Practice/Strategy.
Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. on Community Integration.
The Young Adults Employment Supports Project (YES) of Matrix Research Institute (MRI) has been identified as an exemplary school-to-work program that includes students with disabilities. The program serves young persons with serious emotional disorders between the ages of 17-22 throughout Philadelphia who are preparing to exit special education settings. This vocational demonstration and research project provides educational and vocational supports to youth with emotional disabilities in their transition from school to work by helping students attain and maintain employment and access services that were previously unavailable to them. YES's four guiding principles are as follows: member empowerment, family involvement, strong work ethics, and collaboration. The project has three phases: planning and assessment; employment training, job searching and placement, job coaching, and Job Club at MRI; and support through education, counseling, and advocacy services. Collaboration among MRI, the local clubhouse, the Philadelphia School District, Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, and Office of Mental Health provides students, who do not regularly attend school, with opportunities to gain various job skills while gaining academic credit to graduate from high school. (YLB)
Descriptors: Demonstration Programs, Education Work Relationship, Emotional Disturbances, Partnerships in Education, Postsecondary Education, School Business Relationship, Secondary Education, Special Education, Vocational Education, Vocational Maturity, Work Attitudes, Work Experience, Work Experience Programs, Youth Programs
School-to-Work Outreach Project, Institute on Community Integration (UAP), University of Minnesota, 111 Pattee Hall, 150 Pillsbury Drive SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Inst. on Community Integration.