CAREERS’ Ambition In Motion – AIM Program Grows to Meet the Needs of the Community

Artie and HatsWelcome to Artie, a new AIM participant, and Angela Kilkenny, CAREERS’ newly hired Employment Specialist in our Carmel Office! They are the most recent additions to the expanding AIM program, which provides an alternative for young adults with disabilities who are not quite ready for a traditional supported work program.

AIM participants have been exploring the community while working on projects including a garden at Tilly Foster Farm in Carmel and collecting and returning recyclables in a recycling program they started. Shopping and preparing lunch, going to the laundromat and helping out at the library are just a few of the many activities they participate in each week.

Artie and CAREERS Community Instructor, Dave Duncan, gardening at Tilly Foster Farm.

Artie and CAREERS Community Instructor, Dave Duncan, gardening at Tilly Foster Farm.

Congress has recently passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which requires individuals to try vocational rehabilitation services before taking below minimum wage jobs. It also requires state vocational rehabilitation agencies to work with schools to provide pre-employment transition services. Our AIM program is a unique option to the traditional day programs and sheltered workshops that many individuals enter when they leave high school.

For additional information on CAREERS’ AIM program, click here:  http://careerssupportsolutions.org/services-programs/aim/

If you have questions, or know someone who would benefit from joining our group, please call Rebecca Appleyard at (845) 225-8007.