CAREERS High School Transition Program provides students with disabilities with earlier interventions so they are able to transition more successfully from the classroom to community employment. We reach out, and collaborate with, all 55 high schools throughout Westchester and Putnam Counties to help students with learning, intellectual, developmental, physical and/or psychiatric disabilities. Our comprehensive services include intake and assessment; resume’ and cover letter preparation; development of pre-employment skills; internship development and placement; on-the-job training; job coaching and ongoing support services.
CAREERS successfully collaborates with several schools/organizations throughout Westchester and Putnam Counties, including:
CAREERS provides job training support to teachers and students participating in 10-week internships at locations including the United Hebrew Geriatric Center and Montefiore Medical Center. With our nomination, New Rochelle High School was the first runner-up for the “2014 WORKS FOR ME” recognition award in the category of “Youth Transition Partner of the Year”, from The New York Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.
Carmel Central School District
CAREERS places students in internships and provides Job Coach training to Carmel High Teaching Assistants. Many students have secured paid positions after successfully completing their internships. This is the first time a program of this kind has been implemented and an agency like ours has collaborated so directly and successfully with a school district in Putnam County.
- Carmel High School PACE Transition Program
At the May 2013 Board of Education meeting, the Carmel Central School District recognized students who participated in the CHS PACE Life Skills class, as well as their school-based job coaches, teachers, corporate partners and CAREERS. The students and their families recounted the impact community internships had on their lives. Each student gained self-confidence, an understanding of future career planning and enjoyed a positive learning experience.
- Camp Herrlich Summer Camp Internship Program Our Employment Specialists set up internships, coached the students, and taught Carmel High School Teaching Assistants how to supervise them so they could each receive as much supervision as needed, based on each student’s needs, providing them the opportunity to work in the community.
- Carmel High School was one of only two schools to receive a “2012 Youth Transition Award” from The New York Office for People with Developmental Disabilities at its annual “Works for Me” event. CAREERS nominated the high school for their strong commitment to providing job opportunities for students with disabilities. CAREERS and Carmel High School were both featured in a video produced by OPWDD and were honored guests at the awards ceremony in Albany.
Katonah-Lewisboro School District
During the 2011/2012 school year, CAREERS provided one-on-one job coaching for a student in a cosmetology class at Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES, as well as Job Coach training to the district’s staff, which provided school-based job coaching services to students working in their community-based internship program.
Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES
Fox Meadow Learning Center – Since 2011, we have provided services to over 100 students and placed 47 students in paid employment. Students from Fox Meadow High School in Yorktown have participated in group and individual sessions to learn work readiness skills, resume and cover letter preparation, interviewing skills, vocational counseling and financial skills training.
CAREERS provided Job Coaching and support for a student whose parents requested our services. A CAREERS Employment Specialist assisted the student through three internships. He was so successful he was offered a paid summer position. He was also a participant in our Iona College AIM Program, (see below), and his CAREERS Employment Specialist continues to support him in his internship at a local gym and is helping him secure a paid position at a local supermarket.
Walter Panas Oasis High School program
CAREERS staff conducts Job Readiness Classes for Oasis program participants which consists of students with emotional issues. Of the seven students participating, CAREERS placed two in jobs in the community so far.
Lakeland High School STRIVE and Pre-Vocational Programs
Our Employment Specialists teach the job readiness and soft skills needed for successful employment. The students put these skills to work in community-based job sites, to prepare for future employment opportunities.
Gaels Rice Ambition In Motion (AIM) Program at Iona College
A unique day habilitation program on the Iona College campus that focuses on lifestyle enrichment for adults living with developmental challenges. AIM is community-based and person-centered, where CAREERS staff provides stimulating and meaningful experiences for adults with significant intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Westlake High School
We provide job readiness skills training and internship placement in conjunction with the Westlake teaching staff and follow-along support at internship sites, including Sporttime, Walgreens, the Westchester Medical Center, a local law office and Animal Hospital. Our staff is also mentoring a student participating in the Youth Police Academy at Pace University.
Putnam Valley High School
CAREERS teaches life and job skills to students at New York Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital Center, where we provide job training and support to help Putnam Valley High School students reach their potential.
Our Employment Specialists work closely with hospital staff and teachers to assure students gets the full benefit of their internship and that the employer is satisfied with their performance.
The students rotate through internships in hospital departments including Marketing and Medical Affairs.
Once they graduate, we place students in paid positions as they continue in our Supported Work Program, where we provide employment services for as long as necessary to insure their long-term success.