We have noticed in our surrounding community that most work study programs are set up to incorporate job coaches with the autism or special needs population. But, there is an increasing larger population out there that can self-advocate and do not require job coaching assistants. These students still require the necessary tools to ensure they are networked out in the job market. Otherwise, they may be forced to join the ever rising SSI or SSD community.
These students do have marketable skills, but may not be an interviewer's first pick. It is from these observations we saw a need to reach out and place our students with one of our associate's job sites. By gaining valuable training, our students are now entering the workforce. The key is to find that child's passion when securing high school work experience. This reduces anxiety and frustration once they enter the work facility. Many of our students are now hired as full or part time employees in jobs they began their volunteer training experience.
Preparing high school students for their future is a huge responsibility and requires schools and good businesses or agencies to work closely together to help ensure the success of our future work force. This includes our special needs population who offer exceptional skills for the job market.
The Internship Work-study program allows high school students to earn high school credit for volunteering as an intern.
The Work Study Contract includes the following:
Work Study Contract between school and student
Waiver and Release of Liability
Work Study Contract for High School Credit
Work Study Application
Work Study Evaluation per semester
Work Study Reflection Paper per semester
This is downloaded in Word so that you can easily change said academy to your personal school's information.