Thinking About This Summer Yet?
May 26, 2010
Thinking about this summer yet?
Here are a few resources to help youth, families, and educators think about and plan for summertime activities to help youth develop job skills, including--but not limited to--paid employment.
FIND A SUMMER JOB AT A SUMMER CAMP:
COUNSELOR & OTHER STAFF POSITIONS
OUTDOOR ADVENTURES FOR TEENS OF ALL ABILITIES
WI's Adventure Leadership Program (ALP) is an outdoor-based program including youth of all abilities and backgrounds as peers. ALP combines fun and exciting outdoor adventures with opportunities to learn new skills, make new friends, and create life-changing experiences for teens from 13 to 18 years old. Registration is open for events that start as early as June 2010. Fees vary depending on location and length of trip.
SUMMERTIME TRANSITION ACTIVITIES
A PDF version of a March 15, 2010 PowerPoint presentation by Ellen Condon and Kim Brown available on the University of Montana Rural Institute web site:
SUMMER EMPLOYMENT AND THE VALUE OF WORK-BASED LEARNING –
A TATRA project article on the PACER Center web site. http://www.pacer.org/tatra/resources/summeremp.asp
SUMMER EMPLOYMENT AND COMMUNITY EXPERIENCES OF TRANSITION-AGE YOUTH WITH SEVERE DISABILITIES
A scholarly article published in the Winter 2010 edition of Exceptional Children examining the summer employment and community participation experiences and outcomes of 136 youth with severe disabilities, age 13-21. The authors note summer months may be a good time for youth with severe disabilities to gain work-related experiences. One of few studies to address the summer experiences of youth with disabilities, the article identifies positive predictors of summer employment outcomes. The odds for having a paid job, for example were 15.25 times larger when teachers expected students to work. It is also interesting the study found youth who were employed during the summer actually participated in a greater number of different activities compared to youth who were not employed. The many findings of the study highlight the importance of identifying appropriate avenues through which the planning, preparation, and support needs of youth in relation to summer employment can be intentionally and meaningfully addressed.
PREPARING FOR EMPLOYMENT: ON THE HOME FRONT
A 2006 Parent Brief prepared by PACER Center for the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET). This describes ways in which youth and families can help youth effectively explore work-based learning outside of school settings. http://www.pacer.org/publications/parentbriefs/ParentBrief_Mar06.pdf
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