Mentoring Matters: Getting Youth with Disabilities RAMP’d Up for STEM Careers

Mentoring is one of the most important strategies for assisting youth in making a positive transition into adulthood. However, there are few resources for mentoring youth with disabilities or career-focused mentoring. This will be an interactive dialogue about what works. Come hear success stories, get tools and innovative strategies from a national multi-site career-focused initiative, and share your effective approaches with others in the room. This presentation was developed to help practitioners specifically address the needs of youth with disabilities during their transition from school to work.

After this session participants will be able to:

I. Define, types, effectiveness, and practical logistics for mentoring.
II. Identify tools for identifying youth’s career interests, developing individualized career exploration steps, and providing related mentoring.
III. Discuss successful strategies for connecting youth with disabilities to STEM-related opportunities and mentors leading to better outcomes. Each participant will leave with a career-focused mentoring guide, an individualized planning tool for youth, and practical “hands-on” strategies they can use right away.

Patricia Gill, Ebony Watson, Taavon James, Youth  Participant