Transition to Community Volunteerism and Employment

By providing support of the transition from education to the world of work, one Michigan community provides skill training, community training sites and supports to individuals over the age of 18. Session will provide how program started, funding sources, partnerships, program requirements, community demographics and structure to support program along with participant stories.

Objectives:

At the end of this session, participants will:

a) know how to develop a similar program in their community using the mental health code and IDEA guidelines to partner with Mental Health Authorities and Intermediate School Districts. This will include how to fund and who to partner with for success.

b)  be able to replicate program by using the evaluation tools shared. Daily and Weekly tracking information will be shared.

c) hear testimonials from participants with and without disabilities and how they give back to their communities through volunteerism and employment.

d) learn the barriers to starting a similar program and how they were overcome, including staffing and transportation.