Summer Work for ME

Summer Work for ME

Paid work experience in high school is a strong predictor of positive adult employment outcomes for individuals with developmental disabilities. Beginning in late June 2015, the Summer Work for ME project will provide Bangor area high school students with developmental disabilities with a range of paid work experiences to help them gain insight into their own strengths and interests and cultivate career awareness. The project will leverage funding from the Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services to provide job coaching for the students at the work sites through Vocational Rehabilitation program situational assessment dollars. Transition counselors from Vocational Rehabilitation will examine how the melding of work sites into situational assessments for several students yields them the information needed for assessing clients. Community Rehabilitation Provider KFI will take the lead on the development of the work sites at Eastern Maine Community College and the hiring and training of job coaches. Students will work four (4) hours per day, four (4) days each week (M-Th) and attend a three (3) hour job skills training workshop provided by project staff and a teacher from the students’ school. Evidence-based practices for increasing student levels of self-determination will be incorporated into each of the project components.

KFI Partners with UMaine and VR for Summer Youth Employment Project at Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor (PDF) (Katahdin Friends Ink, Fall 2015).

This slide presentation shows Summer Work for ME students on job sites at Eastern Maine Community College during the summer of 2016.

SWFME student returning to work after break.
SWFME student returning to work after break.
SWFME student returning to work after break.
Tom, supervisor from EMCC, explains what the SWFME students will be doing.
Tom, supervisor from EMCC, explains what the SWFME students will be doing.
Tom, supervisor from EMCC, explains what the SWFME students will be doing.
EMCC grounds crew employee clarifying supervisor’s request.
EMCC grounds crew employee clarifying supervisor’s request.
EMCC grounds crew employee clarifying supervisor’s request.
Grounds crew employee delivering equipment to EMCC worksite.
Grounds crew employee delivering equipment to EMCC worksite.
Grounds crew employee delivering equipment to EMCC worksite.
Student (right) getting weed trimmer off trailer.
Student (right) getting weed trimmer off trailer.
Student (right) getting weed trimmer off trailer.
Student ready to get to work.
Student ready to get to work.
Student ready to get to work.
Students join grounds crew employee at roadside worksite.
Students join grounds crew employee at roadside worksite.
Students join grounds crew employee at roadside worksite.
EMCC grounds crew worker giving directions to student.
EMCC grounds crew worker giving directions to student.
EMCC grounds crew worker giving directions to student.
Student trimming weeds on EMCC grounds near Hogan Road.
Student trimming weeds on EMCC grounds near Hogan Road.
Student trimming weeds on EMCC grounds near Hogan Road.
Student trimming weeds on EMCC hillside near Hogan Road.
Student trimming weeds on EMCC hillside near Hogan Road.
Student trimming weeds on EMCC hillside near Hogan Road.
Jeff Hooke, Janet May and job coach discussing a student’s progress.
Jeff Hooke, Janet May and job coach discussing a student’s progress.
Jeff Hooke, Janet May and job coach discussing a student’s progress.
Student performing clerical work at EMCC office.
Student performing clerical work at EMCC office.
Student performing clerical work at EMCC office.
Student satisfied with her completed work.
Student satisfied with her completed work.
Student satisfied with her completed work.

Funding Source:

Funding provided through a subcontract with the Maine Developmental Disabilities Council.

Funding Period:

March – October 2015, May – September 2016

Project Coordinator:

Janet May, M.Ed.
Coordinator of Transition and Adults
University of Maine
Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies
5717 Corbett Hall, Room 241
Orono, ME 04469-5717
207.581.1383
800.203.6957
207.581.1231 (Fax)
TTY users call Maine Relay 711
janet.may@maine.edu

Links:

 

Visit Eastern Maine Community College website.
Visit KFI website.
Visit the Maine Developmental Disabilities Council website.
Visit the Maine Department of Labor website.