Our YEP career readiness program is an inclusive job-readiness program that addresses barriers to employment for youth and young adults with disabilities. Annually, we serves over 85 students in both classroom and after-school settings.
YEP has existed for over 16 years and has impacted the lives of hundreds of youth. The program addresses barriers to employment via a three-tiered curriculum:
Youth complete coursework regarding financial literacy, career-readiness, and entrepreneurship.
Classroom learning is supplemented by guest speakers, job shadow days, field trips, and trade shows.
Mentors from the business community assist youth in the classroom via guest lectures, job shadow days, and mock interviews.
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What: 7 weeks of work readiness/soft skills training (2.5 hour session once per week) and 6-8 week internship placement with required job coaching (Winter: 8-12 hours per week for 8 weeks; Summer: 20-30 hours per week for 6 weeks)
Who: Youth with disabilities ages 16-22 (currently in high school). **Youth must be an MRC consumer at the Downtown Boston or Roxbury MRC office**
When: Next session of classes begins on April 30th; Internship begins July 9th after completion of the class sessions
Enrollment: Contact your MRC counselor and they can complete a referral form for you
Compensation: Youth with receive $11 per hour for all class sessions and internship hours