Summer Vocational Skills Program Provides Real Work Experience for Young People

VocSkills2013The Help Group’s Summer Vocational Skills Training Program provides young men and women with the opportunity to develop core vocational skills through individual and dynamic group activities. The program, held for two two-week sessions, is specially designed for transition-age youth between the ages of 16 and 22 with high-functioning autism spectrum disorder, learning challenges, and other special needs.

The highly trained vocational staff will work closely with each program participant to develop core work-related skills in four key areas, beginning with a comprehensive vocational assessment to determine individual aptitude, interests, and abilities. During classroom-based exercises, participants will learn and practice interview skills and be coached on proper clothing choices and behavior at work.  

An integral part of the program includes community-based learning and valuable real-world work experience. Participants will go on site visits at various workplaces to explore different work-based activities; there, they will shadow employees and have the opportunity to ask questions about daily life on the job. They will also gain hands-on experience in a variety of work settings. At the end of the program, each participant will leave with a portfolio that includes a résumé and sample job application.

“The program engages participants in the experiential learning process and offers opportunities for young adults to begin planning for the future,” said Heather Humphrey, M.A., Director of Vocational Services. “From engaging, hands-on classroom-based instruction to increasing social skills to obtaining real job experiences, participants are exposed to many of the diverse aspects of the world of work.”

The Summer Vocational Skills Training Program is open to members of the community who are verbal and able to safely participate in community activities. The first session will be held on The Help Group’s Sherman Oaks campus from June 24-July 5 (no program on July 4), and the second session will be held on the Culver City campus from August 5-16. For more information, please contact Heather Humphrey at 818-779-5272 or