Category Archives: Soft Skills

The Summer Job

The following blog is a cross-post from the New York Association of Training and Employment Professionals (NYATEP) and appeared in the August, 2016 issue of “Workforce Buzz”. The blog is written by Colin Williams, an NYATEP Summer Intern. Each summer NYATEP hires … Continue reading

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So How Can You Join a Board?

By Jason Farr, Program Associate, with the National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability for Youth at the Institute for Educational Leadership. Are you looking for a way to build your professional and leadership skills and give back to your community? … Continue reading

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Transforming How Youth See Their Communities, and Themselves

  By Byron Kline, Project Manager for the Right Turn Career-Focused Transition Initiative at the Institute for Educational Leadership’s Center for Workforce Development.  “…But now I learned to earn ‘cause I’m righteous / I feel great so maybe I might … Continue reading

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Professional Development that Works: DC Workforce Professionals Find Value in New Learning Community  

By Julie Jean Louis, intern at the Institute for Educational Leadership’s Center for Workforce Development With little money and even less spare time, organizations and systems often struggle to carve out the resources and leap the logistical hurdles to offer … Continue reading

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Mentoring Stories: Damon & Shamond

During October, organizations all around the country celebrated the annual Disability Mentoring Day event. NCWD/Youth is fortunate to be able to engage in mentoring programming all year round through the Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP) run by our host … Continue reading

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Start early, get wiser, and end up better!

The following is part one of a two part guest blog series written by brothers Chris and Clement Coulston from Wilmington, Delaware. Chris is a senior at Concord High School and Clement is a Teacher Education major at the University … Continue reading

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Addressing Barriers to Career Exploration: My Story

According to research by the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), approximately 74% of blind college graduates are unemployed. Even though there is some dispute about the actual percentages, the reality is that blind students often do not come out … Continue reading

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Skills to Pay the Bills: Preparing Young People for the World of Work

The following is a cross-post from Disability.Blog, the official blog of Disability.gov. The blog is written by Maria Town, a Policy Advisor in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).  Who can forget their first job? Mine … Continue reading

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