Paving the Way to Work: A Guide to Career-Focused Mentoring
The creation of the Mentoring Guide is rooted in the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy’s (ODEP) charge to find and promote the most effective research-based policies and practices to improve transition outcomes for youth with disabilities. Mentoring is recognized as one of the most important strategies for assisting youth in making a positive transition into adulthood. Both caring adults and peers may play a key role in mentoring. In response to the under-representation of youth with disabilities in most youth development programs, ODEP, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, launched an initiative to promote mentoring for youth with disabilities in 2004.
Mentoring is recognized as one of the most important strategies for assisting youth in making a positive transition into adulthood. Despite all of the information available on mentoring, there is very little about mentoring youth with disabilities or about career-focused mentoring of older youth. This Guide was developed by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) specifically to address the needs of youth with disabilities during their transition from school to work.
This Guide is intended for individuals designing mentoring programs for youth, including youth with disabilities, in the transition phase to adulthood.
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Chapter 1: An Overview of Career Focused Mentoring Programs
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Chapter 2: A Developmental Context and the Role of Mentoring
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Chapter 3: The Disabilities Context Weighing the Advantages and Disadvantages of Disclosure
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Chapter 4: Mentoring Settings and Approaches
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Chapter 5: Operating Mentoring Programs
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Chapter 6: Useful Program Evaluation
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Chapter 7: Marketing a Mentoring Program
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