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Throughout the year the experts at NCWD/Youth take an in-depth look at a different topic concerning employment and youth with disabilities. We will provide an introduction to each topic with research, references, & resources. Our experts will then delve into answers to key questions for each of our five audiences.

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Work-Based Learning Jump Start

Oct 24, 2013 Jump Starts

Work-based learning is a supervised program sponsored by an education or training organization that links knowledge gained at the worksite with a planned program of study.

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An adult youth service professional interacts with a young person.

Audience: Youth Service Professionals

Feb 02, 2012 Publication
Jump Starts

Audience: Youth Service Professionals

Defined as “the process of …

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Youth Development and Leadership Jump Start

Oct 06, 2011 Jump Starts

All effective youth programs have youth development at their core. Effective youth leadership programs build on solid youth development principles, with an emphasis on those areas of development and program components that support youth leadership.

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Audience: Policymakers & Administrators

Jul 13, 2010 Publication
Jump Starts

Today’s youth are not faring well in the labor market. The employment rates of young people continuously declined between 2000 and 2003, and the rate for youth ages 16 to 19 has reached its lowest point since World War II. Less educated youth and youth with disabilities experience particularly poor education and employment outcomes.

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Assessment Jump Start

Jul 13, 2010 Jump Starts

The best decisions and choices made by transitioning youth are based on sound information including appropriate assessments that focus on the talents, knowledge, skills, interests, values, and aptitudes of each individual. Adults who work with youth need to have a solid understanding of the purpose, benefits, and limitations of assessment if they are to provide effective guidance.

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