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YETs Youth Education and Transitioning Services

Our aim is to prepare Deaf and hard-of-hearing students for future employment. Through personalized, hands-on training, we will empower the next generation of job-seekers.

A Perfect Transition into the Workforce

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA), emphasizes the provision of services to students and youths who are deaf or hard of hearing to ensure they have opportunities to receive training and other services to achieve competitive integrated employment. To address this need, DAC created the Youth Education Transition Services (YETs) program to increase deaf and hard of hearing youth to practice and improve workplace skills through work-readiness training, instruction of self-advocacy, mentorship, internships and work-based learning.

Our Training Sessions

Self-Advocacy

The Self Advocacy Course is perfect for youth looking to build confidence and self-esteem as well as learn best practices for interpreting services. Students will learn effective communication to speak to specific needs, desires, and wants. They will become more comfortable advocating for themselves as they become knowledgeable of their legal rights, and responsibilities. Students will learn Self-Advocacy skills to provide an opportunity to have a voice in transition planning for their future and gain experience to afford themselves the same opportunities as other students transitioning from high school.

  • 6 to 12 weeks
  • 1-2 hour sessions per week
  • 6 students per cohort
  1. Advocating for Yourself and Others
  2. Self-Esteem and Self-Determination
  3. Working with Interpreters
  4. Ethics of Working with Community Interpreters
  5. Interpreting/CART Services Using Video Technology
  6. Preparing for Self-Advocacy

Work-Readiness

Work readiness prepares deaf and hard-of-hearing youth as to employer expectations and common workplace rules and etiquette. These skills are critical to master to participate in the workforce. Students will learn skills and behaviors on how to interact with others in the workplace as well as learn the importance of timeliness and job performance. Students will be able to use these skills in any work environment

  • 6 to 12 weeks
  • 1-2 hour sessions per week
  • 6 students per cohort
  1. Employer Expectations
  2. Common Workplace Rules and Etiquette
  3. Resume and Cover Letter Preparation

Work Base Exploration

Work Base Exploration is an extensive wrap-around exploration training built for youth and young adults looking for a healthy transition into the workforce. Instructors educate around all aspects of the application, onboarding process, maintaining employment, and guiding students through the communication barriers. Students will observe employees and have the opportunity to perform job tasks before possibly receiving a job offer. They will develop desired work behaviors and attitudes and build a network of contacts for future job opportunities. Finally, students will gain awareness of job opportunities after high school and improve decision-making skills for future job offers.

  • 12 to 24 weeks
  • 1-2 hour sessions per week
  • 6 students per cohort
  1. Business Know-How
  2. Resumes
  3. Applications
  4. Interviews
  5. Workplace Behaviors
  6. Training Visits
  7. Soft Skills
  8. Communication
  9. Accommodations
  10. Customer Service

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