Our Training

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

Work-readiness

Work readiness prepares deaf and hard of hearing youth as to what to employer expectations are and common workplace rules and etiquette. These skills are critical to master to participate in the workforce.

  1. Employer Expectations
  2. Common Workplace Rules and Etiquette
  3. Resume and Cover Letter Preparation

Self-Advocacy

The Self Advocacy Program is perfect for youth looking to build confidence and self esteem as well as learning best practices for interpreting services.

  • 6 to 12 weeks
  • 1-hour class per week
  • 6 students per session
  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 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 and maintaining employment, guiding students through the communication barriers.

  • 12 to 24 weeks
  • 1-hour class per week
  • 6 students per session
  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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