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Career Exploration: A Critical Experience for All Youth | NCWD/Youth – The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth

From NCWD/Youth: “The following blog entry is a cross-post from Work in Progress, the official blog of theU.S. Department of Labor. The blog is written by Kathy Martinez, the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).

As another ODEP-led National Disability Employment Awareness Month draws to a close, I am heartened by all the fantastic ways individuals and organizations have worked to spread the spirit of this year’s theme, Because We Are EQUAL to the Task. This spirit was perhaps most evident on Disability Mentoring Day (DMD), which this year served as both the figurative and literal centerpiece of the month.”

Read more, via Career Exploration: A Critical Experience for All Youth | NCWD/Youth – The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth.

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U.S. Department of Labor: Pathways to Federal Employment Webinar for Students with Disabilities — February 13, 2013

From the US Department of Labor: “Join us for an interactive webinar! The Pathways Programs offer clear paths to Federal internships for students and careers for recent graduates, and provide meaningful training and career development opportunities for individuals who are beginning a career in Federal service. This session will highlight specific things students with disabilities can do when applying for Federal jobs. A Program Analyst (and former Federal intern with a disability) at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management will break down the steps to apply for Federal jobs (including Pathways positions) and provide you with an excellent foundation to consider a rewarding career in the Federal Government.

During this Session you will learn:

  • The three pathways to Federal employment
  • How to effectively navigate USAJOBS
  • How students with disabilities may be eligible for a special hiring authority
  • How to best highlight your education and experience when preparing a federal resume
  • The steps in applying for Federal positions”

Learn more about this event:  U.S. Department of Labor — ODEP – Office of Disability Employment Policy – Workforce Recruitment Program – Pathways to Federal Employment Webinar for Students with Disabilities for Students with Disabilities — February 13, 2013.

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YouthBuild USA National Mentoring Alliance Community of Practice

About YouthBuild…

The YouthBuild USA National Mentoring Alliance (NMA) is developing and implementing high-quality youth mentoring at YouthBuild programs around the country.Originally founded in 2009 with funds from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the NMA includes 58 local YouthBuild programs and is in the process of expanding mentoring opportunities across the broad spectrum of YouthBuild programs in the United States and abroad.

via About YouthBuild Mentoring | YouthBuild USA National Mentoring Alliance Community of Practice.

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“Because”: Tapping the Power of Influence and Expectation

From Kathy Martinez, the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy: “In life and in the workplace, success does not always come easily. If you ask any accomplished adult how they got where they are today, he or she will likely credit hard work, tenacity and even luck. But most will also acknowledge other people — individuals who encouraged and inspired them to set and achieve their goals, such as relatives, teachers, coaches or colleagues.

While messages of high expectations are important for all young people, they are especially crucial for youth with disabilities, who may not always believe that they can work and succeed. In order to dream big and effectively prepare to enter the workforce, youth with disabilities — like all youth — must have support and the opportunity to learn about their individual potential through practical experience and trusted relationships with adults.”

Read more at:  “Because”: Tapping the Power of Influence and Expectation.

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Inclusive Mentoring Twitter Chat: What Do You Need to Know?

All young people need mentors and other supportive relationships with caring adults (one of the components of the Guideposts for Success under Youth Development and Leadership).  In celebration of this need and National Mentoring Month, Kaela Vronsky, Director of the Mentoring and National Center at Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) shares some best practices in inclusive mentoring.

The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Y) and PYD are co-hosting a Twitter Chat on January 22nd, 12:00-1:00 PM EST.  To hear more from PYD and NCWD/Youth staff, including staff from our Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program, be sure to join the chat with @ncwdyouth_iel and @youthmentors using #MentorChat.

via Inclusive Mentoring: What Do You Need to Know? | NCWD/Youth – The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth.