employU’s Youth Services provides self-advocacy training, career preparation training, and work experiences for students ages 14-22 with a disability, including those that meet eligibility for a 504 Plan or an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
Customers should receive a referral from Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) to be eligible for services offered by employU. For Youth Services, there are two routes students can take. Through the Pre-ETS program, students can be referred to Vocational Rehabilitation by their school district for limited pre-employment services. Click here to get started with VR.
Traditional Vocational Rehabilitation Customers
Traditional Vocational Rehabilitation customers are eligible for the full range of pre-employment services including Vocational Evaluations. To apply as a traditional customer, use the VR Office Directory to locate the VR office nearest you. Inform the VR representative that you are interested in receiving VR services and they will help you determine what to do next.
Students may receive services by having school personnel submit a referral through the Pre-ETS portal. Many Florida schools have been provided a Pre-ETS web portal to facilitate the delivery of student services. Once the information has been entered into the portal, the student will be contacted by the Vocational Rehabilitation Youth tech within a few days. Although not eligible for all of the Vocational Rehabilitation services through the Pre-ETS program, students will be immediately available for services employU offers such as Pre-Employment Training Program, Self-Advocacy Training Program and the On The Job Training Paid Work Experience.
If a Vocational Rehabilitation counselor determines the student eligible for additional services, they will explain the details at the initial meeting. For more information, contact us a (407) 598-0202 and we can walk you through the steps.
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Youth Vocational and Psychological Evaluations For Traditional Customers
For our traditional transition clients, employU conducts interviews with the client and their parent or guardian to gain insight into their disabilities and how it impacts their daily lives. Interest inventory testing is administered to determine the client’s areas of vocational interest. The information gathered is then analyzed to:
- Determine if an On-the-Job-Training (OJT) opportunity would be a good fit for the client
- Discover which types of vocational settings and job duties would likely promote a positive outcome
- Identify reasonable accommodations, specific to the client’s unique needs
Academic testing is offered upon request to students who are rising seniors or currently enrolled in their senior year of high school to gain insight into the feasibility of future academic opportunities such as vocational/apprenticeship programs or a traditional college track. Click here for more on our Evaluations
Youth Training and Courses
Preparing students to enter the workforce, courses and career camps give participants the tools they need to navigate transitioning into the workplace. Click here for more on our Youth Training and Courses
Paid Work-Based Learning Experiences
Students can learn transferable and industry workplace skills while getting paid! These on-the-job trainings are a perfect way to discover and explore new career paths while preparing for the future ahead. For more on our Paid Work-Based Learning Experiences click here.
Career Camps are a week-long experience of exploration into different career fields for students to discover there are more opportunities available to them than they ever imagined!
Project SEARCH is a collaboration between the St. Lucie Public Schools, employU, and the Cleveland Clinic where students gain experience working within the Cleveland Clinic hospital. The Project SEARCH Transition to Work program is a unique, business-led, one-year employment preparation program that takes place entirely at the workplace. Focused on positions within the medical field, total workplace immersion facilitates a seamless combination of classroom instruction, career exploration, and hands-on training through worksite rotations. The program culminates in individualized job development. This program serves high school students with disabilities who are on an Individual Education Program (IEP) and in their last year of high school eligibility.
We offer services to prepare students for the workforce from the comfort of their own home. These services resemble our in-person services but in an interactive, virtual format.
Youth Immersion Program
The Youth Immersion Program provides career exploration, life skills, and workforce training opportunities to students between the ages of 14-21 with a disability or educational accommodation through a 504 Plan or Individualized Education Plan (IEP). These fundamental career exploration services pave the way to improved employment outcomes for participants.