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 an 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.   

These services supplement the services funded directly from Vocational Rehabilitation and are funded by employU and the Ryan Foundation. These extra services are funded from January 1, 2024 until December 31, 2024. In order to receive the full benefit of these additional services regular participation is essential.

What can you expect?
  • Career exploration focused events
  • Social enrichment
  • Volunteer experiences
  • Post-secondary education opportunities
  • Hands-on learning
  • Development of skills and interests pertaining to career choice
  • Life skills


Program Benefits
  • Strengthen career readiness skills
  • Develop fundamental employability skills 
  • Increased access to local transportation to overcome transportation barriers 
  • Enhanced understanding of in-demand careers in the community 
  • Expand communication and self-advocacy skills
  • Improve confidence and social skills

Upcoming Events

For more information on events contact:
Sandra Grinz, Grant Coordinator
Phone: (407) 305-3132

Field Trips

June 6, 10 am – 1 pm
Seminole State College tour
June 11, 12pm-3 pm
Lake Sumter State College Tour
July 10, 10 am  – 12:30 pm
The Dave School Tour
July 15th, 10am – 2pm
Money Management Retail and Personal 101

Program Features

  • Worksite tours to allow students to see firsthand what various companies do, learn about diverse industries with in-demand career opportunities, and tour their facilities to better understand what career options may be available to them, as well as helpful credentials they may need to land their dream job.
  • Post-secondary exploration excursions to educate students (and parents) about opportunities, disability services, financial aid, and programming at community, vocational, and four-year colleges.
  • Volunteer experiences to promote civic engagement, access to community resources, improve and practice soft-skills, and utilize teamwork. These outings may include volunteering with Orange County Animal Services as well as community food distribution with Second Harvest.
  • Transportation training sessions to educate, access, and practice using public transportation including Lynx, Access Lynx, and SunRail.
  • Transportation assistance  provided to students for educational outings and training opportunities on an as-needed basis to encourage participation and overcome transportation barriers that would prohibit many students from engaging in services.
  • Entry-level certification training including ServSafe, OSHA 10 and/or CPR and First Aid certifications.
  • Four virtual NextJob readiness training classes including resume building, job search training, job application guidance and job interview skills training.
  • End of training student evaluations to provide career counseling.

Contact Us

employU is an approved vendor with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and we are happy to serve VR’s customers.
employU is a CARF accredited organization
employU is a Veteran Safe Place