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Providing Employment Opportunities for Haverhill Students with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) ages 18-22.
The City of Haverhill has awarded The Arc of Greater Haverhill -Newburyport (aka The Arc) Community Development Block Grant Funds to provide funding for 3 youth with I/DD with paid internships and training in local Haverhill business. Students will be supported and trained by Job Coaches from Haverhill Public Schools. The Arc will provide training and consultation with school personnel, parents, adult service agencies and local businesses.
While work experiences are beneficial to all youth, they are particularly valuable for youth with disabilities. Research has proven that work experiences for youth with disabilities during high school (paid or unpaid) help them acquire jobs at higher wages after they graduate. These students are also more likely to be competitively employed.
Work experience is a critical component of preparing youth for transition to adulthood. The benefits of work include; gaining career readiness skills that employers look for in entry level workers; increase one's knowledge of skills in a workplace setting; establish a work history and connections that can aid in future job searches and; develop an understanding of different occupations that can aid in future job searches.
We are currently seeking local Haverhill businesses who would be interested in joining our Employment Advisory committee or hosting a student. For more information contact Barbara Pandolfi
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