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Jobs for Youth Program: An Intervention to Improve Transition Outcomes of Former Dropout Minority Youth

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posted on 18.10.2018, 00:00 by Fabricio E. Balcazar, Jessica Awsumb, Shawn Dimpfl, F. L. Fredrik G. Langi, Jazmin Lara
This study describes an intervention developed to implement several best transition practices with a high risk/high need population. 116 students with disabilities from a charter school for dropouts participated. All students were interviewed at different points in time to track their progress as they completed the program. Records of participant’s activities and outcomes were collected. Results suggest a positive impact on students’ graduation rate (95%), enrollment in vocational rehabilitation (100%), proportion of students obtaining certificates for employment (56%), and paid internship (37%). Overall, 35% of the vocational rehabilitation cases were closed successfully with students meeting the 90-day employment requirement after graduation. Result inform future work on the implementation of interventions designed to help low-income minority youth with disabilities.

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Funds for this project were provided by a grant from the U.S. Department of labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, Award Number: OD-22553-11-60417.

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Balcazar, F. E., Awsumb, J., Dimpfl, S., Langi, F., & Lara, J. (2018). Jobs for Youth Program: An Intervention to Improve Transition Outcomes of Former Dropout Minority Youth. Career Development and Transition for Exceptional Individuals, 41(3), 166-174. doi:10.1177/2165143417747225

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2165-1434

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11/01/2018

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