Story: Community-Based Experiences

In by Paige Haberkorn

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“We help people find jobs. There really are a lot of opportunities out there that can really help youth be a meaningful part of their communities. It’s a lot of planning and thinking and I think one of the things I figured out most is having conversations and saying, ‘What do you want to do?’ That’s really overwhelming, it’s not meaningful, and you’re not going to get a great answer out of that. And we’ve had really nice experiences, where we’ve partnered with some schools and we get the students out of the schools and actually trying different jobs out in the community so they can actually do it and see if they like it. Because it’s very different than sitting in the classroom, talking about it rather than experiencing it.”

Transition-age youth