Youth Employment and Transitional Services

Challenge has many opportunities to engage young adults with disabilities in the workforce. If you are a young adult between the ages of 16 and 24 and have a documented disability, we can prepare you for your next job!

 

  • Guidance in obtaining funding from important state vocational rehabilitation programs (ACCES-VR, OPWDD)
  • State-funded short and long term internships in the community with on-site training and supports.
  • Long-term community job placement after graduation.
  • After school and weekend paid work opportunities at Ithaca College and Cornell University.
  • Participation in our Summer Youth Employment Program (when eligilible)

 

Summer Youth Employment Program

 

We provide a 6-week paid summer work experience in one of Challenge’s 5 Social Enterprise businesses or with a local employer. As part of this experience, you will take part in 3 weekly hours of paid job readiness training and career exploration.
Who is Eligible? Youth and young adults 16-20 who meet income qualifications and have a disability or other barrier to employment. e.g.: rural location.

 

You will learn about identifying vocational goals, learning interview approaches, formatting resumes, networking, communicating effectively, and searching for a job.

 

 

For more information, contact:
Melissa Mann
Manager of Service Coordination & Managed Care
607-272-8990 Ext. 132 or
E-mail: Melissa

For more information, contact:
Trisha Wilson
Manager of Employment & 
Youth Services
607-272-8990 Ext. 155 or
E-mail: Trishaw