Employment is, an activity that earns a living, also called work. However, for many people becoming employed is so much more than earning a paycheck. Work is an opportunity to increase financial independence, enhance self-worth and gain societal acceptance.
Exploring occupations on the internet, taking interest and skill inventories and job shadows are excellent resources to begin identifying a career path that is not only exciting, but also fulfilling.
State of Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Assists people with disabilities in obtaining, maintaining or retaining employment consistent with their abilities and capabilities.
Governor’s Summer Job Hunt –The Governor’s Summer Job Hunt is a vital link between classroom learning and actual on-the-job experience that matches young people’s skills and interests with employment opportunities. Employment services are available, at no cost, to both employers and young adults ages 16 – 21.
Young adults interested in employment can go to any of the Summer Job Hunt offices located throughout the State. These offices are a place where young people can meet with an employment specialist, who will assist them with job search activities and referrals. More details can be found here: http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/CDLE-EmployTrain/CDLE/1248095317847
Workforce centers/Workforce Investment Act – The WIA Youth Program helps low income, at-risk youth and young adults, youth with disabilities, youth engaged with the foster care system, corrections, and other barriers to achieve their education and employment goals.
Eligible youth enrolled in the program work with a counselor to create a plan for success, and can take advantage of a variety of services that can be accessed by contacting a local workforce center. More details can be found here: