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Julie has worked with a personal adjustment trainer to purge items from her home. She also works with her therapist to learn why she hoards and how to prevent it from reoccurring. Despite moments of wanting to give up, Julie has worked incredibly hard. Her perseverance has paid off. Julie has met two of her goals! With the help of her team, she has passed the housing inspection and cleaned out the living room, kitchen and most of her bedroom. To celebrate these successes the team took her out for lunch. Julie had the opportunity to enjoy the time without the pressure of having to accomplish a task.
With one last goal to complete, Julie and her team are confident she will be hosting a hospitality group very soon! Way to go, Julie! You’re achieving your own goals and showing your son he can set and achieve goals too.
ASPIRE case managers continually work to connect youth with employment opportunities including setting up job shadowing experiences, and connecting youth to pre-employment skills trainings offered through WIOA and Vocational Rehabilitation summer work experiences. Case Managers are also assisting families with exploring summer activities including summer camp and programs. Each month, Case Managers help families to work on goals that meet ASPIRE outcomes in education, employment and independent living. One youth took a very creative approach to meet her independent living goal. She hosted a dinner party for family friends. She completed each task: making and e-mailing invitations, creating a menu, grocery shopping, cooking/baking, decorating and serving her guests. It was a successful event!
ASPIRE North Dakota youth, families and staff are looking forward to spring including warm weather, proms and graduations!
Cassie graduated from high school, but hadn’t decided on a course of study for college. So she decided to move out on her own and look for work. She settled into an accessible apartment, signed up for a work training program through Vocational Rehabilitation, and started to learn how to use the paratransit system to get to her appointments. After Cassie completed the training program, she found a job in the community working at a day care facility.
With success in the workforce, Cassie began to manage her own finances and realized she could also manage her Social Security benefits. She went to the local Social Security office and successfully advocated to be her own payee. Recently she was selected to be an assistant leader at the 2019 Youth Leadership Forum. Younger students will learn from her examples of independence and self-determination. ASPIRE is honored to work with such self-determined young woman! Keep up the good work, Cassie. We know you’ll accomplish even more in the future.
At the beginning, Jordyn was often hesitant to try new things. But that’s not what’s happening today. So what changed? It all began with Jordyn’s high school drama class. Jordyn is blind, and she loves drama. But to be eligible to try out for a role in an upcoming school performance, Jordyn would need to earn higher grades. So Jordyn and her ASPIRE Case Manager identified a goal and a number of tasks that would help her improve her grades. When she accomplished her goal, Jordyn tried out for her high school stage production, and got the part! She performed in the women’s ensemble of Les Miserables.
Jordyn didn’t stop with that one goal accomplished. Because of her recent experience at school and new found confidence, she recently applied for a part-time job. Just like before, she got the part… or rather, the job. So what's next? If you ask Jordyn she's hinting that she may run for student council. Jordyn has found great success by setting goals and working to achieve them! Jordyn’s ASPIRE Case Manager, Misty is sure she will win the election and be on next year’s student council.
|April 15, 2018|
In This Issue:
Time is flying in ASPIRE. With just 16 months to go, there’s much to be done. Spring is a good time to look forward to summer employment.
Improving employment and having a job while in school is a primary goal of all six PROMISE projects nationally. ASPIRE staff are working to make that happen! They are working with ASPIRE partners to make jobs available to ASPIRE youth. They include the local vocational rehabilitation and workforce agencies, local and state government and business networks.
Working in the summer is what teenagers do! I remember mowing lawns and planting flower beds in my neighborhood during the summer. One summer I even did seasonal work with a tourism agency. It may not be the career we dream of doing for the rest of our lives, but summer jobs help young people learn responsibility, social skills and some hard skills too! It’s a great time to try out jobs as well, through internships or extended volunteer opportunities. For some youth, they may discover that the job they thought they wanted, isn’t actually all they thought! They can then scratch that one off their list! Finding out what you don’t like is as important as finding what you enjoy.
So watch for ASPIRE youth to be out and working this summer. They’ll be right there with their school friends making a working in their communities.
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