NEWS FROM DAC NW

Career Mentoring Day – North Central Idaho

    DAC NW is gearing up for another Career Mentoring Day in each of its office locations this year! Moscow’s is set for November 15th, and Lewiston and Spokane will also be hosting their own. CMD hosts career exploration for students and job seekers with disabilities, ages 16-24. This opportunity to “test drive” the career of their choice, not someone else’s, is what sets it apart.

    CMD strives to help with the education and employment for youth with disabilities. Students have the chance to identify the necessary education and skills needed to work in a particular field. The experience increases their confidence about employment. Beyond that, CMD hopes to dispel fears for businesses about hiring people with disabilities. Employers gain an increased awareness that people with disabilities represent an overlooked talent pool and can result in a more inclusive workforce.

    In past years CMD has worked with around 60 students a year between Moscow and Lewiston locations. Adding Spokane to the mix will increase that reach.

   It started as Disability Mentoring Day in 1999 with fewer than three-dozen student participants as part of a White House effort to increase the profile of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), celebrated every October. In 2005, 9,000 youth with disabilities participated nationally and in 20 international locations. They were mentored by more than 2,000 private, non-profit, governmental, and educational organizations.

    This year’s events include an orientation breakfast with some resume building help. After that the students go to their mentors for several hours of job shadowing with their mentors and they return for a luncheon and speakers, and help with interview etiquette skills. Information about accessibility accommodation needs and assist technology can help bridge the gap on meeting the needs of an employer. The results of this day can be as simple as ruling out a career choice after experiencing it; or a life changing experience that sets them on the road for achieving their dream.

 

 


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