Out In the Field with The Summer Work Program Students

Our Summer Work Program just wrapped up and we had a successful first year!

High school students were placed at 27 employers in Tucson and Phoenix, and were all paid the prevailing wage for their role. Four students earned permanent jobs with their employers.

"I am very proud of our inaugural summer work program in Phoenix and Tucson in collaboration with Arizona Department of Security, Vocational Rehabilitation," says Lorie Sandaine, project coordinator for the Sonoran Center. "The impact of the work experience included students learning valuable work skills away from the classroom and in a real-world business within their community."

She added: "Families realized their students had the abilities and skills to work and helped solidify the expectation of work. Employers saw the benefits of hiring people with disabilities and understood they are capable employees." 

The Summer Work Program began in June with 38 students placed in different jobs in Tucson and Phoenix. Students in the program also contributed to the development of a model state agencies can follow in their efforts to better support and prepare individuals with disabilities in finding and keeping employment.

"As for what is next, we obtained valuable feedback from the students, families, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, and employers for this summer work experience," Sandaine says. "We will listen to that feedback and improve the process and continue our collaborations to provide this experience again next summer."

INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE STUDENTS?

Gage - A young man with short hair in a wheelchair tending to some plants.  

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Adam - A Black young man with medium length curly hair sitting in a bumper boat.

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Izaiyah - A young man wearing a blue rimmed hat and a face mask planting seeds in a planter.

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