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Teen Transition Services

Summer Teen Employment- STEP/SWEP

We offer special summer employment programs just for young adults. If your teen is preparing to transition from school to employment, our Project SEARCH program provides essential work-based skills to equip them for competitive jobs in the community. Is your company interested in partnering with us and investing in your community? Please visit our Ability Awareness and Inclusion Partnership page for more details.


To learn more about our programs at Easterseals Midwest,
please contact us at 1-800-200-2119 or info@esmw.org.

Summer Teen Employment

We offer special summer employment programs for teens with disabilities, ages 16-20, who reside in St. Louis or St. Charles Counties and are returning to high school in the fall. During their hours of employment, participants will earn minimum wage.

St. Charles County - Summer Teen Employment Program (STEP)

Each year, up to 70 teens with disabilities who are St. Charles County residents can participate in this six-week summer employment opportunity. Eligible participants are students who will be returning to high school in the fall and are eligible for services by the St. Charles Regional Office prior to the start of the program.

This program emphasizes experiencing the differences between school and work and learning about future career opportunities.

The application process may take several months, so we encourage interested applicants to apply as soon as possible. We usually accept applications between November and February for the following summer.

This is a collaborative project between St. Louis ARC, Alternative Opportunities, Community Living Inc., Center for Specialized Services, BCI, Mers/Goodwill, and Easterseals Midwest.

St. Louis County - Summer Work Experience Program  (SWEP)

We are a participating provider of the Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP). During this 8-week program, three to four students work at one employment location, earning a training wage. Students work for businesses or organizations that match their preferences, skills, and support needs.

Eligible participants are students who are St. Louis County residents. The application process may take several months, so we encourage interested applicants to apply as soon as possible. We usually accept applications between November and February for the following summer.

Year-Round Teen Employment

Transitioning from School to Work

Project SEARCH is a school-to-work program that provides total workplace immersion for students with disabilities, including autism. Students learn essential work-based skills that will give them an advantage when seeking rewarding competitive employment that matches their skills, interests, and abilities. Learn more about Project SEARCH.

What region offers Teen Transition Services?

This service is only available in Eastern Missouri. For a full list of our offices, please visit our Locations page.

To learn more about our programs at Easterseals Midwest,
please contact us at 1-800-200-2119 or info@esmw.org.

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