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Easterseals Southern California WorkFirst is working with Project Partners to increase career planning, work pathways, job opportunities and employment outcomes for transition age youth in Orange County.
Discover resources to assist with education and understanding of various financial areas including social security benefits, work incentives, how work impacts benefits, personal finance, saving, borrowing, planning for the future and investing.
The first in-person meeting will take place in January 2020 with project completion by the end of December 2020.
Demonstration project will end December 2020, however it is anticipated that sustainable funding streams will be in place by that time in order to build upon the work made possible through the Hoag Foundation.
PARTNER PARTICIPATION AND EXPECTATIONS
Partnership commitment includes establishment of individual Partner Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
There is no financial commitment on the part of Project Partner in order to participate.
Project partners are asked to identify students to participate and be led through exploration.
Students may be between the age of 14-25 residing in and/or attending school in Orange County.
Project partners may be, but are not limited to schools, colleges, funders, provider agencies, resource centers, advocacy organizations, community collaborative, advisory committees, councils, networks or other groups.
Each project partner identifies a representative Discovery Lead to be trained in Discovery, Career Exploration and Customized Employment.
Partner Discovery Leads may be other student peers, teachers, professionals, family members, friends, natural supports, instructors or counselors.
Each Project Partner Lead receives training, tools and resources (in person training, handbook, manual, on line mentorship).
Project Partner Leads meet monthly with the ESSC WorkFirst project lead, through calendar year 2020.
Face to face, phone, web-based conference meetings and consultation are provided and available throughout the project.
Collaboration with Department of Rehabilitation, Griffin Hammis, Financial Literacy organizations, and the Regional Center of Orange County will result in ongoing information sharing, outreach and training to families and participants regarding benefits education. Project participant families will be required to attend at least one financial literacy consultation session prior to Project completion.