April 23, 2013
On April 25th, many employers will be taking part in the 20th anniversary of Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work® Day by allowing employees to bring their daughters and sons to work.
The program is for youth age 8 through 18 and is designed to be more than a career day. It aims to expose youth to what their parent or does during the work day, and to help them develop pathways toward opportunity and success through education and work. This can be especially beneficial for youth with disabilities and youth-in-transition.
This year, the theme of the day is “Work In Progress,” and will acknowledge the positive contributions the program has had educating and empowering youth to attain success in education, work, home life and in their communities. If you want to participate in the day’s activities, check out the following resources from the Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Foundation:
January 17, 2013
President Barack Obama has proclaimed January National Mentoring Month, which honors the contributions of those who develop supportive environments for America’s youth to achieve their full potential.
Volunteer mentors can play a powerful role in building young people’s character and confidence, and helping them boost academic achievement and navigate a path to success. Mentoring is a relationship that can last a lifetime and provide benefits for everyone involved.
Here are some resources that can help you participate as a mentor or mentee this month and throughout the year:
November 10, 2012
Are you a Veteran looking for work? Attend the Veteran Recruiting virtual career fair on Sunday, November 11! This event is exclusively for active, guard/reservists, veterans and military spouses. You will be able to connect with potential employers to explore a wide range of jobs available to you after your transition. You will have the opportunity to research employers, visit employer booths, chat with recruiters, and browse available jobs…all from your home computer!
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October 26, 2012
We receive many comments asking whether working from home is a possibility with the Ticket to Work program. The answer is yes, it can be!
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October 15, 2012
By Marie Strahan, Program Policy Analyst for Bob Williams, Associate Commissioner of Social Security’s Employment Support Programs
Did you know that community service is a great way for people with disabilities to serve our nation and to connect with others with similar interests, develop new skillsets, and even get a jumpstart on your career? Whether it is in the field of education, conservation, recreation, health, or even politics, there are national, state and local opportunities where you can contribute your time and talents in your area of expertise and interest!
Why do community service?
People seek out community service to make a difference in their state or local community, and sometimes on a national level, and for many other reasons, including learning new skills, getting real work experience, seeing new places and meeting new people and also having some fun. Everyone benefits from community service.
Here are several personal and professional ways you can benefit from serving.
Make a difference - Personal satisfaction and feeling like you are making a contribution are important aspects of all work. Simple tasks like helping others or contributing to a public project like a playground clean up creates a joy and a sense of self-worth that is of great value to every citizen. Whether you have a particular skillset or just a willing heart and time to give, seeing positive change in your community or watching others’ lives made better by your contributions, are things that will bring a smile to your soul.
Explore potential career areas: When you contribute to a cause you care about, without even realizing it, you are expanding your horizons and exploring new areas of interest that can lead to a future career path.
Strengthen your resume: Not only will you learn from others and develop new competencies, but you can use relevant community service experience on your resume! If, for instance, you served as a counselor at a youth summer camp, you might use that experience to pursue work in the field of education. Think about the skills you developed that may be transferrable to professional positions. Here are tips to present your volunteer experience on your resume.
Build your network: Working together on projects with other members in pursuit of a common goal presents wonderful relationship-building opportunities. When you serve, you meet new friends, mentors, and even potential referrals and references for future job opportunities, and sometimes you develop lasting friendships. Never underestimate the power of connecting with others. It can benefit you now as well as in the future.
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June 11, 2012
Calling all youth and young adults, parents, caregivers, and disability community advocates: attend our upcoming Twitter Chat on June 22 at 12 p.m. EDT. This month, follow us @chooseworkssa and the hashtag #DEchat as we are partnering with @AAPD (The American Association of People with Disabilities) to discuss Career Help for Youth-in-Transition.
We want to hear from you! Whether you are curious in how young adults with disabilities can get started in their career or want to share your tips and experiences, we welcome your thoughts and opinions.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or send a direct message (DM) to @chooseworkssa on Twitter!
Feel free to also help spread the word either on Twitter or by distributing the event flyer. Download and distribute the event flyer.
We hope you can join us on Friday, June 22!
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April 11, 2012
On Friday, March 30th, Ticket to Work hosted the inaugural Disability Employment Chat (#DEChat) on Twitter. In honor of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, our topic was “Career Help for People with Developmental Disabilities.” Sharon Lewis, Commissioner of the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, helped us answer questions and shared resources. We would like to thank Sharon as well as everyone who participated in the discussion! Overall, 22 people participated, and the discussion ran to over 100 Tweets!
Did you miss the chat?
Here are two ways to see what happened:
#DEChat highlights on Storify from one of the chat participants,
Or the text transcript that follows the "read more" link below
Stay tuned for an announcement of our next Twitter chat in the coming months! Have an idea for a chat? Share it in the comments! And as always, follow us on Twitter, @chooseworkssa, and “Like” us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/choosework.
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March 19, 2012
The Ticket to Work program is sponsoring its first Twitter chat! On Friday, March 30th, between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. ET, follow @chooseworkssa and the hashtag #DEchat (for Disability Employment chat) to participate.
A Twitter chat is a set time on Twitter for discussion of a topic using a specific hashtag (in this case, #DEchat). Usually, one Twitter user will keep the chat going by raising questions or responding to comments, but everyone can participate! The purpose of the chat is to get a whole lot of people talking about an interesting topic at the same time. The chat allows participants to share what they know and connect with others! Twitter chats on all sorts of topics happen all the time on Twitter.
Our first Twitter chat topic will be “Career Help for People with Developmental Disabilities” in honor of Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, observed each year in March. To help stimulate the conversation, Sharon Lewis, Commissioner, Administration on Developmental Disabilities, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will join us in leading the chat.
If you are new to Twitter, learn how to get started, and join us on the 30th! Additionally, EasyChirp provides an accessible alternative to Twitter that is easier to use and optimized for use by people with disabilities.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or send a direct message (DM) to @chooseworkssa on Twitter! Chat with you on the 30th!
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