Ready @ 21, students develop an Individual Development Plan (IDP) that outlines skills needed in the area of education, employment, and community living while focusing on self-advocacy, self-awareness, and self-determination. As the students develop their portfolios and complete career assessments, they identify their own likes, dislikes, strengths, challenges, and areas of interest. The process of developing resumes and cover letters, as well as learning business etiquette, goal setting, public speaking, and interviewing skills provides the students with a multitude of employment readiness skills. In addition, they are supported in locating community resources through role-play, games, group discussions, art projects, and community outings. Students are able to gain awareness of a variety of employment activities on the college campus through workforce development classes and community employers such as Walmart.
Submitted by The Arc of Prince George’s County.