TeenWork Program Manager, Hamish Black, and Job Coach Alyece Hoag, who currently support 14 teens with disabilities find and retain employment! Right now 10 of the teens are working with 3 more jobs hopefully beginning in the next month! TeenWork helps connect employers with a huge untapped resource of motivated and skilled youth eager to gain employment.
While TeenWork handles youth finding employment, the Technologies side helps make adapations for employment. This is one of the latest employment technologies. Here are other equally as impressive ones!
Today is my last day working for CanAssist and TeenWork. My choice to go back to school is one of logic as opposed to heart and made out of necessity. I’ve convinced my self education is the best preparation for the future, but we’ll see how that turns out.
In the meantime, I wanted to take the time to publicly thank CanAssist and TeenWork for inviting me in to a world where positive change is consistent thanks to the many dedicated employees.
To TeenWork specifically, I’ve never had the chance to work with individuals on such a personal and reoccuring basis, and to not only see but be a part of how this program has changed the lives of individual youth has been astonishing. Seeing the positive outcomes and true progress of our participants never ceases to amaze me. These permanent intrinsic changes which are so hard to measure but at the same time so obvious and impactful. And to the job coaches, in my eyes a small but crucial part of that process.
They are the tiny sparks that lead to igniting progress, they are the gust of wind that reignite confidence when it wanes. Dismissed are their notions of limitations which instead are replaced by faith, trust, and belief. They are masters of observation and creativity which leads to their often innovative solutions to work with individuals as people instead of working on individuals as projects.
The job coaches and employers I have had the pleasure to work with have shown me that the strongest agent for change is opportunity. The opportunity to work, the opportunity to try, and on occasion the opportunity to make mistakes. These opportunities combined with the natural ability to step back and watch or intervene and teach has shown the participants that within them is the opportunity to change and achieve.
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Will recently acquired a position at Fountain Tire! This is a picture of him up to his elbows in tread. Click here to read more success stories of Employed Youth
Leo has been working at Costa Verde for over year! He helped the land scaping company expand their customer base by being a major influence as a flyer distributor and is also working on his landscaping skills. Want to learn more about Employed Youth?
TeenWork is part of a larger organization called CanAssist. CanAssist provides adaptive technology for people who request it or are referred. It’s a public service which means each client recieves their technology at no cost. Here’s a recent example.
Ethan, a Grade 1 student at Colwood Elementary School, has a condition called Arthrogryposis, which means that movement in his joints is severely restricted. He manages to move his arm by biting down on an attached armband and hoisting his limb into position with his mouth. As a result, it was impossible for him to participate in most activities during playtime in the gym.
Hamish is the TeenWork Program Manager. After a brief departure into the wilderness, he’s back for the summer!
Alyece is the newest addition to the TeenWork staff but is seasoned in the public service profession. Click the link to find out more!
This is Shane, a TeenWork Job Coach. He’s been at CanAssist for a little over a year and going back to UVic this September.