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LEAD Center’s Statewide Youth Employment Project in Oregon Highlighted at Federal Briefing

September 26, 2018

On August 8 and 9, 2018, the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) hosted Employment First Federal Briefings on School-to-Work Transition, Provider Transformation, Interagency Coordination, and Mental Health practices that have been shown to promote competitive integrated employment (CIE) for youth and adults with disabilities. Fifteen federal agencies attended the briefing, including representatives from the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Housing and Urban Development, Veterans Affairs, and Justice, the National Council on Disability, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Social Security Administration.

The Federal Briefing spotlighted a statewide project in Oregon supported by the LEAD Center, which introduced Guided Group Discovery (GGD) into six schools in different parts of the state. Guided Group Discovery enables youth in transition to identify people who can support their job search; their skills, interests, and conditions of employment; and their “elevator pitch,” which highlights what they have to offer an employer.

Presenters from Oregon included Keith Ozols, Workforce and Youth Manager with the Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation; Kari Kingsolver, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in Grants Pass, Oregon; and Josh Barbour, Transition Network Facilitator from the Linn Benton Lincoln Education Service District. The Education system and state VR agency have decided to continue this GGD project in the 2018-19 School Year and is expanding the project to include additional school districts beyond the six districts initially included.

For more information on the Oregon GGD project, read the article on Oregon in this newsletter. Visit the Federal Briefing webpage for more information, including presentation materials, Top Ten Takeaway’s for each panel presentation, agendas, and speaker information related to the Federal Briefing topics of School-to-Work Transition, Provider Transformation, Interagency Coordination, and Mental Health practices to support employment outcomes.