The first month of career exploration camp is nearly over and we thought we would take a moment to share some of the highlights with you.
Our Employment & Transition Specialists collaborated to develop a fun and engaging curriculum that is preparing our campers for their next step in the journey to finding careers they love.
Each day at camp was designed to present a different skill set in a fun and engaging environment.
Five relevant Core topics were divided into five “pit stops” for the campers to visit. Each camper received one-on-one attention while they discussed topics like social media awareness, appropriate communication skills, in addition to connecting with other students.
Campers were encouraged to identify their unique skill set, and brainstorm through the possible career options they would most enjoy.
We focus on boosting the confidence of each of our campers while providing them a customized learning environment. Students learned to flex their “self advocacy” muscles, which enables them to persevere through potential obstacles while finishing school or interviewing for their dream job.
During the third week of camp, students were able to meet guest speaker Allen, a former client of Work Matters CEO and founder, Burke Brewer. Allen communicated his unique struggles, victories, and lessons learned to our eager campers, who share many of the same goals and dreams.
Because of Allen’s story, the campers were able to understand the necessity of learning the core elements of the camp curriculum, which are designed to equip them to overcome the same struggles. Allen success drove home the key role that perseverance and self advocacy played in his personal, academic and employment victories. Coupled with a support system of family and friends, encouragement from teachers and his faith, he was able to face all the challenges.
Students with disabilities are often told that they cannot reach beyond their “perceived” limits. But Allen is living proof that when you have the right people instructing you, nothing, not even a disability can stop you from reaching your dreams. And that is the exact message we share with each and every student at camp.