Summer Transition Employment Program, or STEP, is a paid internship program offered through Job Path, a division of the Arc of Monroe. The internship program is in collaboration with ACCES-VR, the Rochester City School District and Greece School District. City and Greece schools work with ACCES-VR to identify the youth who are a good fit for this program. STEP provides high school students with work readiness training prior to the paid internship.
Students receive 15 hours of work readiness training April through June. The summer internship lasts six weeks and each intern is supported by Job Path Employment Specialists who provide ongoing coaching, however students must be able to work independently as coaching does not occur at 100%.
The work readiness training that participants receive in the spring, teaches a variety of employment topics including workplace culture, self-advocacy, job seeking, social interactions, technology, transportation and finances.
Brandy Solomon, Director of Business Relations at Job Path, explains, “We are helping people build transferable skills. It’s about gaining those work skills and using what they have learned in their internships. The experience gained can lead to a great reference and help them get hired in the future.” This opportunity can help people in the program figure out what they want to do with their future. It also looks great on a resume.
Internships are varied and may be in grounds keeping, maintenance, hospitals, food service, patient transport, guest services, and even recreation with aging adults. Job Path does it’s best to align the location with a person’s interest, but more importantly, they make sure each person has the necessary strengths to be successful wherever they land.
STEP is a great way for students to gain real-world work experience. Whatever the future may hold, the Arc of Monroe and Job Path will help prepare students for what’s next.
Brandy Solomon is the Director of Business Relations at Job Path, a division of the Arc of Monroe.