What is the DEI grant?
DEI grants have been awarded to Workforce Centers throughout the United States to improve education, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. CDO Workforce was awarded a Round 1 Grant back in 2010 to serve adults age 18 and over and to change our Career Centers to make them more accessible to people who have disabilities. Our current Round 8 grant is geared toward serving youth with disabilities, ages 16 to 24 years old.
What is the goal of the grant?
The goal is to increase the participation of youth in existing Career Pathways programs, expand the capacity of our Career Centers to serve youth with disabilities using a career-development approach and to develop a broader business engagement within existing Career Pathways programs including Healthcare, Technology, and Advanced Manufacturing. We are looking to help young people with disabilities develop a career path and become talented employees in these job fields.
Our outreach efforts include:
We have developed a new web-based tool called “Your Dream, Your Team” on our CDO Workforce website that can help young people plan for their dream career:
. We explain the use of Integrated Resource Teams to help our youth pull together a group of people to help them remove barriers and move toward their dream job. We also offer
free online training
in both the healthcare and manufacturing industries through a company called Metrix and we have expanded our career assessment tools. We utilize social media to reach out and provide information to youth and we offer information on financial opportunities including ABLE accounts, tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities.