Our RISE TEAM program combines our Research-informed Individualized Student Education (RISE) with additional Training to advance their Employability, Abilities, or support Matriculation (TEAM). This innovative employment readiness project is designed to help teens with learning differences transition from high school to paid employment, training, or higher education.
RISE TEAM is specifically designed for teen students and includes one-to-one explicit academic and life skills based instruction to focus on the needs, interests, and abilities of the teen. The program is tailored to the individual student to meet their academic needs support them with pre-employment skills and training, or the transition to post-high school training or education.
RISE TEAM participants are paired with a specialised instructor who works with them to develop manageable and timely goals that can be met during the program. Examples of goals include:
- identifying areas of interest and skill when searching for employment opportunities or educational programs;
- learning how to search and apply for jobs, creating and tailoring resumes and cover letters for the applications;
- interviewing and professional communication;
- life skills and communication skills; and
- financial literacy.
RISE TEAM participants generally complete 8-12 weekly one-to-one sessions with their instructor to develop and meet their program goals.
As part of the program, participants will also have the opportunity to apply and interview for a job at LDS, as part of building their employability skills. All participants will receive coaching and mentorship on all aspects of the application and interview process, and will have the opportunity to participate in a paid work experience at LDS as a Learning Centre Assistant or Program Assistant depending on their skill and interest. Paid work placements include 24 paid hours of work across 4-8 weeks that work around student school and extra curricular schedules.