So…What is This Program?
Campus Career Connect – or as we affectionately call it, C3 – is an online group mentoring program that connects college students with disabilities with career mentors. Our mentors help students work on job readiness skills, network with others, and find a job in the field of their choice.
C3 is an online program, so there’s no need to travel to a specific location or meet at a particular time. If you have an internet connection, you can participate!
Why Career Mentoring?
It’s tough finding a job, but it’s especially tough if you’re young and have a disability. 42% of recent college graduates with disabilities are unemployed, and of those working, 52% are working less than full-time and 36% are earning under $10,000. Through career mentoring, C3 aims to help students get jobs in the careers they want!
Our mentors help students in many ways from assisting with writing a resume, acing a job interview, finding awesome jobs, requesting accommodations, and navigating the work environment. Think of it as having a personal job coach – someone that has been there, done that, and can help put you on the path to success!
C3 is specifically designed for young adults or college students who are over 18 years old and have a disability of some kind. We have a very inclusive definition of “disability,” so whether you have a learning disability, a physical disability, a mental or physical health condition, or any other type of disability, you qualify!
We are also seeking volunteers who would like to be group mentors in the program. If you are over 18 years old and currently hold a job, you can volunteer as a mentor! We’re particularly looking for mentors that have been working in their field for at least two years, so you can share your experience with your mentee.
To get the most from the program, we expect mentors and mentees to commit to meeting these program expectations:
Participate from April-November 2017
Spend 30 minutes a week chatting online with other mentors and mentees
Participate in at least 3 of the offered webinars
Attend an in-person networking event on October 6th, 2017
Participate in an online survey about my experience using C3
About Partners for Youth with Disabilities
Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) is a Boston-based nonprofit that works to illuminate and nurture the power and potential of all youth with disabilities.
We believe that all youth have strengths and abilities, and that it’s important to change people’s assumptions, expectations, and attitudes in order to create a world where youth with disabilities have full equity of opportunity. We embrace inclusion and encourage others to do so as well.