Junior League of Birmingham Awards Grant for Birmingham City School Students
Workshops, Inc. will receive $15,000 in 2019 from the Junior League of Birmingham. We are honored to be recipients of this funding, which will go to support the Birmingham City Schools students with disabilities who come to Workshops, Inc. for transition services.
While at Workshops, these students practice their job readiness skills by doing real work, for real businesses and are paid minimum wage. Currently, Workshops has only been able to subsidize an hour of wages for each student, each week. This grant will allow us to double the subsidized work for each student, each week.
Our Youth Transition Programs assist high school students with disabilities as they prepare for the transition from school to work. There are several ways Workshops, Inc. provides transition services:
- During the school year, Workshops, Inc. houses a Birmingham City Schools classroom. Led by Ms. Harper, students come from all of the Birmingham City High Schools to gain paid work experience in Workshops, Inc.’s Affirmative Business Enterprise.
- Also during the school year, Workshops, Inc. provides a fun, interactive and effective soft skills curriculum in local high schools. The program, Smart Work Ethics, includes 8 sessions that teach high school students the behaviors needed to be great employees.
- Each summer Workshops, Inc. offers a Summer JETS (Job Exploration Training) Program for high school students with disabilities. Over the three weeks of the program, students learn and practice job readiness skills and gain work experience in a variety of community businesses. This summer, 2017, students had on-site work experience at Workshops, Inc., At Sozo Trading, Mission Possible Bargain Center, and at the Birmingham Parks and Recreation.
Each of these programs is offered at no cost to the participants. The criteria for participation include being actively enrolled with the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, being able to meet self-care needs, and being in the last 1-2 years of high school (or a recent graduate still enrolled). For more information, contact Dana Chang, Director of Programs.