The Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP) TM is a high-tech, career-focused mentoring program for youth involved with or at risk of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system, including those with disabilities. The RAMP TM model uses a combination of group, peer, and one-on-one mentoring to promote the successful transition of RAMP TM youth to employment, continued learning opportunities, and independent living. Youth participate in weekly career preparation-focused group meetings, including peer-supported goal setting and exploration of careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). While in RAMP TM, youth have the opportunity to assess and explore their own career interests; develop a plan and set goals for their transition; create a resource map of their community’s high-tech industries; gain workplace soft skills; build resume-writing and interviewing skills; interact with employers and experience a variety of work settings; give and receive peer support; take advantage of group and personal leadership opportunities; design and build a high-tech-related team project, and most importantly... have fun!
Ability Connection Colorado’s, Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP) TM, is seeking adult volunteers to commit to supporting, guiding, and being a friend to a young person for a period of at least one year. By becoming part of the social network of adults and community members who care about the youth, the mentor can help youth develop and reach positive academic, career, and personal goals.
Role of the Mentor
Take the lead in supporting a young person through an ongoing, one-to-one relationship.
Serve as a positive role model and friend.
Build the relationship by planning and participating in activities together.
Strive for mutual respect.
Build self-esteem and motivation.
Help set goals and work toward accomplishing them.
Since 1960, Employment Works has advocated for people with disabilities and for their inclusion as vital members of the workforce. We envision options and choices for people with disabilities as they seek and maintain employment that suits their choices, abilities and preferences.
Employment Works is proud to assist adults and youth, with mild to severe disabilities, as they pursue meaningful employment. We serve more than 4,000 people annually through the Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP), Social Security Work Incentive Planning, Colorado Work Incentive Counseling, Ticket to Work and Employment Works job placement programs.