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ORGANIZATION: VALLEY ASSOCIATES FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING INC

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The Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP) is a high-tech, career-focused mentoring program for youth involved with or at risk of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system. Funded by the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) and led by the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), RAMP is being implemented across the state by local organizations with expertise in mentoring, youth development, juvenile justice, and disability. There are also RAMP sites across the country under various other funding streams. The RAMP model uses a combination of group, peer, and one-on-one mentoring to promote the successful transition of RAMP 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). Each
youth meets regularly one-on-one with a mentor to develop and implement an Individualized Mentoring
Plan (IMP). Mentors are caring adults recruited from the community, schools, employers, and partner
organizations. Youths’ families, teachers, and support network are engaged in career fairs, college visits,
and extended learning activities.

While in RAMP, 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 hightech 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-techrelated team project, and most importantly... have fun!

KEY COMPONENTS
 Enrolling & Engaging Youth
 Training & Retaining Mentors
 Weekly Career-Focused Meetings
 Individual Mentoring Plans & Weekly Goal Setting
 Employer, Education & Community Partnerships
 Family Engagement Transition Planning

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About VALLEY ASSOCIATES FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING INC

Location:

3210 PEOPLES DR STE 220, HARRISONBURG, VA 22801, US

Mission Statement

Promoting self-direction among people with disabilities and removing barriers to independence in the community.

Description

It’s that time of year again to start recruiting for our 2023-2024 Ready To Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP). This past school year was the first cohort and it was awesome! We even have students asking if they can participate again! Meetings are a combination of in-person and virtual. We are in need of mentors of any age!!!

RAMP is sponsored by DARS and facilitated by Valley Associates for Independent Living (VAIL). This is a great opportunity for students with disabilities to improve social skills, make friends, learn about community resources, and explore careers. RAMP runs from October - June. Note - it is completely free!

RAMP was developed to serve at-risk youth. Our criteria include students with disabilities, students with disabilities who are justice-involved, and students with disabilities involved with the foster care system.

DARS works with individuals with all types of disabilities. Examples include mental health disorders, intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, substance use disorders, and physical disabilities. If you are unsure if a student you are working with fits the bill, reach out! Students must be under the age of 22 and enrolled in high school or a post-secondary educational program.

CAUSE AREAS

Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Community
Advocacy & Human Rights, Children & Youth, Community

WHEN

Mon Oct 07, 2024 - Sun Jan 05, 2025
04:45 PM - 05:45 PM

WHERE

3210 Peoples DriveHarrisonburg, VA 22801

(38.40904,-78.90785)
 

SKILLS

  • General Education
  • Mentoring
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Counseling / Mental Health
  • Special Needs
  • STEM

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 hour a week and then meeting outside of that with your mentee.

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