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Peckham, Inc., a nonprofit community rehabilitation organization, is a unique business and human services agency that values quality, diversity and performance. Our mission is to provide a wide range of opportunities to maximize human potential for persons striving for independence and self-sufficiency. We embrace collaboration, effective resource management and innovative approaches to achieve world-class excellence. growth and graduate to better paying jobs in the community.
About The Institute For Educational Leadership:
Founded in 1964, the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) builds the capacity of individuals in education and related fields to work together across policies, programs and sectors in support of better results for all children and youth from pre-kindergarten through postsecondary education and work. IEL helps build the capacity to lead, identifies and shares promising practices, and translates its own and others' research into suggestions for policy and practice improvement and technical assistance. Our work spans the key policy and practice environments that have an impact on children and youth, and is rooted in state and local programs and networks. IEL provides direct services in and to 41 of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, but maintains five program-specific web sites (www.iel.org) to ensure that its work and resources are available to broad audiences of stakeholders across the country. IEL is at the heart of action and learning networks, and is known for organizational capacities anchored in research and for producing best or promising practices. IEL implements its agenda by working with and through impartial, dynamic, nationwide networks of people and organizations. The Coalition for Community Schools and the Education Policy Fellowship Program are two of the initiatives housed at IEL.
The Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP) is a high tech, career-focused mentoring program for youth with disabilities involved with or at-risk of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system. Funded by the Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and led by The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), RAMP is being implemented at 12 sites across the country by state and local organizations with expertise in mentoring, youth development, and/or disability. The RAMP model utilizes 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. Mentors are caring adults, with and without disabilities, recruited from the community, schools, employers, and partner organizations. At the end of the program cycle, each group of youth works with an industry advisor to complete a high tech project. 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 high tech industries; participate in weekly group and peer-to-peer mentoring; 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!
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