Webinar – Serving Out-of-School Youth for VR Professionals: Outreach, Engagement, and Support

Young man working at a mechanic workshop class

This webinar was designed to help vocational rehabilitation (VR) professionals better understand the composition of the out-of-school youth (OSY) population, what kinds of services are effective, and what programs and networks are available to support positive employment outcomes. Presenters reviewed evidence-based programming for OSY, described national networks and initiatives, and suggested some ways to translate and apply this information to local VR practice. A local-level practitioner walked through how OSY-focused programming can benefit youth with disabilities, through the lens of a young man’s journey through the program.

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Learning Objectives

  1. Understood key characteristics of the out-of-school youth (OSY) population and what works in serving OSY;
  2. Learned from a nationally-known program about its methods for serving OSY, including OSY with disabilities;
  3. Learned how to tailor programs and services for OSY;
  4. Identified key referral partners for other services that OSY may need; and
  5. Identified strategies for more effectively serving OSY.

Thomas Showalter, Executive Director, National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC)
Kate O’Sullivan, Senior Advisor, NYEC
Sharlet Barnett, CEO, Arizona Call-A-Teen Youth Resources (ACYR)
Kim Osmani, Technical Assistance Liaison, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Youth Technical Assistance Center (Y-TAC)