Peer Mentor Experience

Using program learnings to broaden peer mentor recruitment.

Peer mentors play a critical role in the Worktopia Programs as they work closely with participants sharing their experiences, successes and their challenges during the transition to adulthood and on the journey to employment.

Peer mentors oer the presence of a caring individual who provides support, advice, friendship, reinforcement and constructive role modeling to program participants with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who are similar in age.  Youth mentoring youth engages young people in supporting others to grow and enhance personal well-being.

More than 88% of the Peer Mentors surveyed said that the most enjoyable part of volunteering in Worktopia was interacting with the individuals with ASD, working with them, sharing experiences and getting to know them. They also commented on their own personal growth, noting that working with the participants helped them to develop their leadership and job skills, while gaining experience working as a team.

To read more about what we are learning and the experience of Peer Mentors who have generously volunteered their time in support of the Worktopia programs, click on the TIDBIT link below.

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Summer School Work Experience

Attending school over the summer may sound like a real drag to most young teens, but a unique new summer program is providing youth with autism opportunities to develop new friendships, explore employment interests and gain valuable work experience – all while earning school credit.

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Maintaining the Momentum

“It would be wonderful to have some sort of next step. Something that happens after the program that you tailor to the individual.” In an effort to respond to this common sentiment by Worktopia participants and families, ‘Post Program Supports’ are now being offered following program completion to help maintain momentum and support the development of concrete next steps along the employment journey.

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Worktopia & Ready, Willing and Able: A National Collaboration Building Bridges to Supports on the Pathway to Employment

Worktopia and Ready, Willing and Able are working together to meaningfully influence the employment futures of youth and young adults with autism. To read more about how the programs are helping job seekers develop their employment skills, gain a better understanding of the employment services and supports in their local community, and make connections to inclusive workplaces that are looking to hire, click on the news story attached featuring a recent graduate of the EmploymentWorks Canada program.

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