Update on the End-Dependence Grant program
Work is underway on the End-Dependence Kansas program, which is an effort by JCDS to work with 120 people in a progressive employment/internship model over a five year period. The Kansas Rehabilitation Services division of the Kansas Department for Children and Families awarded JCDS a $1.2 million grant for this program, and the end goal is to secure competitive employment for 80 percent of participants.
The JCDS End-Dependence Kansas team, which currently consists of two full time Employment Specialists and a full time Business Account Manager, began receiving referrals at the beginning of the year and has been busy implementing this exciting new program! Job seekers utilizing this program have been participating in company tours, informational interviews and job shadowing. Several individuals are preparing to begin short term work experiences at local places of business. The continuum of placement and job readiness training options offered by this initiative are geared toward developing transferable skills and build upon areas of strengths and interests in order to find the best opportunities for successful, competitive employment.
Our Employment Specialists have begun working closely with individuals who are seeking integrated employment to help them match their skills and interests with opportunities in the community. This program provides flexible and creative options to engage with local employers and experience real working environments in order to make informed choices about job opportunities.
A unique aspect of this employment approach is the focus on partnerships with local businesses and employers. Our Business Account Manager works directly with employers to stay on top of hiring trends and staffing needs so the team can help prepare job seekers to meet current demands. By developing relationships with employers, our Business Account Manager ensures that the individuals participating in End-Dependence Kansas with JCDS are able to explore employment options specifically targeted to their own skill level and interests as well as the employer’s needs. Through these partnerships our Business Account Manager has already secured opportunities for individuals to practice and develop transferable skills that will help them achieve their goal of competitive employment.
If you are interested in learning more about this program please check out this flyer.
For overall questions about the program, please contact Kim Perry, EDK program manager, at 913.826.2340. You can also contact Amy Fair (Business Account Manager) at 913-826-2223 or Jessa Molina (employment specialist) at 913-826-2359.