Career Development Programming Strategies for Transitioning Incarcerated Adolescents to the World of Work

Waintrup, Miriam G.; Unruh, Deanne K.
June 2008
Journal of Correctional Education;Jun2008, Vol. 59 Issue 2, p127
Academic Journal
Formerly incarcerated adolescents with disabilities face additional barriers to a successful transition to adulthood when released from the youth correctional facility often with societal expectations of transitioning directly to adulthood. Employment and post-secondary enrollment may serve as protective factors and reduce the likelihood of future crimes by the individual. This article provides an example of a facility-to-community transition project Project SUPPORT, targeting incarcerated adolescents with either a special education or mental health disorder. The service delivery model along with the phases of services is described. Specifically, this article targets career development strategies for use by the transition specialist, a primary component of the service delivery model, Strategies described include: (a) the role of a Transition Specialist in job development and the service delivery model, (b) youth-focused planning and job matching, and (c) job recruitment strategies.


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