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Supported Work Leads to Traditional Employment

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Trevour P. a 16-year-old living in foster care in St. Lawrence County, NY. He had quite a bit of experience with automobiles and mechanics, and was eager to continue in this line of work. YAP arranged a supported work position for him at a local auto shop, Bill’s Tire Center, in July. Trevour worked very hard at his job, and dedicated 40 hours a week to learning more of the trade, while gaining skills from his supervisors. At the end of August, the owner of the shop offered Trevour a part-time position. Trevour sat down with YAP to answer a few questions regarding his supported work experience.

Who helped you get a job through supported work?
Djibril [his advocate] and Cara-Leigh [assistant director]

Was your supported work job something you were interested in at the time?

Where are you currently working?
Bill’s Tire Center in Ogdensburg, NY

How long have you been employed at current job?
Since July, 2014.

Do you like your job?
Yes, because I've been a mechanic my whole life.

In your opinion what are some of the positive attributes to the YAP supported work program?
YAP is here whenever I need them.

In your opinion, what did the YAP supported work program do specifically for you?
Keeping me out of trouble, finding me a job and making me money.

In your opinion, what are some of the things that could be improved to the YAP supported work program?
Paying little more than minimum wage. I think that the kids that work extra hard should get paid $10 hr and those who don’t work as hard should only get minimum wage.

In your opinion did the supported work job help you stay out of trouble and make better positive choices in your life? Specifics?
Yes, since I have been working with Djibril and Cara-Leigh, I haven’t done anything stupid.

How does this supported work turned traditional job impact your future?
I'm making money, and I like supporting myself. I also like that I'm making a name for myself in the community and job force.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? (Employment, social, education, family, etc.)
I feel like I could be working in the same place in 5 years. I want to finish my education in BOCES and work towards certification in automotive work. I made a mistake at school today, and I don't want it to affect my work or future.


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