Pathways is an employment transition program for participants who wish to explore the possibility of transitioning to supported employment and working competitively in the community. During the one year Pathways program, participants spend two days a week exploring transitions and job opportunities with New Horizons’ staff. During this time, participants receive paid work training for six hours each week (paid at minimum wage) in a community-based position, in small groups (four participants to one support staff). In addition, participants attend a one-hour Pathways Job Club, where they work on various soft skills and discuss their experiences training in competitive jobs.
- Receive an assessment of their work skills
- Develop vocational goals
- Identify barriers to employment
- Learn about appropriate work attitudes and behaviors
- Receive helpful advice on how to become a successful employee
- Learn about applying for a job
- Fill out practice job applications
- Practice interviewing skills
- Discuss proper grooming and workplace attire
- Improve communication and self-advocacy skills
- Build confidence in a work environment
Pathways clients earn minimum wage from New Horizons during their community-based employment training.