In recognition of #NationalApprenticeshipWeek, we highlight our Direct Support Professional Apprenticeship Program! Humanim has partnered with the Maryland Department of Labor to offer a Direct Support Professional Apprenticeship Program. As a registered MD Apprenticeship program, apprentices receive paid, on-the-job training within a variety of community-based settings, while earning professional certification through the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals.
We are currently hosting Youth & Adult Apprenticeship programs in Baltimore City and Howard County. Many participants are excelling in our DSP Ladder, a program created to encourage mastery of professional standards of practice, along with career advancement opportunities and pay incentives.
Thanks Tayana, for your commitment to making a positive impact as a DSP!
Today we highlight Sapna, a Direct Support Professional Apprentice at Humanim! As a DSP Apprentice, Sapna gains hands-on experience in the Human Services field. Sapna shares, “I joined Humanim’s DSP Apprenticeship program because I wanted to get out of the school setting. I wanted to start working and start to become more responsible and disciplined. I also love working with people in general, and I thought this would be a perfect fit.”
Some of the things she has learned so far include person-first language, ways to resolve problems, and how to help and encourage individuals. Her favorite part has been going to work every day and learning new things, as well as interacting with individuals in Humanim’s programs. She shares encouragement to others who are interested in the DSP Youth Apprenticeship, “The connections and interactions you make are amazing, and it’s good to learn about a community that you might not know much about. It can offer a way to improve your skills in the vocational setting and in the personal relationship and family setting.”
On how the Apprenticeship differs from the type of learning at school, Sapna shares, “The apprenticeship is on-the-job learning. You are working and learning at the same time. It offers so many more opportunities to help you in your future careers and in life in general. The school [setting] doesn’t always teach you the things you need to be able to move into the working field after you graduate. This is an opportunity to continue your education and gain that experience.”
Thank you to Sapna for her dedication & for sharing her insight into the DSP Youth Apprenticeship Program!
Meet Ella! Ella is a DSP Youth Apprentice who joined the program as an opportunity to get a headstart on her career. She says the benefits of the apprenticeship so far include “being able to acquire new skills, whether it is being able to properly de-escalate a situation, or learning how to effectively communicate with individuals. This apprenticeship program has helped me gain a professional profile on paper, as it shows future employers that I have some experience in the public health field.” Ella’s favorite part of the apprenticeship is the daily discussions with her colleagues, and she appreciates how it’s helped her build professional relationships and experience. She encourages anyone interested in the DSP Youth Apprenticeship to “come in with an open mind and allow themselves to be teachable, and also make mistakes because that is how you properly learn.”
Thank you Ella, for your dedication to learning and making an impact as a DSP Youth Apprentice at Humanim!
Today we highlight Kynise – a DSP Youth Apprentice at Humanim! She joined the program “because I knew it would help my future, and I would be able to help individuals live a meaningful life.” Kynise shares that her favorite part of the apprenticeship is meeting new people and applying things she is learning to her life. She also finds being an apprentice rewarding as she can help people in their daily life.
“The benefits that I’ve received are becoming better with my communication skills and my social skills. It’s helped with my current job and my new job. I’ve learned how to be more professional in a work setting and also how to be more respectful to my coworkers. This apprenticeship has [also] opened up job opportunities for me,” says Kynise. When asked to share why others should participate, Kynise says, “Others should become a DSP because it opens you up to many things in life. It can offer others more knowledge on individuals with disabilities… Have an open mind in this job, and always pay attention to what’s going on.”
Thank you, Kynise, for your dedication to Humanim’s DSP Youth Apprenticeship Program, and for your commitment to making a positive impact.
Thank you Keiarra, for your hard work and dedication as a DSP Youth Apprentice at Humanim!