What We Do / Youth Services

Job Readiness

We are passionate about helping young people reach their full potential. Our youth job readiness programs invest in our youth by helping them forge career paths, in spite of any barriers they may face. We do this by preparing them for the workforce through comprehensive skills training and mentoring, and real-world work experience through internships and other career opportunities.

Start On Success (SOS)

An award-winning workforce program launched in 1997, SOS is a partnership between Humanim, the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), local school systems and numerous employer partners. SOS provides high school students with disabilities the opportunity to participate in paid internships during their senior year of high school. Employer partners host student interns, serve as industry advisors and provide mentors for each participating youth. In addition to paid internships, SOS students also receive career assessments, classroom instruction, work readiness training, assistance with job placement and job support after graduation. Employer partners (internship hosts) include the University of Maryland Medical Center, the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Howard County General Hospital, Baltimore Washington Medical Center and Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. Over the years, SOS has maintained a job placement rate of nearly 90%.

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Student to Employment Program (STEP)

Humanim’s STEP program is designed for young adults between the ages of 18 and 21, who are in need of comprehensive career development and support services in Howard County. Through STEP, we provide career training, job placement, and job support services that address the specific needs of young adults with disabilities who want to enter the workforce after graduation. We help youth make a successful transition, so that they can go on to lead independent and purposeful lives in the community. This program is a collaborative effort with the Howard County Public School System and the Division of Rehabilitation Services.

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Pre-Employment Transition Services

Humanim’s Pre-Employment Transition Services program uses both a classroom and contextual training model to equip special needs students between the ages of 14 and 21 with the skills, knowledge and experience to prepare for employment. Students develop workplace behaviors, social and independent living skills through both classroom and work-based learning experiences. Our program takes a person-centered approach to career discovery, and is designed to assist youth in exploring and identifying potential career paths, while developing the skills necessary for successful employment after graduation.

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