WHAT IS THE LAVAARTS CAREER WORKSHOP?
The LAVAArts Career Workshop is an intensive four-week program that helps young adults 18 to 30 explore their career preferences. Incorporating the Match A Friend model of community integration, a companion is available at all times during the workshop to help with problem solving, facilitation of positive social connections, and managing stress.
This workshop is an extension of the vocational supports included in the ASIS Residential Support Program. Its purpose is to give students a solid foundation and understanding of what is required to find a job in their chosen field. For students enrolled in the LAVAArts program, the information will be used find paid employment or develop volunteer and internship opportunities with local employers.
WHAT DO STUDENTS DO IN THE WORKSHOP?
- Students arrive each day and check in with the group and their Match A Friend.
- Students reflect on daily gratitudes and connections
- Students practice a 5 minute guided mindfulness meditation at the beginning and end of each day
- Students participate in outings in the community and share creative experiences with their Match A Friend, teachers, and fellow students.
- Guest speakers share their experiences on their professional experiences and answer any student questions in their career journey
- Students journal each day about their experiences
WHAT CLASSES ARE TAUGHT IN THE WORKSHOP?
- Career Exploration
- Interview Essentials
- Dress for Success
- Executive Functioning 101: Organizing your life with Google
- The Art of Connection
- Sensory Regulation 101
- Nutrition and Healthy Eating
- Mindfulness 101
- Daily meditation, visualizatiand music & movement classes
- Weekly drum circle
WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF THE WORKSHOP?
At the end of the workshop, LAVAArts students will:
- Identify one or of their top career chooses, researched education & career requirements
- Research the pay range for their chosen job
- Conduct informational interviews with local employers to obtain advice from professions and begin the career networking process
- Learn how to draft a resume
- Understand the essentials of interviews and appropriate interview attire
- Develop a sensory diet and understand the types of workplace accommodations they may request from an employer
- Learn how to prepare a healthy lunch that can be packed and taken to work
- Learn how to use the tools available on Google for time management, research, and drafting and storing documents
- Learn how to pack a healthy lunch for work
- Learn how to positively connect in the workplace
WHAT IS THE COST FOR THE WORKSHOP?
Tuition for the 4 week workshop is $2,500 excluding the cost of community activities.
Autism Unites is currently applying to be a vendor with Westside Regional Center to cover the workshop tuition for their clients. Updates on the process will be posted throughout the vendorization process.
For more information, contact Autism Unites Executive Director, Susan Osborne, at 310 569 9308 or firstname.lastname@example.org