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A Project SEARCH Success Story!

Read about Amanda Hempe, a Project SEARCH student who has succeeded through three very different internships in the Project SEARCH program.

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Project SEARCH at PAEP

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Project SEARCH is a national program started in Cincinnati, Ohio that has been in existence since 1991. To date, there are over 300 Project SEARCH sites in existence in 42 states in the U.S., England, Scotland, Ireland and Canada. Project SEARCH is a unique, business-led, one-year, work program that takes place entirely at the workplace. Project SEARCH is an international, trademarked and copyrighted program model. For more information on the National Project SEARCH program please visit their website.

PAEP currently partners with Northwestern Medicine, the business host site for two Project SEARCH locations:

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Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield,

Delnor Hospital in Geneva, and

Woodstock Hospital in McHenry County.

Both unique programs provide individuals with disabilities the opportunity to participate in three, 10-week long internships that allow them to gain real-life vocational skills in a variety of hospital departments. At the completion of the internships, students are placed into competitive employment.

PAEP staff specializes in helping students/interns develop job skills throughout the year and supports the students/interns every day on site at the hospital and support the students/interns once the school year is completed and the students/interns are employed.

The Central DuPage Hospital Project SEARCH Program is specifically for IN-SCHOOL (ages 18-22 years) youth with disabilities. The following eligibility is required:

Each student must be aware this is their LAST year of transition

Each student needs to be eligible for services from the Division of Rehabilitation Services

Students should live in DuPage county

Students must be willing to receive their diploma at the end of the program.

WORK is the primary goal of the program. Students need to be willing to receive and accept a job at the end of the program and should be willing to play an active role in ALL job related activities

Student needs to be open to working 16 hours or more after completing the Project SEARCH program

To apply for the Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital Project SEARCH program you can go to the SASED website, click on “view” under the blue box that says “work for SASED” at the bottom of the page, find vacancies on the left and select “Project SEARCH student Intern” and APPLY.

The Delnor Hospital Project SEARCH Program is specifically for OUT-OF-SCHOOL (ages 18-24 years) youth with disabilities. This program is funded by LWIA 5 (Kane, Kendall and Dekalb), the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and the United States Department of Labor. The following eligibility is required:

Each participant must have already graduated from and have accepted their diploma from high school

Applicants who reside in Kane, DeKalb and Kendall counties will be given priority.

Must have proof of disability either through IEP or DRS documentation

Must have a desire to work competitively at the end of the program

Would benefit from participation in a variety of skill-building internships

Who are independent with self-care and medication management

Who can self-monitor on a 1:4 ratio of support

Who have access to independent transportation to/from Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital

To apply for the Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital Project SEARCH program you can:

Download and Complete the Application

Send application to projectsearch@parents-aliiance.org. Also attach additional files needed – proof of eligibility, high school diploma or equivalent, and resume

For more information on the Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital Project SEARCH program, please contact LEAD Employability Instructor, Hailey Mankivsky at hmankivsky@parents-alliance.org or 630-938-2122.

The Woodstock Hospital Project SEARCH Program is specifically for OUT-OF-SCHOOL (ages 18-24 years) youth with disabilities. The following eligibility is required:

Each participant must have already graduated from and have accepted their diploma from high school

Applicants who reside in McHenry County will be given priority.

Must have proof of disability either through IEP or DRS documentation

Must have a desire to work competitively at the end of the program

Would benefit from participation in a variety of skill-building internships

Who are independent with self-care and medication management

Who can self-monitor on a 1:4 ratio of support

Who have access to independent transportation to/from Northwestern Medicine Woodstock Hospital

To apply for the Northwestern Medicine Woodstock Hospital Project SEARCH program, please:

Download and Complete the Application

Send application to projectsearch@parents-alliance.org. Also attach additional files needed – proof of eligibility, high school diploma or equivalent, and resume

For more information on the Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital Project SEARCH program, please contact LEAD Employability Instructor, Sarah Basit at sbasit@parents-alliance.org.

 
   
     

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