Thursday, January 10, the Learning Opportunities Quality Works, Inc. (LOQW) launched a three and a half year project —the Northeast Missouri Show Me Careers Project. This project is to help improve the lives of youth and young adults with disabilities transition from school to community based employment.
LOQW, which is targeting Macon, Kirksville and Moberly, received a grant from the University of Missouri Kansas City for $65K and was one of eight project proposals selected for funding throughout Missouri.
Project Director at UMKC’s Institute for Human Development, Oliver Burnette, said, “We are working on a transition path from high school into integrated work settings or post secondary education. We just want positive outcomes and innovation.”
Although each community has its own dynamics, they still must follow six guiding principles set by the Show Me Careers initiative. These principles include: early work experience and career development, employer engagement and business partnerships, family involvement, integration of systems, post-secondary education and training, and youth development.
According to Project Coordinator for LOQW, Lacy Yutzy, this project and its activities will be a beneficial tool for local businesses in the future. “These pilot communities want to ensure that they are preparing youth with disabilities to be a vital part of their future workforce,” said Yutzy.
LOQW began providing progressive, high-quality community services in 1983 and plans to continue those practices.