National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Annual 2-day Career Development and Job Placement Resource Workshop 2013

Students from all walks of life attended The Arc Mid-South’s 2-day Career Development and Job Placement Resource workshop on March 21st and 22nd at Anointed Temple of Praise. 

Entitled “Pathway to Empowerment”, the event was well-attended with approximately 100 juniors and seniors from Memphis and Shelby County High Schools, Gateway Christian Academy, and The Arc Mid-South’s Life, Education, and Training Skills (L.E.T.S.) program.  The focus of the workshop was to prepare students for their pathway to independence.

The first day consisted of informational sessions with a variety of topics including “Navigating thru Vocational Rehabilitation”, “First Impressions” and “Employment Opportunities”.  The students were elated with a host of speakers consisting of Maurice Williams of The University of Memphis, Kamekio Lewis of the Vocational Rehabilitation Department and Veronica McKinney of UT Center for Literacy, Education and Employment.  The highlight of the first day seemed to be the keynote speaker, Treva Maitland, M.S., F.C.S. Transition Project Specialist for The Arc of Tennessee, who spoke to the group about empowerment. 

On the second day, participants enjoyed a few larger interactive group workshops on “Effective Communication”, “What to Expect after Graduation and How to Complete an Employment Application”.  Students were excited about the opportunity to participate in several role plays entitled, “What’s Wrong with My Communication?”

Presentation from Kamekio Lewis about the
Vocational Rehabilitation Program

At the conclusion of the workshop, students were provided resource materials from Roger Boeving of Disability Law and Advocacy, The Memphis Public Library, University of Memphis, Health Department, Voters Registration and The Arc Mid-South.  Students were also given haircuts and eyebrow arching, free of charge for attending the event.


Students participated in the Effective
Communication Session

Students listening to how important "First Impressions" are
The larger interactive group workshops were well attended by students from area schools and The Arc Mid-South.





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