Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP)
Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program at Employment Works
The HIGH SCHOOL-HIGH TECH Youth Program at Employment Works utilizes Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP™) and Guideposts for Success to meet young people with disabilities where they are and provide pathways to success in education, career choices and life. Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP™) is a career-focused mentoring program for youth with disabilities who are currently involved with or are at risk of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system. Through a variety of mentoring approaches, participation in RAMP supports successful life transitions to employment, continued learning opportunities, and independent living.
Quick Facts about RAMP™:
- Serves youth ages 13-18 with barriers to employment, such as developmental, emotional, cognitive or other disabilities
- Funded by two grants from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
- Led by the Institute for Educational Leadership
- State and local organizations with expertise in mentoring, youth development, juvenile justice, and disability are implementing RAMP nationwide
- Employment Works is currently the only approved RAMP™ program in Colorado
- Using a combination of group, peer, and individualized mentoring
The HIGH SCHOOL-HIGH TECH Youth Program at Employment Works drives growth and personally defined success for each participating youth. Specific areas that are measured are transitions into adulthood and knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers.
If you are interested in implementing RAMP at your school please contact :
Employment Works Director STEM Director of Programs
thammons (at) abilityconnectioncolorado.org
Current school partnerships include: Vanguard Classical School George Washington High School SOAR Academy
RAMP community partners include: The Community College of Aurora Health One Children’s Hospital Colorado The Denver Museum of Nature and Science The Denver Open Media Center The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention The Institute of Educational Leadership (Washington D.C.) University of Denver School of Social Work, Metro State University School of Social Work, The Regional Transportation District, Arapahoe Community College, Denver Water Department, Denver Parks and Recreation
Employment Works provides job placement services to adults and youth with disabilities through referrals from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Ticket to Work and in collaboration with community service providers. Please contact us to determine program eligibility and for more information. We work with you to explore and pursue your career interest, and help you evaluate your knowledge skills and abilities in order to find the right outcome for you and employment. We spend time focusing on getting to know you and determining what your needs are. Our first step is always listening.
Employment Services Lead-Coordinator
Rcompton (at) abilityconnectioncolorado.org
sbrookes (at) abilityconnectioncolorado.org