Warren Company seeks summer job coaches to work with students with special needs – Macomb Daily

His mother and grandmother worked with students with special needs and they enjoyed the work immensely.

So Jonathan Vancamp decided to give it a try.

Last summer, he was one of more than a dozen summer job coaches hired by JVS and Kadima provide training and support to high school students with disabilities who have completed summer internships.

Vancamp loves the outdoors and has had the good fortune to serve as a summer coach for students with disabilities working at Royal Oak Golf Course. The Clawson resident loved the job so much that he is now a permanent job coach for students learning office work at JVS and Katima in Warren.

“I would recommend it to anyone, but especially educators or anyone looking for a summer job,” he said.

“We are finding that summer coaching positions appeal to teachers and teaching assistants, students interested in a career in social work or psychology, recently retired people who are looking for fulfilling work while increasing their income, and any someone who seeks to make a difference in the lives of young people,” said James Willis, Vice President of Workforce Development and Rehabilitation for JVS and Kadima, in a press release. “Employment coaches are a vital part of our summer internship program, giving high school students with disabilities the opportunity to learn new skills and explore possible employment options later. »

Jonathon Vancamp of Clawson and work coach for JVS and Kadima in Warren. Photo courtesy of JVS and Kadima

This year there are currently 30 positions available for summer job coaches, for students who will be working in restaurants, retail stores, golf courses and parks in Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.

“It’s a six-week program. So it’s not too long but long enough to get used to the people you work with and the pay was competitive,” Vancamp said.

Summer job coaches are responsible for supervising interns at work to ensure that good quality and productive work is being done, with hours varying from 20 to 50 hours per week; at an hourly rate of $16 with a bonus of $200 for coaches who work from July 7 to August 19 with one absence or less.

“You get good support from JVS and the management there,” Vancamp said, which is another reason he enjoyed his summer as a work coach.

In 2021, 108 students took part in the summer internship program, and we expect 160 students to join this year. The students come from all over metro Detroit and usually have learning disabilities or autism. There have been a number of ongoing program successes; over the past two years, seven interns have secured long-term retail employment and two have secured employment at a pet daycare. Other students gained new skills and confidence and decided to take vocational training before entering the job market.

High school students interested in joining the JVS+ Kadima Summer Internship Program should speak with their school counselor or transition coordinator, as participants must be identified by the State of Michigan as eligible.

Those interested in becoming a Summer Job Coach are encouraged to apply now at: bit.ly/summerjobcoach22.

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