groupThe National Organization on Disability launched the Start on Success program (SOS) in 1994; in response to the high unemployment and underemployment rate among young people with disabilities. The program offers students an early introduction to the workplace through paid internships. In addition to paid internships, students are offered tailored educational experiences, and involvement with caring adults such as teachers, mentors, and supervisors to get students on the right career track. Start on Success students spend a portion of their day in paid, entry-level positions in major community businesses; typically hospitals, or other organizations offering a wide variety of professional positions-and the rest of their day in continued academic instruction working toward their diploma. Students are matched to internships that take full advantage of their skills, their interests, and their longer-term career goals. Job site supervisors serve as mentors, providing a constant source of guidance and support to young people in need of dependable adults in their lives. Start on Success enables students to learn skills that will allow for a future of independence and self-sufficiency. It also demonstrates to employers that these young people can become a highly valued resource in the workplace. On June 10, 2015 Lankenau Hospital celebrated the youth with an Ice Cream Bar as a celebration to close the program year. Laurie Watson, Director of Volunteer Services and Tara Vaszily, Volunteer Service Coordinator invited students from Overbrook High School and the High School of the Future, to provide learners with one final overview of resume writing and mock interviews before digging into some delicious ice cream sundaes.

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