Employment Launch goes mobile, brings program to Pahokee High School

Friday, November 1, 2019


When the barrier in the way of students being able to attend Seagull Service’ acclaimed Employment Launch program was a distance of about 50 miles, the answer was simple. Seagull brought the program to them through an initiative called Mobile Employment Launch.

Director of Supported Employment Olivia Morris and her crew of job coaches spent a week in September with nine students with developmental disabilities who attend Pahokee High School, teaching them the same job readiness components that students get when they attend Employment Launch at Seagull Academy.

The program is designed to jump-start a person’s path to employment by providing job readiness and interview skills as well as overcoming any barriers to employment. The team also works to match individuals with positions that suit them and that they’ll like.

“Our goal is to educate, expose and experience,” Morris said. “Each day we went to a different location, including the Mall at Wellington Green, and Palm Beach Outlets. We had people at the stores give a synopsis of what they do in their jobs each day.”

The teens began the week with a little self-discovery to help uncover the kinds of jobs each might like to have. They also worked on appropriate job and interview etiquette. By the end of the week, they were using online job hunting sites to search for employment.

The students discovered that they will not have to go far for employment. Their job searches uncovered many possibilities within the communities of Pahokee and nearby Belle Glade and South Bay, which would eliminate long commutes.

Seagull Services’ Mobile Employment Launch program is available to other schools whose students would have a hardship travelling to attend the program at Seagull Academy.

For more information, contact Olivia Morris at 561-540-8110, ext. 115.

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