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Department of Labor Mentors Coach Local Students

October 12, 2012

Since 1999, Disability Mentoring Day has paired students with disabilities and workplace mentors to promote career development. On Oct. 17, the Office of Disability Employment Policy worked with the American Association of People with Disabilities to pair 15 local students with mentors throughout the national office.

On Oct. 17, the Office of Disability Employment Policy worked with the American Association of People with Disabilities to pair 15 local students with mentors throughout the national office. Students in the Department's Project SEARCH, a work experience program for students with disabilities, also attended the day's events. All the mentees received one-on-one mentoring, viewed ODEP videos on essential workplace soft skills, and participated in a discussion about potential career challenges and pathways. "We all got to the jobs we're in because someone believed in us," said Kathy Martinez, assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy, during her welcome to the students. "Having a mentor is often the first step to getting meaningful work, so it's important that young people with disabilities, like all young people, have the chance to explore their career interests by job-shadowing and talking with people already working in those fields."


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