"A wonderfully unique program offering not only the practice of various art skills and job training skills, but also opportunities to laugh with and enjoy friends. Such programs are extremely difficult to find in the Sacramento region for some populations. Pathways to Employment is really vital to the area."
Pathways to Employment has placed multiple clients in meaningful work positions throughout Northern California. Our community members benefit from the direct interaction they get with our clients and start to see our young adults for more than just being disabled. Our clients demonstrate the following skills: improved confidence working with customers, improved verbal and social skills, increased independence, improved fine motor skills, improved motor planning, better math skills, increased community participation, sense of purpose that comes from having a job and learning new skills.
Employment Skills Training Program
Our Employment Skills Training program empowers young adults with developmental disabilities by providing opportunities to learn important job skills. We offer our clients real-world employment experiences through a variety of businesses & volunteer opportunities in our community. All of our employment skills training opportunities are community-based & free to attend for Regional Center clients.
Our clients have participated in direct sales at our soccer refreshments and pop-up stands. Our program model allows clients to participate at whatever their functioning level allows. Some of our clients can handle purchases by accepting cash, and usually with assistance, providing correct change. Other clients act as greeters or bag the items for customers. For example, our dog treats are available in bulk at our pop-up stands, so our clients correctly count out the number of dog treats per customer order, bag and seal them at the point of sale. Our clients have participated in various retail pop-up stands, a laundry business, a dog walking business and volunteer at the SPCA & Auburn Interfaith Food Bank.
Where Everyone's Employable
We want to create a future where all people who choose to be employed have the opportunity to get a job, regardless of their disability. Our clients span a wide range of functioning levels but they all have a sense of purpose and belonging.
We are always interested in more opportunities for our clients to participate in our Employment Skills Training Program. We are open to any location that provides a sensory-friendly & SAFE environment for our clients. Please reach out to us if you are interested in having Pathways to Employment participate in your next event!