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JOBS Program

PROGRAM NAME J.O.B.S. Program (Jump on Board for Success)
PROGRAM OVERVIEW The J.O.B.S. (Jump on Board for Success) Program is an innovative supported employment and intensive case management service for youth ages 16-22.  The program operates in collaboration with Spectrum Youth and Family Services, Howard Center and VocRehab VT.  Our primary goal is to support youth with getting and keeping stable, competitive employment.  We believe that a positive work experience is crucial in providing the confidence, increased self-esteem, and financial stability necessary to make the transition into adulthood a success. The J.O.B.S. Program utilizes a holistic, positive youth development approach that builds and uses trusting relationships to help the client meet their goals and obtain independence.
WHO WE SERVE The Chittenden County J.O.B.S. Program serves youth, preferably with Medicaid Insurance, ages 16-22, who have been identified as having emotional/behavioral challenges, a mental health diagnosis and are in need of extra support and services in obtaining and maintaining a job.  Youth served should also meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • The youth is, or has been, homeless, and/or at risk of becoming homeless.
  • The youth lives in a residential facility or is at risk of out of home placement.
  • The youth has a history of involvement with the Department of Corrections (is on probation, house arrest, or has been incarcerated).
  • The youth is involved with case management or wrap-around services from a community mental health agency.  This does not include individuals receiving individual therapy only.
  • The youth is enrolled in the Community High School of Vermont, or an Adult Learning Program.
  • The youth is on SSI.
  • History of involvement with DCF.
WHERE WE PROVIDE SERVICES Services are provided both in the office and in the community.  Our offices are located at 191 North Street in Burlington.  We are a community based program, so we are available to meet clients in their home, community, school or a public location that is convenient for them.  Services are offered all throughout Chittenden County.
WHAT SERVICES WE PROVIDE Employment related services provided through the JOBS Program include providing support to clients through the job search process, completing interest inventories, filling out applications and creating resumes, accompanying the client to job interviews, advocating with area employers and ongoing follow-up with employers.  Additional services include:

  • Individual treatment planning, support in building independent living and social skills, crisis support, as well as assistance with obtaining housing and educational supports
  • Care coordination, collaboration, and advocacy work in the community on behalf of the youth, including referrals to needed services, such as mental health and substance use counseling when appropriate
  • Helping the youth identify and utilize community resources and accessing  benefits such as insurance, disability benefits, and 3 Squares VT.

Each clinician works with his/her individual clients to establish treatment goals and find ways to overcome barriers that get in the way of living successfully in the community.  Clinicians meet with clients both on-site at Spectrum and in the community to prepare them for the responsibilities and challenges they will encounter as they move toward living on their own.  After a job has been secured, the clinician provides ongoing follow-up with both the employer and client to help make the work experience successful.  Recognizing that getting and keeping a job is crucial for achieving the financial stability to live independently, support is provided to stay employed and save and budget money wisely.

Clinicians also act as liaisons in the employer-employee relationship.  Clinicians continue to follow-up with employers throughout a client’s work experience. Building collaborative relationships with employers is key in fostering positive work experiences for clients.

HOW SERVICES ARE FUNDED Services are funded by grants from VocRehab VT, the Department of Corrections, DCF, and mental health Medicaid.  Services are offered at no cost to the youth.
HOW TO MAKE REFERRALS For more information, contact the JOBS Program Director at Spectrum, 191 North Street, Burlington, VT  05401,  ginad@howardcenter.org  or (802) 864-7423, ext. 337.
PRINTABLE PDF  JOBS Program Description – 2 Page PDF
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