Colorado Youth WINS: Final Report to Social Security Administration


State Policies & Initiatives: 
Training/Capacity Building

“The Colorado Youth WINS (Work Incentive Network of Supports) demonstration project was designed to assist youth, aged 14-25, who are currently receiving SSI (Supplemental Security Income), SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance), or CDB (Childhood Disability Benefit), to maximize their economic self-sufficiency and career advancement. This intervention model serves youth with disabilities through a workforce-based delivery system which means the One-Stop Career Centers are the primary system for coordinating the delivery of services for youth with disabilities. This system is based on the Workforce Investment Act, established to consolidate, coordinate, and improve employment, training, literacy, and vocational rehabilitation programs in the United States and ensure universal access for all its customers. The Colorado Youth WINS (CYW) Independence Team (I-TEAM) intervention was made up of a program navigator, benefits planner, and career counselor to serve the youth participants. A three-pronged, multidimensional model based on local and state buy-in was used to implement the project...”

  • Other
  • Customized Employment
  • Self-Employment
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Mental Health
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • University of Colorado Denver
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