The Sunshine Works Job Preparation Program


State Policies & Initiatives: 
Training/Capacity Building

“The Sunshine Works Program was developed in response to the youth unemployment rate crisis for individuals with disabilities.  The Sunshine Works Program is a paid internship for high school graduates ages 18 – 25 who are transitioning from school to the workforce but who still struggle socially to fit in. Program participants will become contracted workers who will get the necessary training and experience needed to become confident, working members of society.  All program participants will work (2) 6-hour shifts per week, at a pay rate of $9.00 per hour.

​Sunshine Works Program will offer supported employment services in a retail setting providing program participants with transferable vocational education and relevant social skills development for improving future opportunities for competitive employment.  Supported employment means all participants have consistent training support while on the job.  One Job Coach is assigned to two program participants per 6-month program.  Job coaches are present with the participants during every shift ensuring the appropriate amount of support, guidance and encouragement is provided.  The participants are independent, but job coaches help them continue to grow offering opportunities for more independent employment in the future.”

  • Other
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Sunshine Nevada
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