Disability Mentoring Day is an annual international event meant to promote career development for students and job-seekers and make employers aware of an available pool of qualified candidates. Each year, in October, a DMD event occurs and opens up many opportunities and possibilities for youth who are exploring their career options.
Region 1 in Montana recently shared one young man’s DMD experience, and it is a wonderful example of meaningful connections that can be made between motivated youth and MT employers. Here is one young man’s wonderful DMD story:
Region 1 Mentoring Opportunity
MyTransitions Mentoring Day was October 15, 2014. Judy, a teacher in Wibaux, MT, assisted her student Ty, with his application to participate in DMD. Ty is a senior in high school and wanted to learn about working at a zoo or assembling things, as well as learn more social skills with new people. His team decided to jump in and contact ZooMontana in Billings. The Executive Director of ZooMontana arranged for a volunteer to work alongside Ty. ZooMontana had a school coming in for tours and appreciated another volunteer! Ty and another volunteer assisted students with tours of the Zoo (and even got to ride around in their golf cart). Ty was able to work with people of all ages and abilities. A great day was had by all. Most importantly Ty now believed he had more opportunities in work. Thanks to LIFTT in Billings for providing needed supports of a hotel room and travel money. Holly, Ty’s Mom, provided the transportation to Billings. Together we can do great things!
Quote from Holly: “All in All it was a great opportunity and Ty and I feel Blessed to have had it. It has made him consider more than janitor work and that is good to think that your child feels like he has more opportunities in life then one. A BIG thank you from this Mothers Heart and Ty’s too.”
Do you know a student 14 or older who would like a chance to Job Shadow in a career of their choice? Let’s work together!