Building Bridges Between People & Communities
In keeping with CP of Colorado's mission of promoting personal choice and self-fulfillment, Employment Works provides a unique and exciting job placement service for persons with disabilities and other challenges. Employment Works serves both individuals and businesses/companies within the community. With a strong belief in partnership and collaboration, we provide clients and organizations a host of valuable benefits and services:
The Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP) is a high tech career-focused mentoring program for youth with disabilities involved with or at-risk of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system. Funded by the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and led by The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), RAMP is being implemented at 12 sites across the country by state and local organizations with expertise in mentoring, youth development, and/or disability. The RAMP model utilizes a combination of group, peer, and one-on-one mentoring to promote the successful transition of RAMP youth to employment, continued learning opportunities, and independent living.
Youth participate in weekly career preparation-focused group meetings, including peer-supported goal setting and exploration of careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Each youth meets regularly one-on-one with a mentor to develop and implement an individualized mentoring plan. Mentors are caring adults, with and without disabilities, recruited from the community, schools, employers, and partner organizations. At the end of the program cycle, each group of youth works with an industry advisor to complete a high tech project. While in RAMP, youth have the opportunity to: assess and explore their own career interests; develop a plan and set goals for their transition; create a resource map of their community’s high tech industries; participate in weekly group and peer-to-peer mentoring; gain workplace soft skills; build resume-writing and interviewing skills; interact with employers and experience a variety of work settings; give and receive peer support; take advantage of group and personal leadership opportunities; design and build a high tech-related team project, and most importantly… have fun!
Interested in mentoring a youth or is your business commitment to supporting youth in the community contact Rose Compton RAMP Mentor Coordinator at -303-691-9339
Employment Works-Job Placement Services
Supports youth and adults with disabilities in obtaining and retaining employment that matches their interests and choices with in-depth pre and post employment services.
The Colorado Work Incentive Assistance Project
The Colorado Work Incentives Assistance Project (a division of CP of Colorado, DVR Funded project) is a statewide program that provides eligible SSDI and SSI beneficiaries with free access to counseling services.
This service can play a vital role in helping you plan toward going back to work with minimal or no disruption to your disability benefits.
· Provide FREE confidential work incentive counseling to SSDI and SSI beneficiaries.
· Work closely with Social Security to help trouble shoot problems that have affected your benefits.
· Help ensure that you are knowledgeable about all work incentives that you are eligible to receive, including help you develop a PASS plan.
· Help you identify and keep track of important milestones that may affect your benefits.
· If you are interested in using your Ticket to Work, a local Work Incentive Coordinator (WIC) can help you find the Employment Network that is right for you.
For more Information about Employment Works, please contact the location nearest you:
Colorado Springs, CO
Grand Junction, CO
Work Incentives Coordinator
toll free: (866)203-0082
fax: (866) 679-8897