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Project Career Launch

ProjectCLThe first cohort of Project Career Launch on the first day of classes.

Project Career Launch: After three years of success implementing Project SEARCH, Transition Pathways of the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute Life Course Outcomes Program is collaborating with the School District of Philadelphia-Hill-Freedman World Academy and Community Integrated Services to create more opportunities for youth on the autism spectrum. Project Career Launch at Drexel University is a school-to-work transition program to prepare young adults on the autism spectrum for career-focused employment. The program adopts the framework and program principles of The Learning Academy at the University of Southern Florida. Participants engage in self-discovery and career exploration through peer mentoring, community-based learning and internships. Through an expanded partnership with the Community College of Philadelphia students may also have the opportunity to take dual enrollment coursework and participate in further education.

Upon program completion, students will either be employed or connected to further training/education relating to their personal career plan.

Core Program Components

  • Career-focused instructions
  • Career-development and internship opportunities
  • Peer mentoring
  • Connection to adult services and community resources
  • Work or attend post-secondary education upon program completion

Curriculum Topics

  • Understanding the value of work, expectations and career development
  • Job matching, job search, and associated skills to obtain and maintain employment
  • Building self-management skills related to employment
  • Developing an understanding of financial literacy including benefits
  • Self-determination and self-advocacy

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a student of the School District of Philadelphia to participate?

Yes, all program participants must be active students enrolled in the School District of Philadelphia between the ages of 18-21.

Does Project Career Launch provide transportation?

No. Students are responsible for transportation to and from campus. However, upon acceptance to the program, travel training may be available.

Are the internships paid?

Some internships may be paid, some may not. Obtaining a paid internship is not guaranteed.