Description of Service

This service is new for Summer 2020 and is a modified version of previous summer youth services.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) has modified summer youth services for Summer 2020 and created a new service, Summer Youth Foundations. This service is designed to be a “flexible model, allowing for in-person work experience, where appropriate, and supplementing with remote delivery of additional [vocational rehabilitation] services such as self-advocacy training and career exploration where needed. Most importantly, it considers the needs of students and their families and provides an option for students when planned work sites are not available, or when students and families may not want to participate in the community this summer, no matter what the setting.” This new service incorporates elements of previous summer youth services and includes “up to five weekly ‘building blocks’ of services to build a two to five week service configuration in order to meet the needs of the students and the community.”

These ‘building blocks’ consist of:

  • Foundations Week 1 – Focus on self-advocacy
  • Foundations Week 2 – Focus on post-secondary options
  • Career Exploration
  • Job Seeking Skills Training
  • Work Experience
    • OOD has reserved the right to cancel the work experience block of service at any time if it is determined that it is not consistent with Ohio’s public health orders. If such a circumstance arises, Capabilities may be allowed to repeat other blocks of services.

What does the Service Look Like?

The ‘building blocks’ format of the Summer Youth Foundations service allows you to learn about a variety of different career paths in your local area. When considering a career you might be interested in what a typical day looks like, the required education, skills desired, schedule demands, rewarding aspects, wages/benefits, and the physical conditions of the work environment. The service could include taking virtual tours of businesses, observing different careers, and speaking directly with people who work in those roles. This helps you visualize and gain knowledge about several career paths and also provides you with the foundation to start your career journey. Summer Youth Foundations is a unique opportunity for you to work with other transition-aged students to develop work skills, learn and practice soft skills, and start building your professional work experience. You learn how to dress, prepare for, and have a professional interview, in addition to learning about proper behaviors in the workplace. This paid experience also provides you with the opportunity to enhance and improve upon your work skills with the assistance of a Capabilities Career Consultant. 


Group of students and Bern's Garden Center

For the Job Seeker: Our Summer Youth Foundation service provides the person served with an introduction to the working world so that he/she knows how to prepare for employment, what to expect, and how to move forward with his/her career.  

For the Employer: Our Summer Youth Youth Foundation services are a rewarding experience for local employers to provide a space for young individuals to learn about career opportunities and working. This helps to prepare the students so when they are hired they have a better understanding of the workplace and a stronger likelihood of success within their career.  

For the Funding Source: Summer Youth services help to prepare the individual for working with others, how to prepare for the working world, and what to expect when they are ready for employment.