Why Work During the Summer?
Summer work provides students the opportunity to participate in work experiences. These opportunities:
- Develop positive work habits
- Improve social skills
- Support independence
- Open future work possibilities
Work-based learning experiences have been shown to be one of the strongest predictors of adult employment success for students and youth with disabilities. ( The Federal Partners in Transition (FPT) workgroup. (n.d.) What to Know About Work-Based Learning Experiences.)
Summer Work Programs
Request for Application: Summer Work Experiences for Students
Providers and schools may apply to provide a summer work experience program for students with disabilities age 14 to 21.
Summer RFA 5307(Request for Applications)
Key elements of the RFA are:
- Competitive, integrated employment
- Programs must have at least 20% students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities
students with disabilities ages 14 to 21
- All interested applicants need to apply within OregonBuys at
https://oregonbuys.gov, using Bid: S-10000-00001920.
- If you have bid or application related questions, please contact Jason Fong at
- If you have program requirement questions, or you would like to know if a school or provider in your area has been accepted to provide these services, please contact C.J. Webb at
- All applications for summer 2022 are due May 5, 2022.
Camp LEAD (Leadership | Empowerment | Advocacy | Development) is a week-long, immersive leadership camp that helps students with disabilities, in Central Oregon, develop self-advocacy and social skills while giving them paid work experience and career exposure in the natural resources industry. This program through
Heart of Oregon Corp. is made possible through our partnership with Youth Transition Program (YTP), a program within Vocational Rehabilitation, and Oregon State Parks. Camp LEAD serves students ages 16 to 21. They also have a program after Camp LEAD, called Go LEAD, to ensure the goals students developed through the LEAD curriculum have translated into their life experiences, and in the spring, if you are interested, they will have a LEAD Up program is another option to continue rising student leadership expectations of the summer program.