For all youth, especially youth with disabilities, work experiences during their school years are necessary prerequisites to post-school employment success. Therefore, one of the most important functions of many youth-serving organizations is to link youth directly with work experiences and jobs. Although this requires knowledge of individual youth and their circumstances, it is just as important that these organizations have a deep knowledge of individual employers and their operational conditions so that effective matches are made — matches that meet both the youth’s goals and the employer’s needs. Quality work experiences simply are not possible without interested, willing, and well-prepared employers.
Strategies for Youth Workforce Programs to Become Employer-Friendly Intermediaries