Youth Advocate Programs (YAP) Inc. and Adult Services is piloting YAPWORX DD, a free work readiness and networking opportunity for 18-21-year-old Adams County residents who have developmental disabilities.

The 12-week free training takes place Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, June 24-Sept. 30, at 57 N 5th St., Gettysburg.

YAPWORX DD participants will work with YAP advocates who will help them identify and realize their own special talents, skills and interests.

The young adults will explore jobs that match their abilities and passions and receive specialized job counseling and self-advocacy training that will help them in their job search and once they land a position.

“We often take for granted the soft skills needed to get and keep a job,” said Adams County Youth Advocate Programs Director, Robert A. Witt. “In addition to providing each participant with his or her own personalized work readiness toolkit, YAPWORX DD Advocates will provide the trainees with networking skills and introduce them to potential employers.”

YAP is a nonprofit agency founded in Pennsylvania 44 years ago that has since expanded to more than 100 communities in 23 additional states and the District of Columbia.

YAP is committed to providing non-institutional, community–based services to individuals referred through social services, education, behavioral health, youth justice and other systems.

Adams County YAP provides a variety of holistic services for individuals with developmental disabilities, including children and adults with autism.

YAP will provide transportation for YAPWORX trainees who need it; and lunch will be available for all participants.

For more information, Witt at 717-337-0121 or Rwitt@yapinc.org if interested. More information on YAP is available at www.yapinc.org.

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