Grant a Gift Autism Foundation believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential. Through our Vocational Programs, teens and young adults with autism are provided the support necessary to gain meaningful employment or prepare to start their own business.
TeenWORKS (Working on Occupational Readiness, Knowledge, and Skills) is a community-based vocational program, serving teens and young adults with autism spectrum disorder. In addition to learning pivotal vocational skills such as building a resume and interviewing, clients work at a variety of partnered community sites throughout their time in the program. With the support of a job coach, clients gain job readiness skills and are better equipped to successfully transition into an internship and other areas of adulthood. TeenWORKS Community includes weekly sessions at a community site, weekly job coach support, an assigned case worker, Parent Empowerment Training, and access to other family services provided by our Navigation Program.
Once vocational goals are reached, teens are encouraged to generalize their skills by transitioning to our internship program.
Clients are assessed for foundational job skills and then placed into an internship based on their aptitude and job preference. Within the internship portion of the TeenWORKS program, job coach support is reduced to facilitate independence and simulate a natural working environment. Clients are coached and monitored as needed for successful transition into meaningful employment. TeenWORKS Internship includes weekly job shifts at a partnered community site, job coach support as needed, an assigned case worker, Parent Empowerment Training, and other family services provided by our Navigation Program.
OUR Community PARTNERS
The Animal Foundation
Charleston West Car Wash
Discovery Children’s Museum
New Horizons Preschool
Sletten Construction Companies
Spread the Word Nevada
Nevada Department of Business and Industry
Nevada Business Opportunity Fund
Ruse Vegan Kitchen
The Shade Tree
Grant a Gift Autism Foundation offers this program in partnership with Celebrate EDU. Spark teaches basic entrepreneurial skills to teens and young adults with autism. The program is geared toward individuals with an interest in learning what it takes to start a business. Spark consists of video lessons, interactive worksheets, group discussions, and other activities. Spark includes weekly sessions at Grant a Gift Autism Foundation, weekly job coach support, an assigned case worker, Parent Empowerment Training, and other family services provided by our Navigation Program.