PHOTO CAPTION: LEAP participants Jason, Jeffrey and Amber worked as Community Ambassadors for TBIA in 2017. The trio completed beautification projects throughout Tsawwassen, including a refurbishment of the planters outside the Return-It centre, seen here.
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April 3, 2018 | Delta, BC
This summer, Delta Community Living Society (DCLS) will be partnering youth with developmental disabilities with peer mentors to explore employment with the LEAP youth mentor project. DCLS Solutions Employment staff and peer mentor volunteers work with job seekers to identify their employment interests and aptitudes, and develop their employment related skills. The project aims to increase the level of employment among people with developmental disabilities in our area. Among the first steps is to find local businesses that are interested in supporting the LEAP project with part-time, full-time and/or temporary job opportunities.
“Many local employers have partnered with us during the first four years of this project, including Delta Golf Course, South Delta Physiotherapy, and Tsawwassen Business Improvement Association (TBIA). “It really proves to be a win-win for the people we support and for the businesses that have partnered with us,” notes DCLS employment strategy manager Annette Borrows.
“Our partnership with DCLS has been a “win-win-win-win;” adds TBIA executive director Lydia Elder. “Youth with developmental disabilities were hired by TBIA as Community Ambassadors and gained real-life experience; businesses in the neighbourhood were transformed and beautified; local residents appreciated the work and positive demeanor of the Community Ambassadors; and our small organization was able to expand its reach and do work that we are very proud of. We are looking forward to partnering with DCLS again this summer,” adds Elder.
“Research in workplaces with people with developmental disabilities has found that, as employees, people with diverse abilities are dependable, have high productivity, and great attendance records. And the business that hires people with developmental disabilities enjoys lower employee turnover and higher job satisfaction among all employees,” notes Borrows. “In 2015, BC had an unemployment rate of approximately 84% among people with developmental disabilities. There is evidence that the rate of unemployment among youth with developmental disabilities is even higher. We aim to change that here in Delta with our LEAP project.”
DCLS is a non-profit community based-organization that provides support to people with developmental disabilities and their families. To find out more about DCLS or LEAP, or to make a donation, please visit www.dcls.ca or call 604.946.9508. If you are an employer interested in partnering with the LEAP program this summer, contact Emily at 604.946.9655 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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