Youth Services

Helping Montana’s youth with disabilities get PREPARED, CONNECTED and ENGAGED!

PREPARE - Get ready!

CONNECT - Get the tools you need!

ENGAGE - Live your life to its fullest!

Everyone asks you, “What are you going to do after high school?” Now you have the answer! With help from your high school and Vocational Rehabilitation and Blind Services you can make a plan for YOUR future. Our program is here to help you make those exciting decisions about your future career path and life plans.

First PREPARE - Complete your education, explore the world of work and learn about yourself. Your high school and our program have services to help you get prepared for your life.

CONNECT - Get involved with the resources you need to make your plan happen. Beyond your high school there are many programs and services that can assist you along your path.

ENGAGE - You are prepared and connected and ready to engage in your life. The connections you make will help you as you continue to grow in life.

VRBS and your schools can provide the following Pre-Employment Transition Services while you are attending high school:

  • Job Exploration Counseling - explore the world of work, find your interests and abilities, work with a job mentor, shadow a job or career, investigate careers, etc
  • Work-based learning experiences – get valuable work experience through paid or unpaid work, volunteer, complete an internship or begin the steps of an apprenticeship.
  • Counseling on opportunities for enrollment in comprehensive transition or post-secondary educational programs - for those students seeking further education VRBS can assist with exploring these options. This may include investigating career paths, referrals to college resources, campus visits among other activities.
  • Work Place Readiness - These are services to help you get ready for the challenges of work. This may include training in soft skills, customer service, work place communication as well as peer mentoring, independent living skills, accessing transportation and self-advocacy.
  • Instruction in Self Advocacy - These are services to help you understand more about yourself and how to interact with world. Services could include courses taught at an Independent Living Center, peer mentoring, self-advocacy, attendance at the Montana Youth Leadership Forum or Montana Youth Transitions Conference and other training opportunities.

There are many more services we can provide to help you as you prepare for life after high school. You can access these services through an Individualized Plan for Employment. A VRBS Counselor that is assigned to your school can meet with you and help develop a plan of services that meets your career needs.

Here are examples of the VRBS Case Services you could use for your career and life goals:

  • Evaluation Services – Interest surveys, career information websites, and other evaluations may be used to help you learn more about yourself, unique skills, abilities and interests as well as your needs related to your disability.
  • Career Counseling and Guidance Services – Learn about the world of work and careers. In conjunction with information about you and your choices, you and your VRBS counselor will develop an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) outlining the services you need for your career path.
  • Medical or Psychological Services – These services may be available on a limited basis should you need them to get and keep going on your career path.
  • Training – Vocational Rehabilitation may coordinate and help fund such services as on-the-job training, job coaching, business/trade school, college or other vocational programs if you need them for your career.
  • Job Development and Placement Services – Vocational Rehabilitation will provide assistance to help you with your job search. Assistance may include help completing a job application and help to preparing for a job interview.
  • Rehabilitation Technology – You and your counselor may identify and obtain adaptive aids or equipment necessary to help you get or keep a job. For example, computer adaptations, workstations, modifications, etc.
  • Post-Employment Services – Once you are employed, support services related to your disability may be provided to help you keep your job.
  • Referrals – Vocational Rehabilitation can coordinate with other programs and services to increase your opportunities for employment.

For more information about our program please refer to the VRBS counselor that serves your school or area.

To apply, students may ask their teacher or family to help schedule an appointment with the VRBS counselor who travels to their school or they can contact the Vocational Rehabilitation office that serves their area.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS – Links to other community organizations that can help.

Montana Youth Leadership Forum

Disability Employment and Transitions is proud to sponsor the Montana Youth Leadership Forum (MYLF).

MYLF (pronounced “my life”) is a unique career and leadership training program for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors with disabilities. By serving as delegates from their communities at a 5-day intensive training, youth with disabilities will cultivate leadership, citizenship, and social skills.

Montana Youth Transitions Program

Disability Employment and Transitions and the Office of Public Instruction sponsor the Montana Youth Transitions Program (MYTransitions).

MYTransitions is a website where you can explore, ask questions, and discover. The intent of their website is to connect students and families to others across Montana who are also in transition or who have already navigated the transition process. MYTransitions is a reference tool for youth with disabilities and their families.