Richmond Hill HS to Help Youth with Disabilities

Richmond Hill HS to Help Youth with Disabilities

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Richmond Hill High School

By Forum Staff

The Institute for Career Development (ICD) announced Tuesday a partnership with Richmond Hill High School. The partnership completes the 2022 launch of a new initiative that begins with two New York City high schools and will grow to be citywide to help youth with disabilities transition from school to career. The other school – announced on March 30 – is Discovery High School in the Bronx.

According to ICD, tens of thousands of students with disabilities leave public high schools every year only to find themselves face to face with a gap where the services they depended upon to finish school had previously been. This new initiative, created by ICD, is designed to bridge this gap by providing services that will enhance college and career opportunities for youth with disabilities.

Photo Courtesy of Google Discovery High School in the Bronx

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Discovery High School in the Bronx

Through this initiative, the 105-year-old Institute for Career Development will work with high school students with disabilities to prepare them to make the jump to college or vocational training and start their careers. ICD staff members will serve as navigators for individual students to guide them around obstacles and over hurdles as they work toward building the skills needed to launch fulfilling careers.

ICD identified this citywide gap in support for youth with disabilities while working with the nonprofit consulting firm The Bridgespan Group on a new strategic plan and is now shifting its focus to bridge that gap. ICD has similarly adjusted its focus at different intervals in the past, always retaining its commitment to people with disabilities but adapting to contemporary priorities. Most recently it has focused on vocational evaluation, career planning, and job training and placement primarily for adults with disabilities.

“Richmond Hill High School is excited to help launch this new citywide initiative,” said Neil Ganesh, principal of Richmond Hill High School. “We are pleased that the benefits will start to flow in the Fall to our students. They will receive long-term, holistic support through their high school years and beyond that we expect will result in greater self-determination, better economic mobility, and improved overall well-being.”

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