Our Seattle summer is behind us and fall is here. With this transition, new opportunities within our Partners for Work (PFW) Project are underway. The groundwork has been taking shape over the summer getting Rotary Clubs prepared for their new Greeters. First time clubs have been designing their job descriptions, school districts are identifying potential students and meetings with families and their support agencies are being held.
Rotary Club Greeters are yearlong “working interviews” which provide transition students the opportunity to improve work skills, expand their work experience and earn a paycheck while networking with business people on a weekly basis. This is often their first paid position. Twenty-Two Rotary Clubs have adopted this project within their clubs.
King County employment agencies are connected with students and the weekly club meetings provide a platform for the employment agency to build a relationship with the S2W student while also making connections with Rotarians. Students leave this experience with an enhanced resume and close to 100% also exit with employment. Equally important is the enhanced awareness about PFW and the value of hiring individuals with varied abilities.
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