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Youth Employment Strategies (YES) Program

The students with their purchases in a group picture with the JC Penny staff.

We recently took our final Youth Employment Strategies (YES) Program trip for the Dress for Success program. The students of the Y.E.S! program learned about jobs at JCPenney, received access to their training headquarters and had the opportunity to meet the Manager.

Group meeting with the JC Penny staff

Then the fun began! The students went shopping for business appropriate clothing for their upcoming interviews. 

Student with her shopper looking at shoes

We are very grateful to the attention given to our students by the staff of JCPenney. Their personal shoppers helped our students truly dress for success. The clothes were purchased by Helen Keller Services, who facilitated the YES Program at the Institute.

A student being interviewed

As a follow-up to the JC Penny trip, our 11th and 12th graders took part in practice interviews with the staff from Helen Keller Services and Visions. This has been a very productive and educational experience thank you to everyone, that made this possible.

A student being interviewed

In addition to mastering job development techniques, students receive intensive PC based technology instruction and learn how to maximize the use of assistive software such as JAWS and ZoomText. These softwares boost student competitiveness in a demanding job market.

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Dr. Bernadette Kappen, our Executive Director says of the program. "A heartfelt thank you to everyone who made these experiences possible! Through your hard work and commitment, the Helen Keller Services YES program is building our students knowledge of potential career paths and providing them with the tools they need to secure an internship or job that is often the first step to a promising career."

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