Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH is a person-centered school to work internship program for youth that is based in the community. Participants do not receive compensation for their participation in the Project SEARCH program but they do receive valuable job training and work experience based on a person-centered approach, which consists of 1:1 job coaching.

Project SEARCH Sites

The traditional Project SEARCH model offers internships that are approximately 9 months in duration, typically within a hospital setting, with jobs focusing on training or jobs that are complex yet routine in nature.

Project SEARCH Curriculum

Project SEARCH student retrieving towels or bedding from a storage shelfThe combination of classroom curriculum and onsite training focuses on learning skill acquisition, professional responsibility, self-advocacy, increasing independent, effective communication, confident problem solving, planning and managing career, and dressing for success.

Each student typically will typically work 3 rotations in various departments with the intention of gaining the necessary skills that will lead to paid employment.

Locations

KenCrest currently runs its Project SEARCH programs in conjunction with Phoenixville Hospital in Phoenixville, PA.

Innovative Growth

Group photo of Project SEARCH studentsNew to KenCrest in 2017, and in conjunction with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, the first group of Project SEARCH students in the State of PA to work in “Big Pharma” has successfully been implement in partnership with GSK in Collegeville, PA.

To learn more about project search visit Project SEARCH.

Resources

Contact

For more information please contact Donna Clemens Coordinator of Administrative Services at dclemens@kencrest.org or call 1-888-798-3883 (ext 2422).

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