MISSION

The Mission of Upward and Onward at CityScape is to increase employment relationships between businesses seeking entry-level employees and graduating high school seniors with disabilities. Phoenix Union High School District (PUHSD) alongside UnitedHealthcare & RED Development have developed this innovative transition services program pairing:

+Curriculum Based Vocational Rehabilitation

CityScape Office Tower has become a PUHSD campus with a dedicated classroom on site! A course instructor skilled in curriculum development focused on workplace readiness alongside real world experiences will lead the course work. This teacher will also have the full time support of a job development coach. Students will also benefit from the support of Arizona’s Vocational Rehabilitation Services with an individual job development coach to assist when it comes time to start an internship. All support staff will be focused on meeting the needs and standards of the business prior to the start of an internship. Students selected for Upward & Onward at CityScape go through an application and interview process to ensure they are ready to take on this type of program. (See The Students section to understand selection process)

+Multiple Real World Work Experiences/Internships

Each student will experience 3 different work environments throughout the year (split in to 9 week trimesters – see 2018-19 School Year for the official schedule) which depend on a student’s ability matching the job and task list of a participating business. This program relies on forward-thinking businesses electing to partner with this program. (See How To Become An Internship Host for more information on how to get involved.)

Students walking away with real work experience is truly the best part of this program. Internship roles and tasks within a business are predetermined through the help of a job developer and The Support Staff alongside your business representative(s).

The focus will be placed on how to accommodate the business needs so that students will meet realistic expectations in order to achieve long-term employment success upon graduation.  Internship placements will be made by taking the requirements of the business and matching it with a student’s abilities.

A TRUE COLLABORATION

What makes Upward & Onward at CityScape innovative is the collaboration with multiple downtown Phoenix businesses. To provide a variety of internships for students we need a variety of businesses willing to host an intern! We are looking for trailblazers willing to lead as we work towards unlocking and empowering an untapped workforce.

BEST CASE SCENARIO

Students leaving the program employed! Whether it be midway through school year or upon graduation, the best case scenario is if a business is able to meet their workforce need by hiring a student from the program.

Below you’ll find information on:
The Support Staff
The Students
How To Become an Internship Host
2018-19 Timeline

 

 

The Support Staff

The Support Staff is comprised of individuals representing all aspects of this program.  Between the members of this team all questions will find an answer regarding Upward & Onward at CityScape.

FULL-TIME TEACHER
Ian Waldon, PUHSD Exceptional Student Services Instructor

FULL-TIME CLASSROOM JOB DEVELOPMENT COACH
Anastasia Jimenez, PUHSD Job Development Coach

EDUCATION LIAISONS
Wendy Collison, PUHSD Director of Exceptional Student Services
Lauren Tauscher, PUHSD Exceptional Student Services Manager
Amy Steinbugl, PUHSD Exceptional Student Services Manager

BUSINESS LIAISONS
Sara Anderson, Marketing DirectorCityScape, RED Development
Ebony Holt
, DD Liaison UnitedHealthcare

BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL
E. Mari Herrera-Daniels, Chair, Arizona Latino Council on Disabilities
Michael Leyva, Arizona’s Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
Leanne Murrillo, Socialization through recreation coordinator and Empowering Youth Transition Coordinator through the non-profit Ability 360
Janice Bradford, Vocational REhabilitation Supervisor for the State of Arizona

 

 

The Students

Selection Process:
Selection of program interns is made through a competitive process that includes a multi-component application and interview. In addition to program specific eligibility criteria, successful candidates must demonstrate the following:

  1. Strong desire/commitment to work competitively after graduation.
  2. Ability to work independently with appropriate work etiquette and strong interpersonal skills.
  3. Goal to work at least 20 hours per week after program completion
  4. Ability to meet host business clearance requirements

Qualifying students will be in their last year of high school and vary between the ages of 18-22. Students will apply from all over the Phoenix Union High School District. All students go through an interview process to:

  1. To practice interviewing skills.
  2. Ensure the students selected are ready to learn real world job skills and have the ability to complete this program.

Non-Paid Work Experience:
In lieu of receiving compensation for the internship/real work experience students will receive course credit towards graduation.

 

 

How To Become an Internship Host

We need businesses to host internships! There are several benefits to interacting with this hugely untapped workforce to fill your entry-level needs. This is an employee pool of motivated, loyal and driven individuals who were selected for the program based on these qualities. They also have a large support staff devoted to helping them achieve their goals for gainful employment every step of the way. But we still need your help!

CONTRACT to be signed by the business owner or manager prior to the beginning of the trimester to become an internship host site.

For more information contact Sara Anderson Sanderson@cityscapephoenix.com 

WHAT IS THE COMMITMENT?

  1. Staffing commitment 
    1. Mentor to help student learn the ropes until both comfortable allowing student to handle tasks on their own.
  1. Time commitment
    1. One – two hour job developer meeting to help figure out internship job descriptions within your business
      1. June 11-15 to book: CLICK HERE
    2. One hour meeting to establish on-boarding process to make sure student is ready to enter job
      1. Certifications & training, uniform requirements, confidentiality agreements signed etc.
    3. 30 min mock interview
      1. After a student is matched with your internship opportunity, we would like to have a mock interview as practice.
    4. Internship (up to 3 internships per school year)
      1. 4 hours per day (9am-1pm)
      2. 5 days a week (M-F)
      3. 9 weeks per internship
    5. Optional: participation in
      1. BAC welcomes students and Tour of CityScape
        1. May 22, 2018
      2. Parent night
        1. August 2018
      3. Kick off ceremony
        1. August 2018
      4. Graduation ceremony
        1. May 23, 2019
  2. Optional Training – Upon Request
    1. The support staff has offered to provide participating businesses with a free disability awareness training for your full staff.

LIABILITY

Participants in this program are full time PUHSD staff and students. Should anything thing happen during an internship responsibility will fall to PUHSD. 

We ask all participating businesses to sign this contract – which explains liability. While taking on the role of intern within a business, individuals are considered students of Phoenix Union High School District. The contract has been approved by The Phoenix Union High School District Board of Directors.  If you need further clarification or a specific modification please let one of the Steering Committee (listed in The Support Staff) members know. 

HOPEFUL ENDING

If both the business and student are thrilled with the experience and want to pursue permanent employment this program would be more than happy to make arrangements for the student to assume part or full time employment immediately or at the end of the school year.

 

 

2018-19 Timeline

PRIOR TO SCHOOL STARTING:

– February 1: Applications open to students
– February 23: Student Applications due
– March 12-13:  First Round One-on-One Meetings with businesses
– March 20: Student Interviews
– March 23: Teacher Interviews
– March 26: Students Selected
– April 1: Teacher Selected
– April-June: Round Two: Interested Businesses schedule a one-on-one meeting with the core team
– May: Interested businesses able to book one on one meetings with steering committee
– May 22 – Student Introduction to Property & intro to businesses. 

– June 11-16: Interested businesses meet with job developer (1 to 2 hour meeting) to help define internship To Book your meeting CLICK HERE
– July: Parent & Student Intro Night, Tour all participating businesses
– July 31: Deadline for Business Involvement for Internship #1, contracts signed
– August 6: First day of the 2018-19 school year & Upward & Onward at CityScape students’ first full day onsite.

 

 

2018-19 School Year

The year is broken up into trimesters. Each trimester will start out with 2 weeks of preparation for the next internship (travel training, uniform prep, on-boarding requirements e.g. food handler card acquisition etc.) where they will spend the full day in the classroom. When it comes time to start an internship a typical day for the student will look like this:

TRIMESTER 1
Overview
– August 6 : Day 1 in classroom
– Aug 6-24th: Full days in classroom preparing for internship #1
– August 27: 1st Day of internship #1
– November 2: Last day of internship #1

Week 1 – August 6-10: Classroom time devoted to introduction to work readiness and identification of which business to be paired with for Internship #1. Pairings will be made based on:
1) Classroom observations
2) Transition Assessment Data
3) Student Input

Week 2 – August 13-17: Classroom time devoted to: matching students to businesses & Introduction to businesses
1) Mock interviews
2) Letter to parents about match

Week 3 – August 21-25: Prepare for internship
1) Onboarding/orientation materials given to students
2) Certifications acquired (e.g. food handler’s card)
3) Uniform expectations met

Week 4 – 9; August 27 – November 2: Internship #1
Days will follow this schedule:
8am to 9am: Structured Class time and Preparation for Internship
9am to 1pm: Internship/job shadowing experience
1pm to 2pm: Classroom time to debrief

TRIMESTER 2

Week 1 – November 5-9: Classroom time devoted to: matching students to businesses & Introduction to businesses
1) Feedback from Internship #1
2) Pairing students with businesses for internship #2
3) Mock interviews
4) Letter to parents about match

Week 2 – November 12-16: Prepare for internship #2
1) Onboarding/orientation materials given to students
2) Certifications acquired (e.g. food handler’s card)
3) Uniform expectations met

Week 3- 9; November 19 – February 8: Internship #2
Days will follow this schedule:
8am to 9am: Structured Class time and Preparation for Internship
9am to 1pm: Internship/job shadowing experience
1pm to 2pm: Classroom time to debrief

TRIMESTER 3

Week 1 – February 11-15: Classroom time devoted to: matching students to businesses & Introduction to businesses
1) Feedback from Internship #2
2) Pairing students with businesses for internship #3
3) Mock interviews
4) Letter to parents about match

Week 2 – February 18 – 22: Prepare for internship #2
1) Onboarding/orientation materials given to students
2) Certifications acquired (e.g. food handler’s card)
3) Uniform expectations met

Week 3- 9; February 25 – May 11: Internship #3
Days will follow this schedule:
8am to 9am: Structured Class time and Preparation for Internship
9am to 1pm: Internship/job shadowing experience
1pm to 2pm: Classroom time to debrief

GRADUATION
May 23, 2019