Contact: Robert Mejia
Phone: (310) 970-7700
Proposed Award Amount: $150,000
Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.
Summary Paragraph: Building on its October 2000 Workforce Incentive Grant, this project will hire three persons with disabilities who have completed training in One-Stop operations and in Navigator functions now offered at San Diego State University. These navigators, who will work directly with people with and without disabilities to access, facilitate, and navigate the complex statutory and regulatory provisions and application processes for public and private programs, will also train One-Stop Staff. They will be assigned to each of the three hub One-Stops in the South Bay Consortium. After these Navigators are hired, this project will increase the number of people with disabilities served through One Stops through increasing outreach strategies, identifying employers who have a special interest in hiring persons with disabilities, and emphasizing Individual Employment Plans for clients.
Partnerships: Westside Regional Center, a network of 21 agencies whose mission is to empower people with developmental disabilities; Westside Center for Independent Living, which helps seniors and persons with disabilities through support services and peer-led training programs; and the California Department of Rehabilitation.