STEP mentoring is a community-based opportunity for students facing additional barriers to employment, such as an Intellectual Disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder. The mission of STEP is to enable youth to build the skills necessary to transition into the labour market, vocational training, and post-secondary institutions upon school leaving. Students will be paired with employer mentors to help them explore future career goals, gain employability skills, and become active and contributing members of their community.
Mentors and employers also benefit from participating in mentoring. Labour Market research has found that mentoring has the following positive effects:
This is a pilot program with limited enrollment in the St. John’s and Mount Pearl area. If you are a senior high school student with an Intellectual Disability or Autism Spectrum Disorder, then STEP may be the program for you.
Newfoundland and Labrador Association for Community Living
STEP is a partnership with the Newfoundland and Labrador Association for Community Living and the Autism Society Newfoundland Labrador. STEP is funded by the Government of Canada through the Ready, Willing and Able program.