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    Grant Supports Job Club Program for People with ASD

    The University of Scranton received an $11,000 grant from the Scranton Area Community Foundation to support a six-week program that helps teens and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Northeastern Pennsylvania develop the necessary technical and soft skills to prepare them to secure meaningful employment. From left: David Price, Board Treasurer, Scranton Area Community Foundation; Laura Ducceschi, President and CEO, Scranton Area Community Foundation; Barbara O’Hara, Esq., Board Chair, Scranton Area Community Foundation; Rebecca Spirito Dalgin, Ph.D., Professor, Counseling and Human Services Department, The University of Scranton; and Meg Hambrose, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, The University of Scranton.
    July 25, 2022

    The University of Scranton received an $11,000 Community Needs grant from the Scranton Area Community Foundation to support a program that helps teens and young adults who are living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in Northeastern Pennsylvania achieve their employment aspirations.

    The free program, called the Job Club, will be offered each semester on campus by the University’s Rehabilitation Counseling faculty and graduate students.

    Through the program, motivated teens, who are age 16 or older, and young adults with ASD will develop the necessary technical and soft skills to prepare them to secure meaningful employment. Learning modules include skill development in a variety of related topics and activities, such as setting employment goals, creating resumes, employment soft skills, completing applications, practicing interviewing skills, understanding/starting the job-hunting process and what to expect on your first day of work. The program will be customized to participants to meet their individual needs.

    The Scranton Area Community Foundation is a public 501(c)(3) community foundation with assets of more than $57 million and more than 260 charitable funds. Visit www.safdn.org to learn more.

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