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    Social Cooperative Project at CIDA

    CIDA is thrilled to announce the expansion of the Social Coop project, an innovative workforce development program targeting Asian-American adults with developmental disabilities between 18 and 40 years old. The 2022-2023 program will assist the program participants with employment resources and social services while providing work readiness training. CIDA will also provide resource and capacity-building training to parents of these individuals and local employers so that the entire community can grow together.

    The trainees will be offered work opportunities with the CoSpire business, a cooperative business developed by CIDA, or referred to other companies if qualified. 

    CIDA’s Social Coop Training Program 2022

    The project will provide five to six months of free work readiness training and internship experiences. The participants will receive a $500 stipend to cover transportation expenses during the training.    

    All participants will learn Self-Determination and self-advocacy skills, abuse prevention, computer skills, basic decision-making, and social skills required in workplaces. Participants also will have choices to learn office jobs, retail skills, or professional artist skills.  

    How it works 

    After reviewing the application, CIDA will set up an interview. The selected candidates will be notified by July 29.  Applicants will be invited for an interview and a simple assessment.

    Office & Retail Business Worker Training Program (Group A)

    Individuals who are interested in learning work skills for competitive working environments, such as offices, retail or local businesses:  

    Who can apply:

    • Persons with developmental disabilities between age 18-40 years
    • Persons who live in New York City or near regions
    • Read 6+ grade texts in English
    • Understand and perform multiple step directions 
    • Follow a set schedule(dates) and handle responsibilities
    • Perform basic computer skills (basic typing & navigating the web)
    • Understand basic calculation concepts
    • Lift 10 lbs without help

    When does it start?

    2022 Fall Program Starts on 9/13 for 20 weeks, total 40 sessions plus internship hours 

    • Tuesdays: 9:30am – 2:30 pm & Wednesdays: 1:30 – 3:30pm

    Artist Training Program (Group B)

    Individuals who are interested in working as a contracted artist at CIDA’s CoSpire Art Shop or becoming a self-employed artist. 

    When does it start?

    • Starts on 9/15 for 20 weeks, including internship hours
    • Thursdays: 9:30am – 2:30pm

    Who can apply:  

    • Persons with a developmental disability in age 18-40 years 
    • Live in New York City or near regions
    • Interested in pursuing a career in art
    • Able to read 3+ grade level in English
    • Able to Self-Direct: understand schedule(dates/days)
    • Able to take care of personal hygiene

    *Important Requirements

    Parents/guardians of the participants are required to attend three parent training/support sessions online. The sessions include navigating the adult service system, supporting decision-making, and preparing for independent living.

    If interested, please use the below link to apply for the program by July 25.

    Please contact CIDA at cida@cidainfo.com or call (718)224-8197 Ext. 3 if you have any questions. 

     

    Application

     

    This project was made possible with funding support from the New York Community Trust.  

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