The Arc of Prince George's County

Project Name: Ready @ 21

Contact Information:
Melonee Clark
1401 McCormick Drive
Largo, MD 20774

Project Goals

  • Students will have a resume by the end of the program;
  • Students will achieve at least one goal from their Individualized Development Plan (IDP) involving post- secondary or remedial education; and
  • Students will achieve at least one goal from their Individual Development Plan involving employment, incorporating resume writing, and/or application preparation.

Project Description

Through the project, Ready @ 21, students are developing an Individual Development Plan (IDP) that outlines skills needed in the area of education, employment, and community living while focusing on self-advocacy, self-awareness, and self-determination. As the students develop their portfolios and complete career assessments, they are identifying their own likes, dislikes, strengths, challenges, and areas of interest. The process of developing resumes and cover letters, as well as learning business etiquette, goal setting, public speaking, and interviewing skills provides the students with a multitude of employment readiness skills. In addition, they are supported in locating community resources through role-play, games, group discussions, art projects, and community outings. Students are able to gain awareness of a variety of employment activities on the college campus through workforce development classes and community employers such as Walmart.