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Transition to Employment Program (SUPER) for Youth at Risk: A Conceptual and Practical Model

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The Israeli Ministry of Education, Jerusalem 91911, Israel
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Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Welfare and Health Sciences, University of Haifa, Haifa 3498838, Israel
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Department of Special Education, Faculty of Education, University of Haifa, Haifa 3498838, Israel
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(11), 3904; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17113904
Received: 21 April 2020 / Revised: 24 May 2020 / Accepted: 27 May 2020 / Published: 31 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Children's Health)
This article describes the development, implementation, and evaluation of the transdisciplinary “Successful Pathways to Employment for youth at Risk” (SUPER) program to raise the transition readiness of youth at risk (YAR) from school into participation in adults’ responsibilities and employment. More than 10% of adolescents are at risk of dropping out of school following poor academic attainments. Schools appraise academic merit but do not develop relevant educational programs to prepare youth to transition into adult working life. The SUPER program addresses a range of knowledge and skills required for this transition. Sixty YAR from three high schools participated in the 18-week SUPER program. Comparing the pre- and postintervention results revealed that the students’ engagement with responsibilities, objective knowledge about the work world, and self-rated self-advocacy skills improved as did their supervisor-rated work performance capacity. This study confirms the contribution of the SUPER model. Its concepts, tools, principles, and community labor-market involvement through workplace internships were effective and could apply in other contexts. The SUPER model provides evidence-based knowledge translation that can bring conceptual and practical changes towards successful transition and participation of YAR in adult working roles. View Full-Text
Keywords: adolescents; knowledge translation; multidisciplinary intervention; model of human occupation (MOHO); meaningful learning; self-advocacy; future orientation; work skills adolescents; knowledge translation; multidisciplinary intervention; model of human occupation (MOHO); meaningful learning; self-advocacy; future orientation; work skills
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Ivzori, Y.; Sachs, D.; Reiter, S.; Schreuer, N. Transition to Employment Program (SUPER) for Youth at Risk: A Conceptual and Practical Model. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 3904. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17113904

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Ivzori Y, Sachs D, Reiter S, Schreuer N. Transition to Employment Program (SUPER) for Youth at Risk: A Conceptual and Practical Model. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(11):3904. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17113904

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Ivzori, Yonat, Dalia Sachs, Shunit Reiter, and Naomi Schreuer. 2020. "Transition to Employment Program (SUPER) for Youth at Risk: A Conceptual and Practical Model" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 11: 3904. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17113904

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