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Tools and Foundational Materials

Tools and Foundational Materials

RAMP™ is based on a variety of foundational materials developed by the Institute for Educational Leadership, Center for Workforce Development's two national technical assistance centers: National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy) and National Consortium on Leadership and Disability for Youth (funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration on Developmental Disabilities).

RAMP™ Individualized Mentoring Plan (IMP)

The RAMP™ IMP is based on the National Consortium for Leadership and Disability for Youth's "Plotting the Course for Success: An Individualized Mentoring Plan for Youth with Disabilities" (see below). This four-page RAMP™ IMP helps youth and mentors identify youth strengths and areas for growth and provides structure for the youth and mentor to work on setting and achieving short- and long-term goals. The IMP is designed using elements of Universal Design for Learning and is aligned with the commonly accepted five areas of youth development outlined by the Forum for Youth Investment: Learning, Working, Connecting, Thriving, and Leading. The IMP also includes audience-specific sections, which currently include youth with disabilities or youth ex-offenders.

Download the RAMP™ IMP for different youth audiences:

General Purpose
Youth with Disabilities
Youth Ex-Offenders
Youth in the Foster Care System

RAMP™ Weekly Goal-Tracking Sheet

The RAMP™ Weekly Goal-Tracking Sheet is designed to assist youth in setting and achieving short-term, weekly goals that align to the long-term goals they set in their Individualized Mentoring Plans (see above). This document includes audience-specific sections, which currently include youth with disabilities or youth ex-offenders.

Download the Weekly Goal-Tracking Sheet for two different youth audiences:

General Purpose
Youth with Disabilities
Youth Ex-Offenders
Youth in the Foster Care System

Guideposts for Success

by National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth

This transition framework identifies the five Guideposts or sets of experiences that all youth need to transition successfully to adulthood.

Guideposts:

  • School-Based Preparatory Experiences
  • Career Preparation and Work-Based Learning
  • Youth Development and Leadership
  • Connecting Activities
  • Family Involvement and Supports

Paving the Way to Work: A Guide to Career-Focused Mentoring for Youth with Disabilities

by National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth

This guide focuses on career-focused mentoring of older youth and youth development outcomes for youth with disabilities.  Contains: overview, developmental context, role, disabilities context, settings and approaches, operating mentoring programs (forms, permission letters, screening, activity logs, etc), evaluation, and marketing materials.

Plotting the Course for Success: An Individualized Mentoring Plan for Youth with Disabilities

by Rebecca Hare, National Consortium on Leadership and Disability for Youth

This document guides mentors and mentees through a number of activities to help them think about youth's developmental needs and goals, and what activities, experiences, and connections can help youth achieve those goals. It also enables mentors to express how they would like to see themselves grow in the mentor-mentee relationship.

High School/High Tech Program Guide: A Comprehensive Transition Program Promoting Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math for Youth with Disabilities

by National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth

This comprehensive program of transition services utilizes an array of activities identified in the Guideposts for Successto expose youth with disabilities to careers in science, technology, engineering and math (the STEM careers) and encourage them to pursue postsecondary education to prepare for such careers. 

Making the Right Turn: A Guide About Improving Transition Outcomes for Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System

by National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth

This guide provides professionals with well-researched and documented facts, offers evidence-based research, highlights promising practices, and points out areas requiring further attention by policymakers. It includes the Guideposts for Success for Youth Involved in the Juvenile Corrections System, which highlights specific experiences, supports, and services that are relevant to improving transition outcomes for youth with and without disabilities involved or at risk of becoming involved in the juvenile justice system.