As promised, here is another Project SEARCH success story I wanted to share with you. However, let me first provide a quick refresher about what Project SEARCH is. It’s a transition program for young adults with disabilities to develop job and social skills through on-site internship experiences which lead to competitive employment in the community. Back to our story!
Let me introduce you to King, a successful member of this program. He has had a variety of different experiences and completed his first rotation in the Zoo Educational Department, and now has moved into his second rotation in Food Service. King is always smiling and has had a positive impact on the Zoo staff members in each of the departments where he has worked.
King helped prepare classroom materials and also worked with
the children in various Zoo Education classes. While helping out in the classroom, King demonstrated that he knows Spanish, a skill that our team did not know he possessed—and what a valuable skill to have! More great news—King has been asked to come back and assist with some of the Spanish speaking families and children who attend classes at the Zoo.
Right now, he has just finished his second rotation in Food Service. King has been excited to learn new tasks such as food preparation and dishwashing. He enjoys being around and meeting new people. He has engaged with visitors who come into the Flamingo Café, and provides a positive customer service experience for all those attending the Zoo.
King’s next rotation will be in the Zoological Society. He is excited about the opportunity to continue to develop his customer service skills, as his community job goal is to work in Guest Services at a hotel. Be sure to check back to learn all about Terra!