Independence and Employment is Our Goal!

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania's mission is to help people improve their quality of life through work and related services. 

Program Overview: 

Project LIFE is a comprehensive, multi-year transition-to-adulthood program in which individuals (ages 16+) with disabilities can develop, practice, and strengthen skills that are high predictors for increased adult independence and successful, integrated community employment. 

Project LIFE offers a targeted course of study in combination with participation in experiential life skills education and authentic work-based learning experiences in the local community. Utilizing evidence-based transitions education concepts, Project LIFE is a proven program model that supports our student interns on their journey to adulthood and greater independence. 

Project LIFE began in 2007 and is now impacting lives nationwide. Visit btprojectlife.org for additional information and where additional programs are located. 

Course of Study Topics:

  • Team Building
  • Work Place Safety
  • Social Skills and Communication
  • Personal Financial Literacy 
  • Technology
  • Preparing for Employment
  • Maintaining Employment
  • Independent Living

Click here to view the Project LIFE referral form.

A Day at Project LIFE

A typical day at Project LIFE includes classroom learning activities focused on the course of study topics and 2-3 hours of work based learning experiences under the supervision of a qualified Instructor or Job Skills Trainer. Individual goals are also addressed based upon the needs of each student intern. It is recommended that individual goals be prioritized to focus on the specific transition-to-adulthood needs of the student intern in order to increase the likelihood of growth and mastery toward their future adult plans.

Project LIFE believes that all individuals, regardless of disability, will grow in independence when expectations for learning are raised. Job skills are assessed based on employer standards and expectations. Weekly job skill reports will provide data focused on individual progress. This data will help our student interns consider jobs they want for the future while providing them an understanding of accommodations they may need for future employment. 

Who to Contact:

Clare Hann, Transition Services Coordinator

clare.hann@goodwillswpa.org

412-632-1880 / 412-670-9182

Project LIFE Partners: 

Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s replication of the Project Life program was made possible, in part, by funding received by The Friends of Butler Tech Foundation from the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation, a non-profit foundation jointly funded by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation of Japan and its US affiliates, working to make changes for the better by empowering youth with disabilities to lead productive lives.

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