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This capstone outlines a jobs training program for transition-aged youth (TAY), ages 18 – 25, currently residing at Urban Street Angels, a transitional housing facility for youth experiencing homelessness located in San Diego, California. The purpose of this project was to incorporate occupational therapy services into the site’s dormant social enterprise program, 8West. 8West produces a line of artisanal hand soaps created in-house by the youth living at Urban Street Angels. Through experiential and didactic learning, youth developed integral skills in customer service, communication, sales, marketing, professionalism, and production. The project addressed an unmet need for job skills training and development for TAY youth experiencing homelessness.
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Medical Subject Headings
Homeless Youth, Vocational Education, Occupational Therapy, Professionalism,
Occupational Therapy | Social Work
Drohan, L., & MacDermott, S. (2021, December 9). OT’s Role in a Social Enterprise Jobs Training Program for Homeless Youth. Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, University of St Augustine for Health Sciences. Retrieved from https://soar.usa.edu/otdcapstonesfall2021/12