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Transition Tuesday: Maggie Makes the Most of Job Placements

Posted: Apr 03, 2018 by The Children's Institute

Maggie working in her volunteer job placement
Maggie Prokopik is a transition star.

The Day School student, who we feature today as we look at JobSpan, Adult Prep, and Transition Services at The Children's Institute, is involved in not one, not two, but three volunteer job placements. She does inventory and works as a cashier at the Southwestern VA Medical Center, while also volunteering at Global Links in Green Tree, and the Jewish Community Center is Squirrel Hill.

Maggie, for her part, is pretty modest about her work.

"It's fun," she said. "I like to help people."

At the VA recently, she did that by stocking shelves and quickly jumping on the register to dole out change for residents' food purchases. In both capacities, Maggie seemed more like an employee than a student. This is because The Day School's Community-Based Instruction (CBI) Coaches carefully fade away the amount of support that they provide as students are working at their volunteer jobs. This allows our transition-age students to practice various vocational skills in community-based settings, while receiving an individualized degree of support.

"The advantage of having her out there is it's real," her mother, Leslie Prokopik, said. "At school, it's very easy for her to fit in. In the real world, it's not like that. It's good to experience the real world, where things aren't always that easy." 

Maggie said the work is enjoyable but also educational, preparing her for life after The Day School. Her mom agreed.

"She has to learn how to survive outside of an environment created for her," Leslie said. "I can't say enough good things about this."

For more information on the variety of Transition Services available to students at The Day School, contact Enrollment Coordinator, Ashley Harland, at 412.420.2222 or [email protected].

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