Peer-to-Peer Employment Project
Peer Support for Finding a Job
The goal of Oregon’s Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Employment Project is to educate, inspire, and encourage people with developmental disabilities to succeed in their employment goals. Peer mentoring happens when people with something in common (peers) teach each other information and skills to make positive changes in their lives. Peers have power to influence the way we think and act. We are using peer mentoring to help people find community jobs.
P2P classes are for people with developmental disabilities who are unsure about getting a job in the community. If you do not have an employment goal, want to learn about getting a community job, or want a better job, then P2P classes are for you!
P2P is a collaboration between the Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) and the Oregon Self Advocacy Coalition (OSAC). The P2P project was initially funded by OCDD and the Oregon Department of Human Services.
How P2P Classes Work
Trained Peer Mentors teach four sessions to help their peers think about setting an employment goal and getting a job in the community.
Session One: In this introductory class, we talk about fears that people have about going to work. We also share stories from peers who overcame their fears and are working in the community.
Session Two: We learn about employment services and begin gathering important information about yourself that you can use to find a job.
Session Three: We meet with community partners to learn about jobs that may be a good fit for you and begin creating an action plan for your employment journey.
Session Four: We role play different scenarios in your employment journey and develop an action plan to help you get a job in the community.