Back in February, our Transition Network shared a story about Crook County High School Alumni Justin Glass. Glass, who is working toward a career in forestry, is now part of a 21st Century Conservation Corps Internship as an Invasive Plant Technician Wilderness Liaison. When he completes his program, he will have a two-year window of eligibility for non-competitive hiring status. This means he will have the ability to apply and be considered for jobs within the Forest Service.
But Justin’s success doesn’t stop with his new internship; he’s also mentoring transition students who are struggling with potential barriers to work. Glass recently presented at the annual Meet at the Mountain conference sponsored by Oregon Employment First. His presentation was so inspiring, he was asked to share his video with high school students in Eastern Oregon via videoconference. Most recently, Justin was invited to attend and present at Heart of Oregon Corps’ Camp Lead, a week long, leadership camp that helps youth with disabilities develop self-advocacy and social skills while giving them work experience in the natural resources industry. He is also mentoring transition students who are struggling with barriers to work at LaGrande High School Transition Program.