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Transitioning Youth Retail Project

The Transitioning Youth Retail (TYRP) project is a rigorous training program that prepares young adults (ages 18-24) with mild intellectual and developmental disabilities to work successfully in the retail sector. Over the course of 10 weeks, students will develop the self-confidence, qualities and skills that retail partners want.

The 10-week program is broken into three phases: preparation, practice and internship. The first five weeks are focused on classroom instruction and live training. The second five weeks are spent interning with a retail partner in the community.

Areas of focus include but are not limited to: Attendance and Punctuality, Attitude and Work Ethic, Communication, Conflict Resolution, Customer Service, Employer Expectations, Grooming and Hygiene, Inventory Practices, Phone Etiquette, Problem Solving, Resumes and Applications, Social Behavior, Teamwork, Time Management, and Workplace Rules.

For more information, contact Donna King, Project Manager, 301.984.5777 x2212.


TYRP is a pilot project of The Arc Montgomery County, supported by grants from the Montgomery County Department of Housing and Community Affairs CDBG and the Montgomery County Council.

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