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Java Joy Program Leader

Extra Special People, Inc. (ESP)
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The Java Joy Program Leaders will work with ESP's program Java Joy. Java Joy is a job skills training to empower adults with disabilities to gain confidence, learn job applicable skills, and advance their abilities. Java Joy is mobile coffee cart, employed by our adults with disabilities, and rented by local companies as a fee for service. Our adults, or “Joyristas,” prepare and serve coffee, baked goods, and transformative joy.

Service Activities

In fulfilling the objectives of Java Joy, the Java Joy Program Leaders will: create and implement job skills training for all Joyristas, encourage and assist all Java Joy members to find creative ways to appreciate and work with their disability, monitor individualized work plans and recreational goals for each Joyrista, serve as site managers of all Java Joy community events, ensure all work sites maintain a safe, clean, friendly environment for both Java Joy staff and community members, assist in the promotion of Java Joy, planning and implementing Java Joy events, and fulfilling the objectives of the program

Community Need Addressed

The Java Joy Program Leaders will focus on providing job skills training and vocational experiences for adults with disabilities. The adult disability population has a high unemployment rate due to a lack of job training opportunities specifically tailored to this population. According to national disability statistics gathered by Cornell University, only 29.8% of adults with disabilities between the ages of 21-64 are employed in the state of Georgia. As adults with disabilities age out of the school system and enter adulthood, access to social and community opportunities significantly decrease. Without continued social experiences or a supplement to the support given by the school system, adults with disabilities experienced heightened regression, feelings of isolation, have low self-efficacy and self-esteem, and more.

Position Outcomes

The Java Joy Program Leaders will work with adults with disabilities to increase confidence and gain foundational job skills to lead these adults to sustained community integration, positive social engagements, and meaningful employment.


Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Stipend, Training

ESP will provide RENT-FREE HOUSING at our camp property, Camp Hooray, for all members. Members also receive: a) the Segal Education Award equivalent to the Pell Grant ($6,095) upon successful completion of service term which can be used to pay educational costs at eligible post-secondary educational institutions as well as to repay qualified student loans, b) a Leadership Development Program, c) CPR & First Aid Certification, d) a Health Insurance Stipend (members may decline health stipend), and e) Daycare assistance, if eligible.

Education Benefits

CPR, First Aid, Leadership Development Program

Skills you will gain

Working with the disability population and a wide range of individuals of all abilities, communicating with family members and service recipients, planning and implementing effective community outreach and communication, public speaking skills, job skills training development, lesson planning, facilitation and teaching, program evaluation, time management and organization, leadership, and fostering collaboration amongst stakeholders and service recipients

Competencies You Will Develop

Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner, Write cleary and effectively
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Provide relevant expertise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Accepts responsibility, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Facilitate group planning, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment
  • Activity Types Hands On Activities, Office Activities, Professional Activities
  • Focus Areas Community & Nonprofit Development, Disability, Economic Security
  • Length of Service 12 Months
  • Education Requirements High School Graduate
  • Placement Team Placement
  • Service Setting Community-based Nonprofit, Disability Services Organization, Social Enterprise (nonprofit)
  • Weekly Training Hours 5

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