FAQs and Notes for Parents

  • A Message to parents/guardians:

    Congratulations!You have prepared your child(ren) to begin a successful transition into adulthood. The Youth@Work/SYEP program is one step in the right direction, and we welcome your young adult. The requirements of the Youth@Work/SYEP mimic the workplace. As such, the youth must demonstrate self-initiation, problem solving, and inquiry on their own. If there are questions or concerns that require our attention, we expect that the young person contact us directly ~ so that we may assist with the development of these critical workplace skills. Rest assured the Youth@Work/SYEP offices are open until 6:30 p.m. on Monday - Thursday, and until 5 p.m. on Friday

    There are also significant differences that affect our interaction with parents and other third party supporters.  Persons enrolled in higher educational programs become eligible for privacy and protection unlike those utilized by K-12 institutions.

     The first major difference is The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  This law prohibits us from discussing the student's academic information, participation, or progress with any third party - including parents without their consent (verbal or written).  Yes, the young people in the Youth@Work/SYEP program are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  Yes, this applies to minors and persons with disabilities as well.

     To become more familiar with this law, you are encouraged to:

    Another major difference is the adherence to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Another major difference is the adherence to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Students enrolled in courses in higher education and employment environments are no longer eligible for the protections and guarantee for accommodations available in under IDEA in K-12 environments.   Employers and institutions of higher education follow the guidelines prescribed by the Americans with Disabilities Act.  According to this law, students and employees must self-disclose their need for accommodations.  accommodations are not made available without a disclosure.  Students in the Youth@Work/SYEP who require academic accommodations should make the request 15-30 days prior to the first day of class.  Please direct the participant to call 301-546-1580, to receive assistance. 

    To become more familiar with these standards, you are encouraged to:

    To learn more about the ways you can support your young person with this journey read the Printable version of the Parent Engagement Flyer