Job Coach Erik Yost has had a positive impact on Kingsway students, preparing them for employment in the real world after graduation.
Erik has worked at Kingsway for six years. After a year of working as a one-to-one aide, Erik transitioned into his current role as Job Coach within our Community-Based Instruction Program where learning takes place in real-life situations within our community.
During his role as Job Coach, Erik works directly with small groups of students in vocational and community settings. “Primarily, I work with these students to assist in their development of soft, hard, and life skills through their experiences at job sites,” Erik said. “I evaluate their progress through the marking period as they reach their relative goals by observation and in some cases quantitative data, usually through continued repetition and implementation of strategies,” he added.
Erik’s main goal while at Kingsway is to help the students become as independent as possible, whether that means completing tasks with minimal prompting, self-advocating for themselves, or even just recalling landmarks from their travels in the community.
Prior to working for Kingsway, Erik graduated from The Ohio State University in 2011, where he double-majored in journalism and psychology. He is currently enrolled at Rowan University where he is finishing up the first year of his Masters Program in School Psychology.
Erik says the best part of working at Kingsway has been the camaraderie among the employees. He also enjoys having a good rapport with the students and knowing he has a positive influence on their lives. “While some days are more challenging than others, it’s reassuring to know that we are all on the same team and can relate with each other.
Erik intends to be involved with special education, returning to school, and making it a part of his long-term career plans.