Most people depend primarily on income earned from a competitive integrated job. Some receive public benefits, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Awareness: Understand types of income sources.
Exploration: Identify strengths, preferences, interests and needs related to income.
Preparation: Decide what types of income sources are needed, and apply for public benefits as needed.
Implementation: Use established income sources to support independence at home, school and in the community.
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LEARN: Develop your knowledge
Learn how to support youth in exploring income sources.
The goal is to have a wage that allows youth to cover their own living expenses and have some left over to save and have fun. Other sources of income (like Social Security or Minnesota cash benefits) may supplement earned income as needed.
Disability benefits can help youth reach their goals. Review Benefits for young people: Why benefits matter from Disability Benefits 101. Then, complete Disability Hub MN's online training to get a basic understanding of income benefits and health care benefits:
Disability Hub MN's benefits planning toolkit offers training options for cash and health care benefits and how they can support a youth's goals. Complete the level 1 training for an overview and then continue to level 2 to go in-depth on various cash benefits.
DO: Work with youth
Find resources to help youth explore income sources.
The benefits lookup activity lets youth submit a simple request to verify their benefits, so they know which benefits they receive and how much they're worth. In My Vault, open the Benefits Planning Path and complete the Get a Benefits Lookup activity.
This activity sends a request to the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). When DHS receives the request, the benefits details are filled in and then returned to the youth's My Vault account within two business days.
Use this activity if youth aren't sure or have concerns about their benefits, when they're thinking about going to work, or if they need to know what would happen to their benefits if they take a specific job. Details from the benefits lookup automatically populate the DB101 estimator session: See how work and benefits work together.