Newsletters

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Wrapping Up a Successful Spring at BroadFutures!
BroadFutures Interns and Mentors enjoying the Game on 4/13.

We are excited to be wrapping up another successful spring at BroadFutures!  With only a few days left in our Winter Program, we cannot believe how the time has flown and are so proud of the incredible growth our interns have shown. It has been an amazing program, and we are so thankful to our wonderful interns, parents, employer partners, and staff for helping us all to achieve success.

As a reward for all of our hard work, our interns and staff enjoyed a trip to Nationals Park on April 13th. We would like to give a HUGE thanks to Nationals Park for sponsoring our tickets and hosting us for a fun evening. 

We are looking forward to our upcoming Summer Program, as we expand our program, develop new partnerships, and welcome new incredible interns
Normal Isn't Real: 
Succeeding with Learning Disabilities and ADHD
BroadFutures' Movie Screening and Q&A!

On March 30th, we hosted a screening of the documentary  Normal Isn't Real: Succeeding with Learning Disabilities and ADHD, which  highlights the professional journeys of 4 individuals with LD/ADHD, including both their struggles with learning differently and their ultimate successes. We were thrilled to be joined by nationally known Producer and Filmmaker Krys Kornmeier, as well as one of the film's featured professionals,  LeDerick Horne, a disability advocate, poet, and entrepreneur. Krys and LeDerick  led an open Q&A following the film with our interns and members of the audience.  

We extend a HUGE thank you to Krys, for having the insight and creativity to bring these stories to light, and to LeDerick, for his courage and tenacity in telling his story so that others may be inspired by his example.











Intern Spotlight: Alec Callahan
Celebrating our First Cohort!!!
Alec Callahan is a 21-year-old young man from Rockville, MD who was a member of BroadFutures' first cohort!!! During his time at BroadFutures, he interned at The AES Corporation, an international energy company. He was responsible for a variety of administrative projects within the Human Resources Department. It was an exceedingly positive experience for both Alec and AES. AES was thrilled to have Alec on their team, and praised his determination, motivation, and unparalleled ability to focus.

Currently, Alec is enrolled as a student at Montgomery College. He is also working at NIH as a Laboratory Technician with the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Alec has been working at NIH for almost two years now and has loved every moment of it. When reflecting on his time with BroadFutures, he commented:

"BroadFutures made me come out of my shell and helped me to be inspired to work and have fun and show my skills at the workforce."
Employer Spotlight: TLI Foundation
Celebrating our First Partnerships!

The Think Lead Innovate Foundation (TLI) is a public charity that partners with entities from industry, academia, government, and the nonprofit sector to explore new approaches to existing problems. TLI's mission is to promote new and innovative thinking that leads to transformative change in the healthcare, education, economic opportunity, and environmental arenas.
BroadFutures Intern Ryan Miller
and the TLI Team
TLI became an employer partner this winter, but Inergix, the former company of TLI's Founder and Chairman Bill Oldham, was one of our first employer partners for our pilot program in 2014. We are thrilled to be collaborating again with Bill and his amazing Foundation, which has a mission that mirrors our own and which is committed to empowering the untapped potential of young adults who learn differently. When reflecting on TLI's partnership with BroadFutures and the impact our intern has had on their organization,
Director of Operations Shawn Murphy had these words to share:
"The entire BroadFutures team has been very engaged and supportive through the process of selecting and mentoring both us and our team. We truly enjoy being able to provide real-life work experience to young people as they determine the path they wish to take as a career, and hopefully a positive experience they can draw upon going forward. It has been a rewarding experience for us to be able to teach a young person about what we do as an organization, why we do it, and how each project we execute supports the mission of the organization. It has also been valuable for us to remind ourselves of this since it is very easy to get caught up in the day to day tasks. Our intern Ryan has provided us with a fresh perspective and insights as we developed content for a new "health coach" mobile app.  Since the app is designed for the younger generation, his perspective as to what is relevant and helpful content was very much needed and welcomed."
Thank you to Shawn Murphy and the incredible team at the TLI Foundation. We look forward to our ongoing successful partnership!!!
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19 April 2018

Wrapping Up a Successful Spring at BroadFutures! BroadFutures Interns and Mentors enjoying the Game on 4/13. We are excited to be wrapping up another successful spring at BroadFutures!  With only a few days left in our Winter Program, we cannot believe how the time has flown and are so proud of the incredible growth our […]

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We are thrilled to announce our new partnership  with Landmark College!

L´╗┐andmark College President, Dr. Peter Eden, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with our Co-Founder, CEO, and President Carolyn K. Jeppsen.  Starting this summer, three Landmark College students will take part in a Work Based Learning Semester, during which they will participate in our summer program.  "We're very excited to give students the opportunity to take part in the BroadFutures program," said Jan Coplan, Director of  Career Connections at Landmark College  (pictured at left, below). " Nationwide, less than half of the students with learning disabilities find employment within two years of graduating," said Coplan. "We believe the education Landmark College provides combined with the BroadFutures program will have a positive impact on those numbers."

SUMMER 2018 PROGRAM 
Recruiting interns and employer partners!

We are expanding our summer program to hopefully include two classes. We have some fabulous new employer partners joining us this summer and returning committed employers as well.  We are already accepting and processing applications. 

APPLICATION DUE DATE: April 15th

If you are interested in applying for our Summer 2018 Program,  please do so  HERE.  

If you are interested in becoming an employer partner, we are actively recruiting new employers. Please find out more  HERE.

Employer Spotlight: The Office of Senator Van Hollen
We are thrilled this month to shine the spotlight on our employer partner, Senator Van Hollen-we also partnered with him when he was a Congressman. While a Congressman, Senator Van Hollen was the first recipient of the BroadFutures Champion Award.
We feel very fortunate to have such an inspired employer partner and role model for our interns.
Senator Van Hollen is a staunch, proud and successful advocate for ensuring equality for and improving the lives of individuals with disabilities. As both a Senator and Congressman, he has worked hard to ensure the protections afforded under the the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA") of 1990 are upheld and enforced. In the House of Representatives as a Congressman, he was a passionate advocate for disability rights legislation. He was the lead Democratic sponsor of the ABLE Act and has been a leader in efforts to ensure funding for disabilities services, introducing the IDEA Full Funding Act. He has fought for legislation empowering and expanding coverage of the ADA and was an integral part of the bi-partisan Congressional team that successfully passed the Affordable Care Act.
We are so very grateful to Senator Van Hollen and his remarkable staff for continuing to invest in our interns' success. When asked how he has enjoyed his time as an employer partner and the impact our interns have had on his office, Senator Van Hollen had these words to share.....
" Hosting interns in coordination with BroadFutures has been a wonderful experience for our office. There's no doubt that they enrich our work environment, and my staff and I are grateful for their contributions." 

"I hope our interns have enjoyed their experience with us as much as our team has enjoyed working with them. Ensuring access to integrated and meaningful employment for individuals with disabilities is a top priority of mine. That is why I introduced the Transitions to Independence Act, which would provide incentive payments to states that meet benchmarks for expanding integrated employment for people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities can make such a meaningful contribution to the workplace and it's crucial that they have the chance to do so.
"

Thank you to Senator Van Hollen and your amazing staff, and we look forward to continuing our partnership!!!
Join us at the Movies - March 30th
Avalon Theater - Washington, DC
Please RSVP to aweidanz@broadfutures.org 
if you are interested in attending this movie event!
For more information about the film, visit normalisntreal.com
Staff Spotlight: Drama Coach, Raymond Caldwell

Raymond Caldwell is our inspired Drama Coach who is integral to our mission and works with us to deliver our interactive workforce curriculum. Raymond is a gifted and talented professional who is consistently rated by our participants as one of the most empowering portions of our program. Raymond is the Associate Artistic Director at Theater Alliance and Resident Director Lecturer in the Department of Theatre Arts at Howard University. Raymond holds an MFA in Acting with a focus in community outreach from the Ohio State University and a BFA in Acting from the University of Florida. Raymond has toured nationally and internationally and has worked with playwrights and artists from around the world. He received the Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship in Community Engagement in 2009, and the following season, he joined the Arena Stage staff where he worked for 6 years as both an administrator and artist. As an artist/director/divisor he has developed work with various schools and organizations throughout the US in addition to working with diverse populations in India, Ukraine, Greece, Germany, and the UK.
Raymond is a strong and passionate supporter of our mission... in his own words:
"BroadFutures is transforming the lives of young people through its holistic programming. I love that I get to be a part of an organization that understands the important role that art and creativity play in developing workforce skills. Witnessing our interns' development and growth in dynamic and measurable ways makes my work with BroadFutures incredibly fulfilling!"
SPREAD THE WORD 

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| BroadFutures | 202-521-4304 | info@broadfutures.org | www.broadfutures.org
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28 March 2018

We are thrilled to announce our new partnership  with Landmark College! L´╗┐andmark College President, Dr. Peter Eden, recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with our Co-Founder, CEO, and President Carolyn K. Jeppsen.  Starting this summer, three Landmark College students will take part in a Work Based Learning Semester, during which they will participate in […]

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We are thrilled to introduce 
our Winter 2018 interns!

Congratulations to our Interns!
      
Our Winter 2018 interns have concluded their two week training with great success and are now happily engaged in their internships. They are an incredible group of motivated, kind and creative young people who are gaining confidence and a wonderful sense of community through our holistic professionalism and communications curriculum. 


Welcome back to our fabulous training team ....
and a new member!!
We are thrilled to welcome back our Director of Program Support, ADHD/Executive Functioning Coach Laurie Thomas, our Drama artist and training instructor, Raymond Caldwell, Monica Churm our SLP and communications instructor, our yoga instructor, Shauna Simon of Simon Says Yoga, and Michele Pulaski, our career coach.  We are also excited to introduce a new member of our team - Cynthia Kane who is delivering the meditation/mindfulness portion of curriculum
Cynthia Kane

Cynthia is the author of How To Communicate Like a Buddhist and her latest book, Talk To Yourself Like a Buddhist will be out April 23, 2018. Her work has been featured in the Washington Post, BBC Travel, Women's Day, The Chicago Tribune, and more. She is a certified meditation and mindfulness instructor dedicated to helping men and women change their communication routines so they feel in control of their words and understood at home and at work. She lives in Washington, DC and offers workshops, private coaching and a certification program in Intentional Communication.
March Information Session For  Summer Program
PLEASE JOIN US
For Coffee & Croissants
Information Session for Summer 2018 Programs
 
March 13, 2018
National Youth Transitions Center
2013 H Street NW, H Street Conference Room

9:00 -10:00 - Coffee & Croissants, Presentation & Q&A
10:00 - 10:30 -
Optional Extended Q & A


JOIN US at the MOVIES!!!!
We will be watching
Normal Isn't Real: Succeeding with Learning Disabilities & ADHD 
at the Avalon Theatre on March 30 
Please RSVP to aweidanz@broadfutures.org 
if you are interested in attending this movie event!
For more information about the film, visit normalisntreal.com
BroadFutures Presents at 
The LEARNING DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION 55th 
ANNUAL CONFERENCE!!!!


We were excited to have the opportunity to attend and  present at the LDA conference this month.  We presented on the benefits of  internships as  successful prep aration for college. We made many new connections  and helped spread the word about BroadFutures'  unique mission!! 

We received very positive feedback about our work to date and what the future holds for our program. 
SUMMER 2018 PROGRAM 
Recruiting interns and employer partners!

We will be expanding our summer program to hopefully include two classes. We have some fabulous new employers joining us this summer and returning committed employers as well.  We are already accepting and processing applications. 

APPLICATION DUE DATE: March 15th

If you are interested in applying for our Summer 2018 program,  please do so  HERE.  

If you are interested in becoming an employer partner, we are actively recruiting new employers. Please find out more  HERE.

SPREAD THE WORD 

Know someone who would be interested in what BroadFutures does?
Know someone who might be interested in applying?


STAY CONNECTED!

Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter, Connect with us on LinkedIN, and Follow us on Instagram to stay up to date on what we are doing here at BroadFutures.

| BroadFutures | 202-521-4304 | info@broadfutures.org | www.broadfutures.org
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27 February 2018

We are thrilled to introduce  our Winter 2018 interns! Congratulations to our Interns!        Our Winter 2018 interns have concluded their two week training with great success and are now happily engaged in their internships. They are an incredible group of motivated, kind and creative young people who are gaining confidence and a […]

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Happy New Year from BroadFutures! 
We are working to make 2018 our best year yet!

Welcome to 2018!! 
We can't wait to begin working with our 
2018 interns and employer partners
Our Winter 2018 program starts up at the end of this month with a brand new cohort of fabulous interns!  This winter we have incredible employer partners who will offer an unforgettable experience to our young adults in the program.

Thank you for all the support you have shown us so far! We are excited to continue building our programs to be better every year!
Welcoming New Partners at BroadFutures!

We are thrilled to welcome four new inspired employer partners to BroadFutures: The Office of Congressman John Delaney of MarylandThe Small Business AdministrationTLI Foundation  and  World Learning.




And Welcoming Back Old Friends... 
In addition to our new employers, we are excited to be partnering with a new office at The George Washington University - The Animal Research Facilityand our long standing partners,  The American Association for People with Disabilities ( "AAPD"), Association of University Centers on Disability ("AUCD")as well as our second time partner Atlas Corps.


We look forward to working in collaboration with our employer partners and helping to broaden the futures of our winter intern cohort!!! 
Staff Feature:
This month, we say goodbye to our Atlas Corps Fellow and Director of Operations, Nyasha Chibanda. 

Nyasha Chibanda

Nyasha, originally from Zimbabwe, joined the BroadFutures team last January as an Atlas Corps Fellow. Prior to joining BroadFutures, he was working at Harambee in South Africa. Nyasha has  a background in community engagement, youth employment initiatives and workforce training, and he has contributed his talents and energy to help improve our programs. As Director of Operations at BroadFutures, h e helped to implement a new data management system that has streamlined our entire operation.  Nyasha has also been able to continue working in youth development, an area he is passionate about, as a mentor. He has also engaged in different methods of outreach to help serve more young adults in our community with learning and related disabilities.

Reflecting on his time here, Nyasha had this to say: "When I committed to spending a year of service in the United States, I could not have imagined the magnitude of professional growth I would experience during the year. As a youth development practitioner keen to develop knowledge, skills, and abilities in the field, I could not have asked for a better host organization than BroadFutures. The organization's holistic approach to youth workforce development, programming and commitment to promoting disability inclusion in the workforce provided enduring lessons that will be important in my professional journey." 

Nyasha is excited to return to South Africa, bringing back new lessons and youth development skills with him. We are sad to see him go, but know that he will continue to succeed in this next chapter of his career.  Good luck, Nyasha, and thank you for all the work you have done with us! We can't wait to see what you do next!!
SUMMER 2018 PROGRAM 
Recruiting interns and employer partners!

We will be expanding our summer program to hopefully include two classes. We have some fabulous new employers joining us this summer and returning committed employers as well.  We are already accepting and processing applications. 

IMPORTANT DATES:

INFORMATION SESSION: January 26th at 12:30 p.m.
 - 
Presentation & Light lunch served: 12:30-1:30
 - Optional Q & A: 1:30-2:00
APPLICATION DUE DATE: March 15th

If you are interested in applying for our Summer 2018 program,  please do so  HERE.  

If you are interested in becoming an employer partner, we are actively recruiting new employers. Please find out more  HERE.

SPREAD THE WORD 

Know someone who would be interested in what BroadFutures does?
Know someone who might be interested in applying?


STAY CONNECTED!

Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter, Connect with us on LinkedIN, and Follow us on Instagram to stay up to date on what we are doing here at BroadFutures.

| BroadFutures | 202-521-4304 | info@broadfutures.org | www.broadfutures.org
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25 January 2018

Happy New Year from BroadFutures!  We are working to make 2018 our best year yet! Welcome to 2018!!  We can’t wait to begin working with our  2018 interns and employer partners Our Winter 2018 program starts up at the end of this month with a brand new cohort of fabulous interns!  This winter we have […]

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