“What began as theoretical discussions in coffee shops with my partners Diana Eisenstat and Brad Holmes has now turned into a mission-driven reality, fueled by the time, energy and imagination of so many of our partners and supporters. We are passionate about delivering an innovative program that provides opportunity and critical support for young people with learning disabilities, while also inspiring a more diverse and inclusive workplace.” – Carolyn Jeppsen, CEO
Our Mission is to advance the inherent potential of young adults with learning disabilities in the workforce through partnerships that foster independence, self-advocacy and successful employment.
Our Vision is a transformative and inclusive workforce where all individuals have an equal opportunity to succeed.
One in five individuals has a learning and attention issue. Given the prevalence of learning and attention issues, the demand for programs such as ours is significant. Existing programs do not address the needs of young people whose disabilities involve a lack of organization, attention, social skills, and capacity to handle stress, all of which can significantly hinder progress and the ability to maintain a job or stay in school.
Early paid work experiences are the single greatest predictor of future success for young people with disabilities. Our unique program prepares young people for these experiences.