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30 June 2021

June 2021 Newsletter Internships have officially begun! Our Summer 2021 Internship Program is off to a great start! The interns have successfully completed their initial two weeks of training and have now officially started their internships. This is an incredible group of interns, with diverse talents, interests, and hopes for their futures. We look forward […]

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27 May 2021

May 2021 Newsletter Gearing Up for our Summer Internship Programs Our Internship Program starts in early June and we could not be more excited. This will be our first internship program since Winter 2020!!! We are looking forward to working with an incredibly talented and inspired group of young people coming from all across the […]

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29 April 2021

April 2021 Newsletter BroadFutures 2020 Impact Report See how your support made a difference when we needed it most!!! Despite COVID-19 and its challenges, BroadFutures has been able to successfully innovate and continue to serve our community thanks to all of you!!!  “BroadFutures was one of the best learning experiences of my life.” – Winter […]

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31 March 2021

March 2021 Newsletter A Message from our CEO, Carolyn Jeppsen This month marks a full year since BroadFutures programming and operations went digital. As Leo Tolstoy so aptly expressed in War & Peace, “the two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” The past year has certainly challenged our ability to be powerful warriors of […]

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26 February 2021

February 2021 Newsletter Congratulations to our Winter Strengths Program Participants! We celebrated the end of our virtual Winter Strengths Program this week! To all of the inspired participants, we are so proud of all of your hard work and accomplishments. Thank you for making this program such a success! Congratulations on completing the program and […]

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A BIG THANK YOU to our community for your generous support over the past year! In 2020, we:
  • Launched virtual college and career readiness programs
  • Engaged in one on one support, mentoring young people through remote internships
  • Conducted webinars
  • Hosted our first-ever virtual fundraiser, and so much more.
In 2021, we look forward to continuing to meet the needs of the young people we are so fortunate to serve!!
Introducing our Winter 2021 Strengths Program participants!
This week we are thrilled to welcome a new group of inspired participants for our virtual Winter Strengths Program. We will spend the next 5 weeks working on college and career readiness skills through interactive workshops, discussions, one on one support, and of course.... fun games.

For all BroadFutures Alumni:
All BroadFutures Alumni are invited to participate in Wednesday sessions with Raymond during our virtual Winter Strengths Program! We will cover topics such as professional communication, elevator pitches, and mock interviews. Sessions will be held on February 3rd, 10th, and 24th from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. EST. Feel free to pick and choose which sessions you want to attend. If interested, please fill out the interest form below.

BONUS: Alumni are also invited to attend the Getting Hired presentation on job searching on Wednesday, February 17th from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. EST.
Join us for a webinar:
Empowering Young People Through Self-Advocacy
A discussion examining the importance of self-advocacy and self-determination, especially during the time of COVID, and practical approaches to achieve it

Thursday, February 11th at 7:30pm EST

Hosted by BroadFutures,
in conversation with Beyond Akeela & Dr. David Black of CAAT

Spreading the word about BroadFutures
MENTOR Spotlight: BroadFutures
MENTOR National highlights BroadFutures in this spotlight as part of their ongoing 30th-anniversary celebration. The article features Senior Program Associate, Alexa Weidanz, as she talks about her mentoring experience at BroadFutures, as well as one of her mentees, Nicholas.

Eye to Eye Presentation
Our CEO, Carolyn Jeppsen, presented at this year's Eye to Eye Young Leaders Organizing Institute. Her presentation included tips on how to prepare for transitioning to the workplace.
MENTOR Presentation
Carolyn will also be presenting at the National Mentoring Summit, hosted by MENTOR, on Friday, January 26.

Laurie Thomas moving into a new role as
Executive Vice President
We are very excited to announce that Laurie Thomas will be moving into a new role as Executive Vice President, where she will add to her duties of program support and also take on a more robust role in outreach efforts. Laurie has been with BroadFutures since the winter of 2015, and has coached over 130 BroadFutures interns and participants.

Laurie is excited for her new role. "I am very excited to take on this new position. Over the years I have been so fortunate to work with the many talented and diverse young people we serve. Helping them to identify their strengths, to self-advocate for what they need ,and to tap into their limitless potential has been incredibly rewarding and inspiring. Supporting employer partners in creating diverse and inclusive workplaces through hosting BroadFutures interns has been equally gratifying. I welcome this new opportunity to broaden our outreach to serve more young people and to expand our employer partnerships - particularly as the workplace has changed in these very challenging times.

Laurie, thanks for being willing to wear many hats here at BroadFutures. We are so grateful for your passion of the BroadFutures mission. Thank you and congrats!
Information Session - February 22nd

Interested in learning about our Summer 2021 Internship Program? Join us for a virtual information session on February 22nd at 1:00pm EST.

To receive the Zoom link, please RSVP to [email protected]
Hope to see you there!
Summer 2021 Internship Program
Application Deadline - March 15th
If interested in applying to be a summer intern, please do so here.

If you are interested in becoming an employer partner, we are always actively recruiting new employers.
Please find out more here.
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28 January 2021

A BIG THANK YOU to our community for your generous support over the past year! In 2020, we: Launched virtual college and career readiness programs Engaged in one on one support, mentoring young people through remote internships Conducted webinars Hosted our first-ever virtual fundraiser, and so much more. In 2021, we look forward to continuing […]

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End of Year Message from our CEO, Carolyn Jeppsen
When I first reached out back in March after it was clear our world was changing, I was focused on our north star – innovation, and my refrain was the need to take things one day at a time. Who knew, 9 months later we would still be operating under that same banner. Yet, here we are.  So many lives have been lost and so many families touched by the many faces of COVID. Our front line workers have been operating with unimaginable grace under extreme stress and pressure. And while much remains the same, in so many ways we are so very different than we were back in March. As friends and family, we have been able to sift through the realities of what is important in life and what does not need our time and attention. For this, we are better off, spending time on the things than matter most, and with the people we love and cherish most. As an organization, we have taken flexibility and innovation to places we never thought we could, or would need to. We have created virtual training programs, one on one support programs, engaged in remote internships – all in an effort to prepare the incredible young people we serve for their futures. We have held webinars, conducted outreach to local high schools, conducted podcasts, spoken at conferences, met with our families and alums remotely to talk about the pressures of COVID, or just to have fun, and held our first ever successful Fall Fundraiser, where we recognized BroadFutures Champions across the US. In so doing, BroadFutures has continued to successfully serve our community, while also spreading the word of our mission, lifting up our national presence and building bridges for the future. 

As I look back on 2020, I am still taking things one day at a time, but I also see a horizon of hope. A horizon where the young people that we serve have equal opportunities and employers understand that our young participants represent an untapped talent pool. Most importantly, our horizon is bright, because of our incredible team here at BroadFutures, our Board, Advisory Board, and ALL of our supporters and partners who have contributed in a myriad of ways to our fiscal heath, stability, and hopeful future. I am so very grateful to ALL of you for supporting our mission in the many ways you do, and especially during this most challenging of years. Wishing everyone a happy, peace filled holiday season!!

Thank you, Compass!
We are thrilled to announce that BroadFutures has been selected to work with Compass on a Micro Project! We are delighted to be in the company of many other wonderful nonprofits who have been awarded a Micro Project as well. We are excited to get started in the new year!
Innovative & interactive curriculum for alternative learners
focusing on college and career readiness:

  • Program participants complete the program with the tools, strategies and communication skills for navigating remote learning and the virtual workspace.
  • Participants also learn how to search for jobs, network, and interview.
  • Participants leave the program with a resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile.
  • Most importantly, program participants learn how to effectively disclose their disability or learning style and ask for supports needed to be successful in school and in the workplace.

All curriculum is delivered in an interactive and innovative format that implements strategies for neurodiverse learners with the integration of the arts, collaborative projects and the inclusion of mindfulness and yoga techniques.

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  • Navigating remote learning and the virtual workplace
  • Creating your elevator pitch
  • Mock interviews
  • Learn the art of resume writing and cover letters
  • Self-advocacy
  • Professional communication
  • Disclosure & accommodations/ appropriate supports in the workplace & school
  • Managing the job search process for success
  • How to collaborate with a team effectively online
Want to learn more?
Watch our 2021 Programs Information Session recording here.
Summer 2021 Internship Program
Application Deadline - March 15th
We are running an internship program this summer! If interested in applying, please do so here.

If you are interested in becoming an employer partner, we are always actively recruiting new employers.
Please find out more here.
It is not too late to help support our mission of empowering young people with learning disabilities!! If you want to spread holiday cheer through an act of giving, please consider a charitable gift to BroadFutures.
Employer Spotlight - EagleBank
EagleBank is one of the leading community banks in the Maryland, Virginia, and DC area. Founded with a desire to shape the typical banking style and include banking in local communities, EagleBank puts a strong emphasis on putting relationships first, crafting solutions to fit customers' specific needs and offering a wide range of products and services that compete with larger (and smaller) banks.

Their five main values coexist in the acronym F*I*R*S*T, translating to flexible, involved, responsive, strong, and trusted. EagleBank’s emphasis on community resonates well with BroadFutures as we strive to create a more diverse and inclusive community in the workplace. EagleBank began its partnership with BroadFutures during our Winter 2017 Program, and the partnership has continued robustly since that time.
 
Tony Marquez, Senior EVP & President of Commercial Banking, spoke highly of our partnership and inclusion in the workplace: "In this time when diversity, inclusion, equality, and social justice are rightly top of mind, it is important that we lead with actions, not just words, and that these actions reflect the correct ethos for these challenging times. The BroadFutures internship program aligns with our own ideals to build a talented, inclusive, and diverse workplace at EagleBank. BroadFutures interns demonstrate and reinforce our belief that talent is found in different ways from different places.  
 
To that end, we recently hired one of our BroadFutures interns as a full time employee and we are grateful that the program has provided us with an opportunity to continue to employ the best talent from different backgrounds. We truly believe that diversity of talent equals diversity of thought and we thank BroadFutures for helping us find that talent."

Thank you, Tony, for your kind words. We look forward to continuing our partnership and are grateful that you were able to hire our intern, Alex full time - who is featured below! You can learn more about EagleBank here.
Alumni Intern Spotlight - Alex Milliken
Meet Alex from Arlington, Virginia for our next Alumni Intern Spotlight! We first met Alex back in the 2017 when he participated in our summer program. He interned with EagleBank in their Real Estate Department. Alex excelled at his internship and was asked to participate as a BroadFutures alumni member and intern for EagleBank again during the summer of 2018.

More recently, Alex graduated from Marymount University with a degree in Finance. Perhaps most exciting to us, Alex has recently been offered a full-time job at EagleBank and has already been working there. Congratulations, Alex!

Alex had this to say about his experience with BroadFutures and current job at EagleBank: "My experience at BroadFutures was very helpful in developing my skills for the workplace as well as increasing my ability to communicate effectively. I am delighted to be working as a commercial real-estate analyst for EagleBank. BroadFutures gave me the opportunity to have two summer internships there which was invaluable in being hired after graduating from college. I thank BroadFutures for their continued support and guidance, which have helped me to become a better individual and worker. I am currently working remotely, but feel I am learning a lot while contributing to this great company."

That is awesome to hear, Alex. We know you are accomplishing great work as a commercial real-estate analyst!
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11 January 2021

End of Year Message from our CEO, Carolyn Jeppsen When I first reached out back in March after it was clear our world was changing, I was focused on our north star – innovation, and my refrain was the need to take things one day at a time. Who knew, 9 months later we would still […]

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At this time of Thanksgiving, we are so very grateful to our donors, alumni, families, employers, and community partners for supporting our mission and standing behind us during this incredibly challenging year. We would not be able to continue to serve our community without your generous support!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Innovative & interactive curriculum for alternative learners
focusing on college and career readiness:

  • Program participants complete the program with the tools, strategies and communication skills for navigating remote learnings and the virtual workspace.
  • Participants also learn how to search for jobs, network, and interview.
  • Participants leave the program with a resume, cover letter and LinkedIn profile.
  • Most importantly, program participants learn how to effectively disclose their disability or learning style and ask for supports needed to be successful in school and in the workplace.

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  • Creating your elevator pitch
  • Mock interviews
  • Learn the art of resume writing and cover letters
  • Self-advocacy
  • Professional communication
  • Disclosure & accommodations/ appropriate supports in the workplace & school
  • Managing the job search process for success
  • How to collaborate with a team effectively online
Information Session for 2021 Programs - December 2nd

Join us for an information session on our 2021 Programs,
including our Virtual Winter Strengths Program and our Summer Internship Program on Wednesday, December 2nd at 3:30pm EST.

To receive the Zoom link, please RSVP to [email protected]
Hope to see you there!
Giving Tuesday is December 1st - that's next week! The first Tuesday after Thanksgiving each year, Giving Tuesday marks a day of worldwide generosity. This year we are teaming up with The Catalogue for Philanthropy again to participate in their #GiveLocal Giving Tuesday campaign. There are many prizes for us if we are able to get a lot of donors to donate. It is the NUMBER of donors, not the amount that counts, so ALL contributions are welcomed!!!

Our $25,000 challenge grant from our Together Towards Tomorrow Virtual Night of Celebration & Support is still open! This Giving Tuesday, help us reach our goal. We currently have raised $20,000, with only $5,000 more to go!
As a reminder, you can rewatch our Virtual Night of Celebration & Support any time you want! Watch the whole event or just clips from it here.
We are hosting a webinar!
Navigating the New Normal:
The Impact of COVID-19 on young people with learning and attention challenges and strategies for moving forward in work and school

Tuesday, December 8th at 3:30pm EST

Hosted by BroadFutures,

During these unprecedented times, the additional complexities of COVID-19 have compounded the challenges young people face from an educational, work, and mental health perspective. Please join us in conversation to discuss challenges and opportunities for young people to better navigate transitions and identify supports and strategies for success.
Staff Spotlight - Carole Trevey
This month, we are shining the spotlight on Carole Trevey, one of our Program Associates and Mentor! Carole has been with BroadFutures for a year and a half since graduating from the University of Virginia in Spring 2019 with a B.A. in Psychology and Media Studies. Carole plays a pivotal role in our marketing and fundraising activities through her work on BroadFutures' media plans, branding, website development, and social media. These have all proven critical in building BroadFutures' brand and presence online. As a mentor for four BroadFutures programs, Carole has had a direct and positive impact on the interns she has mentored, helping them to realize their potential and capitalize on their strengths as they move forward in their career and education goals. As we prepare for our 2021 Programs, Carole has these thoughts to share: "Working at BroadFutures has been such a fun and rewarding experience because it has truly been the best of both worlds. As a mentor, I really enjoy being able to work with so many different people with various interests and skills. I also love how I have the opportunity to apply my creative interests in marketing, whether that is through designing a flyer or updating the website. Be on the lookout for social media posts about our upcoming program and events, as they were most likely posted by me!"

We are so lucky to have Carole on the BroadFutures team as she positively and passionately contributes to our mission.
Employer Spotlight - Office of Senator Richard Blumenthal
We are thrilled to welcome Senator Blumenthal's office as a new Employer Partner!!

Senator Blumenthal is the senior Senator from Connecticut and is serving his second term in office. Both as a senator and during his unprecedented five terms as Connecticut’s Attorney General, Senator Blumenthal has fought for people against large and powerful special interests. His aggressive support for consumer protection, environmental stewardship, labor rights, and personal privacy has helped Connecticut constituents and individuals nationwide each year. We are honored to partner with a senator who champions people’s rights and support BroadFutures mission of ensuring that diverse workplaces are inclusive of disability.
 
Beatrix Dalton, the Staff Assistant who is supervising our BroadFutures intern, spoke highly of our partnership: “We were very impressed with the BroadFutures internship program, especially given the remote nature of the internship this year. BroadFutures worked with me and Nicholas, our intern, to ensure that the needs of the office were met and Nicholas found the experience fulfilling. The support BroadFutures provides to both the employer and the intern creates a truly rewarding experience for all involved.”
 
Thank you, Beatrix, for your kind words! We are glad the remote internship has been successful and are grateful to the Office of Senator Blumenthal. We look forward to continuing our partnership. You can learn more about Senator Blumenthal here.
Intern Spotlight - Nicholas Lecchi
Meet one of our alumni, Nicholas for our intern spotlight! We are excited to introduce you to Nicholas, as he has quite an impressive resume. After graduating from Bard College with a degree in Political Studies, Nicholas joined our program in the winter of 2017. With a strong interest in politics and policy decision-making, we knew Nicholas would excel in his internship with the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS).

After his experience with CSIS, Nicholas went on to receive his MSc in Political Theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he wrote his dissertation on the topic of intellectual dissidence in Czechoslovakia during the Cold War.

Currently, Nicholas is working with BroadFutures again in a remote internship with the Office of Senator Blumenthal. In this internship, Nicholas works on a variety of projects, including reviewing policy briefings, monitoring the Senator's incoming messages pertaining to constituent concerns, and reviewing documents in preparation for Senate committee hearings. Nicholas reflected, “My experience with BroadFutures opened a multitude of doors for me. Working at Senator Blumenthal’s office has taught me a great deal about how a congressional office interacts with a local constituency. I am looking forward to how this opportunity progresses in the next month.

Nicholas, you are doing such a great job in your internship with Senator Blumenthal's office. Keep up the good work!!
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25 November 2020

At this time of Thanksgiving, we are so very grateful to our donors, alumni, families, employers, and community partners for supporting our mission and standing behind us during this incredibly challenging year. We would not be able to continue to serve our community without your generous support! Happy Thanksgiving! Innovative & interactive curriculum for alternative […]

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Our Together Towards Tomorrow Virtual Night of Celebration was a huge success - thank you!!
Thank you to everyone who tuned in last night to watch our Virtual Night of Celebration & Support! As our first-ever virtual event, we would say it was a very successful night!

Thank you to our wonderful community for helping us every step of the way, and a HUGE thank you to Game Genius for helping us put together a fantastic show. We could not have done it without you!! We are grateful to our sponsors, donors, guests, and of course our amazing alumni interns and participants for a successful and fun evening. And the best part of a virtual event? You can watch it over and over again. If you were unable to attend last night, or just want to watch it again, you can watch the event here!

We have surpassed our original challenge grant of $100,000, so every dollar up to $100,000 will be matched dollar for dollar. Due to the incredible generosity of an additional donor, we have a matching grant initiated at our event last night of $25,000 and we were able to raise $12,000 of the $25,000. We will be leaving the event open so that we can reach our $25,000 goal. If you are able to help us reach our $25,000 goal and receive the matching $25,000, you can donate here.

Thank you to all of our incredible supporters! Because of you, we are able to continue to meet the needs of the young people we are so fortunate to serve.
Champion Awardees
At our Together Towards Tomorrow Virtual Night of Celebration & Support, we were thrilled to have awarded three inspiring individuals, along with one of our employer partners. Each of these awardees is committed to empowering individuals with LD/ADHD, breaking down barriers, and fighting for a more inclusive workforce. Thank you for all that you do!
The Center for Strategic & International Studies is a bipartisan nonprofit policy research organization dedicated to providing strategic insights and policy solutions to help decision makers chart a course toward a better world. CSIS has served as an employer partner with BroadFutures since 2016.
Jonathan is an award-winning writer and entrepreneur. Jonathan himself has a learning disability. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The LA Times, The Chicago Tribune, HBO, NPR, and many other major media outlets. He is also a co-founder of Eye to Eye, a national mentoring, advocacy, and movement building organization for students with learning and attention differences. 
KD is the Co-Founder and Executive Director and Co-Founder of Let’s Talk LD, a social impact nonprofit that addresses social justice and equity of educational opportunity issues faced by the neurodiverse community. KD is dedicated to helping young people within the neurodiverse community realize their full human potential. She has served as a consultant in educator training and development, academic enrichment, educational research, the integration of new media technologies to improve teacher effectiveness and learning outcomes, and program design to improve outcomes for underrepresented and special needs learners.
Margaux is an award-winning producer and accessibility professional using the power of media to positively impact society. Diagnosed with ADHD as an adult, Margaux founded the Kaleidoscope Society, an empowering online community for and by women with ADHD. She also founded the technology industry’s first Neurodiversity Employee Resource group at Verizon Media in addition to spearheading the Disability Collection, a partnership between Verizon Media, The National Disability Leadership Alliance and Getty Images to change the representation of people with disabilities in the media. Margaux currently leads accessibility and disability inclusion for Verizon’s Corporate Social Responsibility Team.
Congratulations to our Virtual
Fall 2020 Strengths Program participants!
Today marked the final day of our Virtual Fall 2020 Strengths Program participants. The participants, families, and our BroadFutures team gathered for Final Presentations where we heard confident speeches from the participants, reflecting on the five-week program. It was an incredibly gratifying experience to see how our participants were able to build a strong and impactful community in a short period of time. We are very proud of their hard work and accomplishments!!

To all of our inspired participants, congratulations on completing the program and we wish you the best of luck in your next steps!!
BroadFutures in the News
BroadFutures won an award!
We are excited to announce that BroadFutures has been awarded with the Gap Year Association's 2020 Annual Award for Accessibility in Gap Year Education!
Ensuring Workforce Diversity Includes Neurodiversity

As part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the 30th anniversary of the ADA, Co-Founder and CEO Carolyn Jeppsen was featured in a program produced by Beacon College geared towards families with children with learning and attention issues.
Recognizing our Valued Community Partners on the 30th ADA Anniversary

Another recognition as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month was being recognized by Disability:IN DC Metro in their webinar series about provider partners. In addition to Carolyn Jeppsen, CEO/Co-Founder/President of BroadFutures, the webinar features Catherine Provost, Director of Constituent Services for Senator Van Hollen's Offices, as well as Danielle Silverman (summer 2019/winter 2020 alumni intern) and Oscar Held (summer 2020 alumni participant).
Introducing our Newest Board Member, Victoria Geis
We are thrilled to welcome Victoria Geis to our Board of Trustees. Victoria brings a business background in executive recruitment, consulting, and human capital management to our Board. She has worked in diverse industries from agbiotech and professional services to specialized education and social and behavioral research. Her passion has, and continues to be her work in diversity and inclusion; in particular, the self-fulfillment of those who learn differently, the neurodiverse. It was her work with The Auburn Schools as a human capital consultant recruiting the leadership and gifted teachers. She also worked in Admissions and Outreach where she found her calling, supporting children with social, communication and learning differences and guiding parents in their educational and experiential choices.

Victoria continues her commitment and is currently in Human Capital management with one of our valued employer partners, the American Institutes for Research, where she also serves as a Diversity & Inclusion Council member and Vice Chair of the Access Employee Resource Group. Victoria has been a WISER (Washington Independent Services for Educational Resources) Board member for over eight years and currently as its President. Victoria holds a degree in Dramatic Arts from Mary Washington College.
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30 October 2020

Our Together Towards Tomorrow Virtual Night of Celebration was a huge success – thank you!! Thank you to everyone who tuned in last night to watch our Virtual Night of Celebration & Support! As our first-ever virtual event, we would say it was a very successful night! Thank you to our wonderful community for helping […]

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