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A Message from our CEO

"When it is dark enough, you can see the stars."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Such are the times we find ourselves in amidst the present COVID-19 crisis.  As a program built on the notion that diversity of thought and innovation are the cornerstones to success, BroadFutures is most assuredly mobilizing on our ability to innovate and 
see the stars I feel so fortunate to be working with the outstanding  group of colleagues at BroadFutures, who are passionately and tirelessly committed to supporting the success of every aspect of our program. Within a period of less than 24 hours, we converted our entire Friday training curriculum to an online format, worked in partnership with our amazing and dedicated employers to secure the majority of our internships in a remote or ongoing capacity, and devised new ways to ensure both our interns and employers remain supported for the duration of our program. We are grateful for the commitment of our employer partners who have worked diligently to devise remote projects for our interns.  We are equally grateful to our families, who remain patient with the present circumstances and provide welcomed words of encouragement for all of us here at BroadFutures. However, most impressive, is the incredible tenacity of our interns. It has been a profound privilege to watch their growth and courage during these times of uncertainty.

As the child of a father who grew up in the depression, fought in World War II, lost a father and two sisters to cancer, and somehow amidst all this received his PhD in economics, his mantra was always "take things one day at a time" . I often thought it was an ironic statement coming from a man whose professional life was based on modeling, theorizing and predicting the future.  However, during these uncertain times, it has become my own personal mantra and that of BroadFutures. True to this mantra has been our ability to adapt, thrive, and take things one day at a time. The present unpredictable and overwhelming crisis the world finds itself in has provided BroadFutures the opportunity to take learning and practicing concepts of flexibility and resilience to new heights! In so doing, we are all learning and growing in ways we had not imagined. As an eternal optimist, I am confident that our community, buoyed by a zealous drive for excellence, a strong commitment to a diverse workplace, and an ability to innovate, we will get through this together -  one day at a time

This is a time for reflection and laser focus on what is important to each of us personally and professionally. In so reflecting, I keep coming back to the notion of COMMUNITY. I am profoundly grateful to all who have helped to build and sustain BroadFutures and understand why our mission is so vitally important not only for our direct community, but society as a whole. A sincere thanks to ALL for your patience, support, and willingness to be a part of our community during this unprecedented and trying time.  

With gratitude and onward!!!!!

From the BroadFutures Remote Working Corner
Tips for Working from Home from our Interns & Staff

1.  Get yourself ready in the morning. You will feel more productive if you change out of your pajamas.

2. If you are used to moving around, make sure you build that into your day. 

3. Stick to a schedule.

4. If you are accustomed to a lot of contact and collaboration with others, make sure that still happens. Schedule virtual lunch dates or happy hours with your family and friends.

5. Ask yourself: How will I protect myself from feeling lonely or isolated and stay healthy, productive, and vibrant?

6. Exercise! It is critical for your well-being.

7. Find your rhythm. 

Resources







BroadFutures Has Gone Virtual

COVID-19 has not stopped our team from ensuring our interns are still fully supported and growing professionally. While we cannot be together in person, we are still able to see everyone's smiling faces during our virtual training thanks to Zoom!  Below is all of us after our yoga and mindfulness
session.


On our third virtual Friday training session, we decided to incorporate themed Fridays! First Friday theme: Crazy Hats.


Join us by Giving Back!!!

The past couple of weeks have been scary and unexpected. But amongst these feelings of fear and uncertainty, there has been a renewed sense of connectivity throughout the world. Now more than ever people have been reaching out, connecting, and helping to support one another. Just like small and local businesses, as a small, young nonprofit, BroadFutures needs your help in this time of crisis.  If you are in a position to support our efforts and secure the future of BroadFutures, please consider contributing to our mission by making a gift here . We are so grateful for your support!


Employer Spotlight - Atlas Corps

We are happy to feature Atlas Corps for this month's Employer Spotlight! The mission of Atlas Corps is to address critical social issues by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and promoting innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled nonprofit professionals. Fellows are given the opportunity to learn best practices and build organizational capacity, returning to their home countries, and hopefully creating a network of global change makers We first partnered with Atlas Corps during our Summer 2017 Program, and they have welcomed BroadFutures interns for every one of our programs since. 

Zachary Morrice, Senior Program Manager, who has worked with several of our interns shared, "Having BroadFutures interns has been a rewarding experience. We've helped them unlock their potential and build their self-confidence while they've helped us multiply our impact. Together, we are changing perspectives and changing the world." Thank you, Zachary, for those kind words! We are so grateful for the mutual benefits of partnering with each other, and we look forward to continuing our partnership into the future.

You can learn more about Atlas Corps  here .

Intern Spotlight - Zoe Belkaid-Whalen

We are excited to feature Zoe Belkaid-Whalen for our Intern Spotlight! A hard-working 19-year-old from Maryland, Zoe recently graduated from Fusion Academy and plans to attend college this upcoming fall. Zoe has multiple talents, including writing, performing, and even indoor skydiving! Zoe is intelligent, eager to learn, and brings her creativity, humor, and honesty to our program.

Zoe is presently interning at the Office of Senator Van Hollen. Zoe has proven to be a remarkable and valuable intern, quickly understanding and navigating how the Senator's office operates. Zoe shared that her favorite part of the internship has been " getting to use all the tips and tricks I was taught through the program." She also added that her favorite part about BroadFutures has been " the friends I've made in the program." Zoe, you have been an absolute pleasure to work with, and we wish you the best of luck as you finish our program and start your college career in the fall!

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30 March 2020

A Message from our CEO “When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Such are the times we find ourselves in amidst the present COVID-19 crisis.  As a program built on the notion that diversity of thought and innovation are the cornerstones to success, BroadFutures is most assuredly mobilizing […]

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Hard at Work
Our interns have been hard at work in their internships for 3 weeks now. They  are working at a wide variety of internships and all excelling! From working with computers to interviewing applicants to acquiring general professional skills, our interns have already gained many valuable workplace experiences. We are so excited to see their continued success in the coming weeks!

Below are some snapshots from our training, including our intern's presentations at the end of initial training, our drama curriculum, and graffiti art.


































February was a busy month spreading the word of the BroadFutures mission

From sunny Florida to snowy Vermont, we have been all over! We are so grateful to have opportunities like these to get the word out about what BroadFutures has to offer for students who learn and think differently. From presenting at  Beacon College  and the  Learning Disabilities Association of America  2020 Conference to visiting  Landmark College  in Vermont over parent's weekend, we have met so many wonderful people, including many promising potential applicants. To all of the students we met, we hope to see your application soon!!


Apply to the Summer 2020 Program! 
Application Deadline - March 16th, 2020


We have lots of fabulous internships for the 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.
Employer Spotlight - Discovery, Inc.


This month we are excited to feature Discovery, Inc. in our Employer Spotlight! Discovery, Inc.  is known as the #1 global real-world media and entertainment corporation. Discovery has achieved global operations in more than 160 countries and territories, reaching an approximate 1.3 billion subscribers. We began our partnership in the summer of 2017 and currently have two interns from the Winter 2020 cohort working at Discovery. We are so grateful for our partnership and for Discovery's willingness to work with us and find new ways to challenge and support our interns. 

Pat Djiwatampu, a supervisor for many of our BroadFutures interns, shared, "BroadFutures had made me aware of the support that society needs to provide for young people to better equip themselves to be independent and BroadFutures certainly provides the support and I have seen the immensely tremendous results in the students who were and are interning with Discovery." In addition, other Discovery employees who work closely with BroadFutures wanted to share their experiences, including Rogers Barnes, who said,"BroadFutures is a program dear to me...To think I play an important part is a great feeling and I hope to continue and expand this relationship with BroadFutures and Discovery for many years to come," and Calvin Song, who wrote, "Absolutely enjoy working with the BroadFutures interns. Some of most talented young adults I've had the pleasure of meeting."

To everyone at Discovery, we thank you so much for your kind words - you guys are the best!

You can learn more about Discovery here .
Intern Spotlight - Michael Glynn

This month we are shining the spotlight on Michael Glynn! A 23-year-old from Bowie, Maryland, Michael is a thoughtful and fun addition to our winter cohort. As a graphic design major, Michael possesses a keen attention to detail and creativity, and these two skills are clearly demonstrated through his work.

Along with one other BroadFutures intern, Michael is interning at Discovery, Inc. In the three weeks that he has been there, Michael has already had the chance to give a presentation, refine his computer skills, and gain an overall sense of how an office setting operates. Throughout his internship and training, Michael has proven himself to be a natural leader. Keep up the good work, Michael, and we can't wait to see more of your continued successes!
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2 March 2020

Hard at Work Our interns have been hard at work in their internships for 3 weeks now. They  are working at a wide variety of internships and all excelling! From working with computers to interviewing applicants to acquiring general professional skills, our interns have already gained many valuable workplace experiences. We are so excited to […]

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We can't wait to see what 2020 will bring!


We would like to say thanks to our community for your generous support over the past year! In 2019, we grew our program size, expanded our employer partners, and welcomed new staff members. In 2020, we look forward to continuing to CHANGE LIVES!

INTRODUCING our awesome Winter 2020 class &
 our 12th Cohort!


We welcomed a new group of amazingly talented and inspired interns, marking our 12th cohort of interns. After they complete their initial two weeks of training, they will start their internships with a wonderfully diverse group of employers. 

We are looking forward to a fun and successful Winter Program!
We are thrilled to introduce two new employer partners - 

 and excited to  renew our 
partnership 
with Peace 
Corps!
We are excited to welcome 
our new inspired employer partners 

Equally thrilled and grateful to welcome back
 7  past employer partners!
We have been busy visiting schools and presenting on our program...

At Kipp DC we talked to some interested high  schoolers about our program.


At Fusion Academy we presented to  parents  and  students  on our unique and 
holistic approach.



Carolyn presented on our program to a group of students at West Virginia Wesleyan.



Carolyn also attended the USA Gap Year Fair in Chicago in order to spread the word about our program across the country.
Information Session - Wednesday, February 12th, 2020
Join us to find out more about our Summer 2020 Program!

9:30 - 10:30 am
Coffee & Croissants
Presentation and Q&A

10:30 - 11:00 am
Optional Extended Q&A

2013 H Street NW
H Street Conference Room
Washington, DC 20006


Summer 2020 Program Application Deadline - March 16th, 2020
We have lots of fabulous internships for the 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.
Intern Spotlight - Danielle Silverman

We are excited to feature Danielle, as she is coming back as an alumni intern for our Winter 2020 Program!

During our Summer 2019 Program, Danielle enjoyed interning at the American Psychological Association, where she gained valuable workplace skills. Since then she has done a lot of traveling, including visiting Israel and Colombia! 

From the Fall Gala to coming back to work with us this winter, we have enjoyed keeping in touch with Danielle after the summer program ended. Danielle had these thoughts about BroadFutures:  "I began my journey as an intern with BroadFutures last summer. It has changed my life! Before starting I had little to no work experience. This past summer I worked at a prestigious organization, worked with incredible BroadFutures mentors, gained confidence, made great friends...the list goes on! Often people who learn differently are overlooked but BroadFutures helps you see your differences as a strength and helps propel you forward. This program could benefit anyone and I am beyond lucky and grateful to be apart of it. It was so impactful that I am returning for the winter session. There is always more knowledge to be gained from Carolyn and her great team."

This winter, Danielle will be interning with one of our new employer partners, The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers (CIAB). We are very excited for this new partnership, and for Danielle! We wish you the best of luck, Danielle!!
SPREAD THE WORD
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STAY CONNECTED!
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31 January 2020

We can’t wait to see what 2020 will bring! We would like to say thanks to our community for your generous support over the past year! In 2019, we grew our program size, expanded our employer partners, and welcomed new staff members. In 2020, we look forward to continuing to CHANGE LIVES! INTRODUCING our awesome […]

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Wishing you a wonderful holiday season 
and a happy New Year!

End of Year Message from our CEO, Carolyn Jeppsen

As 2019 comes to a close we find ourselves at the advent of a new decade and the urge to reflect on where we have come is of particular poignance. The past year has been our most successful to date. It marks an inflection point in our growth as a young, small non-profit passionately committed to changing the present landscape for young people with learning disabilities. With our success comes a well-deserved moment of gratitude for all who have helped to support and grow our mission - our donors, our employers, our families, and of course, our interns, who are our best expression of the value of a diverse workforce. Yet with our success also comes much responsibility. I profoundly adhere to the maxim that to w hom much is given, much is expected. And so, it is for BroadFutures. We have been given much by our community, and we owe much in return - to continue our mission of providing access and support to young people while also educating our employers on the gifts of those that we serve. 

As we look forward into a new decade, I see a new horizon. A horizon I like to believe is full of hope and opportunity.  A horizon where our young people will start on an even playing ground - where their opportunities will be equal and shared, where it will be the destination and not the path that is valued - where they will be judged not by how they got to the answer, solution, or idea, but that they got there, where diverse minds creating diverse solutions are celebrated, educated, and employed, where young people are taught to speak up for themselves, in their own voice, and articulate their own needs, and where employers understand that young, vibrant minds are an asset to the workforce, I am passionately committed to our mission and promise to all of you that we will head into 2020 with the courageous commitment to change as many lives as we can, never losing sight of our adherence to integrity and excellence.

THANKS to everyone in our community for your support an wishing all of you a wonderful end of 2019 and a Very Happy and Healthy New Year. 


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!

Donate  HERE
Watch our 2019 Fall Gala video here:


Information Session - Wednesday, February 12th, 2020
Join us to find out more about our Summer 2020 Program!

9:30 - 10:30 am
Coffee & Croissants
Presentation and Q&A

10:30 - 11:00 am
Optional Extended Q&A

2013 H Street NW
H Street Conference Room
Washington, DC 20006

Summer 2020 Program Application Deadline - March 16th, 2020
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.
Intern Spotlight - Leora Cherry

Meet Leora Cherry, our December Intern Spotlight! Leora was a participant in our Summer 2019 Program, where she excelled working in the Office of Congressman Trone. Looking back on her time working in a Congressman's office, Leora commented, " I appreciate all the work experience I gained" - which included taking calls from constituents and working with spreadsheets. Leora also reflected that she enjoyed the drama and yoga portions of our curriculum. " I enjoyed the one time I got to teach a short yoga class," Leora added.

At our recent Lighting the Way Fall Gala, Leora was a featured speaker, introducing Congressman Trone and presenting him with our Champion Award, an award given for his commitment to an inclusive and diverse workplace. 

Leora is currently a freshman at Montgomery College, Teaching English in Secondary Education. We wish you the best of luck as you move forward in your career Leora!
Employer Spotlight - Entertainment Cruises


This month we are excited to feature Entertainment Cruises for our Employer Spotlight! Entertainment Cruises was founded in Norfolk, Virginia in 1978. What started as a one-boat operation has grown to 48 cruise boats across 10 locations. Entertainment Cruises hosts over 2.3 million guests a year on their high-end, luxury cruise boats. They first partnered with BroadFutures in the summer of 2018 as part of our larger partnership with The District Wharf and we look forward to our continuing partnership! Entertainment Cruises also generously hosted our employer partners for a fall luncheon boat cruise, which was not only a wonderful networking opportunity, but a delicious and fun event as well. 

Amanda Padilla-Brennan, Talent Acquisition Manager, worked with two of our interns this summer. When asked about her experience, Amanda expressed, "The opportunity to partner with BroadFutures this past summer has been an unforgettable experience for me. Having a passion for hiring talent and seeing new employees advance in their roles is very important to me. Watching my interns grow in their roles such as seeing their communication/customer service skills go above and beyond in addition to receiving feedback from the managers on what valuable assets they had become to the teams, made me extremely excited for their future in the workforce. I can't wait to partner again with BroadFutures in 2020!!"

Thank you for those kind words, Amanda! More information about Entertainment Cruises can be found here.
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3 January 2020

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season  and a happy New Year! End of Year Message from our CEO, Carolyn Jeppsen As 2019 comes to a close we find ourselves at the advent of a new decade and the urge to reflect on where we have come is of particular poignance. The past year has been […]

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At this time of Thanksgiving, we would like to thank all of our donors, community partners, employers, staff, and interns who helped further our mission to make the workplace more diverse and inclusive for all young people. We would not be where we are today without your generous support! We are very thankful for your ongoing commitment to our mission and look forward to supporting even more young people in the upcoming year!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Our  Lighting the Way Gala was a huge success!

Thank you to our incredible community for helping to make our recent Gala  a huge success! We are grateful to our sponsors, donors, guests, and of course our amazing alumni interns for a successful and fun evening and for everyone's support to further our mission!

We heard from our talented alumni and presented our Champion Award to Congressman David Trone and The Wharf (accepted by Elinor Bacon), two of our valuable employer partners. We met our overall fundraising goal and surpassed our Scholarship matching fund goal at the Gala of $25,000, reaching $ 28,342.00!  If you would still like to support our scholarship goal to ensure our programs are available to all qualified young people, you can do so 
here or by texting "light" to 202-798-3261.

Thank you to everyone for making the evening an incredible success!!!





2020 WINTER APPLICATION DUE DATE
HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO:
December 6, 2019


The deadline for Winter 2020 applications has been extended to December 6, 2019. We have some fantastic internships lined up for winter. If you are interested in applying, please do so  here .

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



#GivingTuesday  marks a day of international charitable giving.
  If you were unable to make it to our Gala, or you would like to make an end-of-year gift, please consider donating  to support our programs!  
This year we have a page with the Catalogue for Philanthropy - 
To donate, visit BroadFutures' page here: 

You can also donate via text:
Text "give" to 202-798-3261

Intern Spotlight - Cameron Jackson

Our November Intern Spotlight features Cameron Jackson , an alumni intern from our Summer 2019 Program! Cameron is currently a freshman at the University of the District of Colombia, where he is pursuing a major in psychology. 

This past summer, Cameron interned at CBRE, a real estate company at The Wharf, where he was recognized for his thoughtful and hardworking nature. At our recent Gala, Cameron presented our Champion Award to Wharf for their commitment to an inclusive workforce.

Looking back on his experience this summer, Cameron commented, "BroadFutures has taught me to improve my social skills and not let anyone discourage me from my purpose."

We wish you the best of luck with the rest of your time at UDC, Cameron!
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26 November 2019

At this time of Thanksgiving, we would like to thank all of our donors, community partners, employers, staff, and interns who helped further our mission to make the workplace more diverse and inclusive for all young people. We would not be where we are today without your generous support! We are very thankful for your […]

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PLEASE JOIN US in Lighting The Way.... 
Our Fall Gala  is only two weeks away!
Purchase your Tickets/Sponsorships TODAY...

Thank You to our Additional Sponsors...

Supporters
Ginger & John Andelin
Chevy Chase Trust
Paula & Todd Hansen
Bambi Kramer
Amy & Bob Vieth

Advocates
Rick Carlson
Lisa Grove
Michael Houston
Mimi & John Kneuer
Mary Richardson & Bill O'Neil
Nico Zavaleta

Capitol Partners
Jane & Michael Powell

Visionary Partners
Susan & John Colby
Leslie & Bruce 




The 2019-20 Catalogue for Philanthropy is OUT... and BroadFutures is in it!!!

Each year Catalogue for Philanthropy evaluates nonprofits on their distinction, merit, and impact in order to highlight the best local charities and their work. We are excited to announce that BroadFutures has been selected to be a part of the 2019-20 Nonprofit Class

Here is BroadFutures' page on the Catalogue website. The same information can also be found on page 52 of the Catalogue.
WINTER 2020 APPLICATION DUE DATE 
HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO:
November 15, 2019

The deadline for Winter 2020 applications has been extended to November 15, 2019. We have some WONDERFUL internships lined up for winter.  If you are interested in applying, please do so  HERE .

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

Meet Katherine Crater, a graduate of our Summer 2019 Program! She is currently attending Montgomery College and majoring in graphic design. Her interests include Marvel, video editing, and animals. This summer Katherine interned at the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) where she proved to be an excellent graphic designer. Katherine did such a wonderful job that ASAN has asked her to continue working for them on a project basis, which she is doing while also attending classes. 

Looking back on her experience with BroadFutures, as well as her time now working with ASAN, Katherine commented, " The experience at BroadFutures taught me things that I may not have already known before, or had known but expanded upon. The drama sessions were very entertaining and the trips were fun as well. I also enjoyed getting to know some new people.  I had a really enjoyable time working at ASAN as their graphic designer for their Annual Report. The fact that their theme for the Annual Report this year was a comic aesthetic made it more fun. Right now I'm editing their easy read toolkit icons, as well as making a couple other graphics. "

Congratulations, Katherine, on continuing your graphic design work at ASAN and your education!
Employer Spotlight - The Arc of Northern Virginia

This month we would like to shine the spotlight on The Arc of Northern Virginia, a new employer partner who started working with us this past summer. The Arc of Northern Virginia is a local chapter of the largest non-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc shares our mission of empowering individuals with disabilities. The Arc's mission is to promote and protect the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and to help support inclusion in the community.

Larry Rockwell, Director of Communications & Community Relations, worked closely with our intern this past summer. Looking back on the experience, Larry had this to say, "As an organization that serves individuals with developmental disabilities, we are keenly aware of the skills, talents, and abilities that these young people possess, but are too often overlooked in the workplace. As fierce advocates for expanding opportunities for men and women with a disability to enjoy meaningful employment, we were thrilled to partner with BroadFutures to "walk the walk."  We identified a set of skills and tasks that were needed, and BroadFutures matched us with a student intern who fit the bill perfectly. But in addition to those job skills, our intern also brought a greater sense of awareness of the needs, even to us. While we hope her job experience with The Arc of Northern Virginia was rewarding, we know that we, as an organization, are richer as a result of her being with us, and of our relationship with BroadFutures."

Thank you for those kind words, Larry! More information about The Arc of Northern Virginia can be found here.
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31 October 2019

PLEASE JOIN US in Lighting The Way.…  Our Fall Gala  is only two weeks away! Purchase your Tickets/Sponsorships TODAY… Thank You to our Additional Sponsors… Supporters Ginger & John Andelin Chevy Chase Trust Paula & Todd Hansen Bambi Kramer Amy & Bob Vieth Advocates Rick Carlson Lisa Grove Michael Houston Mimi & John Kneuer Mary […]

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Support BroadFutures by becoming a SPONSOR for our Lighting the Way FALL GALA!

Join us in celebrating 6 years of BroadFutures at our Fall Gala! 
By sponsoring the Gala, you can help us to continue our mission of changing lives for people with learning and related disabilities.


Information Session for 2020 Programs - October 9th

Staff Spotlight - Alexa Weidanz

This month we are excited to feature Alexa, our Senior Program Associate! Alexa has been an inspiring and critical addition to the BroadFutures team. In addition to providing overall support for the coordination and management of our programs, Alexa serves as a mentor to our interns.  

When reflecting upon her time with BroadFutures, Alexa had this to say:  Over these past two years at BroadFutures, I have acted as a mentor to over 30 young people in five different programs. Watching and participating in their growth has been so rewarding, and I am always thrilled to hear about the continued successes of our alumni. I also really enjoy being able to share ideas and strategies with other mentors and our team. BroadFutures's ability to build community amongst interns, employer partners, and staff is one of the program's greatest strengths!

We appreciate all the work you do! Thank you for passion and commitment to our mission Alexa!!!
Employer Spotlight - American Institutes for Research

Our Employer Spotlight for the month of September features American Institutes for Research (AIR)! AIR is  one of the world's largest behavioral and social science research organizations, focused on using the best science available to help make the world a better place. AIR is proudly committed to fully integrating diversity and inclusion in their strategy, operations, and work environment. 

When speaking about the internship program AIR puts on each summer, Taliba Boone, Recruiting Project Associate, commented: " One of the things about our internship program that stands out this year is our partnership with BroadFutures. This year we have Christian, and he's working in our IT department, and I must say that he has been getting great reviews. Diversity and inclusion is important, because it shows in the work that we do. You need people from diverse backgrounds who have diverse thoughts. It just makes the work stronger and makes organizations as a whole stronger."

We love how AIR makes diversity and inclusion a top priority. We are so grateful for our partnership! More information about AIR can be found here.
Intern Spotlight - Brad Veira

This month we are shining the intern spotlight on Brad Veira! Brad recently graduated from Kipp DC and this fall he started at the University of the District of Colombia where he wants to major in mechanical engineering. His favorite class this semester is trigonometry.

Brad was an amazing addition to our summer 2019 cohort. He worked very hard interning for Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID). He enjoyed his internship and really liked the opportunity to be exposed to a variety of tasks, one of his favorite being using the power washer! Brad reflected on his time with BroadFutures, saying he learned " how to open up more and be more attentive."  We enjoyed getting to know you this summer, Brad, and we wish you the best of luck at UDC!
WINTER 2020 APPLICATION DUE DATE:
October 15, 2019

The deadline for Winter 2020 applications is October 15, 2019. If yo u are interested in applying,   please do so  HERE .

If you are interested in becoming an employer partner, we are actively recruiting new employers. Please find  out more  HERE .
  
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| BroadFutures  | 202-521-4312 | info@broadfutures.org  | www.broadfutures.org
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Support BroadFutures by becoming a SPONSOR for our Lighting the Way FALL GALA! Join us in celebrating 6 years of BroadFutures at our Fall Gala!  By sponsoring the Gala, you can help us to continue our mission of changing lives for people with learning and related disabilities. Register Now! Information Session for 2020 Programs – October […]

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A Successful Conclusion to our 2019 Summer Cohort!


On August 9th, we celebrated the successful completion of our largest program to date, serving 36 interns and partnering with 33 employers.

We are grateful to all of our new and returning inspired employer partners who hosted our interns and provided them with invaluable experiences and critical support. We are also thankful to our parents, staff and donors for their partnership in ensuring a successful summer program. We appreciate those who took time out of their busy work days to come to our final intern presentations and employer recognition. We feel so fortunate to have this incredible community supporting us!
Support BroadFutures by becoming a SPONSOR for our Lighting the Way FALL GALA!

Join us in celebrating 6 years of BroadFutures at our Fall Gala! 
By sponsoring the Gala, you can help us to continue our mission of changing lives for people with learning and related disabilities.


Intern Spotlight - Jack Hostetler

Meet Jack Hostetler  - our featured August Intern Spotlight! A 19-year-old from Alexandria, Virginia, Jack enjoys cooking and learning about history. He plans to attend college in the spring and eventually become a classics or history professor.

Jack recently completed the BroadFutures summer 2019 program, and he was an incredible addition to our largest cohort yet. Willing to complete any assignment thrown his way, Jack proved to be a diligent, committed intern for The Cormac Group. His assignments included attending hearings on the Hill, including the Mueller Hearing, summarizing the hearings into a comprehensive report, and many other research tasks on a wide variety of topics, including cryptocurrency, healthcare, and education. When reflecting upon his experience with BroadFutures, Jack noted that the program helped him " light the path I want to take to succeed in the future."

It has been a pleasure working with you, Jack, and we can't wait to see what you accomplish in the future!!
Employer Spotlight - NBC Sports Washington

This month we are thrilled to be featuring a new employer partner, NBC Sports WashingtonNBC Sports Washington is an American sports network that broadcasts regional coverage of sporting events, primarily focusing on professional sports teams within the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area. Launched in 1984, NBC Sports Washington is currently available on over 25 cable providers throughout Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. The channel also reaches well over 4.7 million households throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. 

This summer marks our first partnership with NBC Sports Washington, and we look forward to growing our partnership. When asked about their experience this summer, Kim Mosley, Senior Marketing Manager at NBC Sports Washington, said, " We had a rewarding experience hosting Austin during our inaugural session. The BroadFutures mentors and facilitators provided resources and enrichment opportunities that set us up for success and helped Austin grow in his role and contribute to our marketing initiatives."

Thank you for those kind words, Kim! More information about NBC Sports Washington can be found here.
Information Session for 2020 Programs - October 9th

WINTER 2020 APPLICATION DUE DATE:
October 15, 2019

The deadline for Winter 2020 applications is October 15, 2019. If yo u are interested in applying,   please do so  HERE .

If you are interested in becoming an employer partner, we are actively recruiting new employers. Please find  out more  HERE .
  
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Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and Connect with us on LinkedIn  to stay up to date on what we are doing here at BroadFutures.

| BroadFutures  | 202-521-4312 | info@broadfutures.org  | www.broadfutures.org
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30 August 2019

A Successful Conclusion to our 2019 Summer Cohort! On August 9th, we celebrated the successful completion of our largest program to date, serving 36 interns and partnering with 33 employers. We are grateful to all of our new and returning inspired employer partners who hosted our interns and provided them with invaluable experiences and critical […]

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Our Summer Program is in Full Swing!

Our Summer 2019 interns are more than halfway through the program, and they are all gaining invaluable professional skills and work experience.  They are working in  a diverse group of industries including policy, international affairs, disability, finance, energy, hotel and tourism, and many more. 

Every Friday our interns return to BroadFutures for discussions and activities around areas of success and growth including time management, career exploration, networking, maintaining a growth mindset, self-advocacy, good sleep habits, and more. We continue to integrate drama to reinforce our curriculum as well as yoga and mindfulness to introduce stress tolerance and reduction. Below are some of our interns completing a career skill scan activity.


Fun Events in July!

Boat Cruise on the Potomac
We recently welcomed current interns, alumni and staff for a fun filled, two-hour boat cruise down the Potomac. We enjoyed coming together on a beautiful night to connect, talk about internship experiences, and enjoy the fabulous views of DC from the water!


Games at the Wharf
We were recently hosted by Mark Dorigan, an alumni parent and President of PN Hoffman, one of the Wharf development partners, and his wife Amy Fredenburg, for an alumni event at the Wharf. We played corn hole, bocce, giant Jenga, and enjoyed each other's company!  Thank you  Mark & Amy !!


Capitol Tour
On July 19th, Senator Chris Van Hollen's office organized for us a tour of the Capitol. We enjoyed ourselves and learned some very interesting facts - did you know that the statue that sits atop the Capitol dome is called the Statue of Freedom and weighs 15,000 pounds?


Nationals Game
BroadFutures interns, mentors, family and friends all came out for a night of baseball on Friday, July 26th when the Nats played the L.A. Dodgers. Even though the Nats lost, it was still a fun game.  A big thank you to the Nationals for sponsoring our tickets and hosting us for a classic American Friday night.


Intern Spotlight - Karina Murcia

This month we are shining the spotlight on Karina Murcia! A 22-year-old from California, Karina enjoys hanging out with friends, playing sports and going to the gym. She currently attends Curry College where she is majoring in sociology. After graduation, Karina hopes to start work in a sociology-related field. When asked to expand upon this further, she mentioned she would love to work for a program similar to BroadFutures.

This summer Karina is interning at The InterContinental Washington DC - The Wharf  as a hostess. Karina says that her favorite part about the job includes "learning new skills in a field that I probably would have never come across until BroadFutures and then being able to apply those skills to a field I plan to work with in the future." 

We are so happy you are gaining important transferable skills, Karina. We look forward to seeing what you do next!
Employer Spotlight - The  InterContinental

This month we are excited to have the opportunity to complement our intern feature and shine the spotlight on our corresponding employer -  The InterContinental Washington D.C. - The Wharf, a luxury four-star hotel located right off the water and boasting multiple upscale dining restaurants, a rooftop pool, and a spaInterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is a Great Britain-based hospitality company with nearly 5,500 hotels spanning across 100 countries.

BroadFutures began a partnership with The InterContinental in the summer of 2018 as part of our partnership with The District Wharf. We currently have two interns at The InterContinental and they are both enjoying their experiences.

The InterContinental loves the enthusiasm of their BroadFutures interns, and the "breath of fresh air" they bring to the team. When asked about their experience thus far, Vanessa Peters, Director of Human Resources, said, "This being the second year that we have partnered with BroadFutures, it's obvious they have a good understanding of our culture when selecting candidates for our location. We are very pleased with the manner in which BroadFutures prepares the interns to join our team."

Thank you, Vanessa, for those kind words! We look forward to growing our collaborative partnership with you. More information about InterContinental can be found here.
WINTER 2020 APPLICATION DUE DATE:
October 15, 2019

The deadline for Winter 2020 applications is October 15, 2019. If yo u are interested in applying,   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 

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| BroadFutures  | 202-521-4312 | info@broadfutures.org  | www.broadfutures.org
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31 July 2019

Our Summer Program is in Full Swing! Our Summer 2019 interns are more than halfway through the program, and they are all gaining invaluable professional skills and work experience.  They are working in  a diverse group of industries including policy, international affairs, disability, finance, energy, hotel and tourism, and many more.  Every Friday our interns return […]

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