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October is...
National Disability
Employment Awareness Month!

BroadFutures is proud to once again celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month  (NDEAM), an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. NDEAM aims to educate people about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year's theme is "America's Workforce: Empowering All."
 
BroadFutures supports the mission of NDEAM  through our holistic training, mentoring and paid internship program for young people with disabilities. We believe in the inherent and untapped potential of the young people that we serve, and we recognize that inclusion works for everyone.  Last year in an effort to bring awareness to this effort, BroadFutures, in collaboration with several other like-minded organizations and Quoted Studios, developed an educational and fun animated video on unconscious bias and the value of hiring individuals with disabilities. We are excited to share it again this October to help educate and inspire others. 


If you're interested in learning more about NDEAM and its history,  click here.


Reflections from our CEO/President, Carolyn Jeppsen

Change your life today. Don't gamble on the  
future, act now without delay.
 - Simone de Beauvoir

It has been 5 years since we incorporated BroadFutures, founded upon the fervent belief that we needed to act now without delay to change the existing landscape for young people with learning disabilities transitioning to school or work. After 5 years, hundreds of young people served both directly through our internship programs and indirectly through our outreach programs, and partnerships with over 40 employers, we have hopefully changed attitudes, perceptions, expectations, workplaces, hopes, dreams...and lives.

I am so incredibly humbled and inspired by the courage and tenacity that the young people we serve have demonstrated over the past 5 years. We have seen a diverse group of young people commit to changing their own lives, to act NOW and without delay, and in so doing, they have reaped the wonderful benefits of change, progress and success. I am equally humbled and inspired by the passion and dedication that our employer partners have shown in hosting our interns, and in opening to the possibilities of what a diverse workforce in the 21st century looks like and of the promise of the young people we serve. I am also every day humbled and inspired by our staff and all the specialists we work with towards our shared commitment and vision of a future where diverse learners can thrive. Finally, I am incredibly grateful to the many supporters in our village who have donated their time, money, heart, and soul to BroadFutures. Without all for you, we would not be in the position of celebrating what we are today.

While we are incredibly proud of where we are, we want to continue to grow and bring our programs to many, many more young people. We are hopeful that as a community, you will all celebrate with us and be a part of our Changing Lives Gala on November 17th, marking this important time for us as an organization!  We look forward to working together to continue to change lives. 
Join us as a Sponsor at our 
5th Anniversary Changing Lives Fall Gala!


Intern Spotlight - Danielle Bedney

We are shining the light on another Summer 2018 Program alum this month! 

Danielle "Danny" Bedney is from Washington, DC. She graduated from the Seed Public Charter School and is now in her junior year at Hartford University, where she is majoring in film. During the BroadFutures program, Danny interned for the Smithsonian Visitor Center, better known as "The Castle." Danny's supervisor entrusted her to reinvent the brochure for the museum, which was no small feat. All summer, Danny worked tirelessly on producing a product with visual appeal, fascinating stories, and comprehensive information by touring the museum, collecting survey responses from docents and volunteers, and perusing the archives. Her dedication to this project was admired by her supervisor, and her final presentation to staff members about the design and information for the brochure was impressive after only one summer working there. This past summer, Danny was able to capitalize on her creative skills and ability to self-advocate to ensure that she was as successful as possible. These skills will help her work towards success in school and in her career, as she hopes to be a documentary filmmaker one day.

Danny appreciated feeling like a part of a community here at BroadFutures and learning more about herself: 

"One thing I liked the most about BroadFutures was that I got the opportunity to see incredible young adults just like me. It made me feel like I wasn't alone with my disability. Over the summer I learned that I was capable of setting a goal and completing it when I'm given the right tools to succeed."

Thanks, Danny. We wish you the best of luck as you continue on your journey!!
 Employer Spotlight - PunkinFutz  

We are thrilled to have one of our newest employer partners, PunkinFutz, spotlighted this month. PunkinFutz designs and manufactures therapeutic play products for children with a broad range of physical, sensory, developmental, and emotional needs. They aim to create products that are original and accessible to children with varying needs, to support child-led imaginative play, to design and produce the products in integrated and supported work  environments, and to conduct their business
in an environmentally and socially responsible way. PunkinFutz joined as a new employer partner this past summer and hosted two interns to work on social media and research-based projects.

Chief Marketing Officer Whitney Hunter-Thompson, who supervised the two BroadFutures interns this summer, understands the value proposition in partnering with us and had this to say about her time with the interns: '

"We were so delighted to work with BroadFutures and in so doing, support their important mission. Our interns were incredible! BroadFutures' time spent training the interns, supporting their professional development and improvement, and acting as additional advocates allowed us to utilize the full extent possible of our interns' skills and capabilities. As any employer knows, a vast majority of time can be spent on the general skills of an employee/intern that take away from the technical tasks at hand. BroadFutures absolutely solves for that. We look forward to a continued partnership with them in the future, but in the meantime, we encourage anyone and everyone who needs interns to use BroadFutures!"

Thank you for these kind words, Whitney! We are excited to continue our partnership with PunkinFutz as they work to provide new options to celebrate and strengthen our diverse community.

IMPORTANT DATES: EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR OUR WINTER 2019 PROGRAM 

INFORMATION SESSION: November 12, 2018
at 2013 H St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20006

  
WINTER 2019 APPLICATION DUE DATE:
November 15, 2018

If yo u are interested in applying for our Winter 2019 Program,  
please do so  HERE

If yo u are interested in attending the information session, please email
cjeppsen@broadfutures.org.

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 and Instagram, and Connect with us on LinkedIn  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 October 2018

October is… National Disability Employment Awareness Month! BroadFutures is proud to once again celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month  (NDEAM), an annual awareness campaign that takes place each October. NDEAM aims to educate people about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. This year’s theme is “America’s […]

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This month we have been BUSY..... 
Preparing for our 2019 programs & Fall Gala!!
Join us as a Sponsor at our 5th Anniversary Changing Lives Fall Gala!


Press Release: District Wharf Partnership
BroadFutures Interns with their supervisors at Entertainment Cruises on the Wharf
This summer, we formed a partnership with the new development project in Southwest D.C., The District Wharf. We partnered with six new employers: InterContinental Washington D.C., Concord Hospitality, Colonial Parking, Entertainment Cruises, the Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID), and CBRE. These new opportunities provided our interns with a variety of internships in industries new to BroadFutures, such as those of hospitality and entertainment. 

We are so thankful for such a successful partnership, and we look forward to our continued and inspired collaboration!

READ THE FULL PRESS RELEASE  here!
Comm unit y Partner Spotlight 


Since the inception of BroadFutures, Fusion Marketing has been instrumental in helping to create and promote our brand. For the past 5 years, Fusion has assisted BroadFutures with its marketing needs with passion, creativity and generosity.  Starting with the creation of our logo and continuing with our website, marketing materials and Gala invitations, they have donated hundreds of hours of professional services to our mission.

Founded in 2001 in Princeton, New Jersey by Maeve Egner, Fusion Marketing's unique approach of fusing purpose and passion into all the work they do has led to many successful partnerships and happy clients in medical device and consumer good industries. We are incredibly thankful to Fusion Marketing for helping the BroadFutures brand come alive and for their lasting commitment to our mission and vision of an inclusive workforce. Maeve Egner, owner of Fusion Marketing, had this to say of our partnership:

"All of us at Fusion have a special spot in our hearts for BroadFutures. We believe strongly in helping support our young people as they go forth and define their futures. We have seen this outstanding organization grow from their very first program to celebrating five years of successfully touching so many lives. It is our privilege to be their marketing partner."

Find out more about Fusion Marketing  here
 Intern Spotlight  

This month we are shining the spotlight on Matthew Griff, a BroadFutures Summer 2018 intern.  After graduating from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a B.S. in Mathematics, Matthew was excited to join BroadFutures to gain more experience in his field.  He interned with The American Psychological Association (APA) in the Finance Department, where he gained critical workplace experience and was provided a  supportive environment to expand upon his professional communication skills. Matthew was excited to have the opportunity to use his skills in mathematics to help contribute to the organization. Matthew's dedication and industrious nature proved a great asset in his internship. After completing the BroadFutures program , Matthew began a Master's degree program in Data Science at UMBC.  When reflecting on his internship experience, Matthew reported that " BroadFutures helped me regain my confidence. "

We cannot ask for any greater praise. Thank you, Matthew, and we wish you the best of luck in graduate school!!
IMPORTANT DATES: INFORMATION SESSION & WINTER 2019 PROGRAM

INFORMATION SESSION: October 2nd, 2018
2013 H Street NW, Washington DC 20006

WINTER 2019 APPLICATION DUE DATE:
October 15th, 2018

If yo u are interested in applying for our Winter 2019 Program,  
please do so  HERE

If yo u are interested in attending the information session, please email
cjeppsen@broadfutures.org.

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 and Instagram, and Connect with us on LinkedIn  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 September 2018

This month we have been BUSY…..  Preparing for our 2019 programs & Fall Gala!! Join us as a Sponsor at our 5th Anniversary Changing Lives Fall Gala! Press Release: District Wharf Partnership BroadFutures Interns with their supervisors at Entertainment Cruises on the Wharf This summer, we formed a partnership with the new development project in Southwest […]

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Concluding a Successful Summer 
Celebrating the Graduation of our 9th Cohort!!
Interns & Employers Celebrating Final Presentations & Graduation

On August 10th, we celebrated the successful completion of our largest  program to date. There was a refreshing energy among our interns and employers, stemming from a sense of great achievement for the successes all around. Our interns gained self-confidence while developing new and transferable skills on their paths to professional and personal development.   They surpassed all our expectations, successfully completing their internships,  pushing their limits, and stepping outside of their comfort zones in ways that we never expected.  We are very proud of them!

We are grateful to all of our new and returning 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 helping us conclude our summer program. We appreciate those who took time out of their busy work days to come to the final presentations. We feel so fortunate to have this incredible community supporting us!
Support BroadFutures by 
becoming a SPONSOR for  our 
5th Anniversary FALL GALA!
  
Join us in celebrating 5 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: Max Peterson  

This month we are shining the spotlight on one of our Winter 2018 interns - Max Peterson. Max attended Moorpark Community College in California as a History major and worked in the restaurant business before joining BroadFutures. During our program, he interned with the Office of Senator Chris Van Hollen. As an intern in a congressional office, Max supported many aspects of the daily operations of the Senator's office including creating  case files, answering constituent phone calls, and performing other administrative support. During his internship, Max was able to meet the Senator as well as work in the Capitol Hill Office. 

Max's employer admired his work ethic, positive attitude, attention to detail, and deeper understanding of his responsibilities. The internship equipped Max with the needed skills to continue on his professional growth trajectory and expand his future career options. He will be returning  to community college in the fall.  Max is a strong supporter of the BroadFutures holistic approach and felt that our program benefitted him both personally and professionally.  When reflecting on his experience, Max said:  "BroadFutures has made me more confident in what I do."
Employer Spotlight: World Learning
BroadFutures Intern, Devynn Johnson (R), with World Learning's Chris Iverson 
This was our second program partnering with  World  Lear ning. They first joined as an employer partner this winter, and we were excited to collaborate again with this incredible organization and its amazing team during the summer. World Learning is an international non-profit  organization dedicated to promoting a more peaceful an d just world for over 85 years. Grounded in five key approaches, including experiential learning, leadership development, inclusive practices, innovation, and grants management, World Learning's mission is to help young p eople find their voices, connect with their communities, and strengthen the insti tutions which aid their emergence as world leaders.

World Learning enthusiastically embraces our mission, and in reflecting on our partnership and the impact BroadFutures interns have had on their organization, Senior Youth Workforce Specialist Catherine Honeyman had these words to share:

" We have particularly learned from how BroadFutures prepares employers to receive interns by showcasing their strengths and areas where they may need additional support, and from how BroadFutures offers its interns ongoing mentorship and training support. 

In their projects with us, BroadFutures interns have supported us to gather data on the Pakistani labor market to know which types of skill training programs we should emphasize in our project, organize participant feedback from training programs in Latin America, organize the research and references we draw upon in designing high-quality programming, and analyze where we might expand our services.
 
Thanks to our past interns, Devynn and Sophie, and to the whole BroadFutures team!"

Thank you to Catherine Honeyman and the incredible team at World Learning. We look forward to an ongoing and successful partnership!!
IMPORTANT DATES: ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP AWARD & WINTER 2019 PROGRAM

ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP AWARD APPLICATION DUE DATE: October 1st, 2018

WINTER 2019 APPLICATION DUE DATE:
October 15th, 2018

If yo u are interested in applying for our Winter 2019 Program,  
please do so  HERE

If yo u are interested in applying for our Alumni Scholarship Award, please email 

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 and Instagram, and Connect with us on LinkedIN, 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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30 August 2018

Concluding a Successful Summer  Celebrating the Graduation of our 9th Cohort!! Interns & Employers Celebrating Final Presentations & Graduation On August 10th, we celebrated the successful completion of our largest  program to date. There was a refreshing energy among our interns and employers, stemming from a sense of great achievement for the successes all around. Our […]

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An Exciting Summer at BroadFutures!!!
Our Summer 2018 Program is in full swing!!  We are excited about our expanded program as well as our new employer partnerships. Over the past 7 weeks, w e have seen tremendous growth in our interns' confidence, professionalism, and ability to self-advocate. 

We are grateful to be supported by a community that is committed to helping our interns find success, and understanding the promise of diverse learners. We  look forward to finishing the last two weeks of internships strong!!
Trip to Booz Allen Hamilton DC Innovation Center

We  were fortunate to be hosted by Booz Allen Hamilton at their D.C. Innovation Center, where our interns learned about Booz Allen's commitment to innovation and diversity and the many career paths and accommodations available at Booz Allen.

BroadFutures Capitol River Cruise 2018!! 

Interns, Alumni, and BroadFutures Staff on Board of Nightingale

Our alumni and present interns joined us for a Capitol River Cruise up the Potomac River! 

The cruise provided a wonderful bonding opportunity for our interns and alumni. Alumni were eager to answer questions and give advice by acknowledging how their time at BroadFutures has translated into successes at school, in the workplace, and in their personal lives.

Alumni Sam Cohen and Leigh Ulica 
Our Interns Playing
"Two Truths and A Lie"

 Alumni Trip to National's Park!!

Alumni BroadFutures Buddies 


We were sponsored by National's Park again this summer  for a great evening of baseball.  Our interns, alumni, and staff all enjoyed  connecting and having fun as a BroadFutures community and cheering on the Nationals against the Boston Red Sox!!! 


Alumni & Interns Enjoying the Game
...and Showing their Nats Pride!!
Introducing  Our  New Alumni Committee 
and Scholarship Award 

Alumni Committee &  Program Associate Alexa Weidanz  
We are proud of our team of outstanding alumni who have come together to form our new BroadFutures Alumni Committee. 
They have been busy deciding the scope and duties of the Committee, as well as planning upcoming events, including networking workshops and hopefully some fun events as well. 

The Committee has helped us to spread the word about our  2018 Alumni Scholarship Award in celebration of our 5th Anniversary, which will be presented at our Gala on November 17th to an alumni who best demonstrates how BroadFutures has impacted their life, and how they plan to spread the BroadFutures missionThe deadline for the application is September 1, 2018. All alumni are encouraged to apply and to attend the Gala!

If any alumni are interested in joining the Committee, please let us know!!! We welcome all alumni. If you would also like more information regarding eligibility and logistics for the Alumni Scholarship Award, please contact aweidanz@broadfutures.org.
 Intern Spotlight: Sophie Sperduto

Sophie Sperduto is an 19-year-old from Washington, D.C., where she attended  The Lab School of D.C. Sophie is serving as an Alumni Intern this summer, after completing our winter Program. During her time in our  Winter Program, she interned at World Learning, where she was responsible for administrative support for their busy season. Her employer was thrilled to have Sophie on their team, and praised her determination, honesty, and cheerfulness.

Currently, Sophie is interning at Entertainment Cruises, as part of our partnership with the D.C. Wharf. She is working as both a restaurant hostess and administrative intern. What Sophie enjoys most about working at Entertainment Cruises is "having a hands on job and working with different people."  This August, Sophie will be matriculating to Catholic University, where she intends to study Psychology and Criminology. 

When reflecting on her time at BroadFutures, Sophie had these words to share: "The experiences BroadFutures has given me has allowed me to learn a lot about myself regarding the workforce."

Thanks, Sophie and good luck with the remainder of your internship!
NEW Employer Spotlight: SWBID
BroadFutures Intern, Stuart Landis with SWBID's COO, Andre Witt and Delante Chloe

This month we are excited to introduce Southwest Business Improvement District, or "SWBID," as one of our newest dedicated employer partners! SWBID is a Business Improvement District compiled of inspired leaders who plan, fund, and implement projects and supplementary services in their local community. SWBID is committed to beautifying and connecting the communities of SouthWest, DC, as well as redefining the status quo for the  state of public infrastructure throughout Southwest, D.C.

This is our first summer partnering with SWBID and we are excited about the partnership. SWBID welcomed one of our Alumni Interns to join their team this summer, where he has since been responsible for assisting SWBID in establishing projects that bring excitement, beautification, creativity, cleanliness, and pride to the District. The internship has been so successful, that our Alumni Intern has often referred to his co-workers and supervisors as, "one big happy family," and has found himself growing more as a young professional than he had anticipated. We feel extremely fortunate to partner with SWBID this summer and look forward to the future success of our growing partnership.

When reflecting on the partnering with BroadFutures, SWBID, Chief Operating Officer, Andre Witt had this to say..... "It has been a joy beyond belief working with Stuart, and he has become such a big part of our (SWBID) family. We simply love having him here with us."

Thanks so much SWBID! We look forward to continue to partner with you and help keep DC beautiful and safe!!!

Find out more about SWBID HERE.
BUY TICKETS NOW 
For our 5th Anniversary Fall Gala!!!


IMPORTANT DATES: WINTER 2019 PROGRAM

APPLICATION DUE DATE: October 31st, 2018

If yo u are interested in applying for our Winter 2019 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 and Instagram, and Connect with us on LinkedIN, 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 July 2018

An Exciting Summer at BroadFutures!!! Our Summer 2018 Program is in full swing!!  We are excited about our expanded program as well as our new employer partnerships. Over the past 7 weeks, w e have seen tremendous growth in our interns’ confidence, professionalism, and ability to self-advocate.  We are grateful to be supported by a […]

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BroadFutures is EXPANDING......
Our  Largest Cohort & 9 new Employer Partners!!!

        Summer 2018 Interns on their first day of Training

Our Summer Program has arrived, and with it, TWO extraordinary new groups of young people totaling 28 interns.  Our summer session began on June 11th with our innovative professionalism, communication, and career exploration curriculum. We were incredibly fortunate to have many inspired presenters come to speak with our interns and/or provide workshops, including Andy Imparato from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), Michele Pulaski of Sequence Counseling & Consulting Services, Taryn Williams from the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), Leah Byrne from Chevy Chase Trust, Kelly Fomalont from The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), and Tony Marquez from Eagle Bank. 

We were also thrilled to  welcome back some of our  BroadFutures alumni for an alumni panel. Our graduates were very excited to share words of wisdom with their new peers, and offer advice on how to be a good intern in the workplace. 

This past Friday, June 22, ma rked the culmination of our initial training with intern presentations and a party with parents. Interns began their internships on June 25th and we could not be more excited to see where the summer will take them!!

Land Group Summer 2018
Interns and Parents
Sea Group Summer 2018
Interns and Parents














We know that our training is rigorous, and we are so incredibly proud of all our interns' hard work and drive in making the most of their BroadFutures experience to date!!! 
Welcome to our New & Returning Employer Partners!!! 

We are excited to be welcoming 9 new employer partners this month to our BroadFutures Summer 2018 Program!


 

Introducing our New Partnership with The District Wharf, launching this summer... 

Summer 2018 Interns with PN Hoffman's Mark Dorigan,
Elinor Bacon and Caroline Crawford 
It is with great excitement that we announce our partnership with the new development project in Southwest, D.C., The District Wharf, developed by PN Hoffman and Madison Marquette! The District Wharf has embraced a mission to reestablish Washington, D.C. as a waterfront destination. Originally founded in 1805 as a military hub and fish market, the re-development has renewed a dedication to sustainability with hopes of  creating a thriving community.

This summer, 6 employers at The Wharf are partnering with BroadFutures and employing 9 interns in a variety of positions. The District Wharf is excited about the talent, diversity and value proposition that the BroadFutures program embodies and our
shared mission for empowering young diverse learners. 

Stay tuned for our press release w ith The District Wharf- coming soon!!!
BroadFutures' GYA Accreditation!!
We are very excited to announce that after 9 months of hard work, we have been accredited by the Gap Year Association!!! Our accreditation will allow us to collaborate with other Gap Year Programs, to expand our program nationally, and to serve a broader range of students. The Gap Year Association has been wonderful to work with and provided the following statement regarding our accreditation:

"The Gap Year Association, GYA (formerly the American Gap Association, AGA), was founded in 2012 as a non-profit organization setting standards for organizations within the gap year industry and working to grow the gap year movement around the country and the globe. We are thrilled to announce BroadFutures as our newest accredited member. To become an accredited member with GYA, BroadFutures went through a rigorous process providing evidence to uphold the GYA standards. The GYA accreditation standards include categories such as safety and risk management, educational curriculum, service learning, staff training, inclusion and access, experiential learning, etc. In addition to providing standards, GYA conducts research, hosts an annual conference, and provides a space for the gap year community to communicate and learn from one another."

IMPORTANT DATES: WINTER 2019 PROGRAM

INFORMATION SESSION: July 24th, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.
 - Optional Q & A: 10:30-11:00 a.m.

APPLICATION DUE DATE: October 31st, 2018

If yo u are interested in applying for our Winter 2019 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 .

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| BroadFutures | 202-521-4304 | info@broadfutures.org | www.broadfutures.org
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29 June 2018

BroadFutures is EXPANDING…… Our  Largest Cohort & 9 new Employer Partners!!!         Summer 2018 Interns on their first day of Training Our Summer Program has arrived, and with it, TWO extraordinary new groups of young people totaling 28 interns.  Our summer session began on June 11th with our innovative professionalism, communication, and […]

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Celebrating the Graduation of our 8th Cohort ...
And getting ready for our Expansion this summer!!!

2018 Winter Interns and their parents

A Huge Thanks to all who made our 
Winter Program so Successful

We are so grateful to our fabulous employer partners, staff, families, donors, and of course, our BroadFutures interns for helping us conclude our incredibly successful winter program. We cannot believe how fast the time went, and are so impressed with the equally fast growth that we saw from our interns!!

At our interns' final presentations,  we celebrated their successful completion of the  program and recognized our employer partners for all of their outstanding support. We are so proud of all our interns, so grateful to our amazing employer partners, and equally indebted to the support of our families and staff. We feel very fortunate to have such an incredible community supporting us!!!

BroadFutures is GROWING.... 
Expansion is happening  this summer.

BroadFutures is in its 4th year of programming, and soon to celebrate our 5th year of incorporation!!!!  A s a fast growing young non-profit, we are THRILLED to announce that we will be doubling our cohort size this summer, and adding another class of interns!!!!!!!!!!  

We will be WELCOMING MORE THAN 30 interns and ADDING 10 new employer partners to our ever growing group of inspired employers who recognize the benefits of a diverse workforce and the excellence of our program in consistently sourcing highly talented, prepared young adults for internship positions.

Stay tuned... as later this month we will have a snapshot of our new employer partners and our incoming cohort.
Welcoming our New Program Director, Amanda Lindsell

We are thrilled to welcome our new addition to the BroadFutures staff!, Amanda Lindsell!! Amanda has joined us as our new Program Director and is excited to be helping us to welcom our 9th cohort this summer.
 
Amanda is a passionate and experienced Vocational Counselor and non-profit  administrator who believes strongly in the benefits of a diverse workforce. She is excited  to bring her wealt h of knowledge in disability employment to BroadFutures. 

Prior to  joining BroadFutures, Amanda served as Program Coordinator at the Jewish Social  Service Agency (JSSA), where she helped to launch a state-of-the-art employment  program that focused on integrative, competitive employment for individuals with a  variety of disabilities. Within the first two years of her tenure, job placement rose by  450% and record numbers of individuals were placed in full-time employment. During  her time with JSSA, Amanda was also responsible for overseeing the Developmental  Disability Administration program and launching the Pre-Employment Transition  Services program. Additionally, Amanda provided one-on-one career exploration, career  counseling and placement for individuals with Learning Disabilities and Autism  Spectrum Disorder. Prior to her employment with JSSA, Amanda worked at  The Outcomes Service at The Treatment and Learning Centers, providing job  development, placement, coaching and case management to individuals with  disabilities.  Amanda received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland,  Baltimore County. She is a D.C. area native, enjoys traveling the world with her family,  and speaks Spanish.
Employer Spotlight: Atlas Corps

Intern Joshua with Atlas Corps Supervisor, Cal 
This month we are proud to honor and welcome back Atlas Corps as one of our dedicated employer partners.  Atlas Service Corps, or "Atlas Corps," is an international network compiled of nonprofit leaders and organizations known as a "best practice" in international exchange and a model social entrepreneurship program. Atlas core is committed to addressing critical social issues by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and promoting innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled nonprofit professionals.                                     

We were excited to partner with Atlas Corps for the first time during our Summer 2017 program, via recommendation from our own Atlas fellow, Nyasha Chibanda. Atlas Corps' CEO welcomed one of our interns into his own office, where he was able to assist Atlas Corps in campaigning on global expansion, drafting grant proposals, and constructing a new website design. The internship was so successful, that they extended  the internship into the fall of 2017. We were grateful to partner with Atlas Corps again for our Winter 2018 program and look forward to our ongoing partnership this summer!!  

Atlas Corps understands the value proposition in partnering with BroadFutures, the talents of those that we serve, and is deeply committed to our mission. ..... 

"BroadFutures has provided excellent interns that had a clear passion and interest for their role at Atlas Corps and were well supported throughout their internship placement. Both BroadFutures interns had an impact on Atlas Corps. The biggest difference between BroadFutures and other intern placements, is that we had the support of BroadFutures helping interns set professional development goals that align to their Atlas Corps placement. BroadFutures interns align their individual goals to our organizational needs making for purposeful matches." -Callum Lindsay-Field, Executive Assistant to CEO 

THANK YOU Atlas Corps!  

Find out more about Atlas Corps HERE
Intern Spotlight

Daniel Kawecki j oined  BroadFutures as an intern in the  Sum mer of 2017, where he  interned for the American Psychologi cal Association (APA). He is 20 years old, and from Silver Springs, MD. At his internship, Daniel was able to utilize his creative skills to construct new posts for the APA I nstagram page, spreading awareness on matters like disability, bullying, and breast cancer. Daniel was also given an opportunity to expand upon his creative writing abilities, drafting an article in the APA newsletter on his time at Broa dFutures and our mission. Daniel said that he wanted to become a B roadFutures intern to learn how to share his ideas and enhanc e his decision-making, and APA helped him make great progress in ac hieving these goals. 

After his time at BroadFutures, Daniel returned to Mercyhurst University where hopes to receive a degree in English. We are so thrilled that Daniel has been hired this summer as an intern at RespectAbility where he will further be involved in advocating for people with disabilities

Daniel had this to say about his time at BroadFutures,  "BroadFut ures was an invaluable experience for my first few steps into the professional world. Above all the skills I learned, the most valuable was mindfulness. To this day, I practice it, and it has helped me grow both professionally and socially."

Thanks, Daniel! Good luck in your new position!!
WINTER 2019 PROGRAM 
Recruiting interns and employer partners!

We are already accepting and processing applications for our Winter 2019 program.

If yo u are interested in applying for our Winter 2019 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 

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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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28 May 2018

Celebrating the Graduation of our 8th Cohort … And getting ready for our Expansion this summer!!! 2018 Winter Interns and their parents A Huge Thanks to all who made our  Winter Program so Successful We are so grateful to our fabulous employer partners, staff, families, donors, and of course, our BroadFutures interns for helping us […]

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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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| BroadFutures | 202-521-4304 | info@broadfutures.org | www.broadfutures.org
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19 April 2018

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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!"
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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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