Party 4 Partners 2013: Event Highlights

Party 4 PartnersLast night, Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) held our annual Party 4 Partners benefit at the MIT Faculty Club in Cambridge. The event was a huge success, both in praising the work of our Legends Award honorees and in raising funding for PYD’s programs.

It was a wonderful night to share with many amazing and inspiring people. We’ll be sharing a number of photos of the event on our Facebook page over the coming weeks, and in the meantime, you can find some of the many highlights below.

And if you did not get a chance to attend, you can always still support PYD today.

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Future Chefs Begins Disability Inclusion Training

Future Chefs: Preparing urban youth in Greater Boston for employment and post-secondary education in the culinary fieldOn Friday, May 24, PYD’s National Center kicked off a summer-long disability inclusion training and technical assistance contract with the nonprofit Future Chefs.

Future Chef’s mission is to prepare urban youth in Greater Boston for quality early employment and post-secondary education opportunities in the culinary field and support them in developing a broad base of transferable skills as they transition into the working world.

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11 Summer Job Resources for Teens and Young Adults with Disabilities

Looking for a summer job?

For teens and young adults with disabilities, it can be difficult to find a job. The unemployment rate is exceptionally high among teenagers, and it’s even higher among youth with disabilities. It can be difficult to know where to look for a job — even just a summer job — and resources can be tough to find.

In order to help combat this trend, Partners for Youth with Disabilities recently held a Summer Jobs Workshop to help Boston-area teens and young adults with disabilities find jobs. As a part of the workshop, we provided attendees with a list of local employment resources and options, which we wanted to share more widely.

The full list of 11 summer job resources can be found below. Know of any that we missed? Please share in the comments!

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Sign up for the 2013 Youth Leadership Forum

Massachusetts Youth Leadership ForumThere is only one week left to sign up for the 2013 Massachusetts Youth Leadership Forum (YLF)! YLF is an incredible leadership opportunity for selected youth with disabilities to attend an overnight conference at Bridgewater State from July 16th-18th. YLF participants are selected through a statewide competitive process that seeks youth with disabilities with leadership potential and a concern for their community. Selected YLF participants will represent a diverse pool in terms of geography, gender, economic status, ethnicity and different types of disabilities.

There are two types of applications for the YLF: Delegates and Peer Leaders.

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Preparing for Career Success: Mock Interviews with YEP

On Tuesday, May 7, participants at the Young Entrepreneurs Projects’ (YEP) Burke High School site participated in a Mock Interview Day. This event was the culmination of a months-long career-readiness curriculum, during which students produced working resumes and cover letters as well as completed career interest inventories. The school’s principal attended the event.

The mock interviews were simulated by Aileen Quintero, YEP Program Specialist, who played the role of interviewer. YEP Director, Alex Freeman, filmed the proceedings so that all students could evaluate their performance after the fact.

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