It has been a busy few months for the Young Entrepreneurs Project! Thanks to funding from the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC), we have served more youth this summer than ever before!
The YEP team went into MRC offices in Brookline, Worchester, Springfield, and (for the first time) Somerville and Malden to hold Summer Internship Preparation Workshops. These day-long trainings were held for young adults to develop workplace confidence and skills including job etiquette, attire, and conflict resolution. The participants recently wrapped up their eight-week summer internships and attended our Graduation Workshop, where we facilitated group discussions about their internship experiences and how to proceed in their job search. We had a great time working with these youth and hearing about their internship takeaways!
YEP also conducted a 12-session career-readiness course with Special Education students at Boston Public Schools’ Extended School Year summer program. We spent 6 weeks with high-school students at the West Roxbury Education Complex teaching a curriculum that focused on locating and applying to jobs, workplace behavior, and strategies for time management. This was a diverse and energetic group of students who made a lot of progress towards being career-ready – we even had one student submit a job application!
Overall, the summer was very successful for YEP. We were able to adapt our approach and curriculum to a wide variety of abilities and needs, which is helpful as we prepare to teach YEP in six classrooms and three Boys & Girls Clubs starting in September. Thanks to everyone that participated in our workshops, and we are looking forwards to the upcoming school year!
Sarah Adelaida McIntire, more commonly known as Addie, works for PYD as the Mentoring Events Specialist planning events for the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind Project LENS program.
Addie also works for Perkins School for the Blind as a Teaching Assistant in the Deafblind Program and is currently in school at Umass Boston training to become an Orientation and Mobility instructor.
She attended Hampshire College where she studied the ethics of the free software movement and feminist theory. She’s originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan but currently lives in Davis Square in Somerville, MA.
On August 10th, the Mentor Match program held a brand new, first-time event for PYD: Field Day! We hoped to provide our matches with an opportunity to participate in a range of accessible sports and activities, while also getting a chance to socialize with other mentees and mentors.
The day ended up being a huge success. There were 20 total attendees from eight matches, and they participated in a number of different activities: soccer, frisbee and frisbee golf, races, maze challenges, amoeba tag, and more!
Nicole Malo, Development Manager, is a Worcester, Mass. native, and a graduate of Boston University with a B.A. in French Language and Literature.
She has roots in Boston’s non-profit community, and nearly a decade of experience in Development,Community Outreach, Promotion, and Event Planning, previously at organizations like the French Cultural Center and the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT. From about the age of twelve she’s enjoyed community service, volunteering at UMASS Medical Center in Worcester, the Pine Street Inn, Art Resource Collaborative for Kids and many others.
When not at PYD, you’ll most likely find Nicole at yoga, or caring for her garden. Sometimes she’ll even mix the two and practice yoga in the garden! Her favorite four-legged pal under five pounds is none other than Donatella, CCO of PYD.
Steve Slowinski, National Inclusion Manager, has been working at PYD since early 2012. He has a B.A. from Gettysburg College in a self-created major focusing on youth with special needs, and he is currently pursuing a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership at Wheelock College.
Steve has worked with youth with disabilities for the past 10+ years. In college, he spent a semester in Denmark studying their child care practices for children with disabilities. He has also interned with the child life team at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, and has volunteered for many years as a camp counselor and mentor to youth with disabilities.
Steve is also PYD’s Communications Manager, which involves him overseeing PYD’s marketing team and all external communications and collateral. He was previously a freelance sportswriter and blogger, and contributed articles to such places as FanGraphs, ESPN.com, and the Tampa Bay Times.
When he’s not at work, Steve enjoys hiking and camping, following baseball, and geeking out over all things sci-fi/fantasy.