According to the U.S. Department of Education, over 2.8 million students are accommodated for specific learning disabilities. A discussion about inclusive early education programs and their impact in minimizing future challenges for children as they transition to higher education or the workforce. With Katy Neas, Vice President for Public Affairs at Easterseals, Inc. This discussion continues in part 2 of Employment for Youth with Disabilities.
Interview recorded Sept 27, 2017.
Dan O'Shea, Rockford Police Department discusses the key to success in developing trust with their new project ROCK. A resident police officer moves into a troubled neighborhood so residents get to know them and build personal relationships.
Chicago Child Care Society was established in 1849 as Chicago Orphan Asylum, one of the first social service agencies in the city. Today, at 168 years old, its services are reaching 600 children and youth each year - and growing - in Chicago's south side neighborhoods, along with supporting their parents. Preschools in Hyde Park and Englewood have space for 134 students, infants to 5 years old. Early Head Start families are receiving home visits and services. High school and middle school students are mentored and prepared for college or work opportunities. Parents receive support and referrals to stabilize and strengthen their family. CCCS vision is to disrupt multi-generational poverty in Chicago's under resourced communities.
"Founder/President of Greenwood Project, Mr. Bevon Joseph, discusses his organization's mission to introduce minority youth to the financial industry. In less than 2 years, Greenwood Project has introduced approximately 150 academically talented students from under resourced communities in Chicago to the financial industry, via paid summer internships, lunch and learn sessions, and a Women of Wall Street speaking series.
Mr. Joseph's ultimate goal is to build a true diversity pipeline for minority students to enter the financial industry. From his own personal experience over 19 years in the financial industry, Mr. Joseph realized that sometimes you need someone on the inside to open the door for you. Greenwood Project scholars are already being considered for jobs in the industry. This means that the Greenwood model works.
Greenwood Project has partnered with 20 financial firms (which includes all the major NY and Chicago exchanges), and 3 technology firms so far. In their second summer, they've tripled the number of students in paid summer internships from 5 to 15, and they are positioned to place 30 next summer.
Talent isn't the problem, a lack of opportunity and exposure is. If we invest the time to expose our youth to what's possible, they will succeed. They simply can't be what they can't see."