Disability Mentoring Week

In October 2016, IndependenceFirst once again facilitated Disability Mentoring Week, a program for employers to connect with students with disabilities to promote career development through hands-on job shadowing experiences. Disability Mentoring Week 2016 took place from October 17 through October 21. The week was part of the large-scale national and international Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) program, hosted by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).

Student and mentor working at computer Student with 88nin radio personnel in studio mentor showing student hospital monitoring equipment
Mentor: BVK Mentor: 88nine Radio Milwaukee Mentor: GE Healthcare

Local students experienced a wide variety of careers

Under the direction of IndependenceFirst‘s Youth Leadership Coordinators Grant Heffelfinger and Kristin Stern, over 60 youth with disabilities were matched to job shadow a professional in a career field of their interest in 2016. The youth participants gained a better understanding of the skills, knowledge and backgrounds of professionals in many different careers, including radio broadcast, engineering, radiology and many more.

Mentoring is beneficial for both the mentor and student, advancing career development and personal growth.

For information about Disability Mentoring Week, contact Grant Heffelfinger at 414-226-8367 V/Relay. Disability Mentoring Week is one of many opportunities offered as part of our Youth Leadership Program.

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