2023 marks our 10th year of incorporation! We will have our 10th year celebration soon.
Welcome to our Winter 2023 Cohort!
This month we successfully kicked off our 16th internship program! Our interns come from all across the country and have unique talents, skills, and passions. We are completing the initial two weeks of training, where we equip and empower our participants by giving them the skills and confidence to be successful in their internships. We look forward to the internships starting in February.
Welcome to our employer partners!
We are excited to welcome out newest employer partner, Atlas Performing Arts Center, a non-profit performing arts venue in a historic theater. The Atlas fosters and presents art in film, dance, music, theater, vocal and choral work, spoken word, and beyond. This is our first partnership with a theater arts company and we could not be more excited.
We are also happy to welcome back 5 previous employer partners this Winter!
Introducing our newest Board member,
Lauren Focarazzo is highly committed to the BroadFutures mission and is passionate about cultivating inclusive workplaces where all people have an equal opportunity to thrive. She is the Vice President of Business Development at AIR, where she oversees business development operations, market and competitive intelligence, proposal management, pricing, and pre-award functions. Lauren is responsible for ensuring collaboration between programmatic and operational leadership. Throughout her 18 years of experience in business development, Lauren has worked with hundreds of funders, including Federal agencies, state and local governments, and foundations such as the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Lauren has served as treasurer of a co-operative school, and is currently on the PTA board at her children's elementary school. She earned her M.A. in applied sociology, a graduate certificate in the nonprofit sector from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and her B.A. in English from the University of Delaware. A native of New York, Lauren lives in Silver Spring, MD with her wife, two children, and their dog.
BroadFutures is working with Commonwealth Academy to match BroadFutures alumni to serve as mentors for Commonwealth high school students. Mentors would commit to one meeting each month. Please email email@example.com if you are interested and want to learn more.
January 2023 Newsletter It is BroadFutures’ 10 Year Anniversary!!! 2023 marks our 10th year of incorporation! We will have our 10th year celebration soon. Welcome to our Winter 2023 Cohort! This month we successfully kicked off our 16th internship program! Our interns come from all across the country and have unique talents, skills, […]
As the year comes to a close, we at BroadFutures are grateful for all that 2022 has brought us. We are especially thankful for our dedicated community, generous donors, supportive employer partners, committed families, hardworking staff and board, and awe inspiring interns.
After several years of remote programming, we were thrilled to return to in-person activities this summer in our new offices at 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue. It was wonderful to be back in person where we trained, learned, grew, and created new friendships together. The program was a huge success for both our interns and employer partners. We served close to 50 young people individually and many more through our outreach efforts. We were also pleased to welcome five new employer partners, bringing our group to over 60 organizations. Additionally, we expanded our reach nationwide through a partnership with General Dynamics Mission Systems, delivering our programming to four offices across the country. Looking ahead to 2023, we have high expectations for BroadFutures. Not only will it mark our 10th anniversary, but we also hope to launch more nationwide pilots and serve a greater number of scholarship recipients and interns.
Finally, As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." At BroadFutures, we strive to support this very principle, and in doing so, we aim to change the lives of the young people we serve as well as the workplace. Thank you to all who have helped BroadFutures promote growth, inclusivity, and accessibility. We would be thrilled if you would consider BroadFutures in your end of year gift giving, and we look forward to being in touch in the New Year.
Pleaseconsider an end of year donation to BroadFutures and support our mission HERE!
Your end of year gift will last long into the New Year by ensuring we are able to continue to serve the young people who are at the heart of our mission. Your thoughtful support provides vital tools and resources for those who learn differently. Thank you!
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December 2022 Newsletter Happy New Year! An End of Year Message from our CEO As the year comes to a close, we at BroadFutures are grateful for all that 2022 has brought us. We are especially thankful for our dedicated community, generous donors, supportive employer partners, committed families, hardworking staff and board, and […]
We hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
This past month, all of us at BroadFutures have been focused on our gratitude for the incredible community that supports our work.
And... what we have been up to.....
Over the past month, we have been busy getting ready for our 2023 Programs. We have been vetting lots of applications and meeting so many interesting young people in the process. We have also been meeting with our loyal employer partners and some new employers who are excited to partner with us in 2023. We also had a wonderful time with our BroadFutures alumni at our speed-friending event. Keep an eye out as our newly formed BroadFutures Alumni Committee has plenty more activities that we will announce in the coming weeks!!
Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday!
Join the movement and give back this Giving Tuesday - one of the biggest giving days of the year! Help us empower young neurodiverse people and be a part of something life changing!!! Here are just some examples of how your gift can make a difference:
This month’s spotlight is Jack Jones, a Summer 2022 participant and Fall Gala Speaker. He is a recent graduate of Beacon College and participated in both the BroadFutures Strengths program during the summer of 2021 as well as the Internship Program this past summer. This Summer, Jack worked for Concord Hospitality at the Hyatt and Canopy hotels here at the Wharf. When looking back on his time at BroadFutures, Jack noted that “I am grateful to BroadFutures because they helped me explore opportunities I may not have had otherwise. Before doing the summer program I didn’t realize I liked hospitality work. But now, hospitality is an industry I am considering working in for the future. Furthermore, the social events that BroadFutures held gave me a chance to meet new people and expand my network.”
Congratulations Jack! We cannot wait to hear about your successes!
When asked to reflect on their partnership with BroadFutures, Chief Operating Officer Andre Witt shared that “We at SWBID have truly enjoyed our relationship with Broad Futures, we have been enlightened by the hard working men and women of the program. The workers have fit in very well with our family oriented company and they have each gained valuable professional experience working in numerous areas of public space management. We truly value this relationship and would love to continue the relationship for many years to come.”
We look forward to a continued partnership with SWBID. Learn more about SWBID here.
November 2022 Newsletter We hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! This past month, all of us at BroadFutures have been focused on our gratitude for the incredible community that supports our work. And… what we have been up to….. Over the past month, we have been busy getting ready for our […]
It was a gorgeous night at the Wharf on the rooftop of our employer partner CBRE for our New Opportunities, New Impact Fall Gala. Thank you to CBRE for hosting and to everyone who came out and supported us, as well as our many generous donors who were unable to be with us in person. We experienced a wonderful and successful Gala, hearing directly from our inspired BroadFutures team, interns, parents, donors, and employers. In addition to surpassing our $30k scholarship match goal, we raised $30,000 more than last year’s Gala and welcomed 30% more attendees as compared with last year.
Even if you missed our event, you can still be a part of it! Donate HERE to our Gala campaign to support our mission and THANK YOU for helping us continue to empower young neurodivergent people and diversify the workplace.
Soon we will be sharing with everyone a video recapping the evening. The video will feature happenings and videos from throughout the event, including our incredible interns, employers, donors and Champion Awardees!!
Welcoming our new Board Treasurer, Amy Naoum!
We are thrilled it announce our newest Board Member and Treasurer. Amy Naoum. Amy Naoum is a licensed and practicing CPA. For 15+ years, Amy has helped corporate and non-profit clients with their overall finance and accounting needs.
Amy started her career at Ernst & Young, LLP and later moved on to a small tax firm located in Washington, DC. The experiences at both firms were invaluable and led to the eventual start of her own firm, serving clients as a virtual CFO. Amy’s work with disability-focused nonprofits began in 2012 and has remained at the center of her career. This work led Amy to Disability:IN in 2015 and she ultimately became their full-time CFO in 2020.
Amy is a graduate of Emory University with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a focus in CPA accounting. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and son.
APPLY NOW for our 2023 programs! The Winter Program deadline has been extended to November 15th!
This month’s spotlight is Alexandra Jaramillo, a Summer 2022 participant. Alexandra and Fall Gala Speaker. Alexandra is current first-year student at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, SAIS, in Washington DC. Her studies have a regional focus on China, and a policy focus on strategy, securities, and statecraft. Through the BroadFutures program, she was a research intern for the political economy team the Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS).
When looking back on her time at BroadFutures, Alexandra noted that “BroadFutures helped to organize the internship position and offered the space and opportunity to grow and ask questions to help better myself professionally. The program’s work in interpersonal relationships, speech practice, and personal development and regulation helped me make the most of my time at CSIS, and I will carry those newfound skills forward in my studies at SAIS and beyond.”
Congratulations Alexandra and wishing you the best. Stay in touch and do not be a stranger!!
October 2022 Newsletter OUR FALL GALA WAS A HUGE SUCCESS It was a gorgeous night at the Wharf on the rooftop of our employer partner CBRE for our New Opportunities, New Impact Fall Gala. Thank you to CBRE for hosting and to everyone who came out and supported us, as well as our many […]
Welcoming our newest Team member, Shaynie Hayward!
We are thrilled to welcome Shaynie Hayward to our team. Shaynie is serving as our Program Coordinator. and comes to us as a Teach for America Alumni corps, having served as a teacher at Link Community Charter School in Newark NJ., where she was committed to closing the achievement gap amongst students in low income areas who battle educational inequity. Shaynie is incredibly passionate about the uplift of people from diverse backgrounds and works as a changemaker to make spaces more inclusive and equitable. Shaynie's background has equipped her with the ability to build agency within the populations she has worked with and is translating that experience to our mission here at BroadFutures. Shaynie received her B.A. from Muhlenberg College in Sociology and her Masters of Arts in Education from Relay Graduate School of Education. Shaynie is originally from East Orange, New Jersey and currently resides in Washington, D.C.. Shaynie is excited to join our team, commenting that, "BroadFutures is a unique organization that works to instill agency and empower youth with disabilities. I'm incredibly proud to be a part of a team that works to provide opportunity to individuals who have lacked access to spaces while continuing to break barriers as neurodivergent youth make impactful changes in our communities!"
Congratulations and a heartfelt Farewell to our Senior Program Associate, Charlotte Morse
Charlotte is moving on to a very exciting opportunity at DC Public Schools as a Lead Educator, K-5 Math and Special Education Implementation!! We are so proud of you Charlotte and know you will greatly impact the K-5 special education curriculum in DC!! Good luck and do not be a stranger!!!
APPLY NOW for our 2023 programs! Winter Program deadline is November 1st
This month we want to shine the spotlight on one of our newest employer partners, the American Red Cross, who became an employer partner this past summer. The American Red Cross is a non-profit humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief, and disaster preparedness education in the United States.
When asked about the partnership with BroadFutures, Senior Program Manager of Talent Acquisition, Julie Hammond remarked that the “BroadFutures Intern Program provided me with a truly amazing experience. The team at BroadFutures supported Megan [our intern] and the American Red Cross with meaningful feedback sessions and growth for her opportunities throughout the summer. I appreciate the opportunity and look forward to being able to partner again in the future.”
We also look forward to a continuing partnership with the American Red Cross. Learn more about the Red Cross here.
Alumni Spotlight - Justin Wade
Our alumni spotlight this month is Justin Wade. Justin attended BroadFutures as part of the Winter 2019 program while on a gap year. Justin is currently attending Landmark College and is track to graduate the 2023 with an Associates degree in liberal studies. Justin was also recently accepted to Goucher College and plans to attend in the Fall 2023 where he will be pursuing his Bachelors in Anthropology. Justing spent this past summer working towards his certificate as a registered behavioral technician. When asked about the impact of BroadFutures, Justin said that, “Attending BroadFutures did wonders for me as the people there helped me grow as a person and taught me how to hold a job properly. BroadFutures primarily helped me become more confident with how I express my needs to others whether work or social wise and understand how a worker must serve the organization they work for."
Congratulations Justin! We cannot wait to hear about your successes!
September 2022 Newsletter PLEASE JOIN US for our New Opportunities, New Impact Fall Gala Click here to access the Fall 2022 Gala Campaign Page Welcoming our newest Team member, Shaynie Hayward! We are thrilled to welcome Shaynie Hayward to our team. Shaynie is serving as our Program Coordinator. and comes to us […]
On August 5th, we celebrated the successful completion of our first in-person Summer internship program since the start of the pandemic. Congratulations to all of our interns for your amazing work and the progress you made this summer! We are proud of all of your well-earned accomplishments and are excited to hear about your successes in the future.
We are grateful to all of our new and returning employer partners for hosting our interns and providing them with invaluable experiences and support. We are also thankful to our parents, staff and donors for their partnership in ensuring a successful summer program. We appreciate those who took time out of their busy work days to join our final intern presentations and employer recognition. We feel fortunate to have this incredibly supportive community!
Employer Partner Spotlight - InterContinental Washington D.C. The Wharf
This month we would like to spotlight The InterContinental Hotel. We have a long partnership with the InterContinental hand have placed interns at both the InterContinental-The Wharf, as part of our partnership with the DC Wharf. and at The InterContinental - The Willard. Through our partnership the InterContinental has hosted 16 interns and this year hired on one of our winter interns full time!!! This year we will be recognizing the InterContinental with our Champion Award at our Fall Gala.
When asked to reflect on her work with BroadFutures thus far, Kathryn Markey of The Wharf remarked that, "The Wharf values its partnership with BroadFutures as part of our ongoing commitment to building a diverse and inclusive workplace. The Summer 2022 BroadFutures interns made a positive impact at our hotel – not only did they show up ready to work and eager to learn, but they consistently demonstrated a strong work ethic consistent with the level of service that we portray. We look forward to continued opportunities to work more closely together."
We look forward to a continued partnership with The InterContinental Hotel - both at the Willard and The Wharf and are so grateful for our partnership.
August 2022 Newsletter Congratulations to our Summer 2022 Interns! On August 5th, we celebrated the successful completion of our first in-person Summer internship program since the start of the pandemic. Congratulations to all of our interns for your amazing work and the progress you made this summer! We are proud of all of […]
Our Summer 2022 program has been in full swing with our interns successfully completing 6 weeks of their internships. They are geared up to finish their final week! During Friday Training, interns have been returning to our office to engage in curriculum on leadership, self-advocacy, accepting and responding to feedback, and hearing from awesome guest speakers such as GettingHired, a platform that connects diverse talent pools to employers who are committed to inclusion. We are incredibly proud of our interns as we continue to receive positive employer feedback and hear about their incredible learning experiences. Check out this video that features a reflection on Anthony's favorite part of being in the BroadFutures program so far.
General Dynamics Mission Systems Pilot Program
Our Pilot with General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS)that we announced earlier this year is in full swing this summer. Our partnerships span the county with four different offices in Arizona, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Our model has provided our young people with the incredible opportunity to be a part of GDMS's important work. Our team has been working closely with both GDMS supervisors and our interns to foster a productive and accessible work experience for all. We have provided support for the application and interview process as well as comprehensive neurodiversity training and support for GDMS staff. This focused approach has allowed us to provide strategies to better support our interns' success as well as the growing capacity of our GDMS partners! We are excited and grateful for this inspired partnership.
Thank You to All of our Summer 2022 Employer Partners!
We are so grateful to our incredible employer partners. We are celebrating a successful return to in-person programming, which is our first in over two and a half years. It would not be possible without their commitment to our mission. Thank you!
Employer Partner Spotlight - United Bank
This month, our employer spotlight is United Bank. United Bank is one of our newest employer partners and has been serving the D.C. metropolitan area for over 180 years and across 222 locations. In addition to being one of the premier banking options in the area, United Bank has been giving back to the community with philanthropic projects in affordable housing, education, financial literacy and economic vitality.
When asked to reflect on their partnership with BroadFutures thus far, United Bank team members Amilcar Ayala and Amy Goumbala shared, "Our partnership with BroadFutures has allowed us to coach and develop an up-and-coming young professional to be his best and to learn how personal finance and the banking system works. It is an honor to guide our youth to the path of success. Anthony is a smart and talented young man, we enjoyed having him on the team and appreciate the great contributions he has made to United Bank."
July 2022 Newsletter Save the Date BECOME a SPONSOR for our New Opportunities, New Impact Fall Gala October 22nd, 2022 | 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. Click here to access the Fall 2022 Gala Campaign Page Summer Internship Program Update Our Summer 2022 program has been in full swing with our interns successfully […]
Our interns successfully completed their initial two-week training on June 18th, building a wonderful community of peers and building relationships with our staff. They engaged in our interactive professionalism and communications curriculum that covers a broad range of topics including first impressions, verbal and non-verbal communication, self-advocacy, disability disclosure, and taking the perspective of others. We also engaged in mock interviews, elevator pitches and heard from outside presenters. We continue to integrate the arts as well as mindfulness. Our interns finished their last day of training with presentations on what they learned during training and what they are looking forward to in their internships.
Our interns are ending the month with two weeks of successful internships!! They continue to push themselves and grow as professionals and we are receiving such positive feedback from both our employers and our interns. We cannot wait to see all of the incredible work they will accomplish over the summer.
Keep an eye out next month when we will introduce our Summer class in more detail!!
Meet the New Members of Our Team!
Andrea serves as Program Associate working with interns as a mentor and providing general program support. Andrea is passionate about ensuring that everybody is able to reach their potential and is deeply committed to BroadFutures' mission. She previously worked as an intern at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and as a Student Assistant at the Latin American Ephemera Collection in the Princeton University Library. She recently graduated with honors from Princeton University with a B.A. in Anthropology. Andrea is from Puerto Rico and currently resides in Washington, D.C. When asked about why she is excited to work at BroadFutures, Andy shared that she is "excited to learn more about nonprofit work and to help the wonderful young people that we serve expand their potential."
Austin serves as a Program Associate working with interns as a mentor and providing general program support. With two family members who have learning disabilities, he believes in the importance of an organization like BroadFutures. Before joining BroadFutures, Austin worked as a Research Assistant at the Liechtenstein Institute on Self Determination. His work focused on global migration governance and the use of individuals as pawns for states. He graduated from Princeton University in 2021 with a degree in Public & International Affairs. His previous experience as a Residential Advisor during undergrad has prepared him for peer-to-peer mentoring and taught him how to cultivate space for people of a variety of backgrounds. Austin is originally from Michigan, but currently lives in Washington D.C. When asked about why he is excited to work at BroadFutures, Austin shared "I'm excited to be working for an organization whose mission means something and in particular to be working with interns to gain the skills they need to thrive in the workplace."
Matthew is a summer intern for BroadFutures supporting program and outreach efforts. As a student with a learning disability as well as a supportive family member of people with disabilities, the BroadFutures mission is very personal and important to him. He is currently entering his senior year at Princeton University pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. He also has a rigorous writing course load, including a screenwriting course with writer and disability advocate, Maysoon Zayid. Matthew has an 8 year professional acting career and writes for a late-night comedy show, All-Nighter, on Princeton’s campus. Matthew lives in Princeton with his family and hopes to pursue a career in screenwriting and acting.
Molly is a summer intern for BroadFutures supporting our social media and graphic design efforts. She is a graphic design major at Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville, and is passionate about using her graphic design skills to make the world a place with more acceptance and kindness. Molly is our first BroadFutures Alumni intern to be hired!!! Before joining the BroadFutures team, she participated in our Winter 2022 Program as a graphic design intern with the Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE). Molly is thrilled to be working directly with the BroadFutures team after completing the BroadFutures internship program last winter. She shared that "It is deeply gratifying to do work that furthers [our] amazing mission."
Alumni Intern Spotlight
This month, we are proud to feature BroadFutures alumni Sam Flood, who has participated in several BroadFutures programs. He has completed two internships programs, one with The Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) and another with the Small Business Administration (SBA). Sam also participated in our inaugural Summer Strengths program. Since completing our programs, Sam has been focusing on his passion for writing and has produced a series of eight Fated Journey Books. Though he has not found a publisher yet, we are excited and eagerly looking forward to all of his future success as an author. Along with his fantasy series, Sam has begun to write about his personal journey with his disability. He shared, "My story has lots of twists and turns but ultimately despite the doubters (one doctor said I'd never graduate High School let alone college and might need to be institutionalized) and uncertainty I graduated from college and joined your program at BroadFutures."
In addition to his writing, Sam also works at a wine and cheese shop engaging with customers on a daily basis and employing the communication skills he developed during his time with BroadFutures. When reflecting on his experience with us, Sam noted, "Not only has BroadFutures taught me how to function in a work environment, but how to function within a city as well. BroadFutures helped me a lot in being a better employee at work and living on my own." We are very proud of Sam and look forward to keeping up with his personal and professional journey.
Employer Partner Spotlight - Synergy Enterprises, Inc.
This month, we want to shine the spotlight on one of our newest employer partners, Synergy Enterprises, Inc.! Synergy Enterprises, Inc. (Synergy) is a woman-owned small business. They are a team of diverse and dedicated individuals who bring subject matter expertise, customized technology tools, and award-winning communications services to projects that connect and strengthen people, programs, communities, and countries. Since its creation in 2003, Synergy focuses on issues related to public education, public health, and other critical social programs that enrich the opportunities of individuals, communities, and populations that are under-served or at-risk. Our intern with SEI is currently working on providing technical support for the Y4Y project, which focuses on providing professional learning and technical assistance for Community Learning Centers. You can learn more about the project here.
When asked to reflect on their partnership with BroadFutures thus far, Synergy shared, "BroadFutures made integrating Louis with our team so easy! The weekly check-in calls help us focus on what we can be doing to help Louis when giving new assignments, and provide us with valuable insight as we work with him."
June 2022 Newsletter Introducing Our SUMMER 2022 Intern Cohort!!! Our interns successfully completed their initial two-week training on June 18th, building a wonderful community of peers and building relationships with our staff. They engaged in our interactive professionalism and communications curriculum that covers a broad range of topics including first impressions, verbal and non-verbal […]
Our Internship Program starts next week and we are excited to welcome our first class to join us in person since Winter 2020! We are grateful for the opportunity to work with an incredibly talented and motivated group of young people coming from all across the United States. We are equally grateful to be partnering this summer with an amazing group of employer partners.
On May 17th, we celebrated the opening of our new office space. The new location is just a short walk from our old space and on the GW campus! Thank you to all who came to join us - we are so excited to begin this chapter in such a bright, beautiful space!
A Fond Farewell to Carole!
It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Carole Trevey and wish her the best of luck as she builds upon her communications experience here at BroadFutures and transitions to Marketing Assistant at Keller and Heckman LLP. Carole, we are so grateful for the incredible impact you have made here during your time at BroadFutures. We will miss you terribly but are so excited for this next chapter in your professional career. Do not be a stranger and please stay in touch!!
...and we are excited to welcome several new staff members in June!
Intern Spotlight - Bee
Meet Bee Megginson! Bee is a 23-year-old from Maryland. She recently wrapped up her internship working with Congressman David Trone. While interning in his District Office, Bee engaged constituents on a variety of topics, while also communicating with the advisory board and completing briefings about current events for the congressman. Bee is a highly impressive young person, who one day hopes to become a dance choreographer or work as an administrator at a nonprofit or lobbying group. We are so proud of Bee, and so excited to see what she does next!
In case you missed it... check out our 2021 Impact Report!
May 2022 Newsletter Getting Ready for our Summer Internship Program Our Internship Program starts next week and we are excited to welcome our first class to join us in person since Winter 2020! We are grateful for the opportunity to work with an incredibly talented and motivated group of young people coming from […]