Unicorn Children’s Foundation Offers Virtual Job Club for Teens and Young Adults with Special Needs

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Unicorn Children’s Foundation Offers Virtual Job Club for Teens and
Young Adults with Special Needs

Boca Raton FL – April 3, 2020 –The Unicorn Children’s Foundation has announced a “virtual” Unicorn Connection – Job Club to help individuals with special needs find a career path that will lead to a successful, happy, and self-sufficient future. While this project was intended to be an in-person course conducted at the new Unicorn Connection Center, the current rules of social distancing during these unprecedented times have required the foundation to innovate and pivot to remote training opportunities for a population who typically suffers from social isolation.

National statistics reveal that 68% of persons with an intellectual or developmental disability are unemployed or underemployed despite their ability and willingness to work. These statistics are likely to increase during the current state of affairs. The Unicorn Connection – Job Club will benefit both students with special needs and employers in the community. The first session will run from April 19th through June 28th from 4-5pm through Zoom meetings and is open to individuals with disabilities between the ages of 16-29.

Sharon Alexander, CEO of the Unicorn Children’s Foundation, shared “Now, is the time to take advantage of the technology we have available to us and equip individuals who have intellectual or developmental disabilities with the skills necessary to improve employability. If they are better prepared to pursue employment opportunities now, we hope that they will be successful in finding competitive and gainful employment in careers where they find purpose and meaning when social distancing recommendations are relaxed and many will be in competition for new job openings.”

Gabe Bernstein

A diversity employment counselor will facilitate a Job Club through two 9-week sessions. The Job Club will provide teens and young adults with disabilities a support group to develop employment success strategies. Meetings will provide opportunities for discussion on current employment situations and problem solving. Meetings will include specific topic discussions and skill development on topics such as: identification of career preference; identifying connections and networking; resume
refinement; interview skills; self-advocacy, developing friendships/social skills at work; and
maintaining employment.

This program is made possible by the generous support of our grant funders: The Batchelor Foundation, Boca Rio Foundation, Boca West Children’s Foundation, and the City of Boca Raton. For more information and to register, visit https://www.unicornchildrensfoundation.org/jobclub.html or email
info@unicornchildrensfoundation.org.

About the Unicorn Children’s Foundation
Unicorn Children’s Foundation is a 25 year old non-profit organization that is dedicated to building communities of acceptance, support, and opportunity for kids and young adults who are challenged by special needs and neurodiversity by supporting or developing its cradle to career pathways. Our initiatives connect families to community resources, advocate for inclusive opportunities, respect differences, empower individuals,
and support success. With 1 in 6 children being diagnosed with a developmental or learning disorder, we believe it is our responsibility to create a world where all children’s potential can flourish. To learn more about the Unicorn Children’s Foundation visit http://www.unicornchildrensfoundation.org. Also available on
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