(El Paso, TX) September 27, 2017 – , Workforce Solutions Borderplex, Vocational Rehabilitative Services and Volar Center for Independent Living hosted a ceremony to recognize the 76 young people with disabilities and their employers who participated in the 2017 Earn and Learn Work Summer Work Program. The ceremony included a keynote address by District 3 City Representative, Cassandra Brown, followed by testimonials, a presentation of certificates, and dinner.
“We are excited about the growth of this program and the increased business support and participation. More important, several youth were given permanent jobs with some of our participating businesses and that is our ultimate goal,” said Joyce Wilson, CEO of Workforce Solutions Borderplex.
Workforce Solutions Borderplex also presented the Employer Advocacy Recognition Award to Steinmart for their prominent leadership in the initiative through their ongoing commitment to hire individuals with disabilities.
“It was great to be a part of the recognition efforts for employers who created opportunities for the summer earn and learn youth with disabilities,” said Representative Brown. “I’m also incredibly proud of the young men and women who broke through barriers to work this summer. It's important that we understand the benefits of this life changing program.”
About Workforce Solutions Borderplex Earn and Learn Summer Work Program
Earn and Learn Summer Work Program, formerly known as “Breaking Barriers”, is a groundbreaking program that focuses organizational resources on empowering youth with disabilities through transition planning that is individualized, person-driven and culturally/linguistically appropriate, beginning with summer employment. During its nine-year lifetime, the summer work experience model has served more than 410 youth and 173 employers. Employers that participated in 2017 are: YWCA, City of El Paso, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso Community College, Walgreens, Steinmart, The Hospitals of Providence, Pride Industries, Xceed Resources and the Opportunity Center.