June 2019 | Issue Ten
SEEC 2019 Gala Is Huge Success

Thank you to everyone who joined us on May 18th to go  #BehindTheMask at SEEC's Masquerade Gala ! You helped SEEC go beyond the basics to provide holistic services for people with disabilities and support them to  #LiveWorkThrive  in our communities! Your efforts helped SEEC break our all time record and raise over $186,000 to support our programs!

Thank you to our incredible and generous sponsors-especially Philip and Kari Kaplan--our Presenting Sponsors! Thank you to Shomari Stone for being an amazing Master of Ceremonies! Thank you to Save our Seminary for the beautiful venue! We hope you had a great time! Share your pictures and tag us! We would love to see them!
Inside This Issue
  • SEEC 2019 Gala Is Huge Success
  • Planning For A Bright Future: SEEC's Strategic Plan Revealed
  • Project SEARCH Graduations: SEEC In The News
  • Community Partner W.S. Jenks Holds Hiring Event

  • SAVE THE DATE: Footgolf is September 28th! More information coming soon!
Planning For A Bright Future
SEEC's Strategic Plan Revealed

SEEC is pleased to announce the unveiling of an organizational strategic plan to guide our initiatives and services for the next ten years! The strategy is a culmination of over two years of collecting stakeholder input and evaluating our values to ensure we are mission aligned with a focus on smart growth. The plan is driven by four primary pillars which serve as a lens through which we vet proposed initiatives, determine the success of current projects, and guide future activities toward common outcomes.
Stay tuned as we further explore each pillar of the strategic plan in upcoming newsletters.
Community Partner Holds Job Fair
W.S. Jenks and Son Promote Inclusive Hiring

W.S. Jenks & Son,  along with businesses affiliated with the H Street community organization in DC, ho sted a job fair for students from SEEC’s Project Search program at W.S. Jenks & Son's store in DC on June 6th. Twelve employers and 25 job seekers participated in the event.

According to Mike Siegel, W.S. Jenks Communications Director, “Last year, we hired Vincent Williams from the program and he has become an important part of our team at Jenks. These are highly skilled and highly motivated young people who are from a part of our population that often goes overlooked when it comes to finding employment." SEEC is proud to have W. S. Jenks as an inclusive partner fostering tremendous employer support in the community and appreciates all the businesses that turned out to interview!

Thank you to the following businesses for their support of inclusive hiring:

Project SEARCH Graduations
SEEC In The News

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2019 graduates of Project SEARCH! Project SEARCH is a one-year school-to-work transition program designed for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are either in their last year of high school or are recent graduates. The cornerstone of Project SEARCH is classroom learning combined with total workplace immersion in a host business and related agencies.

SEEC operates four Project SEARCH sites in conjunction with our public and private partners. The sites are located at the Smithsonian Institution, Montgomery County Government, Embassy Suites by Hilton, and the National Institutes of Health. Last week, twenty nine students celebrated successful completion of this work training program and all look forward to bright, rewarding futures as employed members of our community!

In addition to SEEC's pride in our interns and staff, we were exceptionally proud to be included in a feature article published in the Washington Post highlighting inclusive hiring, the success of the Project SEARCH model, and the experiences of the seven interns graduating from the Smithsonian program.

Check out the Washington Post article on Project SEARCH Smithsonian at this LINK .

Check out the graduation photo albums on SEEC social media at this LINK.
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