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Washington, DC 20005
The DC Metro BLN Is excited to announce the theme for our second annual gala to support our commitment to youth with disabilities!
The DC Metro BLN takes seriously the commitment to this nation’s Millennials made by the ADA, the ADAAA and the IDEA that promise education and employment. We work with great partners, such as the National Youth Transition Collaborative, BroadFutures, Greater Washington Internship Coalition, Marriott Foundation’s Bridges from School to Work and TransCen, Inc. and bring our employer members together to focus on the gap between school and work. As a USBLN® Affiliate, we support the Career Link Mentoring Program and its Student Advisory Council.
We recognize that the biggest barrier to employment for individuals with disabilities is attitudinal and all our work is guided to providing a solution to that barrier. Our goal is to change those attitudes and address concerns of businesses by engaging and informing businesses about the benefits of employing individuals with disabilities. Employers join BLNs because they want an opportunity to engage with like-minded businesses to learn how to progress in the journey toward inclusion of diverse talent who happen to have disabilities (including returning Veterans).
Curtis Pride was our 2015 “Grand Slam” Gala keynote and funds raised last year enabled us to hold two national college virtual career fairs that include a Mentoring Booth for attendees to ask questions directly to employers. As a part of this effort, we also held a Virtual Mentoring Day for high school students with disabilities considering college.
Some of our more recent efforts include showcasing the Work Early Work Often Campaign produced by the NYTC and contributing material to “Your Pathway to Success” Transition Toolkit“ in collaboration with PolicyWorks for the HSC Foundation/ Youth Transition Collaborative.
We have partnered with Gallaudet University, The George Washington University’s Career and Disability Services offices and BroadFutures, to create a new initiative entitled, The “ME Collaborative” (Millennials and Employers). Funding from the 2016 Gala will enable the DC Metro BLN and BroadFutures, to assemble a 12-month focus group, bringing Millennials in college as well as graduates in the workforce, Employer Campus Recruiters and other SME’s to the Collaborative to craft a series of accessible e-learning (micro learning) modules to help Millennials to understand how to succeed in their career choices.
TICKETS AVAILABLE at Early Bird prices!
Contact us to Become a Sponsor!
As a sponsor, your organization’s logo (and link to your website) will be prominently displayed on our website as a Gala 2016 sponsor until the 2017 Gala - An entire year of branding!
Our Platinum Sponsors will also be recognized every month in the newsletter.
2016 Sponsorship Levels Benefits
PLATINUM $10,000 Four 2016 Gala tickets
Ten Guest Passes to 2017 Programs
DIAMOND $5,000 Three 2016 Gala tickets
Five Guest Passes to 2017 Programs
GOLD $2,500 Two 2016 Gala tickets
Two Guest Passes to 2017 Programs
SMALL BUSINESS $1,000 One 2016 Gala ticket
One Guest Pass to 2017 Programs
Additional Sponsorships Available!
A further note on Curtis Pride:
We have recently learned that Curtis Pride, the first, and only, full-season deaf player in the modern history of Major League Baseball, has just announced that he is writing a book that will share all the details of his incredible life story. In his announcement Curtis indicated that it is very important to him to tell his story the way he wants to tell it, so he has decided to publish the book through a large and well-established independent publishing company. To that end, Curtis has launched a Kickstarter page to fund the various costs for an initial print run of 10,000 books. A link to that page is below if you would like additional information about the book.