Monthly Archives: April 2011

Autistic Self-Advocate Calls Attention to Need for Meaningful Transition Supports

NCWD/Youth is pleased to welcome guest blogger Ari Ne’eman, the President of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. In December 2009, President Obama nominated him to the National Council on Disability, making him the first openly Autistic presidential appointee and the … Continue reading

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Insights on an Internship Experience

Nyasha Mutumwa is a junior at Michigan State University (MSU) currently studying Human Resources and Economics and expected to graduate May 2012. She interned with the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) Center for Workforce Development (CWD) this Winter/Spring, assisting with … Continue reading

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April is for Showers, Tulips, Taxes… and Financial Literacy

So much happens this time of year. We start getting more sunshine, rain, and flowers. And, of course, taxes are due! April is also National Financial Literacy Month, which was first officially designated in 2003. Activities this month are designed … Continue reading

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Society’s Conceptions of Beauty & Disability Challenged at AAPD Fashion Show

To those of us who are slightly obsessed with fashion, the name Norma Kamali may ring a bell. Well known for her “sleeping bag” coat design, she has been an icon within the fashion world for over 40 years, paired … Continue reading

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Youth Reflect on Defining Beauty at Inclusion & Leadership Conference

“All eyes on me when I walk in. No question that this girl’s a 10. Don’t hate me ‘cause I’m beautiful. Don’t hate me ‘cause I’m beautiful!” These lyrics to the extremely popular hip-hop song, “Pretty Girl Rock,” by celebrated … Continue reading

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Career Exploration Tools & Resources for All Youth

When I was a teen (before the Internet was widely used in schools and homes) and someone asked me what career I wanted to pursue after high school, it was hard to answer them with any confidence because I had … Continue reading

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Strategies for Summer Employment & Work-based Learning: Examples from Youth Programs

If you read our recent three-part blog series on summer jobs, you might be saying to yourself, “Okay, I get the message that summer jobs for youth are getting harder and harder to find so I should get started now … Continue reading

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Spring into Summer (Part 3 of 3): Finding Ways to Engage Youth in Work-Focused Activities

Welcome back to the final blog entry in NCWD/Youth’s three-part series on youth summer employment! (If you missed the previous two entries, you can catch up on them here: Part 1: The Past Decade’s Downward Slide and Part 2: The … Continue reading

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Spring into Summer Jobs (Part 2 of 3): The Race and Income Gap

Welcome back to Part 2 of our three-part “Spring into Summer Jobs” blog mini-series. (If you missed Part 1, I recommend that you catch up on it now.) When we last saw our heroes, we were lamenting the decade-long downward … Continue reading

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