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22 Local Businesses Partner with The Arc Jacksonville to host Job-a-Palooza for students

— Job-a-Palooza event held on Friday, June 22 for students with intellectual and developmental differences–

Jacksonville, FL — June 22, 2018 —The Arc Jacksonville, a nonprofit serving individuals with intellectual and developmental differences (IDDs), hosted Job-a-Palooza, a superhero-themed competition to showcase the career abilities of youth ages 14-21.

Twenty-two local businesses joined together for the event, creating industry-related job tasks for the students to complete. Each student selected five job tasks, and competed against others, judged on quality/speed and professionalism. Sixty-three students participated, paired with peer mentors who helped them to select the job tasks, practice and cheered them on during the competition.

“We are thrilled to partner with so many local businesses to provide students the opportunity to develop and showcase their job skills and expose them to new career possibilities. We are proud to have so many companies, who are leaders in their fields, support our mission for an inclusive community for individuals of all abilities.” – Jim Whittaker, President/CEO, The Arc Jacksonville.

Kerry Speckman, local author and blogger, served as the Emcee for the competition. Special guests cheered on participants, including the ROAR cheerleaders.

Participating Businesses: Baptist Health, Big Guy Movers, Cause Inspired Media, Dave & Busters, Eco Relics, EY, European Street, Firehouse Subs, Florida Blue, McCall Service, MOSH, North Florida Financial Corporation, Publix, TIAA Bank, Tidbits, UNF, VyStar Credit Union, W&O, and YMCA. Several of these companies currently employ individuals with IDDs.

The Arc Jacksonville is committed to providing work readiness training, internship opportunities and employment placements for individuals with IDD. The event was sponsored by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, in partnership with The Arc of Florida. If you’re ready to hire your next superhero, contact Susan Hamilton, VP of Employment Services at The Arc Jacksonville by emailing Shamilton@arcjacksonville.org or calling 904-355-0155.

About The Arc Jacksonville

The Arc Jacksonville is a charitable non-profit organization founded in 1965, serving more than 500 adults each day. Program participants are empowered to take their next step in earning a living, education, creating a home, independence, recreation and community involvement. Through innovative programs, The Arc Jacksonville is on the front lines to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental differences and their families have the support and services they need to be fully engaged in their communities.

Mission: To serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve their full potential to participate in community life. Visit www.arcjacksonville.org for more information.

Editor’s Note: The Arc Jacksonville is not an acronym and Arc should never be in all capital letters. When referring to the organization, please use The Arc Jacksonville, not The ARC, The ARC Jacksonville and never ARC. The Arc Jacksonville should be considered as a title or phrase. Refer to the individuals as having “differences” and not “disabilities.”

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22 Local Businesses Partner with The Arc Jacksonville to host Job-a-Palooza for students

— Job-a-Palooza event held on Friday, June 22 for students with intellectual and developmental differences–

Jacksonville, FL — June 22, 2018 —The Arc Jacksonville, a nonprofit serving individuals with intellectual and developmental differences (IDDs), hosted Job-a-Palooza, a superhero-themed competition to showcase the career abilities of youth ages 14-21.

Twenty-two local businesses joined together for the event, creating industry-related job tasks for the students to complete. Each student selected five job tasks, and competed against others, judged on quality/speed and professionalism. Sixty-three students participated, paired with peer mentors who helped them to select the job tasks, practice and cheered them on during the competition.

“We are thrilled to partner with so many local businesses to provide students the opportunity to develop and showcase their job skills and expose them to new career possibilities. We are proud to have so many companies, who are leaders in their fields, support our mission for an inclusive community for individuals of all abilities.” – Jim Whittaker, President/CEO, The Arc Jacksonville.

Kerry Speckman, local author and blogger, served as the Emcee for the competition. Special guests cheered on participants, including the ROAR cheerleaders.

Participating Businesses: Baptist Health, Big Guy Movers, Cause Inspired Media, Dave & Busters, Eco Relics, EY, European Street, Firehouse Subs, Florida Blue, McCall Service, MOSH, North Florida Financial Corporation, Publix, TIAA Bank, Tidbits, UNF, VyStar Credit Union, W&O, and YMCA. Several of these companies currently employ individuals with IDDs.

The Arc Jacksonville is committed to providing work readiness training, internship opportunities and employment placements for individuals with IDD. The event was sponsored by the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, in partnership with The Arc of Florida. If you’re ready to hire your next superhero, contact Susan Hamilton, VP of Employment Services at The Arc Jacksonville by emailing Shamilton@arcjacksonville.org or calling 904-355-0155.


About The Arc Jacksonville

The Arc Jacksonville is a charitable non-profit organization founded in 1965, serving more than 500 adults each day. Program participants are empowered to take their next step in earning a living, education, creating a home, independence, recreation and community involvement. Through innovative programs, The Arc Jacksonville is on the front lines to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental differences and their families have the support and services they need to be fully engaged in their communities.

Mission: To serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve their full potential to participate in community life. Visit www.arcjacksonville.org for more information.

Editor’s Note: The Arc Jacksonville is not an acronym and Arc should never be in all capital letters. When referring to the organization, please use The Arc Jacksonville, not The ARC, The ARC Jacksonville and never ARC. The Arc Jacksonville should be considered as a title or phrase. Refer to the individuals as having “differences” and not “disabilities.”

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