On September 24, 2014, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) and Student Veterans of America (SVA) kicked off their new educational and networking series, called “Engage: A Diverse Event Series,” with an evening filled with food, drinks, networking and financial education at the National Youth Transitions Center. As will other events in this series, this event welcomed youth and young adults with disabilities and young veterans with and without disabilities throughout the Washington, D.C. metro area. It featured a specific subject of focus (financial education) and addressed key social and educational components for the attendees.
As The HSC Foundation’s signature program, the National Youth Transitions Initiative assists youth and young veterans with disabilities in creating and living a self-directed path to adulthood and employment. Through this initiative, the Foundation developed the National Youth Transitions Center and the Youth Transitions Collaborative, which serve as sponsors for the event series. “We hope that ‘Engage: A Diverse Event Series’ will not only provide useful information for youth and young veterans with disabilities, but also allow a welcoming atmosphere to connect and network with each other,” said Ryan Easterly, manager of the Foundation’s National Youth Transitions Initiative. “The financial-education event was a great start and we look forward to watching the series grow over the next few months.”
Attendees were given various financial information and statistics and participated in interactive activities, led by representatives from TD Bank. “We were pleased to participate in the kickoff event of UCP and SVA’s Engage series,” said Mary Ann Francois, Vice President and Store Manager of TD Bank’s 20th & K Street location in Northwest Washington, DC. “So many of us work hard to make the most of our funds and resources and plan for the future. This, of course, is no different for young veterans and individuals with disabilities and we were all very excited to be a part of such an interactive and fun evening.”
“At Student Veterans of America, we know how challenging the transition can be from the military to civilian life,” said John Kamin, Program Manager at SVA. “Through the Engage series, we’re showing our veterans that they are not alone in the journey. We are excited to be a part of it, and believe it brings many educational and networking benefits to those we serve, as well as offer the opportunity to connect with others who may share similar experiences.”
The series blends well with UCP’s upcoming launch of its My Life Without Limits program, which has a large focus on the transitions in life for individuals with disabilities. “UCP understands the importance of supporting people with disabilities through transitions in life,” said O’Ryan Case, UCP’s Director of Membership and Public Education. “As will our My Life Without Limits program, the Engage series helps us to support these individuals by bringing information to everyone and helping to connect them with others who may share the same or similar interests and challenges. We thank TD Bank for helping us launch this series, as well as the National Youth Transitions Center and Youth Transitions Collaborative for supporting this project. It has been great working with SVA and we look forward to watching our series grow.”
Check out the video below to learn more about the event!
UCP and SVA look forward to the next event in the series, an “Adaptive Sports Networking Reception,” which will be held on October 21, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:00PM EST at the National Youth Transitions Center (2013 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20006) and feature representatives from Disabled Sports USA who will share their stories, answer questions and introduce the world of adaptive sports to attendees. Like all of the events in the series, it is free to attend and food and drinks will be provided. Please be sure to REGISTER HERE. Learn more about the series HERE!
If you have any questions, contact O’Ryan Case at (800) 872-5827 or firstname.lastname@example.org.