Community Conversation: Preparing Youth with Disabilities for Employment

Image of group of parents, teens and advocates sharing Promise stories.

More than 65 community members gathered in Milwaukee on August 21st to brainstorm solutions to challenges youth and young adults with disabilities face when preparing for employment.  Attendees networked, generated ideas, and shared actions they can take in the next few months to connect youth to jobs.

La Toya Sykes from Our Next Generation facilitated the event, which featured a panel with representatives from Milwaukee Public Schools, Aurora Health Care, and Promise youth.  These Promise youth shared their experiences and goals with attendees:


Craig is a high school senior from Milwaukee who has big dreams to start his own business someday. Watch Craig’s Youth with Promise video to learn more about his dreams, challenges, and the steps he’s taking with Wisconsin Promise to plan for his future.


Dionte has gained valuable work experiences with the Boys and Girls Club over the last three years.  He continues to grow and explore as he seeks employment with the help of a job developer through Promise.


Kaishawna is pursuing a career in music. She had a busy summer completing three job shadow experiences. Due to one of the Promise job shadowing experiences, she was granted a year scholarship to train at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music which will prepare her for her career goal.

Promise Next Step Funding applications were available to individuals who attended the event to help with implementing their ideas developed at the Community Conversation.

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