Take Your Legislator to Work

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We’ve been sharing our stories with Wisconsin legislators! As part of the Wisconsin Promise Take Your Legislator to Work campaign, we have invited the legislators of Promise youth to join them at their workplace to learn about their job and the importance of integrated community employment for youth with disabilities.

Michael Bender enrolled in Wisconsin Promise and immediately began sharing with his Promise counselor, Annie Mesich – Dane County, that he is interested in a career in sports. Michael and his family and Annie worked with a job developer to see how they could start making Michael’s dream come true.

Michael was hired as a food service employee for the Madison Mallards, a Northwoods League baseball team, where he worked at the park’s Stoddard’s Smokehouse during the team’s entire 2015 season. Michael, who lives in Rio, invited Keith Ripp, his State Representative, to the Mallard’s Duck Pond.

Learn more about Michael’s visit with Representative Keith Ripp.

Take Your Legislator to Work Madison Arnold, a student at LaFollette High School in Madison, wants to be a graphic designer after high school. She also wants to work while she’s in high school. She knows the experience will help her learn new skills that will make her an independent adult….she thinks the paycheck is nice too:)

Madison is currently working two evenings a week, and some weekends, as a stocker at Savers. Madison invited her Senator, Mark Miller, to spend some time with her at the store.

Learn more about Madison’s visit with Senator Mark Miller.

Wisconsin Promise Take Your Legislator to Work is modeled after a similar initiative developed by the Wisconsin Board for People with Development Disabilities (BPDD), which highlights how everyone wins when people with disabilities have community-integrated jobs.

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