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October 2020 Newsletter

Our Together Towards Tomorrow Virtual Night of Celebration was a huge success – thank you!!
Thank you to everyone who tuned in last night to watch our Virtual Night of Celebration & Support! As our first-ever virtual event, we would say it was a very successful night!

Thank you to our wonderful community for helping us every step of the way, and a HUGE thank you to Game Genius for helping us put together a fantastic show. We could not have done it without you!! We are grateful to our sponsors, donors, guests, and of course our amazing alumni interns and participants for a successful and fun evening. And the best part of a virtual event? You can watch it over and over again. If you were unable to attend last night, or just want to watch it again, you can watch the event here!

We have surpassed our original challenge grant of $100,000, so every dollar up to $100,000 will be matched dollar for dollar. Due to the incredible generosity of an additional donor, we have a matching grant initiated at our event last night of $25,000 and we were able to raise $12,000 of the $25,000. We will be leaving the event open so that we can reach our $25,000 goal. If you are able to help us reach our $25,000 goal and receive the matching $25,000, you can donate here.

Thank you to all of our incredible supporters! Because of you, we are able to continue to meet the needs of the young people we are so fortunate to serve.
Champion Awardees
At our Together Towards Tomorrow Virtual Night of Celebration & Support, we were thrilled to have awarded three inspiring individuals, along with one of our employer partners. Each of these awardees is committed to empowering individuals with LD/ADHD, breaking down barriers, and fighting for a more inclusive workforce. Thank you for all that you do!
The Center for Strategic & International Studies is a bipartisan nonprofit policy research organization dedicated to providing strategic insights and policy solutions to help decision makers chart a course toward a better world. CSIS has served as an employer partner with BroadFutures since 2016.
Jonathan is an award-winning writer and entrepreneur. Jonathan himself has a learning disability. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The LA Times, The Chicago Tribune, HBO, NPR, and many other major media outlets. He is also a co-founder of Eye to Eye, a national mentoring, advocacy, and movement building organization for students with learning and attention differences. 
KD is the Co-Founder and Executive Director and Co-Founder of Let’s Talk LD, a social impact nonprofit that addresses social justice and equity of educational opportunity issues faced by the neurodiverse community. KD is dedicated to helping young people within the neurodiverse community realize their full human potential. She has served as a consultant in educator training and development, academic enrichment, educational research, the integration of new media technologies to improve teacher effectiveness and learning outcomes, and program design to improve outcomes for underrepresented and special needs learners.
Margaux is an award-winning producer and accessibility professional using the power of media to positively impact society. Diagnosed with ADHD as an adult, Margaux founded the Kaleidoscope Society, an empowering online community for and by women with ADHD. She also founded the technology industry’s first Neurodiversity Employee Resource group at Verizon Media in addition to spearheading the Disability Collection, a partnership between Verizon Media, The National Disability Leadership Alliance and Getty Images to change the representation of people with disabilities in the media. Margaux currently leads accessibility and disability inclusion for Verizon’s Corporate Social Responsibility Team.
Congratulations to our Virtual
Fall 2020 Strengths Program participants!
Today marked the final day of our Virtual Fall 2020 Strengths Program participants. The participants, families, and our BroadFutures team gathered for Final Presentations where we heard confident speeches from the participants, reflecting on the five-week program. It was an incredibly gratifying experience to see how our participants were able to build a strong and impactful community in a short period of time. We are very proud of their hard work and accomplishments!!

To all of our inspired participants, congratulations on completing the program and we wish you the best of luck in your next steps!!
BroadFutures in the News
BroadFutures won an award!
We are excited to announce that BroadFutures has been awarded with the Gap Year Association’s 2020 Annual Award for Accessibility in Gap Year Education!
Ensuring Workforce Diversity Includes Neurodiversity

As part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the 30th anniversary of the ADA, Co-Founder and CEO Carolyn Jeppsen was featured in a program produced by Beacon College geared towards families with children with learning and attention issues.
Recognizing our Valued Community Partners on the 30th ADA Anniversary

Another recognition as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month was being recognized by Disability:IN DC Metro in their webinar series about provider partners. In addition to Carolyn Jeppsen, CEO/Co-Founder/President of BroadFutures, the webinar features Catherine Provost, Director of Constituent Services for Senator Van Hollen’s Offices, as well as Danielle Silverman (summer 2019/winter 2020 alumni intern) and Oscar Held (summer 2020 alumni participant).
Introducing our Newest Board Member, Victoria Geis
We are thrilled to welcome Victoria Geis to our Board of Trustees. Victoria brings a business background in executive recruitment, consulting, and human capital management to our Board. She has worked in diverse industries from agbiotech and professional services to specialized education and social and behavioral research. Her passion has, and continues to be her work in diversity and inclusion; in particular, the self-fulfillment of those who learn differently, the neurodiverse. It was her work with The Auburn Schools as a human capital consultant recruiting the leadership and gifted teachers. She also worked in Admissions and Outreach where she found her calling, supporting children with social, communication and learning differences and guiding parents in their educational and experiential choices.

Victoria continues her commitment and is currently in Human Capital management with one of our valued employer partners, the American Institutes for Research, where she also serves as a Diversity & Inclusion Council member and Vice Chair of the Access Employee Resource Group. Victoria has been a WISER (Washington Independent Services for Educational Resources) Board member for over eight years and currently as its President. Victoria holds a degree in Dramatic Arts from Mary Washington College.

Together Towards Tomorrow Virtual Night of Celebration & Support

Enjoy the full recording of our Together Towards Tomorrow Virtual Night of Celebration & Support! Thanks to everyone who made this event such a success. We could not have done it without our amazing community! If you want to watch a specific video, find shorter clips below.

Intern Voices
Parent Voices
Winter 2020 Cohort Chat
Co-Founder & Board Member, Diana Eisenstat
Champion Award Recipients
Center for Strategic & International Studies
KD Harris
Jonathan Mooney

Disability:IN DC Metro Webinar

As part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the 30th anniversary of the ADA, Disability:IN DC Metro recognized some of their community partners, including BroadFutures, in a series of webinars. In addition to Carolyn Jeppsen, CEO/Co-Founder/President of BroadFutures, the webinar features Catherine Provost, Director of Constituent Services for Senator Van Hollen, as well as Danielle Silverman (summer 2019/winter 2020 alumni intern) and Oscar Held (summer 2020 alumni participant).

September 2020 Newsletter

Register for BroadFutures’ Together Towards Tomorrow Virtual Night of Celebration & Support!
Join us this month for some events centered around LD/
ADHD Awareness, all leading up to our Virtual Night of Celebration & Support! 

Open to all BroadFutures alumni and friends.

Each event will give you a chance to directly see the impact of your donations on those we serve and our community. For updates on all of these events, follow along on our social media channels. We hope to see you there!
We have been busy spreading the word about the work we do!

In a new episode of Attention Talk Radio, ADHD Coach Jeff Copper interviews Carolyn Jeppsen. In the episode, titled “COVID-19: Is It Time for an ADHD Gap Year to Work on Life and Work Readiness“, they talk about the dynamic that’s going on now and the advantages of taking a gap year or semester and spending it working on life and work readiness so that, when things resume, you are in a good position to take advantage of them.

Carolyn Jeppsen spoke at the Let’s Talk LD College Planning & Transition Conference for Neurodiverse Learners. Her presentation, “An Innovative Approach to College and Career Readiness for Neurodiverse Learners”, was held on September 26th.

A webinar from DisabilityIN will be coming out soon featuring some of our interns, as well as one of our employer partners, Senator Van Hollen.
Summer Participant Spotlight – George Palmer

This month we are excited to feature a virtual Summer Strengths Program participant from Washington, DC, George Palmer! George was an absolute pleasure to work with this summer. His fun and upbeat attitude added a positive energy to the group, making everyone feel included and more engaged. His contributions to the group were thoughtful and offered new perspectives to the group conversation. Before joining us for the summer, George had recently graduated from Kipp DC College Prep.

In addition to meeting new people, one of George’s favorite parts of the Summer Strengths Program was the program’s ability to make the curriculum interactive and enjoyable. He reflected, “I liked that we were able to learn even when we were playing games.”

Currently, George is enjoying his freshman year at University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He plans to pursue a degree in Computer Science.

George, thank you for being such a great addition to our summer cohort. We wish you the best of luck at school and cannot wait to hear about your future successes!
Community Partner Spotlight – Game Genius

We are excited to introduce one of our community partners, Game Genius! We connected with Game Genius through the Catalogue for Philanthropy and are enjoying our partnership. Founded in 2018, Game Genius leverages the process of playing and making games for social good. Focusing on the local Washington, DC area, Game Genius offers workshops designed for teams to use games as the medium to test ideas, develop skills, and solve problems. They also offer public experiences, such as the District Hunt, that showcase the intersection of play and philanthropy. 

Game Genius has empowered more than 100 nonprofits, including BroadFutures. During our virtual Summer Strengths Program, we had a wonderful time playing a game with our participants that Game Genius created, designed specifically to encourage teamwork and collaboration skills. Game Genius is also assisting BroadFutures with our Fall fundraiser, Together Towards Tomorrow, a Virtual Night of Celebration and Support. We are so grateful for all of their help and guidance!

We have worked closely with Peter Williamson, founder of Game Genius. Peter had this to say about partnering with BroadFutures: “Game Genius loves playing with the BroadFutures staff and community! Accessibility and inclusivity are two shared organizational values — we strive to create experiences that consider different player stories and strengths. From playtesting new games to supporting their virtual gala, our partnership with BroadFutures has helped us become better designers.

Thanks so much, Peter! We could not be happier to have such an innovative and empowering community partner like Game Genius. You can learn more about Game Genius here.
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